Tag Archives: boxing

Loving life and his new body – Riccardo

Riccardo Guglietti, 23 – from one minute runs to Muay Thai fights. How he lost 50kg and is loving life. Being young, wild and free is what most people dream about. So on the surface, Riccardo was living the dream. Fresh…

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June 30, 2016

Yin Yoga for Fighters & Athletes

Guest post by certified Yin Yoga trainer Jacqie. Yoga Alliance-certified Yin Yoga teacher Jacq will be holding at JAI in Wellington on Saturday March 7, 2015 specifically focusing on techniques Muay Thai practitioners can use to improve their training. Click here to…

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February 9, 2015

What makes a good gym?

What makes a good martial arts gym? Good facilities, clean toilets, a central location, coffee machine and easy parking? Sure, those are lovely luxuries… and great if you are doing a solo workout. But when you’re training a contact sport, with…

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January 7, 2015

Student of the month – Joe Windsor – cancer survivor

  Joseph Windsor, 33 Cancer survivor, now in remission for three years First started training Feb 2013 When I was 10 years old, I had both my kidneys removed and one donor kidney transplanted. Having one kidney causes me to…

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January 6, 2015

Stressed? Try hitting something

  “You! Today you die,” my trainer barks as I pull on my gloves and climb into the ring, giving him a glare which I hope matches his bite. I dodge a high kick and block one to my shins,…

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November 30, 2014

Reflections on winning and losing

Winning and losing is a big part of the fight game.  In most cases, (except for the occasional draw) there can only be one winner.  And sometimes, for the loser, there’s tears, hurt pride, loss of confidence… In short, losing…

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November 4, 2014

I’m a girl and I fight. How people view female fighters

Let’s talk about female fighters by starting with the guys. This is the image that most people have of fighters. Machismo and kind of brutish, several tattoos and surrounded by ring girls. Now, on to female fighters. I have been practicing…

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September 25, 2014

From 87kg GAMER to 60kg FIGHTER in one year

From gamer to fighter. Nicky shed the kilos and gained the fitness and confidence to step into the ring.   Name: Nicky van Hulst Age: 19 (his birthday was last weekend!) Joined JAI : March 2013 Current fight weight: 60kg…

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February 2, 2014

RIP former heavyweight boxer Nelson Mandela

The former heavyweight boxer was a true martial artist and sportsman. But his main achievements came not from fighting in the ring for titles, but on a world-wide platform for equality for all. We share his belief in training firstly…

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December 5, 2013