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Pesta Pulau Pinang 2016 – GOLD!

Hey guys, thank you for the wishes and especially to those who played a part in helping me clinch the gold medal in the Pesta Pulau Penang Boxing Championships 2016. Just a small token from me, I would like to share my experience in preparing for the tournament, me being there for the first time and how I beat the odds.
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Believing is the first step to winning
Few weeks before the Pesta Penang Boxing Championship kicks off, I remember telling Head Coach Ridhwan I was confident of winning a medal there. And the night before my first fight in Penang, I could tell that the team manager, Rizal was worried about me not getting a win especially with how boxing politics can be. These were the exact words I said to him, “Don’t worry. I am going to win tomorrow night” and we did. Just my two cents worth, I believe anybody can just show up at the gym and train hard, but if you do not have faith in what you have been doing, everything else will go wrong no matter how good you are in sparring. Whenever I took the train to the gym, out during my morning run, or even while taking a shower, there is nothing else I could think of other than I am going to win the matches.
Doubt is only removed by action. Have faith. Believe.
Do what it takes to win
Sharpening your boxing skills in the gym alone is not going to be enough. I always try to find ways to better myself in other areas such as Strength & Conditioning as well as fitness. I believe these are the things that people tend to overlook. No matter how strong you are, how fast you are, how fit you can be, someone is going to better than you in some of these areas. T overcome this is to work on those areas specifically. I visited Habit gym and the guys there definitely did a wonderful job in conditioning my body for the one week tournament. On top of that, I end my morning run with sprints to push myself to help me cope with the intensity. If you train hard, the fight would be easy and you will actually enjoy your time in the ring.
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It’s better to be good at one thing than trying to be good at a thousand and one
Eight weeks is the perfect time frame to prepare for a tournament. Not too long nor short. I try to not do so many things at once which can mess my momentum at the end of the day. The focus was to snap the jabs, move my legs and the counter to my step back was a straight hook. I practiced it too many times with my head coach Ridhwan during training, and it paid off in sparring. The hard part was to keep on repeating the same punch, to make it perfect, to make it second nature without getting bored.

As Bruce Lee once said, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times”

True enough comes fight night, I did gave my opponent from Batam the same stepback straight hook counter which lead to a standing eight count.

Actions speak louder than words
Social media can be a distracting tool if you do not know when and how to effectively use it. I try to keep myself away from telling people over the internet on how much I have trained today or if it is my second or third session for the day. I prefer to let my actions back my performance over the week. Holding back from posting what I have been doing in training somehow gives me the itch to prove to myself and others come fight day.

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Good Morning Gorgeous!

“Successful people establish similar routines to ensure they apply their time to ensure no minute is wasted. In my transition (to civilian life), I have set a routine similar to what I was familiar with in the Army. I still wake up very early, conduct physical training, and professional reading.” says 20-year Army veteran Mario Rodqriquez, who wakes at 4 a.m. every day.

I learned to love waking up early a long time ago (to be honest it started with me not having a choice). Being early and punctual is probably one of my gifts in this life. Of course at times it can still be a love-hate relationship between sleeping in and waking up when the alarms go off but all these years of being an athlete have helped instill this discipline or habit. You snooze, you lose.

It’s a discipline that you can surely acquire to better your life.

In Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win, co-author and former Navy SEAL Jocko Willink writes: “The moment the alarm goes off is the first test; it sets the tone for the rest of the day. The test is not a complex one: when the alarm goes off, do you get up out of bed or do you lie there in comfort and fall back to sleep? If you have the discipline to get out of bed, you win — you pass the test. If you are mentally weak for that moment and you let that weakness keep you in bed, you fail. Though it seems small, that weakness translates to more significant decisions. “

Woah that’s deep! So after doing more research, I noticed a similar trend whereby many successful athletes and businessmen tend to be early risers.  With that, I’ve come up with a few points on the benefits of waking up early.

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Chris ‘Slow Mo’ – The Comeback

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With barely a month away to Legends Unleashed, the much anticipated amateur boxing event will feature up to 34 exciting, Olympic style boxing bouts. Amateur boxers across various local gyms will come together and showcase months of hard word, discipline and sheer dedication in the squared circle, promising much thrill and exhilaration for the attending masses.

Here in Legends Fight Sport, our members too have picked up a notch in training, getting well-conditioned and ever ready for their upcoming bouts. One such individual is Christopher ‘Slow-Mo’ Sivalingam. Chris (Christopher for short) is a 37 year young, senior manager with a people management consultancy by day. Generally a sport fanatic, Chris enjoys the simple pleasures of life such as reading and having drinks with friends. But don’t let the tender age and sensitivity fool you, Chris ‘Slow Mo’ Sivalingam can pack a punch if you’re in his way.

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Get motivated!

To get yourself motivated is easy. Staying motivated, well, is another different story. When you have all the different challenges or troubles life throws at you and it gets a little bit too overwhelming, it’s always easier to be down and out.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

The thing is, everyone has their own story and it’s always nice to have someone listen to our struggles, hopes and dreams. Sadly, the kind of world that we live in only shines the spotlight on those who has “made it”.

You don’t have to be a competitive fighter, an Olympian, a champion, a reputable business person or a person that “has gone through a lot” for your dream to matter. In fact, whatever reason you have to start on your fitness journey, that is a damn very good reason to hold on to. You don’t need the media or a thousand other people rallying behind you just to confirm that your dreams and goals are worth it. You know yourself best.

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