11/08/2010 4:39am, #1
Pointless ramble about fighting and stuff
So in the past month I've been offered several professional fights, one in China and all pretty sweet deals. Unfortunately I've been taking it easy due to recovering from the ol' knee injury which seems to be basically back to normal now apart from some occasional cramping due to sleeping in bad positions or sitting with my legs crossed too long.
There's a tournament in Omaha (which I posted about) where the girl I fought when I got injured has signed up, so I'm seriously considering doing the tournament. The fighter I took to the TBA is eager to fight again so if he wants to go then I'll be taking him at the very least, plus a friend (who happens to be Atlanta's local favorite female fighter right now) seems interested in making it out for the division just below mine so that'd be a pretty cool deal.
Honestly, though... these days, and maybe it's just the cold and winter time being the time of caring about other things... I just don't feel all that focused on pursuing more fighting. I want to keep coaching, training fighters and being the coach I've always wished I had, but right now I've just got other things that are more important than really pushing my fight career and committing to the gym.
I guess the dilemma is that I feel like every time I want to take this "break" I'm getting more and more into having a casual hobby sort of relationship with my sport and any dreams of becoming a top level competitor kinda slip away little by little. I'm still young though, so it's kind of silly I guess, I just keep coming back here to bullshido and realize my only posts relate very specifically to the serious competition side of martial arts and I just plain don't have anything to post.
I have some stuff going on in the next few months that may interfere to a large degree with my ability to train, but if all goes smoothly and I can get back on track I should be fighting again in late February, though I think after I avenge my very unfortunate TKO loss I'll be focusing 100% to coaching, painting and putting out fires (more on that to come).
11/08/2010 6:10am, #2
not the intensity but the duration of high feelings makes high men.
11/08/2010 12:00pm, #3
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- Central Maine
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Please continue kicking ass.
Thanks in advance,
11/08/2010 1:31pm, #4
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Do you have a particular goal you’re working towards in your fights? It seems like you have enough of a background fighting that if you just wanted to focus on coaching there would be no problem with that. It’s a pretty organic progression from fighter to coach, and if you devoted your focus to that, you could work on making your students excellent competitors as well. On the other hand, if you really want to get back in there and compete at the elite level that’s great too, but I imagine that would require a really high level of dedication.
Do you have any new artwork scanned?
11/08/2010 1:51pm, #5
I guess I have to ask this, do you really want to try and make your living by fighting or do you want fighting to be a hobby that you enjoy? Not that the 2 are mutually exclusive.
the best way to ruin a hobby is to turn it into work
if you do what you love you will never work a day in your life
11/08/2010 4:54pm, #6
As far as fight career goes, I want to be known as one of the greats, up there with the #1 ranked girls in the various divisions like Julie Kitchen, Germaine De Randamie, Ilonka Elmont and Naoko Kumagai. As far as my record goes and my previous success as a fighter, I've got a loooong way to go, but I know I have the abilities and a flashy technical style that people like to watch so with the right connections (which I've been making more and more over time) I think I can at least put myself up there as one of the most skilled and entertaining American female thai fighters.
I feel the biggest factor for me is luck, and unfortunately my luck with the fight career hasn't been the greatest, what with injuries, pre-fight sickness, and all sorts of nonsense causing me to lose fights that I should have no problem winning. I'm hoping with the right focus and some good management I could put myself up there.
I know, I talk like a big shot, but knowing you have what it takes is a huge part of the fight game. It's just up to me to manage the focus and free time to really make it happen for myself.
EDIT: oh yeah, since I've been injured I've done a ton of art so people can feel free to check out my gallery :)
I'm actually trying to put together a series of pastel work based on hall of fame female Muaythai fighters and Boxers which I've so far completed one of.
Ilonka even saw it and gave her approval, woohoo!
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11/08/2010 5:01pm, #7
11/08/2010 5:18pm, #8
Just curious, how are the sponsorship opportunities for women? Mostly just curious because any money you make through fighting is less money you have to make through working which just means more time to do the things that will give you that shot at being great.
11/08/2010 6:08pm, #9
I am currently an ALIAS fightwear sponsored fighter, though since I'm still amateur I haven't taken any advantage outside of free sports bras and tank tops. They were, however, going to help fund my flight expenses to a pro tournament I was going to be competing in Tokyo (you get $1000 for fighting and $10,000 for winning in addition to all expenses paid while you're in Tokyo, but they expected everyone but the returning champ to pay flight expenses).
I think I could potentially get some sponsorship doing some fitness modeling (a friend of mine who used to be #2 ranked amateur boxer did a bit of this) but these are all things I'll be thinking about I guess once I start considering getting my fight career rolling again.
11/09/2010 2:28am, #10
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- Oakland, CA (East Bay Area)
anyhow, i figure it's about sorting your priorities out, right? i dunno how much ring life you have left, but assuming your injuries haven't become a chronic condition, i see no reason not to train hard and coach in your off-/recovery-time. it's all the "normal life" stuff that you need to decide if you want to keep doing, really.