The Competition Team has been working hard as we have upcoming fights this weekend. We will be competing in Muay Thai K1 style striking and of course Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or as it is more commonly known BJJ. We take pride in being one of the most active gyms in Northern Ontario when it comes to competition. Between our BJJ and Muay Thai program we are on the road almost every weekend. So far in 2017, our Competition team has gone 6-3 in striking and in BJJ we have brought home multiple medals (Honestly too many to count.. not in a bragging way, its just the truth).
The reason I am proud of our competition team is not only because of the success we have had but also because of the challenges our team is willing to face. Competition in combat sports brings athletes to a place not everyone gets to experience. It is not only physically challenging, there is a huge psychological component to this sport as well. The reality is that not everyone is willing to put themselves in the spotlight… to be criticized, both in victory or defeat.. (Yes, in victory as well… how often have we heard, he has no skill, he is just strong etc…) Athletes subject themselves to the possibility of truly being vulnerable …both to their opponent and the critics… but that is OK. I have competed for almost two decades and had several highs and lows.. learning to cope with the lows of competition is a large part of what has prepared me for life.. something I still believe to the core… if you fall, get up and try again.
As I read back…. This blog may have taken a different direction than originally planned.. I think this is a topic worthy of a Vlog or podcast.. all this to say, this Saturday, we will be in North Bay working with the Action boys.. we cannot wait to enjoy a great day with some great teams and great people! If you are in the area, stop in and support amateur combat sports.. if you want travel up with the team, we will be leaving the club around 9am Saturday Morning.. Bring your T-Shirt and some cash to hit that chip stand in Sturgeon, because you know that is also on my agenda!!
See you on the mats!
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