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We are adding a womens self defense class on Monday night at 7pm with Roger Denton. If you missed out on his workshops or seminars here’s your chance to get some great self defense skills on a weekly basis. This class will be open to all female members and will be a combination of fitness and self defense skills. Class starts Monday 9/29 at 7pm on the back mat area. If you would like more info on this class please stop by the front desk.
The older I get the more I reminisce about what it was like to be a kid. No responsibilities (other than daily chores), paying rent, or any other bill for that matter, buying and cooking food or having to go to work. The only thing that ever really mattered to me was how much playtime I would get on the weekends, video games, playing sports, eating all the candy in the world and getting as dirty as I can. Although life does get a little more exciting when you get older, there are certainly many things I miss as a child. Oh to be a kid again! Luckily for me, I get to re-live my childhood every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday when we have our kids classes because I’m really just a big kid myself.
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to try something new? Something that was completely out of your realm or your comfort zone, but were too afraid to do so? Whether the reason is fear, lack of confidence, limited time or not knowing what to expect, I am a firm believer in trying new things now and here is why:
Fear is okay because it’s a primitive instinct. It provokes our fight or flight response, which is essential for our survival, but even in a less threatening atmosphere I think you need fear to appreciate new adventures and to test your own limits.
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By Stephane Smarth:
The best thing about the summer is being able to throw on a pair of shorts, flip flops and a nice comfortable t. There are plenty of barbeques where you get to spend time with friends and family, weddings to attend as love fills the air, and it seems like every weekend we’re celebrating someone’s birthday. We share ice cold drinks at the beach, hangout by the pool and, if we’re lucky, we get take a little vacation time—if we’re lucky. Whether we’re having fun in the sun or partying hard all weekend, there is one common interest we all share at C3 Athletics…fight nights!
Fighting has no seasons, we do this 24/7 365, and while most of you guys have enjoyed some of the summer’s greatest pleasures, C3’s Fight Teams have been hitting it hard in training. From the mats to the ring, we have continued to push each other to the next level in preparation for our next matches or bouts.
Beginning with Muay Thai instructor, Omar Estevez, who has certainly experienced more time spent in the gym than on the beach as he recently competed in back-to-back fights. Starting with his June 14th bout at Warriors Cup in New Jersey, Estevez was not only looking to win in a re-match versus a formidable opponent, Greg Rowe, but he was also looking to regain his title that he lost to Rowe two years ago. It’s safe to say there was a lot at stake for Omar and much like the first time when these two met they both put on a great display of good, clean, and technical Muay Thai. Estevez and Rowe duked it out for 5 great rounds of action and in the end Omar became the new Warriors Cup Welterweight Champ. Following his June 14th bout, Estevez and Team Sitan took a trip down to Washington D.C. to compete in the American Muay Thai league as he faced Jovan Davis out of Seapeanong Gym in Virginia. It was another 5 round bout that went to the judges decision, which favored Davis, but coming off a fight just two weeks prior, and fighting in someone else’s backyard is always a tough mountain to climb. He dominated the clinch landing more significant knees, but it was not enough to secure him a victory.
Next, Team Nomad/C3 Athletics Alex Combs and Chanon Kuldraree both stepped into the ring for their Muay Thai debuts at BattleRock II in Far Rockaway, NY June 28th. Alex was one of the first few fights of the night and despite a loss in his first bout, I have to say I was rather impressed with how calm he was for his first go around. I remember being a nervous wreck going into my first bout, but Combs showed great poise, calmness and control all three rounds landing a lot of solid shots with his hands and moving well defensively. Chanon won his first bout in dramatic fashion with an impressive 47-second knockout in the first round—a body shot that was so crippling that it took his opponent nearly 5 minutes to get up. Fighting a much taller opponent with a little more experience, Kuldraree proved that size and ring time didn’t matter. He plowed through his opponent landing a few devastating blows and a powerful leg kick until he finally finished him. Great outing by both guys, but the summertime fun does not end there.
My plan was to take the summer off, focus on myself and other ventures as well as continue my training in BJJ and explore MMA a little more, but plans are meant to be broken. With the Lion Fight Promotion making their return to the East Coast it only seemed right to try and get on this fight card once again. So from summer fun to summer bum I quickly turned in my flip-flops and cargo pants for Nationman ankle supports and my black FBT thai shorts. It’s really not a bad exchange though. I get to continue doing what I love, continue growing and learning as a fighter and push myself to the next level. Plus it’s summertime so having a nice tight six-pack isn’t a bad tradeoff if you ask me.
It’s going to be great fighting for this awesome promotion again and this time Chanon Kuldraree will be fighting alongside me as he makes Lion Fight 17 debut. We’re both winding down the last few weeks and last few pounds of fight camp as we get set to take the stage August 1st at Foxwoods Casino so we can definitely use all of your support. With that said be sure to pick up your tickets as soon as possible! Only two weeks left to sell them so don’t wait until last minute!!
This sport is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days out of the year. When you love what you do you do it year round anyway.
By Stephane Smarth
This blog post is inspired by a video I recently watched called “60 seconds that may change how you think.” In the video a young gentleman is in a pizza shop asking customers for a slice of pizza. He approaches one table where a father and daughter are eating from a pie and asks the father if he can have a slice. The father answers “no.” The young boy then proceeds to a second table and asks a man sitting alone if he can have a slice because he’s hungry and he, too, responded with a no. The same boy then asks his friends to buy a pie for a homeless man sitting outside on the street. They buy the pizza, give it to the homeless man and minutes later he approaches the homeless man and asks him if he can have a slice of pizza because he’s hungry. What happened next would amaze most people, but it was no surprise to me. The homeless man asked if the boy was hungry, the boy answered yes, and the man offered him a slice. The boy took a slice, sat next to the man and ate the pizza.
The video ended with a couple quotes. The first one was “Sometimes those who have less give more” and the sad reality of it all is that it’s true. That moment when the homeless man looked into the boys’ eyes there was a mutual understanding that they had for one another. The man knew the struggle and he knew the pain of being hungry, alone and with no one there to help him. He’s immediate response then was to help someone else, as he was helped just minutes before the boy approached him. A week ago a young guy approached me at the gas station and asked for some change so he can put gas in his car. I went inside, made a purchase and when I got back out I handed him the last $5 in my pocket. Now some may feel a certain way about giving money to the homeless, and at times I may drive right past them on an exit ramp, but just for that one moment I knew his struggles were far greater than mine no matter what his true purpose for that money was.
The second quote was “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” and this one made the most impact on me. I really had to take a seat and think about this for a while. I asked myself “what the value of life?” Day in and day out I go through life doing exactly what everyone my age should be doing. I go to work; I pay my bills, and enjoy some leisure time on the weekends. Yes, I’m also a fighter, so add in some training in the mix and a few fights a year and my life is a little more exciting than most, but is that it? Is that the value of MY life? Is that’s what’s left of all the hard work I’ve put in over the years? Is that who I really am or what I’m really trying to do? Just work, pay bills and have a little fun? I have to believe there is more to life than living for myself.
Muay Thai. The culture, the community, the discipline, everything about this sport has added so much more value to my life. I’m grateful for all the lessons I have learned, but most importantly, I am blessed that I can take these lessons and share them with others. Certainly there is nothing wrong with being a little selfish and doing things for yourself, but there is something much more powerful in being able to help others when you can. Martial Arts have opened up my eyes to that and many other things. We have to learn to be a little more selfless. We have to be willing to step out of our comfort zone. We have to open our eyes to the idea that just one random act of kindness can make a positive impact in the world we live in. So I challenge you. I challenge all of you, my friends, my family, my teammates and coaches, to the 60 second challenge.
-60 Second Challenge. The rules are simple:
1) Take 60 seconds out of your day and do something positive for a complete stranger.
2) It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it puts a smile on their face.
3) Don’t tell anybody you did it.