After more than three years my lazy butt finally made it out to Team MAD to train, and let me tell you it was a pleasure. When I got there I was surprised at how small the gym was. On T.V. it always looked a lot bigger.
There happened to be a television film crew at the gym when I got there doing an interview with the owner and Kang Kyung-ho who just signed with the UFC.
I said hi and gave the owner the vitamin drinks and bananas I had brought and got changed. The instructor today was Jo “Crazy” Nam-jin, a terrific MMA fighter (bantamweight) who defeated Shinichi “BJ” Kojima back in March at SHOOTO-3rd Round in Japan.
Jo-nam was a very friendly and competent instructor, and made sure everyone understood the techniques he was teaching. We learned one take down defense, one take down, and two submissions (I learned a really cool triangle from back mount that I had never seen before) then it was time to spar.
Dear readers, this was the hottest gym I have ever trained at! I was so sweaty that it was an ordeal just trying to sit up. I was told that there will be an air conditioner installed tomorrow and thank god. I definitely have a new found respect for bikini oil wrestlers.
I talked to the owner for a bit, and he said Dong-hyun Kim is doing fine. I asked Jo Nam-jin if the guillotine “BJ” had on him was choking him at all, and he said, “no”. The T.V. crew had me say a short monologue to the camera, so maybe I will be on T.V. It was kind of funny, and I got to practice my rudimentary Korean. It was a good training session even though I almost died from heat exhaustion.
Jo Nam-jin and I