Outboxing and getting mount/side control are going to be priorities for sure. I think that my boxing skills are ok, but they are something I'll work on over the next three months. I need more sparing!
An update for you all, the Christmas break didn't have too negative affect on me - Although I came back from my mum's place at about 122kgs, I've managed to drop back down to a comfortable 118 kilos, which is awesome (I was 116 after three days of training with Danno and the boys at Southern Fitness this past week, but I don't think I re-hydrated properly).
W2W training is back on as of tomorrow morning here in Oz Land. Our head coach sent out the training schedule for the next two weeks, and I'll be doing four morning sessions (6am start) and one evening session (7:30pm start) a week. I'll be able to supplement this with training at SPMA and possibly down at Nowra occasionally.
The contestants have also been split into two groups - Team Blue (which I am part of) and Team Red. Each group will have it's own sparring sessions, to keep competitors separate.
I'll undoubtedly have more info by the end of the week (plus a new vid blog).
I'm late to this thread but congratulations on making the cut in the first place. I'm going back now to read your back post to see your progress up until here. I plan on checking out those training videos as well. Good luck man! This is a dream opportunity, Leave it all on the mat!
I would gladly pay to watch the whole damn show, any chance?
Is it just me, or is having a former pro rugby player in the ranks slightly contradictory to the "Wimp" part of the title?
I have a bit of a cool story as well.
Monday morning our coach told us he had a surprise for us - we all shuffled in, started our warm ups. Whilst I was pummeling with one of the other contestants, I noticed someone quickly moving into the change rooms - I had to do a double check to make sure I wasn't seeing things.
It was Mark Hunt. And we got to train with him.
It was pretty damn awesome. He's your average bloke who likes a chuckle, and loves his food, but also happens to be one of the scariest strikers on the planet. I had a good chat with him. He's something like 5'10/11", and I asked him how much he weighed. He's 132 kilos now (291 pounds) four weeks out from his fight with Stefan Struve. That's a solid lump of man right there. He weighs about 14 kilos more than me, and he's 8 inches shorter. That's cray-cray.
More of an update soon, just thought I'd gush. Oh, and we'll be training with Peter Graham next week (ex K-1 fighter, beat Alexander Emelianenko twice recently).
Here's a picture of the crew with Mark.