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2/22/10 5:57 PM
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I’m in Iraq for my third tour and have been kind of upset about missing a year’s worth of training. The camp I’m on does not have any kind of facilities (just weights and normal gym stuff) not even a heavy bag to hit. So, after a period of unsatisfactory gorilla training (like strapping my Thai pads to the sides of weight machines so to work leg kicks, and rolling up a sit up mat with a bungee cord and using it as a GnP dummy) I quit feeling sorry for myself and dried the tears, and decided to just spend the money and build my own gym.

My unit did bring mats so that was one huge problem I don’t have to worry about and I brought some my own gear (Gloves, Thai pads, jump rope, wraps and stuff) but I had some Issues with figuring out how to mount bags and working around the 70 lb shipping limit. I ordered a hook and uppercut bag (because I thought it would be easier to mount. I was wrong, but that is a story in and of its self) and now have a GnP dummy and Thai bag (not mounted yet) to complement roughly 50 by 30 feet of mats. I also have my Kettlebells and a prison looking weight set my unit found somewhere.  

Things are starting to come along nicely and its amusing to me that now that I’m got stuff set up Soldiers are asking if I will teach them how to fight. I’m still hoping that someone will ask if I train UFC, lol. I don’t really feel super qualified to teach I only have about a year and a half of real training (BJJ and MT), but I talked to my couch and he said that as long as I stick to the fundamentals its fine. Plus, I think it’s a good thing for the Soldiers in my unit, a healthy stress relief and something to do in our limited free time to distract from the monotony and from being away from family and whatnot.

Sorry for the FRAT, I’m proud of my little gym and just thought I’d share this story with the UG

EDIT: The Thai bag is now mounted! With pics!

EDIT: some pictures





 

 

  
2/22/10 6:00 PM
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2/22/10 6:05 PM
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Sounds awesome. We had a fellow return to our gym after 2 years away in Iraq and he just brutalized me when we rolled. I wish he'd had a place to let out all that aggression overseas.
2/22/10 6:15 PM
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 Stop talking to your couch he misses you just sitting on him doing nothing... ; )


Awesome story though. Keep us posted and let us know if you need stuff.
2/22/10 6:15 PM
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good luck with getting your gym set up solider. if you can download stuff look for training vids on the net or e books it should help you learn some new stuff if there is not one there to teach you. you guys can learn together.
2/22/10 7:09 PM
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my couch told me to get off my ass.. but you know how couches lie.
2/22/10 7:16 PM
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LOL, I'm just trying to fit in here on the UG,90% of posters learned all they know  about MMA from their couch.

I fail at proofreading =(

2/22/10 8:16 PM
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MMAINCA - Cool story bro.

What branch are you in?

 Army
2/22/10 9:56 PM
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T T T for the Troops!!!
2/22/10 10:54 PM
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awesome.. keep us posted
2/23/10 12:08 AM
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2/23/10 12:37 AM
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 Thanks for the TTT Kirik, also updated with the pics
2/23/10 1:34 AM
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You should have just ordered some heavy bags without the filling and then stuffed them full of scrap material and sand which I assume you have an ass load of in Iraq when they arrived

edit: pre baggies the sand in 1/2kg bags, ductape, but make sure it's still 'loose', sticking loose sand in there with just have it sink to the bottom and give your shins a conditioning
2/23/10 1:54 AM
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I really hoped you were Iraqi....
2/23/10 2:46 AM
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 just order bags that are not pre filled, they weight like 15 lbs tops
2/23/10 12:33 PM
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snowman95 - You should have just ordered some heavy bags without the filling and then stuffed them full of scrap material and sand which I assume you have an ass load of in Iraq when they arrived

edit: pre baggies the sand in 1/2kg bags, ductape, but make sure it's still 'loose', sticking loose sand in there with just have it sink to the bottom and give your shins a conditioning

That’s what I ended up doing for the Thai bag, in fact that the only way to get a heavy bag out here. And speaking of the Thai bag I got it mounted today. Two drills, four bits, a lot of cursing and three hours later anyway. When I get off shift I will post a pic.

 
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 LOL yeah I'm on Camp Slayer. It made sense.

 
2/23/10 12:55 PM
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Can local hagis train at your gym? How bout the guys who clean the shitters? After they clean that can they train with you guys?
2/23/10 1:05 PM
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lcarus - Slayer MMA haha

 LOL yeah I'm on Camp Slayer. It made sense.

 


Ill be on camp victory later this year. Are slayer and victory connected or accessable to each other?
2/23/10 1:07 PM
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I hope there will be an Iraqi MMA fighter soon
2/23/10 1:17 PM
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Nice! Thanks for serving!
2/23/10 1:34 PM
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lcarus - Slayer MMA haha

 LOL yeah I'm on Camp Slayer. It made sense.

 


Ill be on camp victory later this year. Are slayer and victory connected or accessable to each other?

 They are connected, its about a 10 min drive. Its too far to walk, IMO. The good news is I think that Victory has some classes going on. 
2/23/10 1:58 PM
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Hardcore, thanks for serving.
2/23/10 2:15 PM
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Fuzzy Badfeet - 

 whatup man.
You have an apo/ae address right?
I  have a lot of extra equipment, some new, some used that I can ship to you if you would like. Gloves, unfilled bags, thai pads, focus mitts etc.

I wish there was someone motivated to train when I was in the military and overseas.

Send me your addy and I will fill your box with porn and training equipment, the staples of overseas existence.

That’s awesome, thanks Fuzzy! Some extra gear will really help out with getting guys to train. I will send you a PM. Who were you with? One of the Bats I take it? I know what you mean about trying to find motivated guys to train with; at the start of this tour I had a BJJ class going but after a few weeks only one dude was showing up. I think I will have more success with MT/boxing. I guess my recruitment line of “You don’t want to roll around with sweaty dudes? What’s the matter with you? You gay?” did not work, lol.    


  
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 Cool stuff

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