Pit's Written Career
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.
Name: Pit Angel
Height: 5'11 (180cm)
Weight: 145lbs (65kg)
Hometown: Varna, Bulgaria
Current Location: London, United Kingdom
Training at: London Shootfighters (Hooks Gym)
Fighting Stance: 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.
MMA/No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Class
Since I just joined the gym, I was 5 mins late for the class, but I adapted fast as I joined for the warm up and stretching. After the general warm-up and stretching, jogging, etc, the instructor showed us the basic side mount and some techniques from there. He showed us the scarf hold, then transition from side mount to scarf hold and trapping the arm of the opponent. It was about showing a proper form. Then he showed us how to pass from side mount onto full mount by stepping over, which was really easy.
I already knew all that, but it was good to revise it and have someone to comment on my posture.
After all that, we had a little sparring session.
We had to find a partner and show everything we know.
The guy I was rolling with was around 10kgs more than me and he got me on my back first and then went in my guard, however I managed to roll him to the side by trapping his leg and hand and then went to side mount which made it easy for me to go full mount. Didn't submit him, but had him in a dominant position. I'm not sure, but I think he also tried to make a guillotine on me, but I managed to take his hands apart.
The second person I rolled with was a bit taller than me and probably heavier, but I managed to push him on his back, as soon as we started and got full mount, but didn't lock his legs and he rolled me to the side. He was in my guard for the rest of the time, I tried to work on a triangle choke, but it was too slippery.
The class was over and we had a small jog and stretch to warm off.
After that, I went for a tour around the gym as I didn't have the time to see it. Went for some bag work and it was already late, so I went home.
Oh man! Sorry about not adding you on facebook awhile ago. Should have said you were from the forums. Your inspiration from me has given me inspiration myself. Good luck.
Thank you. If you have any suggestions, feel free to post.
No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Class
I went to the Intermediate No-Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Class and it went great.
The warm-up was even harder and longer, there was a nice stretch, as well.
Worked on passing the opponent's guard using the elbow and then passing with the knees. I managed to learn quickly and do it fast.
Then we had few rolls and I was in a dominant position in both, however the guys are training for many more years than me and I couldn't submit any.
I've been told that I have a very good base, which is a nice compliment.
Finished with a nice stretch and warm-off.
I need some help with the weight training workouts and nutrition, as I have not much of experience. I want to gain some weight and put on some muscle.
Unfortunately, I have some sleeping issues lately. Still trying to figure out what to do about it.
From tomorrow, I'm starting a serious training and I hope for the best.
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