The journey of an aspiring fighter #35

Published On October 6, 2013 | By Helen Harper | Blog

RAIN RAIN GO AWAY!! Come again another day so Helen can go out to play….

It’s Sunday morning in sunny Phuket, but sadly it’s not so sunny today. It has been constantly raining since Thursday morning – I didn’t even think that was possible. However I am not one to shy away from getting a little soggy so I have been training through it, despite the ridiculous amounts of clothing changes it has meant!

I will have to start with Sunday this week, as it was fight night and I promised the result in my next blog. So: I lost on points. At the time I enjoyed myself so much that I didn’t care, and I have since watched the video back a few times and am really happy with my performance – so in a way I am actually glad I lost. In my next Muay Thai fight I have to kick a lot more, because that was pretty much the only thing I didn’t do – however I felt controlled, didn’t gas, and moved forward more than I did before so all in all it was a fantastic experience. Massive thanks to Alaska for videoing the whole thing (and sorry to Andres because his fight was after mine and the recorder ran out of battery!) and you can see that video here. Also huge thanks to Bung, Cochasan and Daeng and all the other trainers, Jayy and Shauna, and of course Boyd for bringing the whole thing together! Onwards and upwards, I am ready for the next fight.

Monday, I had a day off and basically just chilled out and ate… which is always good. Yes my life revolves around training, but also around food – the rare times I allow myself to eat whatever I want are enjoyed to the fullest!!

Tuesday 1st October 2013
Back to training with a bang! I went to wrestling at 4pm with Don, and it was so much fun! I forgot just how much I love Don’s classes, honestly I recommend anyone that ever gets a chance to, to train with this man. He just helps everything fall into place so well. Even when I feel like I don’t understand what I’m doing, he will help me take a step back, slow it down and it just becomes clearer. I have a tendency to rush things in the drilling, so working with Don helps me to slow things down. This week the wrestling techniques we have been looking at start from an underhook, and have a variety of different endings including a judo throw, and a judo throw fake to a knee pick.
After wrestling, we had a boxing for MMA seminar with Steve Petramale. This was a real eye opener, and he took us right back to basics. What’s the most important punch? Jab.
We looked at the balance of a punch, where the punch comes from, and all the little details that no one usually bothers with once you get passed a certain stage. I came away feeling like my brain was going to explode with knowledge (exactly how one should feel after a seminar) so all in all I think it was a successful evening! Thank you Steve for letting us in to your world of knowledge.

Wednesday 2nd October 2013
Usually I do my explosion work out on a Wednesday morning, but I was still really sore from Sunday so I decided to just go for a steady state run instead. In hindsight it was a bit of a cop out, but what’s done is done.
After work, I went straight to MMA sparring class, where Steve was back and helped us all again before sparring. The Russians are here at the moment so it’s a bit mental in sparring – although kind of fun too!
After MMA I FINALLY got to put my gi on and go to Jiu Jitsu!!!!!!!!! The excitement at this point was unreal, it’s the longest I have gone for with no Jiu Jitsu since I started (3 weeks!) so I was ridiculously happy to put my pajamas on and roll around with a load of sweaty men. I need to get out more…

Thursday 3rd October 2013
Steve’s last full day in Phuket today, so the fight team (or what’s left of us at the moment because everyone is out doing what they do best – fighting) all met up for some 1-2-1 time with Steve. Rob (Lisita), Tommy (Yang), Giom and myself were all lucky enough to spend some time working with Steve, and I for one really felt the benefits. Hopefully there will be some footage of this at some point because I know Michael was floating around with a camera or two!
I just about managed to catch the second half of Tommy’s grappling class too, and it was amazing yet again to be rolling. I felt a lot stronger than I thought I would after so long off, so I was pretty pleased with that too.

Friday 4th October 2013
5.30am, my favourite time in the morning. Not. Sprints are definitely getting more doable though, I feel like I need to go faster, but with all the rain I am scared of falling on my bum!! At least no one will see me at 5.30am….
I went straight to wrestling after work, and worked some more with Don. We have two girls in wrestling at the moment (I think from Sweden) who are super cute. I think they are about 9 and 11 or around that age. They are really technical and super dedicated. Very inspiring!
Jiu Jitsu gi class was a fun one too, there is a small girl from Australia here at the moment too called Erica who I have been working with as she is my size and pretty much the same level as me too which is good. We have had a lot of fun wrestling this week! The Jiu Jitsu technique we looked at was a half guard pass to an arm bar and a few variations. We even got a picture today!

Saturday 5th October 2013
Rain rain rain. I still went for a run around the big block! I got very wet, and had to wring my clothes out when I got back to the gym. Luckily I am a girl and we think of bringing a change of clothes with us… Muay Thai was fun and I was really happy to work with Bung again. I have weirdly missed Muay Thai this week even though I was really happy to get back to grappling.
Wrestling was equally fun and for once I didn’t feel dead by the time I finished my weeks training! Sore maybe, but still energized. I know I didn’t go as hard this week but it is nice to feel good at the end of the week, knowing what you have put your body through.

Talking of which, I put out a before and after photo of myself this week, and have had some really positive responses. Five years ago, I was fat, unhappy, drank a lot, had no real direction in life although I had a big passion for horses. It’s taken a lot, and my journey obviously doesn’t stop here, but so far I am proud of how far I am come, not only with my weight loss but my mental state as well.


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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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