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  1. Gemma, I thought this was one of the best fight posts I've ever read. You are so very clear-headed about what was going wrong, and giving insight to all the pressures that a fighter can face. It was kinda incredible. This is just very private stuff. Not that nobody should know about it, but rather than people just don't realize that you can really want to do something, keep telling yourself to do it, but the whole thing can be undermined. Fighters are warriors of the mind, even more than they are of the body. Just a very brilliant and honest telling.

    It amazes me that the mind can trick us into feeling that we have NO advantages, when in fact we may be brimming with them. I think this has been a very brave year for you, an amazing year.


    Thank you so much for this feedback. I am thrilled to hear this post was received so well. It's not always easy bearing your darkest moments to the world but I want to be transparent in my journey, not only as therapy for myself, but so others don't feel alone in their own journeys. There are big things to come. I can feel it!




    Oh man, Gemma - I know these feelings. Emma and I were talking just before the Queen's Birthday about this "go! Just go!" command and the internal counter of "with what?" I've meditated on this in my own mental training, trying to figure out how to talk to myself in those moments so I can have specifics to get me going (not "go" but "jab" or "more forward and block until I can grab") and then let go and be able to flow. It's so fucking hard. And I have been exactly there with the fighter who is already in your head. Loma is an incredible clincher and because that's my strong point I went nuts losing to her, thinking that the best that I had just wasn't enough for her skill. As if that thought helps me at all.

    I'm glad you got out of that terrible head space, but despite how awful it is to experience it's also good that it allowed you to have some time with your family and reawaken your drive. Thank you for this honest blog post. Thank God it's not just you, or just me, or just any one of us.

    That damned internal dictation! I feel you! Some times I have to tell myself to pull the trigger! Just go!


    I wanted to write a separate post about my losing streak but this was better. Pinpointing that moment I wanted to hang up my gloves. As always, thank you for your feedback and support!

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  2. I feel as if Martyna came into this fight with no will to win at all, or maybe with the acceptance of the fact that she will not win. Just another sparring with a World Champ - this is the attitude I get from her, but it's only my opinion. I'm just a keyboard warrior, I never fought in a real fight, so I'd be happy to hear opinions of people who actually been there. :) :)

    I fought on this card and shared a room with Martyna. I can assure you this was not her attitude.


    Martyna is only 20 years old and has been practicing Muay Thai for less than two years. She may have a carefree air to her but she did not wali in expecting to loose. She fielded a lot of negativity going into this fight and still remained level headed and focussed.

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  3. From what I saw you made her pretty uncomfortable in the early rounds just by taking up that extra half-step of space. Everytime you were at that distance she didn't seem to have options. And it was just her squeezing out the 5th round with tiny things that come with experience. Sylvie has had a bad string of dominant 4th rounds against world class opponents, and then 5th round escapes by them, just by knowing what to do to hold off the momentum. It's nothing to bad about in the least. I think it is pretty damn cool that you get another shot at her so fast! Will be pulling for you Gemma.

    It was super close. But yes, experience shone through. I am determined to break my streak though and am grateful to get another shot! Thanks for the advice and support :)

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  4. Thank you all for your kind words. I will be rematching Farida June 9.

    I put the vid in here.

    I really love how you write your fight posts Gemma. Very clear, concrete, but with great context. Good stuff! And wow, Farida is one of the best of the best, almost took Sawsing out. This is an amazing thing about Thailand which is just so incredible. You can more or less accidentally/casually fight the best in the world. It happened the first time for us when Sylvie faced someone she'd never heard of in a festival fight, got her butt beat, and later found out she was Tanonchanok the standing WPMF world champ 2 weight classes up. And then again last month, same day offer to go fight an unknown fighter on Songkran and it turns out to be another world champ under an alias. lol. These same kinds of match ups are almost impossible to have in the west, and if you had them there would be months and months lead up, crazy fight promotion, etc. Here it is just fighting, nothing more. Such a path to get better. I know you're on a losing streak, but keep fighting patiently through. You are getting better and better, but few are going to see it because of the quality of your opponents. Then, suddenly, people will say: "Whoa, how did Gemma get so good all of a sudden!"

    And thank you for your feedback! It's nice to see my blogs being received well.

    You are absolutely right though. Imagine trying to fight a current world champion in Australia or America! It would be near impossible. And this fight was a great experience and opportunity for me. I am definitely a bit mentally defeated right now but will keep pushing forward. I am getting better. I can't let a few losses defeat me

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  5. You guys nailed it.


    For me. I had an extremely good first year. 14 fights, 12 wins.


    This year I decided to take on more and bigger fights. 2 fights back to back against bigger opponents and one against a Swedish champion. I have only won 1 fight this year out of 4. And it hurts. But Sylvie and Emma have nailed it. If you love it, use your losses to motivate you and push forward.


    Try to always think of something you are happy with in every fight too.


    Losses can help you grow :)

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  6. Absolute mma in melbourne. It wouldn't be two a day as in split sessions, more like do the boxing class and stay and immediately do muay thai? So 2.5 hours instead of 1 on that day... I definitely want to avoid burn out this early as I'm just beginning, so I'll definitely consider what you're saying. Thank you.

    Today I did 1 hour of shadow boxing, bag work and stretching. I really only went 100% one round. I didn't have much in me today, but I was able to practice a lot of the techniques I learned in class this week. As I add sessions in I think putting time into drilling these techniques will really help with my development.

    I am down to 101.9kg. Ideally, I'd like to lose 1kg over the next week.


    12hrs 15mins.

    Oh yay! You are at my home gym. That is awesome!!


    Have you given any thought into adding in some of their functional strength and conditioning classes? Those might be good to look into as they are shorter but high intensity, although possibly lacking in the technique area you are focussing on. I highly recommend them. And the guys who usually run them are amazing and can really help you with your goals :)

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  7. I actually really believe that over training exists.


    I have been out here in Thailand for almost a year and a half and I have experienced the symptoms myself.


    I trained muay thai before moving here, had 4 modified thai rules fights.


    When I moved here I really suffered at the hands of what I was doing to my body.


    A year on, in the best shape of my life, with an excellent nutritionist at my every whim, a great recovery program and good rest, I still suffer sometimes.


    I am a very strong willed, determined individual - I wouldn't have given up my life to be here if I wasn't, however some days I have nothing to give and it is not for lack of want or trying. My manager even says that I am the hardest working person at my gym (not to brag) but given I am surrounded by MMA fighters, this gives you an indication of my work ethic. On top of all of my muay thai sessions I cross train 6 days a week. 3 high intensity cardo sessions and 3 strength sessions. And I feel it. Sometimes I can't sleep at night because my body is so over stressed from the amount of training I do.


    I also suffer from guilt if I don't train so I push myself to train even when I am exhausted. But then I come home. I am agitated physically and mentally. I have days where I can't even nap because my body is under so much stress. My brain can't switch off and I can't get comfortable.


    I use a nutrition and recovery program that champions of the sport use, but I do believe when you max out your body, even with the best care, you can really suffer. Even my weight loss can be affected when I train too much. My body panics and wants to hold on to everything because it is so overworked sometimes.


    Maybe this isn't considered over training. I am not sure. But I definitely feel the physical and mental side affects of pushing my body harder than it wants to go.


    Don't get me wrong, pushing myself this hard has yielded amazing results, but I definitely think there is something to it.

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  8. Thankyou missmuaythai, I think I might be training at your old gym.


    Secondly, I am titrating up my training, and I wonder whether six days next week or five days, with an extra class on a day or two is better? I originally planed six days, but I now think five days with an additional classes might be better. Thoughts?



    Where are you training?


    As for your training, I would personally recommend trying 1 session a day, 6 days a week. I suggest this because you can then use the rest of your day recovering and relaxing. I know a lot of people who struggle with two a day and you want to avoid burning out at this stage.


    This is of ccourse just my opinon. Would love to hear some others thoughts?

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  9. I understand what everyone is saying, but to be perfectly honest, if you knew her well (the man who made the comment is also her husband) you would understand how true the statement is.


    We live in an imperfect world. And men are hyped up by looks as well, just maybe not within Muay Thai. Unfortunately for women, sometimes looks do further your career no matter what. I am just grateful that most people see past her beauty and see her hard work, dedication and drive.

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  10. I am on a calorie based diet where I restrict my carb intake to after training sessions and limited portions. I supplement this with a carbohydrate based drink during training which gives me the energy I need and also aids in recovery at the same time. Your body does not store this as fat.


    I highly advise against paleo diets in Thailand with this type of training. Your body needs the carbs, especially if you are trying to lose weight. carbs are not the energy, just make sure you eat them at the right times. I stick with oats, potatoes, sweet potatoes and sometimes rice.


    Good fats are really important too. A good thumb of fats at each meal is a good rule of thumb.


    I am all for balanced eating. no fad diets, just good healthy eating. Lots of veggies and protein, carbs at the right time.


    This is just my personal opinion though.

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  11. I wrote this post for my blog this week: What Does 'World Title' Really Mean in Thailand's Pro-Am World Championships?

    It was a difficult one to write because while I have some rather strong feelings about these tournaments and the authenticity of some of the 'world champions' they produce, I really didn't want to attack anyone. Instead, I just wanted to raise an issue that is rarely spoken about. There are multiple pro-am world championship tournaments each year by a handful of different organisatons, and some have shown themselves to be conducted under rather questionable terms. 


    "In theory, there is nothing wrong with the idea of tournaments like these. They promote Muay Thai on a worldwide scale and bring fighters, instructors and fans from around the world together. However, it’s integral that they be carried out in an ethical way. That is, a way that upholds integrity and safety for all those involved. This is where they start to lose me".

    What do you guys think? Whether you agree or disagree, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this one. 

    Emma. This post was fantastic. You expressed your opinions diligently and certainly opened my eyes to some things I was unaware of. Thank you!

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  12. Something great that not many people think of is Pink Himalayan Salt. Just a little pinch in your water goes a long way. Also, don't actively cut salt from you diet while you a here. I know salt gets a bad rep, but the right types of salt in the right circumstances is often necessary.


    Mu nutritionist recommends the Pink Himalayan salt because of it's vitamin and mineral content :)


    And as Sylive and Emma have already mentioned, being dilligent in hydration between sessions :)

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