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As a coach, I've gotten every question under the sun. I try my best to not roll my eyes at every question. In general, I've tried to be less quick to judge people in my life. For some reason, Muay Thai has garnered some sense of mysticism. There are myths of kicking trees, hitting shins with baseball bats, and even the old rope and glass myth like the epic battle of Tong Po. 

Most of these myths and misconceptions are based in a small bit of truth that end up getting blown out of proportion. Most of those who present queries like this are just a bit naive and put a little too much stake in the word of the Internet and their YouTube obsessed friends. 

Recently a video of a coach punching his students in the face with gloves on as some sort of 'drill' has infiltrated my Facebook feed. I immediately 'unfollowed' the person who first post it, but I've seen a dozen more repetitions of it since. 

I'll post a bit tomorrow about the scariness of head trauma as well as my beliefs about the role of sparring and contact in training. Today, I just wanted to give a bit of advice. 

Don't believe everything you see on the Internet. Don't believe your friends when they tell you about 'what Muay Thai is' or 'what Muay Thai fighters do'. As a general rule of thumb, you can usually immediately disregard any statement that begins with the phrase "you know what I heard?..."

If you are trying to toughen yourself up for Muay Thai, or prepare yourself in any way for another sport, here is my advice. Ready for it? Here it is... Ready?

Seek out someone who is well-known, highly respected, and trusted by the community of whatever sport you are interested in. Do some research, and pick someone who has pedigree and some results to show for their efforts. Find a coach or a mentor who either has themselves achieved something that you are looking to or has helped others under their tutelage achieve similar goals.

Most things that you would be interested in achieving have some sort of a precedent. Don't make stuff up, just listen to someone who has done it. Put faith in those who have achieved what your goals are before you. Follow closely. Do not try to reinvent the wheel. 

Every time someone tells me a story of something the saw or something they heard, I put it to the same litmus test. 

I ask what the desired effect is. I ask about safety. I weigh benefits and risks. And, most importantly, perhaps, I ask about the source. If it doesn't seem to make sense, I roll my eyes and tell the person asking the question that they're an idiot. Ha. 

But seriously, don't make stuff up. Just stay close, we'll show you how it's done. 

Kenny "Juggernaut" Jones's Fight - Stay Fly Muay Thai

This past Saturday, our very own Kenny "Juggernaut" Jones would step in the ring to compete for his first amateur title agains Dwayne Lynch.  The winner would be awarded the 179 lb Gut Check Championship title belt.  

I met Kenny a few years ago when he began training.  He was a much bigger man in those days, tipping the scales at around 360 lbs.  Kenny trained casually for a few years, but really decided to take the next steps and begin training like a fighter when we opened Stay Fly Muay Thai last year.  Already much lighter than when we had originally met, he began to really get into shape when he decided he wanted to  compete. He began fighting in May of 2014, and only 9 months later, would be competing for his first title belt and his fifth fight (after many cancellations as well).

Kenny has become a solid Muay Thai practitioner. He's big, strong, busy, technical, and doesn't gas.  He's a scary man in the ring. I'm really glad he's on our team.

This Saturday was no different.  Kenny was bent on taking that belt home.  From the first bell, Kenny was swinging to end the fight.  He was maybe overly concerned with finding the knockout. He bullied his opponent around the ring. However, his opponent was very tough, and swung back viscously.  At the close of the first round, Kenny landed a flush head kick that stumbled his opponent, followed by a second that sent him backwards into the ropes. As the round ended, Kenny stood in the neutral corner as the referee gave a standing eight count to Dwayne.  

We were sure his opponent would not answer the bell. But he came out strong and continued to fight the entire fight.  Kenny proved to be too much for his opponent and overwhelmed him.  He won every round and was awarded a beautiful green and gold belt and the Gut Check Championship title!

We are incredibly proud of him, for all that he has done.  For any of you who have ever met Kenny, you know how genuinely awesome of a dude he is.  For any of you who know his story, you know that he's been through a whole lot. For any of you who know the story of Stay Fly Muay Thai, you know how much he has done for us.  

Honestly, I can't think of another person who is more deserving of success than our boy, and I'm so happy for him.  

For any of you who don't know who Kenny is, keep your eyes open.  He is going to do some real big things in this sport.