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Escaping the Comfort Zone

Looking for personal growth in 2018? Then it’s time to get out of your comfort zone!

It is possible to be happy and thrive when maintaining the status quo… However, those willing to put themselves out there, stand to take the greatest steps forward.

It can be daunting to go outside your comfort zone. Stepping out feels like a risk. But we’re not talking about swimming with sharks, or diving out of a plane – this is about stepping into a gym – that you will find welcomes you and genuinely wants you to have a good experience.

You’re already interested in trying something new (after all – you’ve read this far!), and the next step is to get to the gym and walk in.

Walking into the gym is the most intimidating part of the whole experience. Why is this? It’s just a door!

On the other side you will find:
– A warm greeting, and introduction to the gym, from one of our friendly staff.
– A close community who check their egos at the door. Our coaches aim to cater to your needs and listen what you want to get out of your training.
– World class facilities with enormous mat spaces and a large variety of gym equipment.
– 162 group classes on offer each week!

Those who summon the courage to do this will be rewarded with growth in so many areas of their lives.

You will gain confidence in yourself and your abilities – both physical and mental. This could be the cornerstone change in your life to set you on your desired trajectory.

“I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.”
— IBM CEO Ginni Rometty

We do not grow by doing the same things everyday. If you are a golfer, you stand to gain more from taking a series of boxing classes than you would from a golf lesson. By deliberately focusing on an area unfamiliar to you, you stand to build skills and qualities different to what you already possess – taking you to new physical and mental heights.

Step outside your comfort zone to find personal growth and self development, today!

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”
– Albert Einstein

Start Today with a free trial class!

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: CRYSTAL PATTER

We have many amazing people with interesting stories that walk into all our gyms! The member spotlight turns to Crystal Patter, one of our students at Absolute MMA St Kilda.

Name/Nicknames: Crystal, Crys-tool

Occupation: Retailer

Martial Arts/Sports: Bjj, Muay Thai and boxing

What are your immediate training goals?

Learning basic skills and getting fit.

What are your goals for the next five years?

Shredding like Mike Tyson.

What is your favourite move?

Over hand right.

Who do you look up to and why?

Lachlan Giles because he’s an awesome dude/coach. Always happy.

What’s your favourite place to eat in Melbourne and your #1 dish recommendation?

Sister of soul – everything on the damn menu is good!

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WEEKEND RESULTS (08/12/2017 – 10/12/2017)

Julieth “Mamasita” Luque kicked off the weekend with a bang on, debuting on Friday in her first amateur Muay Thai fight on Young Guns #9 (Geelong). Matched with a particularly tough fighter from Fight Club, Julieth fought aggressively and managed to score an 8 count on her opponent and was very closing to scoring a knock out. Congratulations on your win via UPD Julieth, a fantastic result for your debut match!

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On Saturday at Path to Hex 3, the Absolute MMA team went 2-1-1. First up, Anthony McLoughlin had a tough day but gained plenty of experience in his TKO loss.

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Finnian Kinsella was up next, and with great poise and excellent sprawls against a strong grappler, picked his opponent apart for a unanimous points decision win. Congratulations on almost scoring a TKO finish Finn!

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Ridz Wan stepped into the octagon next, giving up a considerable reach advantage in his match up. He was victim to a knee to the groin not once, not twice, but THREE times in the fight. His opponent had 2 points deducted, and with steely determination Ridz went on to win the match with a split point decision.

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Super Choi Sung Wook brought us home with a excellent fight against his well matched opponent. The to and fro battle ended early when Choi sustained an unintentional eye poke and was unable to continue. The fight went to the judges decision and end with a majority draw.

Coaches Lukas Catubig and Dave Lescai were very happy to see all four fighters represent the gym well, with excellent skills and sportsmanship being displayed before and on the day. All four fighters are in good health post-match – Ridz’ balls are where they are supposed to be again, and Choi’s eye should make a full recovery.
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(Photos: Albert Xavier, Kyle Morgan, Ridz Wan, and Choi Sung Wook)

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MEET THE TEAM: LIAM MCNEILL

With an impressive record of 17 wins and 6 losses, it’s easy to forget that Liam “Real Deal” McNeill is just 23. While he’s never without a smile in the gym and is always high energy, Liam has one of the darkest game faces you’ll see in the ring and we know we wouldn’t want to be on the other end of those punches! In the fight game since the age of 15, this professional Muay Thai fighter has fought at the original Lumpinee stadium not once, but twice, and is just getting started. Read on more to find what’s the deal with McNeill!

What made you start Martial Arts?

“As a young teenager I watched ‘Never Back Down’ with my mates. We thought it was the most amazing thing ever and the rest is history. No epic bully story, just a young mind watching a cool movie.”

If you were going to be an animal, what would you be and why?

“I would definitely be a bird. Because flying.”

If you could go back in time to your first martial art class, what would be the advice you give to your past self?

“Stretch and lift weights so you don’t get injuries you will pay for later, you fool!”

Do you have a “useless” talent that makes people smile every time you use it?

“Yes, I am so bad at consuming liquids I would almost call it a skill. Anytime I go for a drink of anything I will almost always spill some on myself. Sometimes it produces smiles.”

What’s your favorite place to eat in Melbourne and your #1 dish recommendation?

“Way too many, but there’s this little Italian place called Kaprica in Carlton. I was living next door to it quite a few years back when it first opened. They use all hand made ingredients in their food, it blew my mind and still does.”

During a Absolute MMA staff retreat a zombie apocalypse breaks out. You get separated with 3 AMMA team members. Who would be part your dream team and why?

“Raph, Raph and Raph.”

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“He’s a little shit. He came to me at 14 years old and he was a shit…now? He’s still a shit. Only a little larger.”- Tao Jaiphet

“He’s a pleasant, young and extremely talented kid who has been working harder and harder to take it to the next level. He was doing the teenagers Muay Thai class many years ago when I was still competing. Although the young lion is a million times better than me at striking, he wont forget the result of an in house MMA fight anytime soon…” – Paul Bai

“Liam’s a talented fighter, he can listen when he wants to listen, he can win when he wants to win and he’s got killer instinct.” – Laos Toohey

Liam has been coaching at Absolute St Kilda for the past 2 years, he always has a great level of energy during his classes and makes everyone in the gym feel welcome. It’s rare to see a coach that is able to compete at such a high level and still give so much to his students.” – Lachlan Giles 

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13 Month Resolution Challenge

Let’s cheat for our resolutions – but not how you were thinking!

As previously discussed, resolutions are best planned with ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘when’ in mind.

In this version of resolutions, we’re going to have an early start. We’re going to start the habits in December to get a head start on 2018!

There is a lot of things that will try to get between you and your goals. Christmas parties, work functions, family commitments and holidays will all try to derail you.

We are starting in December, despite all of its barriers and hurdles. If we succeed – then we are an extra month towards our longer term goals. If we fail – then at least we tried, and hopefully we only took one step backwards instead of three if we hadn’t.

Let’s not make excuses, let’s make plans to succeed.

We’ve previously talked about sharing your goals to increase accountability, and rewards for attaining short term goals. So here’s how we’re going to do both!

  1. Follow @absolutemmamelb , @absolutemmacollingwood & @absolutemmastkilda on Instagram.
  2. Set your goal / resolution, and post about it on facebook or instagram (hell, why not both?!).
  3. Update us on your progress.
  4. Make a post on 31 December or 1 January about where you landed and what you will do for 2018.

Three winners will be rewarded with a free month of membership in January, to aid their 2018 goal attainment. Be sure to include the hashtags #13monthresolution & #iamabsolutemma in all of your posts. (Offer open to new and existing members)

All the best and we look forward to helping you smash your goals!

Get started today by booking in a free trial !

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New Years Resolutions

New year’s resolutions are great! They are plans to take action in your life. However, that’s all they are, PLANS.

While the welcoming of a new year is a great trigger for a lot of people, you can actually start resolutions at any time! Start one today, start it for next week, start it next month – just be sure to be a person of your word and do it!

Here are 8 tips to set your resolutions AND stick to them. All in time to get a running start on 2018!

Resolution (noun): A firm decision to do, or not to do something.

  1. Know your WHY

Why are you making this change? What’s your biggest priority in your life? Set your goals accordingly, and you’ll have a substantially better chance at sticking to them. Firstly, because it’s something you want to do. And secondly, because you know why you’re doing it.

  1. Baby steps

You can’t run a marathon on 2 January (if you only start training on 1 January). Set some staggered, and attainable goals. While holding yourself to account, you don’t need take an ‘all or nothing’ approach. Something is better than nothing, obviously!

2.1. By the same token, substituting bad for better, is better than maintaining bad habits.
  1. Plan – Plan – Plan

These days it can be seen as boring to make firm plans. “Let’s see what happens”, … “Play it by ear”, … “Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans” – That’s all just hippy talk. Set a goal, make a plan, write it down, and just do what you said you will!

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  1. Break it down

Make smaller achievable goals, with timelines, so that you can tackle your largest resolutions.

  1. Go Public!

Tell someone about your resolutions. It will make them real (the resolution, hopefully the person was actually real). Your family, friends, coaches, teammates or even your social media followers can keep you accountable to your goals after you tell them about them.

  1. You can also bring others along with you!

Have a sensational goal? Share it, and someone else might pick up that torch with you. Working together (directly or indirectly) will increase both your chances of reaching your goals.

  1. Track yourself … to give back to yourself

Small goals deserve small rewards. Conversely, large goals deserve large rewards. Just make sure your reward doesn’t set you back!

  • Saving money for a mortgage? Don’t make the reward a shopping spree!
  • Lose 3% body fat? Don’t make the reward food related!
  • Travel debt free? Don’t take a reward tour on credit!
  1. STICK AT IT

Your training goals, just like financial and career goals aren’t going to happen overnight. There will be excellent weeks with great growth, and there will be plateaus or obstacles to work past. WORK AT IT. If it were easy, everyone would have done it. But instead, we’re going to see you do it, and celebrate at the finish line!

 

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: DREW BIRCH

We have many amazing people with interesting stories that walk into all our gyms! The member spotlight turns to Drew Birch, one of our students at Absolute MMA Melbourne CBD.

Name/Nicknames: Drew Birch, also known as birchy, elbircho, drew barrymore and drewbee.

Occupation: Security Guard

Sports: Muay Thai

How did you get into the sport?
I did taekwondo as a child. Two years ago I started to get into boxing, but just felt the need to throw some kicks. I used to be really into UFC and really wanted to start doing MMA. It was from this interest I discovered muay thai and I fell in love with it.

What are your immediate training goals?
To push myself to the next level.

What are your goals for the next five years?
Next year I plan to train a lot and hopefully take some fights. In 2019, I plan to go back to Bangkok for two or three months to train and fight. By 2020, I want to be debt free and try to move to Thailand to live, train and fight.

Why do you love training at Absolute MMA?
The location for me is perfect. Absolute MMA has the best coaches and I have learnt so much here in just one year. I’ve made good friends and gotten nothing but good vibes from training here. I’m glad I can learn from the best.

What is your favourite move?
This is hard to answer! For me, I like to chop the legs, sweeps are the best.

Can you tell us about where you’re from and any interesting stories growing up? If you’re not originally from Melbourne, how’d you end up living in Melbourne, Australia?
I was born and raised in Melbourne, I grew up in Moonee Ponds. I was rejected from the army because I’m allergic to peanuts which lead me to working security at the casino, which lead me to getting back into martial arts, which in turn led me to this gym. As depressed as I was when I was rejected (it was my life dream to join the ADF), I’m the happiest now that I have ever been.

Who are the kind of people that you look up to and why?
People who follow their dreams and passions in life and won’t stop for anything. There’s only one way to rise to the top and that’s by never giving up. I really look up to my coach Toohey, he is a master. Hopefully one day I can be half the man and marital artist that he is. I also look up to Lukas “The Lycan” Catubig a lot, he is a beast and he always pushes himself hard in training.

If you could go back in time to your first martial art class, what would be the advice you give to your past self?
Slow down and don’t get too excited. Good things come to those who wait. Learn good technique first and the rest will follow.

“Although his tattoos and shaved head can make for an intimidating first impression, Drew is honestly one of the easiest blokes to get along with. He has not been training with us for long but has quickly become one of the more skilled Muay Thai members at the CBD location. Looking forward to seeing him have his first fight early next year!” – Darren Gn

“Drew is easy going, is a fun person to be around and easy to get along with. He always gives a hand in class to help people with their technique and is never late! He shows a lot of dedication and always trains at least 3 or 4 times a week. Anyone who gets to know Drew will get along fine with him, he is not stuck up. Girls he is single, six foot tall with lots of hair…haha!” – Coach Laos Toohey

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WEEKEND RESULTS (03/11/2017 – 05/11/2017)

What a match up it was in the super fight of Grappling Industries Melbourne between Coach Craig Jones and Kit Dale ! Congratulations to Craig who emerged victorious after 20 minutes with a decision victory.

Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team was hugely dominant at this event, taking away first place in both the Adult Gi & No Gi as well as 3rd place in the Juveniles No Gi & Gi. We couldn’t be prouder of every single one of you who participated!

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One of our Boxing fight team members, Antonia Kay flew to Sydney to compete at the 2017 Australian Elite Boxing Championships as part of the Victorian Team. The referee called her semifinal fight after she took some damage, and she finished up with a Bronze medal. We would like to acknowledge how incredible it is to have made it to Nationals and how proud we are to have her training with us at Absolute MMA and Conditioning! Antonia has an amazing attitude and will only come back stronger after this learning experience.

Congratulations to the Victorian Team who finished up with 5 golds, 3 silvers and the Best Performed Team award!

(Photo Credit: Marcos Amado)

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MEET THE TEAM: MOSES BENTLEY

If the word “Reliable” was ever to manifest itself in the form of a person, it would be Moses “MoShow” Bentley, commonly known to Melbourne CBD gym-goers as Mo. With over 15 years experience in competitive sport, Mo has helped many of our members to reach their goals as well as our competitors to peak for contests. A generous man who’s rarely without a smile, Mo also knows how to make incredible chocolate chip protein pancakes, which are “guilt-free” in our books because they are protein pancakes (shhh).Now you know that fun fact, I’m sure you want more…read on for more about Mo!

Favourite workout/walkout song?

“2Pac – Ambitionz Az A Ridah”

Mantra/Quote to live by?

“If you don’t find the time, if you don’t do the work, you don’t get the results”

What is your favourite travel destination? Why?

“Hawaii, for the culture, beaches and surf.”

Have you done other sports besides martial art and which teams/athletes are your favourite?

I have done rugby, rugby league and tennis. My favourite team is the All Blacks, athlete wise it would be Rafael Nadal. Teams and athletes that do or die, and fight and play to the end are what I consider good sports.”

“Mo has great patience and will work with anyone at any level to make them feel comfortable and confident in the gym. People trust him with their kids training. What more do you need?” – Paul Bai 

“The best way to explain mo is probably by quoting one of my clients.. “mo is nicer than you”. And I’m a pretty nice bloke, so there you have it. He is a good coach, knows his shit and will always put in the extra time with his clients.” – Daniel Howard

“I’ve known Mo since before he was at Absolute. We actually started MMA together with Leigh Allwood as coach many moons ago. Mo not only has the arguably best training playlists, but is also one of the most genuine guys in the gym.” – David Lescai

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WEEKEND RESULTS (27/10/2017 – 29/10/2017)

Amazing effort from the Absolute MMA Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team this weekend at the 2017 IBJJF Pan Pacific Championship! The team took away the championship in No Gi BJJ and came second in Gi BJJ. Great to see an increase in our team numbers and points in both Gi and No Gi this year.

Congratulations to the team on a great result, you all have shown extreme dedication and we know how many hours of tireless training has been put into preparing for this competition!

We’re so proud of all 62 of you (and all 22 under Maromba!) who competed in the Pan Pacs this year. We hope that you all have come away inspired and motivated to improve, irrespective of whether you won or learned.

SPECIAL MENTIONS:

Coach Lachlan Giles “The Raptor Tractor” not only coached and encouraged our entire team through the weekend, but managed to clean out the adult black belt division second year in a row with a massive 4 gold medals (weight, open weight gi & no gi)!

Coach Livia Gluchowska came to Pan Pacs this year for the first time as a black belt- and did not disappoint, taking away gold! Our female team performed extremely well as a whole, with every single girl from our team taking away a medal this weekend. Amazing work ladies!

To our head BJJ coach Thiago Stefanutti, thank you for being an inspiration to the entire team, for all your endless hours of advice and support and continuing to give 100% at 41 years of age competing at the adult division. Congratulations to Thiago for coming second in his division this year!

Wishing a speedy recovery to our main man at St Kilda, Adam Jones who unfortunately broke and dislocated his ankle this weekend whilst competing in the final match of his division.

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