Training to make ‘The Cut’ -Thomson Reuters Hedge Fund Fight Night, Hong Kong 2011
The Hedge Find Fight Night is Hong Kong’s biggest and best charity fight night. A number of brave souls from the corporate world put their hand up to be put through 5 months of intense training from professionals at Hong Kong’s best boxing and MMA gym, JAB MMA. The aim to battle it out to try and earn their place in the final 12!!
This event takes place just once a year and all proceeds raised on the night go directly to two charities, Operation Smile and Operation Breakthrough. The Title Sponsor for the event is Thomson Reuters. The night is held at the IRC on Thursday 20th October. The night includes a top end 4 course dinner with wines to match and of course 6 high quality bouts.
To book a table contact Ironmonger Events, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Having attended the event last year Sterling Search has decided to get involved with the Fight Night for 2011. The team unanimously voting that the MD should be the one to put his hand up. After sitting with the form on my desk for a few days, thinking will I / won’t I, I eventually wrote my name on the top, nice and small so there was a chance they couldn’t read it and sent it off to Ironmonger Events.
Making the Cut – 6 weeks to go
We are now over 3 months into the 5 months of training, just 6 weeks out from fight night. The JAB MMA gym in Central is tasked with making us look like boxers, no easy feat. The first 3 months have been good hard, honest training. Nowhere to hide, grit your teeth and get through it stuff. A mix of conditioning, circuit training, boxing, heavy bag and pad drills.
Lawrence Tuasa, Head Coach and Pro Cruiserweight and Jordon an accomplished boxer and trainer from New Zealand dish out the punishment and verbal dressing downs to the group on a twice weekly basis, Tuesday lunchtime and Thursday evening. Outside of that almost all of the eager contenders are getting 5-6 training sessions per week including 1 or 2 personal training sessions with the JAB trainers.
You never know what to expect from the training sessions, it could be a technique focused session which can be very frustrating if you can’t get it right or it could be a heavy cardio or conditioning session. As we approach the last weeks of the training there is now much more focus on sparring, either with others from the group or with boxers from outside. These sessions tend to be exhausting, usually painful but always educational!
The group has already been through several cuts and we are now down from over 50 to the last 20. For those 20 the target is to make it into the last 12 that will fight on the night. There are 3 girls who have made the cut this far and 2 will fight so for the guys it is a case of making it into the last 10.
For most there has been diets, self imposed booze and sugar bans (limited success for most) and kg’s have been shed. In my case just over 10kg has gone which makes me realize just how out of shape I must have been. The scales in the changing room are being given a thorough workout as conversation very quickly gets back to “what do you weigh”, as everyone tries to work out who they could be matched with if they make it through. If you have been to a weight watchers meeting I can only imagine it is a very similar scenario – although hopefully it won’t look like “handbags” on the night.
Training just gets harder from here, sparring goes from 40% to 60% to 100%, the mental side kicks in as the thought of your first outing in the square ring begins to play on your mind more and more frequently, a mixture of nervousness and excitement. All of a sudden 6 weeks really does not seem that long……..