In a world where masculinity is under fire, we need to forge our paths and create new rites of passage for men.
Tomorrow I’m off to Thailand for a month to train MMA with my two younger brothers. It will be a time of discipline, battle, bonding, and hopefully a little fun too!
I believe any man wanting to develop themselves should do something like this at least once in their life. I know I’ll be encouraging my future sons to do so (if I am blessed to have them).
Mastering the arts of Mars and Venus will serve all men. Any guy that combines game with martial arts and strength training will be miles ahead of the competition.
Around 2014 I was offered free Muay Thai training in Thailand if I documented my experience for this site. The only problem was that it also coincided with my last chance to get a graduate visa for USA, so I choose to move to New York City instead.
I don’t regret my decision. I had the most debauched time of my life in NYC, created a great book out of it, made lifelong friends, loved, lost, and stacked cash.
I had little interest in martial arts at the time, but after getting inspired by a podcast I did with Way of Men author, Jack Donovan I decided to get into it, and joined a Krav Maga gym nearby. During this time, the gym offered a few introductory classes of Brazilian Jujitsu (BJJ), and I loved the intensity of the sparring.
Since moving to back to Europe, I’ve gotten more into BJJ by joining a kick ass, sociable gym (shout out to Arete Malta), and recently placed in a competition for the first time (open weight, white belt).
My body is also in a lot better shape than is was all those years ago thanks to strength training. Combined with the fact that I get to do this while hanging out with my two brothers, the timing couldn’t be better!
For the next month I’ll be broadcasting from Phuket. If you’re interested in my journey or perhaps doing something like this yourself, check out my YouTube channel, and follow me on Instagram and twitter for updates.
I’ll be trying a few different martial arts, but I suspect I’ll mainly be focusing on Muay Thai improving my BJJ.
I’m not sure which gym I’ll attend yet, but here’s an example of one. It looks bad ass!
Anyway, if anybody is in that part of the world or has any recommendations, let me know! I’ll be visiting Phi Phi, Krabi, and Bangkok afterwards.
On my way back home, I’m also be visiting Qatar and Kuwait.