I’m sure most people that even glance on my page know this anyway, but just Incase you don’t:
I train at @unitedfrontrva, and it’s an amazing place. If you’re in Richmond and want to come learn how to fight with me, you totally should.
Open mat sparring TWICE a week, tons of Muay Thai, lots of western boxing, BJJ, a sweet yoga space, and most importantly, FANTASTIC coaches.
I’ve been training here eight months or so, and although I’m still awkward, old, slow and have stubborn as habits, it’s not a stretch to say I’m almost a different fighter than I was before moving here.
I can’t recommend it enough.
Edit: fight is cancelled, hope Alaskar is doing ok.
Good luck to my @unitedfrontrva teammate fighting tonight!
Super stoked. Bummed I can’t make it to see Grayson smash, but stoked for it to happen.
First quick session with my @hyksoboxing counters. Just 3 rounds cos I had to fit in some stretching and other boring stuff.
BUT, the average velocity was higher than I expected, ha.
And now I have something to start from. Proper excited to have proper data to track my progress.
Constantly have to remind myself to focus on the basics. The basics I need to work on this week, are the same basics I needed to work on a year ago;
Properly rotating on my kicks, fully extending my jabs and crosses, and most importantly, not crowding myself when moving and throwing combinations. •throwing a hundred or so kicks at a time twice or more a week, and just working the rotation. The kick I can work on later. Rotations first. •constant rounds of straights and basics. •using resistance bands to stop me getting too Got Dang close to my target.
Still got so much to work on, but very, very happy with my new fighty-home, @unitedfrontrva
Also couldn’t get through my workouts without @chaosandpain’s Cannibal Ferox preworkout in my bottle and @codeorangetoth In my headphones.
Got surprise promoted by coach @ani_hilditch at @unitedfrontrva this morning!
Super stoked, and very grateful.
I didn’t get back into training with the idea of grades and levels etc in mind (as I felt that the focus on those markers made me a poor student when I was younger), but it is still nice to have progression and my learning capabilities acknowledged. After only a couple months here I have felt myself develop by huge margins thanks to their coaching.
Most importantly, it feels good to know that my presence in the gym as someone who is focused on learning, and to be trusted as someone who can help OTHERS learn, is a significantly better feeling than that of being graded for my skills (that shit’s nice too, ain’t gonna lie).
Also I think it means I can start using the #oss hashtag now too.
Also checkout Ani’s Lion Hair™️
Moved to a new fighty-fighty gym recently.
Excited for the next step in my fighty-fighty training. UFC gym was ace, and I can’t think @dcbmma, @coach.eee and @804headbussa enough for all the time they put into me while we were all there.
BUT, there’s always a time to move on, and so far I’m incredibly happy with the move I’ve made. Exciting place, exciting coaches, exciting training partners. Hopefully new fights soon, but we will see.