Saturday, September 29, 2012

World WKA 2012 Final

I apologize for the delay in posting this but here's how the day unfolded yesterday:

The final for Female K1 division at 60kg was between Christina Peteraf and myself.
Now Christina and I are no strangers. We fought each other before, on December 3rd, 2011 to be exact. It was a hard fight for me, she kept coming forward and although I landed what I considered to be many hard hits, she just kept coming, forward and forward.
I won the fight then but I also realized who Christina was: a really tough girl and a good fighter with lots of heart.

So this final was the rematch. My first rematch.
I knew she was going to bring it and that winning was on her mind.
That meant she was would keep coming forward and staying busy, hit followed by hit and by hit, for three rounds. Just forward, forward, forward.

And that is exactly what happened. It was three action packed rounds on both sides. What gave me the edge was that I was cutting angles and making her miss. That and the knees I landed I would say. It was a close fight though, most definitely. I unfortunately did not win as emphatically as I had planned in my mind lol
But I won nonetheless by unanimous decision. I'll gladly take it :)


So... I am now a world champion. Not bad :)


Here's a recap of the week at the World WKA Championships in pictures:

My cornermen
Kru Phil Nurse, my coach, who made it there just just in the nick of time for my final *sigh of relief*. With Brian Crenshaw, who helped me out until Phil made it there.

Phil and Buck Grant, who also corneredd me for my first fight.


Pics of multiple members of Team USA:


A couple of special mentions:

Little Ahmad from Sitan Philly who won the Gold in the Juniors Full Contact Division. Aka "The Politician"

My roomie for the week, Kit, who I had a great time with.


The next generation of fighters. This little one is not even two but he's got the fire in him!

All in all it was a great week, packed with excitement, got some good experience and even a little dose of drama :)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

WKA World Championships Finals

My final is today.
USA vs USA


I'm feeling good, ready and I have something I wanna prove. Now's the time and the place to do it. Let's do it! :)

My breakfast of champions to fuel me up and get me there:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Where's my six pack at?!

My "fight weight" jeans:

So last night I tried to wear my "fight weight" jeans... and... it was a no go lol
Well I got them on. I even was able to zip up and button them. But walking or making any type of movement was extremely difficult/ uncomfortable/ basically impossible.

It's official my skinny days are over. And I'm not sad about it. Packing on the pounds means packing on more weight behind each of my punches and that is a very good thing.

I am planning on leaving a dent if not on this girl's face then most definitely in her mind. Make her think twice about wanting us to fight again.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fast food lunch

I had the best best BEST lunch at a fast food restaurant today. It's a chain called "Sweet Tomatoes" which main feature is a salad buffet.
You pay $8.79 and get unlimited salad, homemade soup, and they even have a bakery with breads, pizza and some pasta. They offer both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. They even have a dessert bar included. What more can you ask for?
Why isn't this chain EVERYWHERE?!?! If you add vegan options to the mix, it would undoubtedly be the perfect spot. Convenient, fast and affordable, oh and yes, healthy too.
Two thumbs up for "Sweet Tomatoes"!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Day 1: this is how it went down

8am
Brackets are finally up. Here's mine:

Ok so I'm fighting a girl from Greece. Look her up. She's a champion. ok
I'm a champion, you're a champion... er'ybody's a champion. all good ;)

8:30
Opening ceremony

Lots of chanting. "ouussa", "USA" and every country with their own version creating friendly rivalry.

9:00
Championships are officially open.
All women are fighting today. I'm the fifth fight.

11:30
Time for my fight.
Greece vs USA
Greek girl: on the shorter and stockier side
Me: on the not so short or stocky side

We touch gloves. Well, she shoves her gloves in my face and I touch gloves with her. We fight 3 two minute rounds. Can't say it was a great fight. It was close. She's a brawler, constantly trying to land a big swing, which never landed. My plan was to keep her at bay but I didn't even have to try so hard cause she basically ran away the entire fight and when she came close I kneed her.
Long story short: close fight

Decision: Win by split decision for me.
My reaction: happy :)
Her reaction: not happy. Not happy at all. Actually she's pissed. Very pissed.
Drama ensues lol

She actually came after to talk to me, no sorry, to ARGUE with me that she won the fight. So I says to her I says "I didn't judge the fight, it was close, coulda gone either way" I says. She's still talking talking talking.

Moral of the story:
I don't want any more close fights so no Greek girl, or anybody else, can think not for one second that I have to listen to all their yap-yap-yapping after a fight. From now on, when I get into a ring I will leave it ALL in the ring. I get it now.
Lesson learned.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I got my team USA uniform on



I got my hair did (Love the braids by Felicia in Orlando!!)



And I feel good! Put it all together and I'm ready to go folks :)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

World WKA weigh in

I arrived this afternoon in Orlando Florida for the WKA 2012 World Championship.
After all this training, running, weight cutting and preparation, it's hard to believe that the time has finally come! lol in a good way of course. I'm really excited to be here.

The weigh in went really well. I had to make 132lbs. I weighed in at 59.2kg, which is a whopping 130.2 lbs Not bad at all.
Actually this was the easiest weight cut yet and I have Dr. Fuhrman to thank for it. I read his book, "Eat to Live", about eating healthy wholesome foods and voila, I made weight easy peazy, one two three.
Check out his book. Be healthy, be strong and feel your best.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Morning run conquered.

Was it really just 2 weeks ago that I complained about not being able to get out of bed early enough to run in the mornings? I can't remember now...
Cause I've been running EVERY morning since that very day! Well... every day minus my one day off a week.
It was that easy: I decided enough was enough and that I would do it and I have done it. Now even if I don't put my alarm, I'll wake up on my own at 6:30am and go for a run. Sooooooooooooooo much better than running at night, after working all day, just before or after my training session when I'm totally pooped out.
I get some fresh air first thing in the morning. Get my muscles going. Let my brain wake up. Take in some sun. Oh, and I love seeing the rowers on the East River, getting their training session in. I wouldn't expect anyone rowing on the East River in NYC. But they're there... every morning.
And now so am I.

Decide. Do it. Done.
It's as easy as that. Nice! :)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

My main meal to 132lbs

Salad. That's right people, vegetables is the way to go if you wanna lost some weight, as long as you don't crazy with the dressing.
So here's my favorite this time around:


Romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, sunflower shoots, pine nuts and hemp seeds.

What brings it all together and makes this salad delicious is my most recent finding:
Lambrusco vinegar is fruity and mixed with just a little olive oil makes any salad so fresh and tasty.
Bon appetit!

Friday, September 7, 2012

The morning run.

How elusive you are to me, morning run. I know of you. I've experienced you before. I know of your benefits: the cooler temperature, a more pleasant quality to the air, less traffic on my route, less people in the way, the mere fact that my daily run would be out of the way first thing in the morning!!

I hold you in my awareness almost daily, especially true when I'm fight training, i.e. now. But moving you from my awareness and making you a part of my reality, morning run, that part has alluded me.
I have not for the life of me been able to get myself out of bed until the very latest minute that I can without being late, or rather without being unacceptably late. lol

Well that held true until this week. You see a friend of mine told me that my working out so much inspired him to take a 5:30am boot camp class this past Tuesday. And I was like "wait a minute... If I inspired YOU to do that, I better inspire myself to get my butt out of bed and go for my run". Actually he inspired me right? Right. So I've been on my morning run, every day this week, even today when I had to be at work at 7:30am so yes I woke up at 5:30am.
It was great! and I feel great.
I highly recommend it and I will highly recommend it for myself next week, in case I would tend to forget that I managed to do it for a week and that I didn't die. I was fine and actually better off. YAY!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Sweet

I broke 140lbs today. Always feels good.
7 more pounds to go in 17 days... piece of cake :-)

My butt is flat :(
No. It's not a good thing. I don't like it. You gotta sacrifice to rise to the top right? Well that is my sacrifice, I will accept my flat butteness lol

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

"Do you live at the gym?"

That's what someone asked me at work on friday.
Never mind that I wear a lab coat at work and as far as I can tell, you can't really make out what my figure looks like.

"What do you mean?" I said.
"Do you LIVE at the gym?" She repeated.
"Yeah. I guess I do. You can tell?"
She laughed softly. "Of course!"

She was spot on. I've been working and training. Training and working. My life. You know what that means don't you?
Yup, fight training had begun once again. This time it's for the WKA World championships happening in Orlando at the end of September.
A world title! Very exciting!! :-)

Stay tuned.
Yes. I'll be better about writing. Promise.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Food for thought

"The only thing more powerful than fear is hope." taken from The Hunger Games.
Actually it's "Hope is the only thing more powerful than fear." just googled it. Love google and LOVE that quote!
That line I want tattooed on my heart and in my brain. And it came in a timely fashion :)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Age ain't nothin' but a number

How's this for inspiration: a 75 year old grandma who competes as a bodybuilder and runs 10 miles every day. EVERY DAY!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18346128

ok I'll run tomorrow fo' sho' :-)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Advanced pads class

I tend to think twice before I go to The Wat on Wednesday night for advanced pads class. Especially when I'm not in top shape, i.e. when I've been pigging out on McNuggets and the like.
Most of the time it's a hard class but we can deal with it. But some times... some times boy... Mr. Phil Nurse is in one of his moods when Wednesday night pads class makes you wish you stayed home on the couch and that you're dealing with the guilt of not taking class instead of dealing with the torture of BEING in Wednesday night pads class. And it's not that he's upset it's just that he decided that it's on for that night, that we're kicking up a notch, just because. Probably just so we can prove to ourselves or see for ourselves that we CAN kick it up a notch. Even if we don't want to.
So here's how it happened:

"everybody get a set of pads"

"Right leg"
You kick. I kick. You kick. I kick.
Round 1
I want to die.

"Left leg"
I kick. You kick. I kick. You kick.
Round 2
Am I dead yet?!?

"Alternate legs"
Round 3
Dizzy.

Side note: this sucks cause not only am I kicking for a whole round and my legs are tired but it sucks because I'm also holding pads for someone else who's kicking for the whole round. So my legs AND my forearms are hurting. The pads absorb some of the hit but not all of it and I have the bruises to prove it.

"Get a new partner"
Definitely dizzy.
Round 4
I don't care anymore.
Wham. Whack. Wham Whack.
Round 5
"He's tired. Kick faster" He's right next to my ear
WHAM.
"Harder"
WHACK
"That's it. He's tired. Faster"
WHAM.
Round 6
"Faster. Harder" Wham Whack Wham Whack
No more wishing to die. I'm not upset. I'm just going to do it one kick at time until it's over. It has to be over at one point.

"New partner"
whatever. I'm so past the fact that this sucks that I don't even bother thinking it in silence in my head. My reality is that I'm here and I have at least another three rounds to go, maybe more. So whatever. I'll kick.
Round 7
Round 8
Round 9
Still standing. barely but I'm standing.

"put the pads away"
Alleluia it's over.

I think the take away lesson for this type of class is that the limiting factor is your own mind. I would never want to do this. I would never make myself do this on my own. But it doesn't mean that I can't do it. You have to push yourself past your comfort zone to discover what your real limits are.
Maybe the lesson is that there are NO limits to what we can do, you just gotta keep pushing past them... sigh... Yes that's my mind that just sighed. lol

It took five days for the mental and physical soreness from that class to go away. Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger right?
Bring it. It's on.




Wednesday, May 23, 2012

It was one of those days

One of those days where things were just not going right. I was having a tough time at work. Everything seemed like a chore, even the simplest most benign things, like a weighty dragged out chore. I couldn't wait for the day to be done with so I can just go home and sit on my couch.
Definitely did NOT feel like working out. This was going to be an official mopping day. 
I stopped at McDonald's to drown my sorrows in a box mcnuggets. As I'm sitting there, indulging in my fried food fix, I overhear a kid behind me saying something about a dentist. I turn around. I'm a dentist btw, hence why I turned. And there's a kid I treated that day. 
"The dentist was nice to me today. You know the dentist at the school? Yeah. She was nice to me".
And there you have it. Instant turn around. I felt better. At least I made one person feel good today. And now I felt better. Didn't want to mope around for no reason so off to the gym I went, had a good workout and had an okay day after all.
But what if I had opted for a healthier meal, as I totally should have, instead of McDonald's? Then I wouldn't have overheard anything. I would have taken my hard day and dwelled on it and kept the negativity going, and probably passed it on to someone else! But it's not because I wouldn't have heard it that he wouldn't have said it, or liked how I treated him that day. 
Well that was an eye opening moment for me, so I felt like sharing. Maybe when I have something nice to say about someone, I'll say it in my outdoor voice next time. Who knows who's listening and maybe I'll make their day. 
Thanks kid.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Look what I found!

I just happened to be surfing the web for muay thai videos and I found the video of my last fight for the WKA finals. So I thought I'd share.
I did mention it was a close fight right?? lol
Enjoy!

WKA 2012 Finals

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

First day back

So I finally was able to go back to the gym yesterday! Happy happy day :)
Well actually it's like a love-hate thing, where I can't wait to get back to train and where I also dread going because I know I'll be out of shape, gasping for air, regretting staying away so long and casting dirty looks to whoever happens to be teaching class that day lol
Although it's been well over a month since I did any type of real exercise, I felt pretty good yesterday, like I never even stopped training actually. And since Stanley was teaching, he was pretty unaffected by any dirty look I tried to send his way so I basically didn't bother even trying. I guess we Haitians are like that with the dirty looks. You can't bullshit a bullshitter type of thing. :)
It felt good to get the blood flowing, legs moving and get into the muay thai groove. But. I will be skipping advance pads class tonight haha yesterday might very well have been pure fluke.

Friday, April 20, 2012

MIA

I haven't been to the gym since my fight on April 1st. I have to say I've been enjoying having the extra time and filling my belly with all sorts of great and bad stuff but all equally delicious!
But now I'm day-dreaming of push-ups and landing a high kick to a faceless/nameless head. This always happens lol, I can't stay away from the gym for too long. But I also have to devote SOME time to my job. So that's what I've been doing for the past two weeks and will be doing for the next two weeks. Then the fun starts again :)

BTW I watched the video of the fight and I have to admit, it was pretty pretty close. Too close for comfort if you ask me. I have some work to do so that doesn't happen next time. Alright, I'll say it: next time I'm going for the knockout. There. Now I'll have to live up to it lol. great...

MIA 'til the second week of May.
Oh and great news, two of my little cousins told me they started training in muay thai and jiu jitsu! How cool is that? Two adorable 8 & 9 year old girls enjoying martial arts. Loves it! :D

Sunday, April 1, 2012

WKA Finals

What a day. What a fight. man oh man...
She was tough. And she came out swinging! I think it took me a good 30 seconds just to realize that she had just landed a flurry of shots to my head. I'm sorry, a flurry of HARD shots to my head. I felt the weight behind her punches and kicks. 11 pounds does make a difference after all.

That was by far the hardest fight I've had so far. I know I have said the other fights were hard fights and they felt like hard fights at the time. But THIS was a haaaaaaaaard fight and I now know what a hard fight means.
I am very happy to say that I was able to not only take the hits she landed, hit her back AND end up coming out on top. I'm not sure I would have been able to do that against a fighter like her 6 months ago. I think in the end my progression as a fighter is what I'm most happy/proud of. To win is great but to be better than you were last time, that's golden right there.

That being said, I am so soar I can't even put it into words. A warm bath, ibuprofen and ice have been my party mates tonight. I exaggerate, I do also have my WAT family here with me,we went out for dinner tonight and THEN I had to go back to soak/medicate/ice myself lol.
I just wanted to share with you all the culmination of all my efforts for the past month.
April 1st, 2012: The day I won my first belt. No April fools here :)


Saturday, March 31, 2012

WKA Tournament Day 1

Here we are in Richmond, Virginia, for the North American WKA tournament. The long awaited day has finally come. Feeling good this morning after a good night's rest and filling my tummy the night before. As we're walking to the venue, Kim, one of the trainers at The Wat, turns to me and says: "You have two fights potentially. And oh. They've moved you up one weight class" as she gives this look that says "don't freak out" lol

Hmmm... moved me up one weight class huh? What that means is no one showed up in my division at 132lbs. So now I'll be fighting in the 143lbs division, which is funny because that is EXACTLY what I weighed BEFORE I started cutting weight 3 weeks ago... hahaha sigh... That does not mean all my efforts were in vain people. I now know I can make 132 fairly easily and that will most likely be useful to me sometime in the future. You gotta look at the brighter side of things in life, makes everything a more pleasant experience :-)

So they'll have a couple pounds on me, no biggie. I think I pack a little bit of weight behind my punches too. Being lighter means I'll be faster so it'll work out. To be fair, I had a feeling something like this might happen because there is definitely a limited number of female fighters, particularly in the open division for which you need to have 3 previous wins in order to participate. That was the main reason I wanted to go down to 132 in the first place, just to give myself more options. All is well.

Finally I fought this girl, who I think is from Illinois; she's a good fighter. It's always nice to have a fight where both contestants use good technique and it doesn't look like a bar brawl. The fight went for three rounds, I paced myself, looked for openings and stayed strong until the end. The decision went in my favor, yea! Tomorrow is the final for the belt. I soaked in a warm bath this evening, refueled and now resting up to have my name written in that empty box tomorrow :-D

Friday, March 30, 2012

Weigh-in completed.

Done and done.
A whole month of regulating every single thing I eat and drink, every single day. Combine that with training and running 6 days a week, which lead to a whole lot of sweating. And the result?
132.0 pounds. Nice.

How did the whole process feel? Not bad at all, actually. Ok, there was one day this week when I felt on the low side after working out in a sweat suit. Oh. And my stomach was definitely doing some major growling today from not eating or drinking anything. But all in all, it was pretty good. I wasn't starving, I ate really healthy, I felt good and more importantly I reached my goal!
That being said, 132lbs on me, a 5'10" woman is WAY too skinny for me. My cheeks are hollow to the point where I risk biting them when I chew and let's not even get started on my butt cheeks!! They are gone gone GONE! Which btw is NOT a good thing!! Let me put it this way, half way into the six hour drive to Virginia, I was soooo uncomfortable. And I'm wondering why in the world am I soooo uncomfortable... Oh yeah!! I don't have any padding on my butt. Right. I literally had to pull over get my shoulder pillow I use for long flights as padding on my seat to be able to bear the rest of the drive. Ok yeah, that worked fine but I'll just take my natural butt padding instead, thanks. And I'll thoroughly enjoy my bubble butt and not fitting into the 26" skinny jeans. That works just fine by me.

So the tournament starts tomorrow and goes on until Sunday evening. In the morning, we'll find out how many people are in our weight brackets and how many fights we'll have for the weekend. I'm excited!
Time to get some rest and get ready for the real work to begin!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Almost there

So the last week of training before the tournament is finally here!
I feel good, training has been going very well, no injuries and my weight is just where I want it to be. It's nice when hard work leads to results! But that's usually the case isn't it? Results comes from blood, sweat and tears. For me it's been lots and lots of sweat!!

It's funny how quickly fight training goes by though. Before I started training it seemed like so much work: training 6 days a week, running 6 days a week, losing 10 pounds... Say what?!? Seriously, when I thought about it in January it seemed impossible, although I knew I had done it many times before. I had a little bit of winter blues/blahs and that did not help at all. I was just like: "no way. there's just no way." Then the weather got better and I snapped out of it, just in time too lol

And then you just go through the motions and voila, already in the last week and it wasn't so bad after all! The most amazing part is that I feel great! It's definitely from working out regularly which gets your endorphins going AND from not eating so much. We really don't need to eat as much as we do, makes you feel groggy and heavy, and just slows you down. But why oh why does eating feel so darn good then? Argh!... lol

I'm happy about discovering new healthy recipes though. I'm most definitely going to add more vegetarian meals to my everyday diet. After giving up meat for almost a month now, I decided I want to eat less meat from now on. However, I don't think I'm ready to give it up altogether. I miss eating meat though I now realize I don't need it. Maybe someday in the future I'll become vegetarian, maybe...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The first mile

Boy. That first mile sucks.
Each time I go for a run, which is 6 days a week when I'm training for a fight, it's the first mile that's the hardest. I'm always wondering why I can't move my legs any faster, why the incline seems so steep, I wonder how I'm going to get through the entire run if the very first mile is this hard. And inevitably, once I push through that first mile then everything gets better, my breathing gets smooth, my legs start moving, the incline doesn't seem so bad anymore and I think "ok. I can do this."

Very same thing happens for the first round that I jump rope. I guess it's like a car with a standard transmission. It takes more effort to put the car in first gear to get it going then to switch into second or third gear after the car is already in motion. Makes sense but doesn't make it less sucky, lol.

I found that the best strategy is to not think about. If I sit and think of how hard that first mile is going to be, I may decide to just not run at all or I'll run but I'll focus on how hard it is and then it's really feel like it's hard. Instead of just doing it and getting it over with.

That's Nike's line right? "Just do it". But for real, it's so true!
And I only truly started understanding the depth of its meaning since I've been doing muay thai and trained like a real athlete, or since I've become a real athlete I should say.
We always make reasons why we can't work out, don't we? Or why we can't do more than 10 push-ups. We make excuses for ourselves. "I can't do this because...", "I can't do that because..."
Truth is we can do just about anything. All it takes is to "Just do it".
You just need to start doing it and keep doing it. And one day you'll wake up and realize that you just did it.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Muay Thai at the Mecca

What a great night of fight yesterday at Madison Square Garden! Great fights, great venue, amazing turnout. A little bit of drama happened unfortunately towards the end but I guess that added some spice.

A big big BIG congrats to Nick Vaughan and Brett Hlavacek from The Wat! They both won their fights by KO, it was awesome. When I grow up I want to be just like those guys :-)

Oh. And because everyone was at MSG last night, I guess there was confusion as to who was teaching pads class at The Wat last night so Phil (that's Phil Nurse: owner and Kru of The Wat, unbelievable fighter and best Muay Thai teacher around. Don't take MY word for it, apparently a few guys in the UFC seem to think so too and they also just happen to be the champions of their weight class... Just saying.)
Back to my story: so Phil asked yours truly to teach class! I was like "uh...you want ME to do what?!?" lol It was cool though, people were sweating and hitting pads so mission accomplished right? haha

Hopefully next time there's a card at MSG I'll be on it too!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Fuel for the day

So I'm trying to make weight at 132lbs. A little lighter than the usual 135 but nothing crazy. So far so good. I woke up this morning at 138.5 so I'm not only on track but a little ahead since there's still two weeks to go.

When cutting weight basically here's what we do:

Eat small portions.
Cut out all junk food and fatty food, basically no empty calories.
Cut out sugar, salt.
No alcohol.
Eat something every two to three hours.
Drink lost of water.


Here's what I had today:
Nothing like starting the day with a glass of fresh vegetable and fruit juice, with some whey protein thrown in there for good measure

Kale salad for lunch. Added sunflower shoots, kalamata olives, tomatoes and pine nuts.

Pre workout snack: Greek yogurt, nuts and a grapefruit. I LOVE grapefruit!!!

Post workout snack to hold me over while I make dinner. I would have rather had crackers or pita with my homemade hummus but no more in the house so celery sticks it is. Yes yes homemade hummus, yummy!

Finally dinner time: quinoa with bok choy and mushrooms. So tasty.

Have I made you nauseous with how ubber healthy my diet is?!?
It's actually all very tasty and I'm far from starving away all day. Just gotta load up on the water, about 3 to 4 liters and it's all good.
I'm not usually vegetarian but I gave up meat for lent and it's actually been great. Simmer down Red...
I may add more pasta and rice though to bulk up these meals a little.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Three years

Three years have come and gone from the first time I walked into The Wat, Muay Thai gym in NYC.

I first walked into The Wat in February 2009 looking for a good workout, to get in shape, get rid of my little potbelly and keep it moving. Now three years have gone by and boy there sure has been some big changes in my life since that day... that dreadful day! haha just kidding
But seriously if I knew then that walking into The Wat would lead me to become a Muay Thai fighter, to compete in a contact sport, to punch people in the face and get punched in the face on a weekly basis... If you had told me THAT when I walked in, I would have first laughed at you, then told you that you're crazy and if I had believed any of it I most DEFINITELY would have walked right out never to return again.
I think that's fair to say.

Luckily no one told me any of that. Or unluckily if you'd ask my mom lol
Come in they said, take a class! They were so nice, I felt at home right away, as I still do three years later.

So here we are.
Three years later indeed.
Five fights later.
Five wins later.
Getting ready to compete for a second time in the WKA North American Championships, but in the open division this time around.

The first time I did the WKA's was in June 2010. It was my first fight. First fight ever, in my life. I'm standing in my corner, the bell rings and my opponent CHARGES at me. I'm thinking: "OMG this girl wants to kill me!" lol
I thought we'd dance around each other for a little while like the thai fighters do in the youtube videos, ease our way into the fight maybe...
Yeah. There was none of that. It was  fight and it was ON as soon as that bell rang.
Well I think I've evolved some since those days as a fighter and as a person so we'll see how things go this year.

The tournament starts March 30th. Training has been going well. Running is going to pick up.
Oh yeah. And I still need to cut 10 pounds. Bah. 10lbs in 20 days. Easy peazy.

So I FINALLY started my blog 2 years after I was supposed to but here it is. Not sure who'll be interested in the details of my sweat, blood and tears shed in preparing for my fights but it's here. At the very least I'll use it as motivation in preparing for my fights. AND I won't have to hear my dear friend/little sister, Hsin, annoy me about it EVER again!!! Victory is mine hehehe