Not motivated by money, motivated by Glory!

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We’ve built what we have without a promoter building us. We travel on our own dollar, sweated, bled, tasted defeat and the glory of victory in the face of over whelming odds. And while we’re grateful of everything that we’ve been able to do and accomplish, we still have much more to do. We train, travel and fight. Obviously we have limited funds, families, bills, homes, jobs and responsibilities, so we try to do the best with what we have.
2014 has been an exciting year for the Muay thai team at Revolution Dojo Houston. As I look back over 2014 and reminisce about the accomplishment we’ve made, it astounds me as to how far we’ve made it. We’ve come a long way, and we couldn’t have done it without being a team, without all the amazing support from everyone.

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Everything from training in Thailand at Sitmonchai to representing our country at the IFMA World Championships astounds me. We’ve had so many great people around us that we’ve help make this happen, and I personally feel honored and grateful for the love people have shown us. We’ve made so many great friends, and done so much.
In 2015 we look forward to continuing the upwards trend.
We coach a lot of fighters, and obviously it’s a team effort. All the coaches, Sam, Uriel, Jenn and I all train full time and work full time, and when you lead from the front… you earn the love and respect of your fighters/students. When you’re out there sweating, running in rain or 109deg weather and giving 110 percent of what you ask of your students people are inspired, inspired to be more than they were yesterday.

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In 2014 we scooped up 7 titles, and I hope to keep this going into 2015. Jenn came back with the 2015 Women’s Class-A WKA champion, defeating her opponent from Russia and the other from Florida with an almost undefeated record of 7w-1l Martin in classic Martin fashion won by TKO in the pre-finals, and a decision in the championships, against a more experienced opponents bring home the nation novice division title and advances his record to 4w-0l. Woody put on a great performance against a more experienced opponent and loss a really close fight against the multiple time nation champion. With the hot and cold flash weather we’ve been having, Sammy ended up getting sick on the plane ride to Virginia. Good thing is that at least he got to play coach.
At the US Muay Thai Open in Tempe AZ which hosted the IFMA qualifiers this year, Sammy and Jenn picked up the 2015 USMTO open class national titles and was awarded a slot to once again represent our country at the highest level.

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Sam won a hard close fight at LK1, at which we hope will continue to be a success for promoting Kickboxing and Muay thai. Something that all the talent in the armature brackets has been toiling away in obscurity and it look as if all our hard work might be finally rewarded. Media exposure, and finally a real chance to go professional after all these years. I’m optimistic that whatever happens, LK has great potential to open doors for kickboxing. And who knows, maybe one day a LK vs Lion fights series would be amazing! Have a great week!

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Muay Thai Kingdom 4

Week out from LK1

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*wrote this before the LK1 event on Jan16th

 

In a couple of days my brother Samuel Mongonia will be stepping into the ring against an opponent with twice his experience for Legacy FC’s LK1 event Jan 16th. In the weeks leading up to this fight, we’ve had one hurdle after another. It’s been one big battle from day one, but looking back I’m glad we’re at where we’re at. When you get in the ring, the allusion is that it’s just the fighter, but to quote my brother “it’s me in there, but it’s all of us”. What makes a great fighter isn’t solely his/her talent and hard work; it’s the village that builds the fighter. You can’t be a great fighter and a narcissist. I take personal responsibility for each and every person that I put in the ring. It’s a responsibility I don’t take lightly, and it often weighs heavy on my heart because each and every single one of my fighters is my friend and my family. In all honesty, it’s a big scary world out there. You’ve got a lot of promoters that are looking only to use your guys as tomato cans; my family is too precious to me to be someone’s kicking can. One reason I like tournaments, is because it allows you to get fights against high level guys and get attention, while fighting guys on neutral ground. When I book fights for my guys, I try to book good fights. Not easy fights, but fights that they’re prepared for. I pour my whole heart into my family, and those that are worth my time and being called family do likewise… We couldn’t do this without the all the people, from fellow fighter Jennifer Guerrero and coach Uriel Figueroa to the friendships and everyone whom walked with Sam every step of the day, and that includes the hobbyist’s like Brad and the morning crew that get up in the awful time of the morning to run and train in the freezing wet cold that is a Houston winter.

I whole heartedly believe that the key to our success isn’t one person, but all of us… all of Revolution. We must always remember a fast rise, leads to a fast fall. It’s about earning fights… it’s about building a legacy, and there is no substitute for experience. It’s been a long road for us, but all the hard work is worth it. Legacy FC is starting a kick boxing league called LK1 and Muay Thai Kingdom, has continued to be successful hosting good shows. So the future for Houston Kickboxing and Muay Thai looks bright.

 

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The warriors heart

-The warrior’s heart

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As usual, I love to ponder. This past week has given me some extra time to slow down and think; Time to think about family, sport, spirit and put pen to paper. This year we’ve been very active this year for our team. We just love to fight, doesn’t matter where.

I must admit that we are a society that is very driven and obsessed with victory, and our contempt for losing is unparalleled. Everything is about winning. If you don’t think so, go to a book store and take a quick look at the top sellers. Turn on the TV and watch some reality TV, everything we do is about winning, and I wonder how much of it has more to do with us compensating for our mental and spiritual inadequateness.

Seriously, I often find it interesting and perplexing how a fighter can loses a couple of matches and all the sudden the fans turn on them. “He’s a bum” or “he’s finished, he needs to retire”… I don’t get why we let couch-potatoes judge our careers. As if these guys know the sacrifice that fighters make. After all, how can you hold a scoring system that is judged like a beauty contest seriously against someone?

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Michael Jordan

And that’s where the lore of boxing comes in, were they have a long history of failures and underdog coming back to win or overcome life obstacles.

Speaking with a friend who just popped in from NYC, after training, we were just chatting a bit and he made the comment that “there’s a lot of heart in this sport”. This really resonated with me, because in Muay Thai… it’s not about the KO; winning is nice (don’t get me wrong, I like to win) but it’s about the fight. It’s about the exchange between two strong wills. It’s about who can dig deeper. It’s about two gods locked in immortal combat. It’s when we get to see the human spirit at its finest, and our resolve at its highest determination. Anyone can apply eight pounds of pressure to someone else’s chin, but it takes a champion to push forward and pressure an unrelenting opponent they just can’t seem to vanquish. Everyone gets knocked down from time to time, but champions get up. And that is the difference between success and failure; rather you have the heart and will to get up.

I was caught in the first round for a fight a couple of matches ago… and my buddy was telling me that when I got up he jump out of his seat, as if I had risen. Rising from defeat and refusing to fail is just as much as an accomplishment, and there is no loser in that kind of fight.

Greatness isn’t how many trophies’s, belts and titles you hold, it’s defined only by the size of your determination and perseverance.

TheKrastaGroupMuayThaiAddict

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A couple of days out.

Hey guys, just catching up with all the readers of The Fighters Life.

We’re a couple of days out from weigh-ins for Bayou City Throwdown, which will be hosted live at 2 pm Friday 22nd at:

 

OUTLAW DAVE’S WORLDWIDE HEADQUARTERS

6502 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

 

 

Weigh ins are open to the public; come on down grab a juicy burger, some beer and come meet the fighters. All my Super Mongonia Bros. supporters, it’s Super Mario Theme!

 

I can’t tell you all how excited I am to finally get to fight in my home town after several years of exile. there isn’t really a lot of opportunities to Thai-box in Texas, let a lone Houston… however thanks to Michael Corley and Lou Savarese Promotions that’s all changing.

Houston is a great city, with a lot of talent… together, we’re putting H-town on the map.

If you need tickets, you can contact me on twitter @nmongonia or Facebook (Nethaneel Mongonia), or purchase your tickets online at http://www.savaresepromotions.com

 

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Muay Thai Kingdom 2 Aug 23 at Bayou City Event Center

Sorry I’ve been away for a bit.

I wanted to drop some big news!
Muay Thai Kingdom 2 will be held Aug 23rd, at the Bayou City Event Center. This will be my first event in Houston, after four long years of traveling and fighting. the following is a tentative card posted by Michael Corley.
stay tune for further details.

Aug 23 Bayou City Event Center – Card Subject to change
1) 147 lbs Oliver Jimenez (Muay Thai Corner) Robert Bailey (Team Tooke C)
2) 140 lbs Carlos Garza (SitSiam) Uriel Figuero (Revolution)
3) 155 lbs Daniel Ortega (McCall) TBA
4) 160 lbs Chris Jackson (SBA/Izzy) TBA
5) 165lbs Jeremy Milbourn (Team Tooke) Elliot Bush (Paradigm)
6) 165lbs Joel Haesecke (TBD) Gregory Sanzo (Revolution)
7) 140lbs Jennifer Guerrero(Revolution) Caressa Kibler (Team SudYod)
8) 160lbs Nethaneel Mongonia(Revolution) Kebba Marenah (TeamSudYod)
9) 110lbs Bebe Laced (4oz) Gabbi Maxwell (TBD)
10) 140lbs Chuy Salianekham (Garland) Alex Chang (4oz)

Part two of the IFMA series

USA

For the next day on the itinerary was registration. There were a lot of countries there, and while 101 countries had notified IFMA that they’d be in attendance, we had another 47 countries show up unannounced and ready to fight. So needless to say the registration team was a bit overwhelmed.
So what do you do?…you grab a chair and hang out with some really cool people on your team, and make it a good time with some laughs. We finally got the team paid for and registered, after some confusion. And once again it was head back to the hotel. This time we got out and enjoyed the beach a little bit, went for a run, hit pads and trained with some awesome people. Getting to hit pads again felt great, but I could tell my body still wasn’t awake from the trip yet.
The next day was weigh-ins and due to the large amount of combatants, the initial weigh-ins was split between two days. Obviously we wanted to have that second day as a rest day. Equally overwhelmed was the medical and weigh-in teams, due to the unexpected high volume of last minute show ups. Finally we got everything sorted and it was time to relax… a little. We ate dinner and had a couple of laughs, and went to bed.
The first day of competition, and everyone made weight like champions. Sam and one of the juniors were up to bat, however due to a reshuffle we all were reseated in our brackets. Come to find out a group of 4-5 competitors didn’t check the brackets the night before, and thought that they were weren’t supposed to fight that day and didn’t weigh in. so these guys were booted for failure to make weight.
Fortunately, we had a Team coordinator (Cheryl) and coach (Thiago) that were diligent in monitoring the brackets for change. They would be up at 12-1am to watch the bracket’s, only to wake up at 5-6am to start getting ready for a day that didn’t end until 10-11pm.
It was nice to have the first day off, it gave us a day to just watch the fights and see how things were going to be run. We had a blast cheering and watching some good fights.
The days started to blur together, and it didn’t matter. We had such a great team of individuals, that we just had fun and made the best of everything.
Finally the day was upon us; Ethan fought first and did a great job. He put on a great fight but was unable to score enough rounds to win the decision. However, he did get to show off his combos, and foot work. You have to give him props for jumping in the deep end and swimming with the sharks.
Next up was me; I was fighting someone from the home town team, Malaysia. My opponent, far more experienced than I was, came out fighting a slickster kick style. I took the first round to study his game a bit while working a kick game. The following round, my corner-man/team coach (Thiago Azeredo), figured out his weakness and had me start working my footwork and counters, and then applying pressure… sure enough we started to see the cracks appear in in that second round, as we took that round. Third round came up and my corner had me pour the heat on more, and as he started to weather I saw my opportunity, and force him to place his hand and landed it… a right elbow, spot on the button. I felt the elbow go through like butter, as all my kinetic energy was delivered. I saw him fall back and his eyes roll back into his head. So I knew he was out. Walking back to my corner, I knew he wasn’t getting back up… but my corner called for me to go to neutral corner anyways. The ref just walks up and took my opponent’s mouth piece out and called for the doctor. While standing in the neutral corner, I realized that he hadn’t really moved yet, and then I started to worry. Once he started to stand up, I felt a lot more relieved that he was ok. We’ve all been knocked out, and that pretty much what we both are trying to do… but you know, you don’t want to be responsible for someone’s death or ending their career. I have to give him a lot of respect; he was a tough and smart guy. He fought hard and earned his country a lot of respect.
Afterwards, several people came up and said that that was the highlight reel KO of the event… I don’t know. Anyhow, it was a good fight. It was technical… not wild and sloppy. And getting the opportunity to fight like that was amazing and an honor. After the win there was no time for excitement, as the rest of the team was still coming up to bat the next day and I was looking down the barrel of fighting Algeria/France.

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