“Looking forward to the fight this weekend?”
The next time somebody asks me if I’m going to watch Mayweather vs. McGregor the top of my head’s popping off.
To start with, McGregor’s famous ring apology was the final straw — the reason why I stopped watching MMA altogether. But the main reason I’m not watching the fight is that the behavior of both men has been despicable. As sports commentator Mike Wise said in reference to the July promotional tour,
“Mayweather and McGregor didn’t just cross boundaries of race, bigotry, misogyny and profanity this past week — they obliterated them, bleeping their way through a two-continent, four-city tour of filth.”
So no. I’m not watching the fight. I’m not giving either combatant — or any of their managers, promoters, networks or affiliates — my hard earned money.
Martial arts, when practiced properly, are about mastery. They are about confronting the dragon of chaos and constructing order from its bones. They are about becoming the best possible people we can be. And watching that fight wouldn’t move me forward one iota.
And now for the workout of the week.
Cabal Fang Workout of the Week #69
- Grappling Conditioner #3. Get yourself a heavy bag and set it on the mat. No mat? Put a tarp on the grass like we do at the club. Don’t have a bag? Make one. Set a countdown timer for 10:00 mins and complete as many sets as you can before the timer beeps of 5 Bag Lifts, 10 mounted strikes, and 5 Splay ‘n’ Punch. Here’s a video. Take as few 12-count breaks as you need in order to finish.
- Why are you studying martial arts? Get out your training log or journal and write 250 words about why you’re studying martial arts. If you don’t know why you’re on this journey it’s going to be really hard to direct your training, much less your thinking. Where does your martial arts story end? Don’t forget — people don’t tell stories. Stories tell them. What’s yours going to be?