I’m busier than plaid underpants right now, so there hasn’t been too much time to post and do all those lovely videos I’ve been promising to do. On the upside, the stuff that’s keeping me busy is really exciting, so it’s hard to moan about the lack of time. I’ve either had swine flu or some other ailment (depending on who you talk to) over the last week and a half so I’m still playing catch up with that too.
Firstly, the gym is really coming along and we’re planning phase 2 of the construction which involves showers, the astro turf area, the new stairs to the mezzanine and the running track. There’s lots of other equipment still to come as well, but for now the gym should start changing again every week from now until December. Secondly, the list of events between now and the end of the year is pretty huge. There is literally something on every weekend, culminating in our own show on December 12th. Have a look:
Saturday October 31st- Paddy is fighting in Dundalk
The wee man has been doing some great work in the gym, and is living it up as a professional right now, eating, sleeping and enjoying Tuesdays. So I hope you’ll all make the effort to get to Dundalk to see him on Saturday.
Saturday November 7th- Przemek is fighting in Rush
Yes we might call him Shayn but that’s his name! He’s been working hard in the gym, on the mats and in the ring for this one and I’m sure he’ll be bringing home the bacon. I’ve just been on to the promoter and there’s a chance we might be able to get a slightly higher ticket allocation so ask me when you see me.
Sunday November 15th- Amateur Muay Thai, Galway
Yes indeed, the time has come to see if we’ve been wasting our time with this Ivers chap or what. This will be the first ever Muay Thai event that Informed Performance has been involved in so it will be a great time I’m sure. I know that Stephen, Ger, Grant and Will are all fighting and I think there may even be a few more too so try to make it to this one if you can. It looks like I may be… ahem… otherwise engaged, but more on that some other time.
Sunday November 22nd- Irish Open BJJ, Booterstown (yes that’s in Dublin)
Here’s a surprise for you, you might not know this, but you’re competing in this. Yes you. There’s no excuse not to put your BJJ to the test at least once a year and the Irish Open is the time to do it. Firstly, it’s going to be our first foray into BJJ as a Drysdale Jiu Jitsu team, and I want to make it a successful one. So if you’ve been hanging around the periphery of the BJJ classes, it’s time to step it up. This Thursday is the first day of training for the BJJ Open and I expect I’ll see you on the mat at 7.
Saturday December 5th- Informed Performance Submission Tournament 2
Yes it’s back again for another installment. I really enjoyed the last one and this one promises to be even bigger. People warned us about the folly of putting on a summer tournament but the numbers came in their droves, so this time I think we can expect a huge turnout. I’ve changed the format ever so slightly to make the final matches of each division a real final later in the day. So you’ll fight your prelims, then semis and then have a rest for the final which will take place in the boxing ring. More on this as it comes.
Saturday December 12th- The Fight Before Christmas 2
Revenge of Santa! Or some other witty line. This will be amazing. There’s so much to be done but nothing has me more excited than this show. The training for 8 fighters is hard to do but the real organisation happens behind the scenes with all of the little things that have to be in place for a show. The gym will be transformed for the night with the boxing ring decorated, the lighting adjusted, the bar put in, the 300 seats laid out, the fighter’s dressing rooms installed, extra toilets (seriously!) and loads more still. We’re also organising an after party, beautiful ring girls in Santa’s elves outfits and DJ Capper (oh you know it’s good) and loads of other surprises.
So yeah, I’m pretty busy this next while.