So this past weekend we had a trip up to Birmingham to support a few of our friends fighting at a regional MMA show. It was very much the definition of "you win some, you lose some", with one fight cancelled last minute, one loss, and one of our team winning a bantamweight championship!
We took the train up with head coach (and IBAHpod alumni) Jeremy "Ninja" Petley, along with Monica Nix, our good friend and women's strawweight MMA fighter. Helene had a feeling the conversation might be worth keeping so we hit record along the way!
It's a great little insight into the minds of a team before a fight, and what goes on behind the scenes leading up to competitions.
Life, death, weight cutting, chemtrails, and the return of Shrek, as usual we hope you enjoy it!
In today's episode we interview Jean-Marc Debricon, founder of Children of the Mekong in the UK, a charity sponsoring children across south east Asia helping them with food, education and living costs.
This particular charity is very close to Helene's heart in particular. We discuss the work done by the charity in Cambodia with two generations of children, rebuilding lives and livelihoods since the damage done by the Khmer Rouge.
We couldn't do this one indoors unfortunately. We planned to visit Jean-Marc at his office but they were closed for an event. Instead we met at the Buddhist pagoda in Battersea Park, so this episode comes complete with birdsong, helicopters and crows...
You can find out more about the charity at www.childrenofthemekong.org
Our guest today is Helene's older brother, "Chou".
It's almost a follow on from #9 in that it continues the sibling theme, but this time with a bit of a twist. Despite the fact that in his younger years he tried dating women, Chou always knew he was attracted to men. When he finally got around to coming out to his family (well when he was forced by their quite formidable oldest sister...!), he recruited the support of the entire family, especially his siblings.
We get into what it's like coming out to your parents in an asian family (which is a lot like an intervention it seems), we learn that they might not be as traditional underneath the surface as people may think, and we look at how powerful the love and loyalty of the people closest to you growing up can really be in tackling the most complex of problems.
We also discover we may need to do a video special with Helene's sister (complete with subtitles as she only really speaks French!). Turns out she might be the absolute leader where family matters are concerned...
It's a very personal episode, but we think it's one that you'll all enjoy.
Coming at you from Paris, France!
Today we woke up first thing in the morning after a night out at a friends wedding and hit record. Staying true to the show's title, this podcast was recorded at Helene's childhood home and in the bed she grew up sleeping in.
We try and stick to the the whole siblings topic, but seeing as Helene's parents were initially refugees to France from Cambodia, we do get a little sidetracked.
We also touch on some outrageous wedding dance moves, brotherly love, family rankings and transgender kids! This episode is an absolute buffet of topics that we'll most likely return to at some stage or another!
Today we have a very special guest for you all. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, head coach at the London Fight Factory gym here in the UK, and the major papa himself Luiz "Manxinha" Ribeiro.
We discuss his journey from white to purple belt, spanning multiple continents, multiple teachers and multiple crazy situations.
What started as a quest for a Motorola Startac mobile phone and a Vauxhall Corsa evolved into a journey through martial arts that has since touched many peoples lives.
It's intense, complicated, sometimes hilarious and sometimes tragic, but it's an uplifting and amazing story. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Today's special guest is our good friend, training partner and sometimes coach Jeremy "Ninja" Petley who is a pro MMA fighter training at the well known London Fight Factory gym based in the UK.
Shrek is love, Shrek is life. A strange motto to live by but one in which Jeremy tries his hardest to honour. As well as discussing the finer points of disturbing internet videos, we chat about reasons for fighting, the effect it has on our families and friends and what keeps us going.
Today we discover what it was like growing up in Helene's family, where love and beatings went hand in hand apparently.
What's the main differences between how each of your parents raised you? For us, it was quite subtle it seems, though one thing is for sure, our parents were united on the discipline front.
Although as usual, Helene's were slightly more severe...
Being a competitive athlete is an interesting dichotomy. On the one hand you can push yourself to do something only a small percentage of the population does physically and mentally. On the other hand that also essentially means that apart from competition days and the odd weekend, you generally feel sore, hungry and beat up.
This week Helene vents her frustrations at her current injury. It was a tough one to record, but we're glad we did.
We also touch on how to deal with people when giving them bad news. Helene shares some French management techniques, and as you might imagine, they aren't incredibly subtle...!
In this episode we try and explore what it means to want to make a difference. Whether that's in the world around you, or something bigger.
To be honest though we still get very distracted hearing about Alex's background and music!
We find out that apparently we don't have real fat guy problems, Alex drops the knowledge on that #cruiselife and we realise it may have been him that inspired the whole podcast in the first place!
Alex McDowell is the bass guitarist for Marble Eyes, a new band performing here in London. Stay tuned till the end for the special bonus track: You come by!