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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Bayou Throwdown… Be ready, Brah!

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Nete August23rd

 

MMA
170lbs Jaime Garcia(BushiBan) vs Don Rasika Dissanayake(MetroFC)
170lbs Paul Garza (Team Tooke) vs Don Mayora Dissanayake(MetroFC)
125lbs Elezar Escareno(MetroFC) vs Jacob Norsworthy(BushiBan)
135lbs Steven Vera(MetroFC) vs Jonathon Villareal(BushiBan)
145lbs Matthew Longoria(MetroFC) vs Donovan Carrasco(AthleticLab)
155lbs Eric Charalambous(MetroFC) vs Issac Cruzado(Fusion)

Muay Thai
147lbs Oliver Jimenez(MuayThaiCorner) vs Robert Bailey(TeamTookeC)
140lbs Carlos Garza(SitSiam) vs TBA
160lbs Chris Jackson(SBA/Izzy) vs David Kelly(TheFightLab)
165lbs Jeremy Milbourn (TeamTooke) vs Elliot Bush(Paradigm)
165lbs Joel Haesecke(TBD) vs Gregory Sanzo (Revolution)
140lbs Jennifer Guerrero(Revolution) vs Caressa Kibler(Team SudYod) -NAMTF Tite
160lbs Nethaneel Mongonia(Revolution) vs Kebba Marenah(TeamSudYod)
110lbs Bebe Laced (4oz) vs Gabbi Maxwell(TBD) -NAMTF Tite
140lbs Tue Salianekham (Garland) vs Alex Chang(4oz)

NAMF – North American Muay Thai Federation

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)

Sitmonchai III: A bitter sweet ending

 

 

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So today is thursday, the last training day of the week. This is just going to be a quick one, as I plan on making it up to you all while I am on the plane.

I worked with thong muck a lot this week, young guy with a lot of tricks up his sleeve. he likes to work the boxing combos a lot too. we worked with parries and counters. not really my thing, but if we don’t move outside our comfort zone, then we can’t grow. definitely enjoyed my time here at Sitmonchai, and they did everything they could to make us feel welcomed and like a part of the family. I also got to clinch with Pornsaneh and Kong Fa, that was a lot of fun.

we went to the sauna at the Wat down the street, and scooped up Pornsaneh on the ride over. the guy is like a kid, haha, once he figured out that he could get a rise out of Roni, he kept antagonizing her and messing with her ears. probably the funnest thing this whole trip.

Honestly, I had a plan to blog a lot more during my time here. but between training, taking notes, Songkran and spending time with all these great people, I felt that spending what little time we had with friends that we made here, was far more important.

Tonight I spread a bit of my fathers ashes at the first and second bridge of the morning run. So for every time that I come and visit Sitmonchai, it’ll also be a homage to a country, culture and people that my father loved very deeply. Thank you Garry and Roni for being a part of something like that with me.

I can’t thank Abigail, Pee-A, Jun, P-nae, Kong Fa, Thong Muck, Juab, Ley, Jimme and the rest of the Sitmonchai team enough for treating me like family. I’m sure that they’re used to having guests come and go all the time. But at no time did I ever feel like another face. I learned a lot, and worked directly along side with the fighters.

At the end of it all, this is bitter sweet. I’ll be back home, with pizza and beer. but a small piece of me will always remain here.

 

TheKrastaGroupMuayThaiAddict

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Muay Thai Kingdom 2

Sorry Guys, but I have bad news for March 22nd. due to last minute drops and low ticket sales, MTK2 has been postponed until a later date.

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Muay Thai Kingdom 2 is coming!

 

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MTK2 line up!!!

Muay Thai Kingdom
Few more added to March 22 (pending TDLR) Adding just a couple more. texasmuaythai@gmail.com

1) Bebe Laced (4oz) Crystal Knepp (Furia)
2) Oliver Jimenez (Izzy Camp) Robert Bailey (TT – C)
3) Jesus Alvarado (4oz) Demetrius Hall (Shin to Bone)
4) Birdie Carrasco (Shin to Bone) Jacqueline Williams (4oz)
5) Chadrick Turner (Twin Wolves) Alvin Perez (SitSiam)
6) Colbey Northcutt (4oz) Brittany Robertson (AKATX)
7) Joel Verdin (Shin to Bone) Ryan Baker (Mousel)
8) Terrance Johnson (Revolution) Matt Witherspoon
9) Parker Reid (Vongphet) Uriel Figueroa (Revolution)
10) Gabriel Lemus (Vongphet) Jennifer Guerrero (Revolution)
11) Joel Haesecke Chris Jackson (SBA/IZZY Camp)
12) Joshua Cabiya (AKATX) Chris Perez (GBTW)
13) Roland Rodriguez (Pinnacle) Paul Garza (Team Tooke)
14) Samuel Whitman (Vongphet) Ali Salami (GB Westchase)

taken straight form their page.
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