Tag Archives: Muay Thai

How to use Martial Arts to beat depression

Thank you so much to [High Risk] Bipolar Cat  as she will be featuring me on her blog. Also, thank you for taking the time to read it.

You may be asking yourself: what does beating people up have to do with depression?

This is a good question. But before we get to the solution, please let me explain my situation.

I was born in Jamaica and live there until I was about 7 years old.

My family moved around quite a bit when was young, but we settled in South Florida as I entered middle school.

I cannot say, for certain, if this influenced my  anger and depression, but it does explain why I keep people at a distance.

I was taught, in my Jamaican culture that a man is supposed to be “tough”.

I soon learned that you had to be even tougher growing up as a black boy in the United States.

I confused this “tough guy” mentality with anger. So, instead of dealing with my emotions, I are suppressed them until they finally exploded.

During my outbursts, I “saw red” as they would say. It is hard to describe that “feeling” in words.

It was like you have tunnel vision to the thing that triggered you and nothing else matters.

Subsequent to these outbursts, I would fall into days of depression.

I think many of us have negative thoughts sometimes, something along the lines of “nobody likes me” or “I make everyone around me miserable.”

These thoughts overwhelm you, and it feels like you are sinking into a deep, inescapable hole.

It seems impossible to get out of the hole. Everyone seems far away. You get the feeling that nothing or nobody can help.

Quite often, I would turn to alcohol as a way to relieve the feelings. However,  alcohol only made things worse.

The alcohol would increase the frequency of my outbursts.

For 28 years of my life, I lived with this anger.

At the request of my girlfriend, now my wife of 7 years, I spoke with a psychologist.  he informed me that anger is a form of depression that I finally understood what was happening to me.

What an eye opener!

We also came to the conclusion that the only thing that consistently helped me with my depression was and still is martial arts.

Martial arts allowed me me to vent my frustrations in a positive way.

As long as I followed the rules in the gym, I could punch and kick as much and as hard as wanted.

I give thanks to my instructors, who guided me on my martial arts journey.

I went on to train and compete in several Muay Thai and MMA fights under the Sityodtong Muay Thai Academy.  I also competed in several Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions.

I believe that these fights helped me live a healthier lifestyle and focus on a particular goal (i.e. winning the fight).

Martial arts has given me the strength and perseverance to meet any challenge and overcome any obstacle. It has indeed made me a stronger person.

Martial arts also gives you a community of like-minded people that have the same goals.

The people you meet in the gym can become your family and support system.

If you find the right martial arts school, you know you can always go back, and your family will be there to support you.

I am now a coach and Muay Thai instructor.

My main goal is to spread the positive impact that martial arts can have on people’s lives.

Thank you again for taking the time to read this blog.

If you are curious about how martial arts can help you, please continue to follow my blog at fightingiseasy.wordpress.com.

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Brand New Muay Thai class

I am excited to announce I am teaching a brand new Muay Thai class on a Thursday nights at 830 pm at the Woodside Boxing Academy located at 41-25 58th St.
Woodside, NY, 11377.
We will be training on Thursday nights at 830 pm.

The class is for all ages and levels.
If you are in New York, stop by and give it a try!

Father’s Day Special

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If someone signs up and mentions your name, you will get a free session!

This limited time offer ends on 6/20/17.

Father’s Day is quickly approaching!

Have you got dad that gift yet?

If you procrastinate, like me, then probably not.

Well, forget those boring ties, and dad sweaters.

Why not let dad relieve stress with some kickboxing lessons.

Plus he”ll get to hit stuff and what guy doesn’t like that? 💪🏽🥊

Our special includes 3 private Muay Thai sessions for $120.

Our online training special includes:

One month online exercise plan for 50% off!

Text 718-813-3744 or Email info@fightingiseasy.com for more info about our services.

Technique of the Month_Elbows

Muay Thai is known as the “Art of 8 Limbs”.
It is known as the “Art of 8 Limbs” because we use our 8 limbs (i.e. arms , legs, knees and Elbows) as weapons to attack our opponent.
Today, I will break down the Muay Thai slashing elbow or “Sok ti” in the Thai language.
The slashing elbow is a short range weapon.
By short range, I mean we have to be close to our opponent to utilize it.
For a better picture think:
Using an axe (short range).
vs
Swinging a baseball bat (long range).
Throwing elbows can be dangerous and maybe for good reason.
Elbows are meant to draw blood or strike precisely to cause instantaneous knockouts!
In a professional Muay Thai fight, elbows can end a fight in an instant. That is what makes them so exciting.
Quick note:
In practice, we do not spar with elbows until after years of practice. Once a student is considered “advanced”, elbows can be used in practice. Even then, we usually use elbow pads for protection.
So, back to the slashing elbow.
The slashing elbow is executed quickly and efficiently.
While being on the receiving end may not be all smiles, throwing them can be fun.
You can ask any of my students that have done padwork with me.
Here is the breakdown of the the video shown above.
1. I make sure I am at the right distance to throw the elbow.
2. I bring my elbow up by my ear.
3. I chop it down to the pad and bring my hand back to my head.
There you have it.
That is all I have for now on the Muay Thai elbow.

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Martial Arts for Self Defense?

One of my many joys in both life is spreading knowledge about martial arts.

There are many myths and mistruths out there.

One, in particular, is the idea that if an individual practices martial arts, it automatically makes them invincible.

The idea that a martial artist can take out 20 guys at a time or catch bullets with their teeth is not always true. Although maybe so for Ip Man.

Another misconception is that a martial arts expert, be they a black belt or Pro MMA fighter, is adept at teaching self-defense.

Well, it may be true that martial artists may be well versed in the way of combat and most of us can intelligently defend ourselves (and don’t back down from a fight).

It is not true that we can teach you in an hour (or less) how to defend against every possible scenario that could occur in the street, nor are we trained to do so.

There is specific training that is required for self -defense and many scenarios that could occur including guns, knives, thugs, the size of Brock Lesner, attacking you.

Each scenario is different and requires you to react in different ways. There are self-defense experts who have trained these scenarios for several years. These are the individuals I would look to learn how to defend yourself.

In closing, I will leave you with this conversation I had with my Trainer years ago, specifically regarding Muay Thai.

Me: Can Muay Thai be used for self-defense purposes?

Trainer: Yes…and No. While some techniques can be used to defend yourself, Muay Thai cannot be deemed as “Self-Defense”. Muay Thai is a combat sport in which two individuals agree to engage in a fight. In self-defense, at least one person does not want to engage. The goal (for the person not wanting to engage) is to escape the situation unharmed.

Me: Oh, that makes sense.

That’s it for today. Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you know anyone that is interested in martial arts or fitness, please direct them to my blog, where all my articles can be found.

-John