1:30pm – 2pm
Tempo Intervals, 16 reps. My usual routine on the morning of a sparring or fight day.
8pm – 9:15pm
Sparring at Gracie South!
I’m always nervous and anxious leading up to sparring nights at south and today was no different. Regardless, I beat back the nerves and drive out there at night.
I warm up and start my first round with Billy. We got at about 50-60%, so pretty light, to start. He pressures forward often and I land glancing shots, but he lands more and cleaner shots and definitely takes the round. It doesn’t hurt my confidence, that was my first round and I already am seeing ways to start getting the edge on him
Second round with Matt, it wasn’t a war like last time, but it was fast paced and we went at about 80%. Much more technical, I landed more and cleaner punches and a lot more kicks, but he did well, landing a lot of jabs. I felt really good about this round, happy with my defence and offence.
Last round with Rich. I pressured him and threw much more punches and kicks. I was able to walk him down for the majority of the round and control the pace, but he did land a couple good shots and a nice front kick.
Best sparring I’ve had yet, I feel awesome.
9am – 10am
BMT class in the morning, working with Jason and Rich. My technique and reps feel on point today, I think I leveled up recently!
10am – 11am
Advanced work with Rich after class. We start with 2 rounds of clinch sparring. I feel much stronger in the clinch then Rich, I am bigger and lift heavier though, so I have the advantage. My cardio also felt great.
2 rounds of close range sparring next. We stay inside the gracie PAC logo and slug it out. If you step out, you have to do 5 burpees. Burpees and sparring sound like a horrible combination so I opt out of doing the burpees by refusing to get out of the circle. I cut angles and maintain base well and pressure forward and push rich out of the circle 5 times, primarily with push kicks.
After all of that, I finish up with 6, 2 minute rounds of padwork with coach with a minute of rest between each. Longer rest time and a slightly, slower pace than usual, but I also just did a lot of work with Rich and I sparred last night. This fight can’t come soon enough, I’m ready for it right now.
6:30pm – 8:30pm
I show up to evening class for the first time since my last fight. Feels good to see some faces. After the rest day yesterday, I feel amazing in class. My combinations and movement feels the most crisp it’s ever been. I rip combos with Tracy all class long.
After fundamentals class, I do some light sparring drills with Tracy and we call it a day.
9am – 11am
BMT class in the morning followed with advanced work with Rich.
Today we start with 2 rounds of free sparring. These are very competitive rounds, Rich lands more, but I push the action forward. Next are 3 rounds of dutch style sparring which means we stand in the gracie PAC logo and duke it out. These rounds are much more competitive than last time and Rich knocks me out of the circle twice compared to my 4 or 5 times.
10:30am – 12:30pm
I host open mat in the morning, get warmed up with Brandon.
Coach arrives and we get started. We do 6, 3 minute rounds with 30 – 45 seconds of rest between each. I surprise myself by staying explosive until the end, regardless of how exhausted I am. I am READY for this fight!
Rest day after some hard work. Time to start slowing down the training and begin to peak. Time to let my efforts reveal their rewards.
“I’ve come to trust not that events will unfold exactly as I want, but that I will be fine either way. The challenges we face in life are always lessons that serve our soul’s growth.”