Category Archives: Random Rants

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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All it takes is 1 second for things to change. 1 quick second to fall in love, for a love partner to cheat, to win, to lose, to be knocked down, to be given something or to have something you have worked so hard for, for the most part of your life taken away. It’s a really crazy and scary thought but it is real. You can work the hardest, sacrifice and do whatever that needs to be done to be where you want to be, but if that path is not meant for you, it will never happen.

My coaching course here in Budapest allows me to meet with different people with different stories. One of them is this guy Valentino Knowles, 27 years old from Bahamas. Really cool guy and speaks like an American with the ghetto slang and his hands are always moving as he tells about his stories. I remember seeing him compete in the Pre Commonwealth games in India 5 years ago and back then I said to myself “Damn this guy has got something!”. I never thought I would see him here now, to get certified to be a coach.

He’s had about 300 amateur boxing fights, fought against tough fighters who went on to be olympic champions and had a record of two wins in his short professional boxing career in the US. He was on the road to be the next upcoming boxing star.

That's him on the far left, winning the silver medal at the Pan American Games which is held every 4 years.
That’s him on the far left, winning the silver medal at the Pan American Games which is held every 4 years.

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Welcome to Budapest!

Hey! I’m safe in Budapest, pretty much settled the necessary stuff and am just waiting for school to start next week. Not exactly sure if I’m looking forward to the studying part very much but once I get into it, I will kick ass.

Anyway, it is very clear by now that boxing is a major part of my life. So as soon as I landed in Budapest, my first natural instinct was to look for a boxing gym and that was exactly what I did. I first quickly went ‘home’, unpacked my luggage, did what I had to do and 20 minutes later I’m in a tram on a mission to search for a local boxing gym known as ‘University Boxing Club’ located at Soroksari 24, about 30 minutes from where I stay.

Home away from home, Fadrusz street 32
Home away from home, Fadrusz street 32

I like how the gym is pretty much old school, located in a building guarded by other empty or abandoned buildings. I did a walk-in class at 4pm (Budapest is 6 hours behind Singapore) but my body is functioning like it is already 10pm. However since I don’t sleep that much anyways, I’m quite awake. A little jet lagged and hungry but still surviving.

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From the Legends corner…

Alright! There will be a whole lot of you that will be stepping into the ring for Legends Fight Night 2 on 29th August. Some of you are first timers, and some are quite experienced. It will always be nerve wrecking somehow. The date is getting closer and you might be looking for tips and trying to absorb whatever advice you can get. With that, here are some of the tips and advice coming from us at Legends that may or may not help you….enjoy!

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Khairizal, Legends Gym Manager
Hey boxers, such an honor to be managing this event.Please don’t eat too much fast food! It will just slow you down. Trust me I know! Have ample rest to allow your body to recover. Don’t care who your opponent may be, just train really hard!

Remember every second of this fight journey of yours. BECAUSE IT BELONGS TO YOU…for the rest of your life! Stay Legendary!

Jaron Tan, Assistant Trainer
Hello lion-hearted individuals wrapped in puffy, padded mitts! It’s a big step stepping into the ring, but watch your steps (the steps up to the ring can be quite steep). You’re not Rocky, nor are you a rock, so don’t take too much. Most importantly have fun, enjoy yourselves and FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT!

Coach Ali-Bomaye, Boxing Coach
Dear participants, just remember…train hard, fight easy. The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. Everything comes with hard work and dedication.  Enter the ring with an open mind. Keep your focus strong. Don’t rush. Focus on executing your basics well. Remember to stretch. All the best and enjoy!

Hafiz, Boxing Trainer & Legends Fight Team member
Don’t play into your opponent’s game. Welcome them to yours! Always plan ahead! Your opponent touch you once, you hit back thrice. When in doubt, JAB! Make your punch louder than your voice…

Fairuz
You have clocked in the training hours and the hard work needed for this fight. Approach it with an easy mind, relax, stay composed and give your all. At the end of the day, regardless the result, you are still a winner. Remember to work on your fitness and fight conditioning!

Ridhwan
Hands up,
Keep them up,
Move your feet,
Don’t get hit…

And oh! Please also punch back. Try your best to win k? (fist bump)

Happy, happy, in Thailand!

When you are about to quit, remember why you started.

If you’ve not seen me at Legends lately, that’s because I’m now training at Sityodtong gym in Pattaya, Thailand. I’m hoping to remember again how it feels like to train and fight with all my heart. I want to enjoy the process of learning the art and sweet science of boxing and so I’m approaching this training experience with a positive and open mind.

I have always been very grateful to the seniors that came before me. They helped pave the way for me to box and compete at a high level. 10 years ago, boxing in Singapore was on survival mode and it has always been my dream and goal to help bring the interest and attention back to the sport. I would like to believe that I have done my part in that. Singapore boxing has had many wonderful moments recently and clearly more good things will happen. Now, it’s time I focus on myself. And with that I decided to dig into my savings and go on this trip.28b08091c3eb04265b315853df46306c

I’m not here for training camp. I don’t do training camps because I personally feel it’s for fighters who have been lazing around most times of the year and now need to be in seclusion as they train hard for an upcoming fight event. I’m not like that. Boxing has been a lifestyle, I train hard almost every day and when I have a fight, I just train a little harder.

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How hard should I train?

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“How hard should I train?” you ask me.

This is of course a common question and is usually answered wrongly by too many ‘geniuses’ of the fight game. There is no specific answer but the first step is to KNOW YOURSELF AND LISTEN TO YOUR BODY.

Often when you scroll through the news feed on your Facebook account, you’ll see your Gung Ho boxing/ combat sport friends rambling about “no off days, I train while you sleep, we train harder than you, rest is for the weak, blah blah blah”. All I can say is…whatever dude.

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