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My first mixed martial arts class by Phil Davis

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

My first mixed martial arts class by Phil Davis

On my first day training at Gannon’s Mixed Martial Arts Academy, like anyone else who has started a completely new activity I would say I was full to the brim with nerves about what I was about to undertake. I had done martial arts previously in my life but not like this, not so hands on and practical so I had no idea what to expect.

Luckily for me I was starting with a friend which helped ease my nerves as, at least I wouldn’t be the only person that sucked! When approaching the desk, I was met by master instructor Paul Gannon, who was very friendly and clear about explaining what the course entailed and made sure I was ready and rearing to start my first step to awesomeness!

The last five years up until this point I had done literally no exercise or training of any kind so I was expecting to be unfit and very out of shape, I also smoked (which I would later give up for the martial arts.) but I had no idea just how unhealthy I was until the warm up happened. After what I can only describe as a full-frontal assault on my entire muscular system I was about ready to give up and crawl into the hole I came from, but I pressed on and continued because I wanted to learn some awesome stuff which is why I came here.

The first part of the lesson following the warm up was my very first striking combination, a straight up jab, cross, hook and uppercut combination. It’s safe to say that I was terrible at it, and with the pads, being from a very kata based hand in pocket background, I kept getting too close to the pads and within striking distance (this would continue for about a year) but I did learn not to drop my hand when striking, THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON.

After this we moved on to some grappling and Jiu Jitsu work, we did mount escapes including high swim, low swim and trap and roll escapes with tips on how to defend against them.

It was at this point I felt like I was going to die, I was so exhausted, and I thought it was over! But Master Gannon had “other ideas” and we finished off the session with some high intensity cardio, doing mount strikes on the pads for 3 1 minute rounds.

At the end of the session I felt dazed and confused but determined to do better so I signed up on the spot (after catching my breath at the speed of an asthmatic) determined to better myself and get fit, this is something I am still currently trying to achieve as it takes a lifetime to reach greatness. I ended up attending 4 sessions a week at least until I started teaching in April the following year and, as I mentioned before I gave up smoking in September 2015 as part of my commitment to the academy.


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