The journey of an aspiring fighter #34

Published On September 29, 2013 | By Helen Harper | Blog


Bangla290913I am French and fighting for “Thailand Team”. I love this country….

However in the mean time, I have 11 hours to fill before we get picked up from the gym and taken to Bangla stadium. Although I wanted to put the result in this blog, I figured I should use some of my nervous energy to write it and put the result in next weeks blog. If you want to know the result ahead of next weeks blog, then please follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

This week has been weird, usually the week before a fight is light but in Muay Thai you end your fight camp much later, so I was still going hard until Wednesday. Before another quick rundown of my week, people often ask me what I do in the day time when I am not training – teaching! I teach at the coolest school I have ever seen, Cravens International, which is only 10 minutes from the gym. I have been there 11 months so far, and I can honestly say it’s the best job I have ever had (apart from fighting, but that’s not really my job yet).

Monday 23rd September 2013
5.30am: Sprints. This is not my favourite way to welcome in a week but I suppose it will have to do for now.
5.00pm: Muay Thai. Really hard session. I went home and cried, decided I should cancel the fight, but then realised I was being a big girl and needed to man up so kept my mouth shut. Wise decision! Didn’t run after the session, I felt weak from being sick the last part of last week so I let myself go home and sleep. Tomorrow is another day!

Tuesday 24th September 2013
4.00pm: Muay Thai. A much better session tonight but I am still scared. What have I let myself into? What am I doing with my life? I have no idea. Am I doing the right thing? Should I just be normal and go and get myself a desk job in England? Actually no. Who wants to be normal??

Wednesday 25th September 2013
5.30am: Explosion Workout. Better times this week, 5.25m and 4.55m. Really pleased with that, feel like I am getting somewhere! Thanks to Boyd for recommending that I do this kind of work out. Seems to be doing me some good.
5.00pm: Muay Thai. It was the last heavy session before the fight. Hard but I felt OK. Only got shouted at a few times… Must be getting somewhere, or else Bung is bored of shouting at me.

Thursday 26th September 2013
4.00pm: Muay Thai. A lighter session today, still did 5 rounds of pads but then all on the bag (8 rounds) and sit ups. Followed by a run. Kinda nice to have a lighter session. One more before the fight. Feeling more positive..

Friday 27th September 2013
5.30am: Sprints. I didn’t feel like I was going to die for the first time sprinting. Either I am getting better or I am not pushing myself hard enough. Must sprint faster next week!!
5.00pm: Muay Thai. Andres (the other guy fighting the same night as me) and I went for a run (5.3km) to warm up and then just bag work (500 front kicks, 500 knees) and 300 sit ups, then session over! I felt like such a lightweight with an easy session but then I remembered I am fighting so it’s allowed.

That’s training done for the week, and tonight it’s fight night!

balletmuaythaiThank you to Paul Newman for the photo, apparently I look like a ballerina!

Win or lose tonight, I just want to say thank you to my trainer, Bung, for helping me so much. I know he gets really frustrated with me when I do stupid things but he never gives up on me. If you EVER get to train at Phuket Top Team I would make a beeline for this trainer because he’s one of the best. He’ll even do your hair!

THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to Phuket Top Team, you can follow them on Facebook too. Also Vicious Circle who are pretty awesome too.
If you would like more info on my upcoming fights, or for any sponsorship opportunities please follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

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English Mixed Martial Artist fighting out of Andy Roberts BJJ and Legacy BJJ with a pro record of 4-1.

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