Last weekend was a big one as far as MMA is concerned. Most people are well aware of the Machida vs. Shogun results from the UFC event, but there was a lot of stuff going on that hits a lot closer to home.
The Ho Shin Sool boys were in action at King of the Cage on Saturday and didn't disappoint. The guys went 4-0 with none of their opponents making it out of the first round.
- Trevor Manchester picked up his opponent and slammed him before finishing him with strikes in 24 seconds.
- John Veltri hit his opponent with a straight counter right on the button and dropped him. He pounced on his opponent and finished with an official TKO in 20 seconds, but the fight was over as soon as the first punch landed.
- Ray Gowlett was just as dominant but wanted to enjoy his time int he spotlight a little bit more than Trevor and Johnny. He picked up and slammed his opponent, dropped some shots from the top position and took the back of his opponent and almost choked him out. After a scramble he went back to the feet and dropped his opponent with a four strike combo, finishing with a body shot that crumbled his opponent. Ray followed him to the ground and dropped some shots for the first round stoppage.
- Jeff Elliot looked good in his second pro fight. He managed to control his larger opponent in the clinch and score a takedown. he eventually passed to full mount and started dropping down punches from the top position. Afte a quick scramble, Jeff found himself on his back where he immediately sunk a triangle choke to get the win. A good win showing some god wrestling an jiu jitsu to go with is well known striking.
Next up for Ho Shin Sool, Mitch and Adrian fight at XCC:58 Battle at the Border, Canada vs. USA.
Three guys from Daegu MMA also fought this weekend in kickboxing fights. Un Sik Song fought his second pro kickboxing fight in the last 4 months and won, although I don't know how because he wasn't at the club last night. John, a Korean kid who just graduated from highschool fought his first kickboxing fight and won by decision. "Korean GSP", as he likes to be known, also won his first kickboxing fight. In his own words he won via "duhty boxshing uppacut, uppacut, uppacut TKO." He's 16. Both of these young guys have really slick jiu jitsu and it's fun to watch them expand their arsenals as they work towards becoming MMA fighters. The next generation of fighters from Daegu MMA looks pretty strong.
Daegu MMA is also moving to a new location this weekend. I've heard that the new location is not any bigger, but a "better environment". I'm anxious to see what it's like.
Pulling a Runner
Some people get to Korea and realize it's not for them. Some get homesick, some can't handle their first real responsibility after University and some can't handle the culture shock. For whatever reason some people leave in the middle of the night, skipping out on their contract, their students and their coworkers. I suppose sometimes there are reasons why someone has to leave, even though the life here is pretty easy. It's one thing to admit to yourself that you can't handle it and you cant stick it out for a year. What I don't get is bailing on your friends and co-workers and leaving them in the lurch.
Last week it happened to us. There are only three foreign teachers at our school and the other one bailed on Thursday. Packed up and left in the middle of the night. Left us high and dry, short-staffed and having to clean up the mess she left behind. Didn't even have the courtesy to give us short notice so we could find someone to fill in for her in the short term. Pretty lame.
The only positive side to it is that I got my friend Scott to fill in at our school in the mornings starting this week. Scott's one of nicest dudes I've ever met and it's nice to have another guy in the office every now and then.
I hate the idea of Destiny and Fate. I find the idea that you are not in control of your life stupid. Fate and Destiny are convenient excuses for people who are too lazy to get up and make something happen. I'm sure nobody who ever accomplished anything great ever attributed it to Fate or Destiny. Those people got up and worked their asses off. They earned every bit of their accomplishments. I saw this commercial on youtube today and loved it for that exact reason. The commercial is about Destiny and Fate as they relate to sports, but like so many other things in sports it can be applied to the rest of life as well. Get up and make your own destiny.