Bad judges

 Last Friday, two Muay Thai pro's, went to war. One a world class veteran (@josh_aragon) and the other a future star storming on the pro scene (@brandol330sx). They both put in the grinding, soul-testing work required for a fight camp. Training 2-3 times a day, 6 days a week. Ignoring the constant soreness, aches and pain of hard sparring, exhaustive pad & mitt sessions, daily road work, and lung burning conditioning. All done while dieting and sacrificing from family/social  obligations and life's simple pleasures. This is the path they chose. So they put their heart & soul into the preparation, and in turn they performed like the elite professional athletes they are. Unfortunately, some incompetent judges lacked the vision and experience to make the correct decision that night. Judges that most likely have never sparred a day in their life. That don't know the difference between damage and flashy non-effective movement. Perhaps, the most frustrating part of combat sports that happens on every level. Hopefully, in the near future, the good quality judges will outnumber the inferior ones. And promising "all-in" combat athletes chasing their dreams will have less temporary set backs.

Last Friday, two Muay Thai pro's, went to war. One a world class veteran (@josh_aragon) and the other a future star storming on the pro scene (@brandol330sx). They both put in the grinding, soul-testing work required for a fight camp. Training 2-3 times a day, 6 days a week. Ignoring the constant soreness, aches and pain of hard sparring, exhaustive pad & mitt sessions, daily road work, and lung burning conditioning. All done while dieting and sacrificing from family/social  obligations and life's simple pleasures. This is the path they chose. So they put their heart & soul into the preparation, and in turn they performed like the elite professional athletes they are. Unfortunately, some incompetent judges lacked the vision and experience to make the correct decision that night. Judges that most likely have never sparred a day in their life. That don't know the difference between damage and flashy non-effective movement. Perhaps, the most frustrating part of combat sports that happens on every level. Hopefully, in the near future, the good quality judges will outnumber the inferior ones. And promising "all-in" combat athletes chasing their dreams will have less temporary set backs.