I've been around MMAForum
reading for a while now, approx. a year and checking out illmatic
's training log on daily basis which actually motivated me to start my own one, right here.
: Pit Angel
: 5'11 (180cm)
: 145lbs (65kg)
: Varna, Bulgaria
: London, United Kingdom
: London Shootfighters (Hooks Gym)
: Both (Orthodox and Southpaw)
- Quick Learning Ability
- Natural Strength
- Lack of focus, sometimes
- Need to wear contact lenses
Martial Arts Background & Brief History
I've started doing martial arts at the age 7, back in my country. It was Karate Kyokushin Kan that got me started and I was motivated enough, until the first day that I went and my instructor broke my nose. However, I carried on training and earned a yellow belt.
After some time, some people opened an Aikido class in my school that I was studying at and I started going to train with them, so I took some interest in it and earned a yellow belt.
My motivation didn't last for too long, after I moved to a different area of my city and I didn't find an appropriate gym for me, so I started playing football, but I was too aggressive at this time of my life and I was kicking the other players in the legs all the time, so the trainer kicked me out of the team and suggested me that I should go do some Boxing or Kickboxing instead.
It took me some time until I took the decision to start training Boxing, which was when I already moved to London, where I currently live. Thanks to Google, I managed to find a boxing club that is just 40 mins away from me and went there to train for a while. I pretty much liked it, but didn't feel alright, still didn't feel complete. I guess, I just wanted to add some kicks to those combos. So I researched for a little more, but unfortunately my finances were too low to actually progress, as I live on my own since I was 15 years old.
That is the time when I first started organizing my friends and consistently trying to learn new moves from Internet and apply them to my friends in order to learn and teach myself. It was fun for a while, but then I realized that this won't quite work if I want to progress onto a higher level.
I was teaching myself Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and copying everything from the Internet and applying it in real conditions while sparring with my friends, I was looking at Judo, Submission Wrestling and Muay Thai, as well as others like Krav Maga and tried to pick up everything that will work for me. I was improvising at all times and trying to invent new moves or make the old ones work better. Since I'm a quick learner, it didn't take me too long, approximately 3 years, to learn Muay Thai or at least get to a more advanced level and kill all nerves on my shins and harden my fists, elbows and knees and since I like teaching others, even though I'm not a professional, I managed to teach my fellow friends from what I know.
Right now, I started training at London Shootfighters (Hooks Gym) and I like it. The level of training is different and it helps me progress faster. I enjoy training as I enjoy martial arts in general. I like putting myself through challenges every day and achieve something with every training. It takes me around 2 hours to get to the gym, but I think it's worth it. I spend all my money for the gym and I hope that I succeed and make a career in MMA as I like mixing up the martial arts that I use and compete.
I'm aiming to train 5 days a week, twice a day. Focusing on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Submission Wrestling and Muay Thai. There is a class called Fighter Development, so I'm totally going to check it out and tell you about it.
I will also hit the gym and work on my strength and flexibility more, as well as on my conditioning. Some of it comes to me naturally, but I had a surgery few months ago and I have to get my strength back.
In the future, I would like to go train at Tiger Muay Thai in Thailand again and most likely save some money to train on my ground work in Brazil.
I need to focus on my diet, too. I'm really light and I want to put on some weight and muscle mass.
That's me, currently.
Long road in front of me...
Please feel free to comment and suggest
Many thanks to illmatic
for the motivation he gave me in both training and making my own log.
Please follow me on my written career log and help me stay motivated, it will really help me. Thank you.