The last week has been pretty empty inside Daegu MMA. There have still been lots of people training but the studs have either been away fighting or helping to corner the fighters. The intensity of training has been a little lower this week, but to be honest, I feel like my body needed the rest. I feel refreshed and ready to get back at it full tilt.
Un Sik "The Tornado" Song won his kickboxing fight at "W" by second round KO. He scored two knockdowns before putting his guy away for good. Un Sik's fight was the main event, getting top billing over a fighter who has competed in K1. It sounds like he was all over his opponent from start to finish. After watching him train and spar (and getting punched around by him a lot) I'm glad to know that his Kickboxing is as good as I thought.
Un Sik re-aranging some facial features
Across the sea, Heung Gull lost a very tough split decision to Akihiko Mori in Tokyo, Japan. I haven't talked to him yet but it sounds like he dominated the first round with striking and almost finished the fight from the bottom when he got taken down at the end of the round. The second round was a toss up and in the third Heung Gull got taken down and couldn't get anything going from the bottom. He didn't take any real damage but he was down there for the whole round. Sounds like the fight could have gone either way, but I wish I could have seen it since the only info I have is second hand from some biased sources. As mainly a Jiu Jitsu practitioner, Heung Gull has different ideas about cutting weight than I do. His Jiu Jitsu competition weight is 62 kg. while the fight against Mori was at 70 kg. I was worried that a weight disadvantage might hurt him in the later rounds if the fight went long... I don't know if this was the case or not but I personally wouldn't fight at 70 kg and I'm a bit bigger than Heung Gull. The cool thing is that I think Heung Gull fights for fun. He is first and foremost a Jiu Jitsu player and is now busy preparing for the Asian Abhu Dhabi trials, having already won the Korean trials.
The best thing about Un Sik and Heung Gull is that neither guy missed a single day of training after their fights. They were both right back at it the day they got back to Daegu. Tough dudes.
Competition on the Horizon
There's a little more than three weeks until I compete in my first Jiu Jitsu tournament in Korea. I don't know if it's a big tournament or a small one, if the divisions are separated by belt or if they lump everyone together. I do know that the weight class is 68 kg. This is pretty much my natural weight right now, so that's where I'll compete.. there's no way I'm cutting to 62 kg. I've picked up the amount of weight training that I've been doing and would like to get back up to a solid 70 kg and cut to 68 for grappling and 66/65 for MMA. There is also the off chance that I might end up fighting an amateur Kickboxing fight at some point. When Jae Hoon (The owner and coach at Daegu MMA) talked to me about fighting he said "Amateur Kickboxing, no probrem". I trust him, but I'd still rather fight MMA where I can take I guy down if need be. And get paid.
Over the next few weeks I'll be doing the regular jiu jitsu classes as well as splitting time with Un Sik and Jae Hoon, working on my kickboxing and Un Sik's wrestling.
Last week I went into my regular coffee shop, the one I stop in at just about every morning on my way to work. There were some guys there putting in a new, bigger front window. As I was leaving one of the guys was blocking my way. I couldn't help but think "Hey buddy, you make a better window than a door...". Gold!