Carnage Diary: Future Champions
The future of Muay Thai Australia is looking strong, as the Siam Cup promotion is giving them the opportunity to grow and become the next generation of champions.
Saturday 16th December I had the pleasure of teaching one of my Carnage Striking System seminars to 40 kids, ranging from 5 to 16 years old. There were a few current youth World Champions already amongst the group.
The seminar went for two hours and was organized by the promoter of Siam Cup Jamie Tozeland. It was a great way to end 2017 for the kids, plus having an awards ceremony straight after for the big year of all their achievements. It was amazing to see so many young boys and girls, or in some cases young men and young women, at the seminar, giving it their all.
After traveling the World again this year and teaching seminars all over, it was very special for me to finish the year off with this seminar. But I honestly had no idea the impact it was going to have on me. I was hoping to have an impact on the kids, and I certainly gave my best for this to happen.
So the last time I honestly really spend time teaching youth, especially the 5-9 year old, was when I was 18 teaching kids karate. So that’s 20 years ago now.
Over the past few years I have helped young fighters and showed few things too. But it was not all focused on the youth. This seminar was only for the children and young teens, building the new generation of future champions.
It brought back memories to when I was 16 years old, just starting out in Muay Thai. I had the opportunity to do a seminar with the current world champion at the time Ian “Powerhouse” Jacobs, and I still remember something he said that truly resonated with me.
I had come from doing karate, which was all about strong attacks. His words were “the best defense is attack”. I love that so much, and you can see that throughout my whole fight career. I don’t remember any of the technical details of the seminar, but those words just backed up my already expressive way of fighting.
Teach, inspire, motivate
I often say at my seminars, and currently have done just over 90 now, that if you don’t remember a single combo or technique, as long as you feel inspired – then my job is done. I have the wisdom now and understand that technique is certainly important. But to hear a word that will inspire, impact and change somebody’s life – is where the gold is at.
So after the two hours was up, I had realized that these kids reminded me of the beginning, and how beautiful it is to be in a position now to help guide them, mold them and encourage them to be all that they dream to be.
I had a deep desire to become a warrior and set out on that journey 24 years ago, which sometimes feels like yesterday. Now I’m on a different path of still being a warrior, but with a different purpose.
My future goal is to be an international coach and train professional fighters from Muay Thai champions to UFC stars, and to create my own team along the way. And added to the list now, is to teach kids and young adults – our next generation of warriors, to be the best that they can possibly be.
Limitations can be put onto us by life situations. But giving these young kids the opportunity to be limitless in their mind, body and soul is a true gift to the world and to me. Thank you to all the parents who brought their children along to be inspired, and supporting them in their own life journey as warriors.