About the time I started really posting on my Facebook page that Kevin and I were going to be moving to Thailand, I also started noticing the comments of a guy in Illinois whose avatar (profile picture) featured a huge red beard: Zack Jackson.
As it happened, Zack saved up all his pennies (just like we did!) and organized a trip out to Thailand to get some training. Luckily for me he decided to train at Lanna and for the past three weeks he’s been here. He’s the first person I’ve met in Thailand who has been watching my videos, pretty much since I’ve been posting them. He trains in an unorthodox manner same as I did for a long time – that is, without a gym – so it’s been really good for both of us to spar with each other. And he came to two of my fights, which is pretty awesome that he’s been connected to my Muay Thai via YouTube and now he’s right there in the stadium and in the truck on the way to and from fights.
So, the other night Zack set up his camera on the edge of the ring during our sparring. This is just maybe 5 minutes out of 15-20, but I think it’s amazing that two people who basically trained out of the basement can spar each other in real life, in Thailand, somewhere down the road. Friends punch friends in the face.