ご存知の方のいらっしゃるかと思いますが、キースはMartial Art (武術）のインストラクターとしても
It’s been a while since I wrote my last blog, sorry about that. I’ve been very busy with study, work, and training. But, I’ll be more active from now on!
Some of you may know that I love martial arts. I have been training for about 6-years now. I practice Muay Thai (Thai Kickboxing) and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Some of you may also know the old Japanese organisation known as “PRIDE”. That kind of sport is what I enjoy doing!
I thought I would share something exciting I did recently. On Sunday afternoon, I had my first amateur kickboxing fight in this beautiful country. It was held at ACROS Fukuoka.
I thought I definitely won the fight, but it ended up being a draw. I’m a little disappointed, but I don’t mind. I’ll definitely win next time!
It was a little intimidating when I arrived at ACROS. There were dozens of people, all from different gyms all over Fukuoka (and probably from other parts of Japan!). However, I was a little surprised. I thought I would be much more nervous than I was!
I didn’t have any butterflies in my stomach at all. I knew that I had trained hard, and that I was ready to win.
I’m very happy with my performance, and hopefully the next time I write a blog about this subject, I can report my win!
I had been training much longer than my opponent, but he was definitely a tough person. I punched and kicked him a lot, but he kept moving forward, and he didn’t give up. Many martial artists have this kind of quality, and it is something I respect a lot.
Hats off to him for putting up a good fight! (Hats off to him = Congratulations)
One thing I found quite funny about that day, is that I was the only foreign fighter. Before the fight, the announcer calls out the name of each fighter, and the gym they train out of. All day, they had been calling out Japanese names, but when it was my turn, everyone in the Event Hall heard “KEITH ANDREW DEAN”, and several people turned around to look at me. Until now, that’s probably the most I’ve ever felt like I really ‘stand out’ in Japan!
Anyway, all in all, it was a great experience, and I will definitely fight again in the future.
I had one fight in Australia, but that was 5 years ago, and I’ve all but forgotten.
Thanks for reading, everyone! I’ll have another blog for you soon!