In the last 5 weeks I have competed in three different events, my first Kickboxing fight, my second BJJ Tournament and the Australian International Taekwondo Open. The three disciplines I have been training in all year.
The kickboxing fight went as well as it could have. I fought an inexperienced Muay Thai striker and dominated from start to finish with body kicks. My theory that kickboxers wouldn’t react well to Taekwondo style kicks was proven right. You can’t stand and cover kicks at that speed. As soon as the fight started I nailed him with a hard leg kick followed by a body kick a few seconds later. He winced in pain and I knew from that point that I would control the match.
Over the course of the three rounds I moved around the ring, never standing still at speeds he didn’t seem used to. Sometimes to take a rest I would let him throw a couple of punches and I would cover them. After the rest was over I would go right back to work smashing him with body and head kicks. I threw some punch combos too just to have the full experience. In the second round I curled him over with a body kick and followed up with a hard right hand. He received a standing eight count and afterwards I belted him a bit more until the end of the round. My mistake was that I went too hard after the eight count and didn’t have much energy left for the third round. The third round was essentially me doing just enough to win.
In the end I won by Unanimous decision. 30-27 on all cards.
The Northern MMA BJJ Tournament was a really fun event, a lot of my AET family were there to support the affiliate event and overall the comp was run really well. I had four fights, winning two and losing two. I lost the first two by arm bar which I have since worked on. My arm bar defence is now pretty good. I won my third fight via Guillotine choke after my opponent tried to take me down. The fourth was a withdrawal so I didn’t get anything out of that. In the round robin format I came out with a Silver Medal, my first medal in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
The Australian Open was essentially a non-event. I fought World Number 15 Kai Chang from Chinese Taipei in the first round and was kicked in the eye. I couldn’t open it and the ref stopped the fight. Those are the rules in Taekwondo so I can’t really complain. I picked up some World Ranking Points. Now I’m Number 158 in the World in -87. Not really an impressive ranking.
Looking at these events you could make the argument that Taekwondo should be put by the wayside for now. However I am in a unique position in the Taekwondo landscape. I am heavy enough to compete in 87+, a relatively non-competitive division in Australia. Don’t get me wrong; to win the National Championships will still require a lot of work. Not many people get the chance to be a Black Belt National Champion. Even with all my National and International achievements the title of National Champion still eludes me.
Halfway through the year I have had 15 fights, halfway through my goal of 30 fights.