This weekend we watched a good friend compete in the women only Invicta FC MMA show. With the huge surge in popularity MMA has gained over the last 20 years, women's competitions have steadily been increasing in exposure too. It was the first event of it's type that we watched and it didn't disappoint at all.
Training in a sport where ultimately the performance is done alone, it often opens up the possibility of fighting friends. Some of us have done it, some of us would never dream of it, but it's quite an interesting topic for martial artists to consider.
Also this weekend is Aaron's first tournament as a purple belt, so Helene quizzes him on his mindset and feelings running up to the show being held this Sunday!
After summoning up the courage to up roots in the UK and head back to Spain for her MMA career, Monica recently took a short detour to sunny California.
Not only did it give her a chance to train with some of the very best in the world of WMMA, the experience opened up some new friendships and offered new challenges along the way. She even got to stay at my mom's house for a couple days!
We'll miss her when she goes, but we've got her for now. As always she's a hilarious addition to the show and we're always happy to have her back on.
This episode Helene and I talk MMA, California, food and pets with our favorite female strawweight, Monica Nix.
What an episode.
We really had no idea what we were getting into with this one. Initially the plan was to talk about Yazid's upcoming project; Martial Beats. For those that haven't heard of it yet, it's something between a documentary and a music video focusing on the stories of martial artists.
After delving a little deeper into his life however, the story is far more complex. We learn the story of Yazid's life growing up in Syria before the more recent conflict developed. Not only do we gain an insight into how martial arts were viewed at the time within the country, but we also get a look into what life is like inside a Syrian prison. Needless to say, it's a harrowing story which our guest tells with genuine class.
Yazid's thoughts on martial arts music are definitely not to be missed in this very special episode. We hope you all enjoy!
This week we had a watch of a new TV show about survival. Where would we fit in if the world came to an end, governments collapsed and we had to start society from scratch? Helene's revelation about squashing rebellion towards the end of the show is quite an eye opener...
Government has a hand in so much to do with our lives. Whether it's covering up illegal wars, rigging elections, cheating at sports, they seem to do it all these days. The conversation comes full circle with a few of these realisations.
Also as sports lovers and with a whole heap of Brazilian friends, we take a little look at the Rio Olympics and the impact they are having on a country during a turbulent political time.
Recorded in bed at the height of a traditional English heatwave. Enjoy!
If there's one person who couldn't care less about any new craze sweeping the world, it's Helene. We talk a little today about the new Pokémon app neither of us has, tinder, and various other apps that effect our everyday lives.
Alcohol stories are always great to swap, especially when one of you isn't a big drinker. Turns out the culture of drinking here and in France is pretty different!
All this talk about nostalgic video games and drinking gets us on the topic of teenage rebellion. While Aaron had a whole bunch of it growing up, it looks like Helene might be going through that phase as we speak, despite denying it pretty heavily.
Classic Sunday bedtime chats for you all, hope you enjoy!
Today's episode we kick off with a recap from Aaron's run this past weekend for the Children of the Mekong charity. We dig a little into just how competitive he can really be...
Ego is a funny thing though. You need to keep it in check in training, but then harness it for competition time. It's a weird dichotomy to balance for martial arts.
While Aaron was off running his 10k, Helene made her very first trip to church with a good friend. Being raised in a pretty religiously relaxed household (kind of Buddhist?), some of the terminology in a typical Christian sermon sounded pretty bizarre to her, as you'll find out.
This episode was recorded at about 1am, so excuse the occasional yawn here and there!
In the immortal words of our host Helene: HI EVERYONE!
Today we're back in bed covering the things we know and love. A talk about south east asian cooking methods kicks us off today. Turns out that having a three course meal comprised of three different soups is pretty standard in Helene's family home.
Next up we get into the world of fighting with some updates after the latest batch of MMA matches this weekend. Well...everything but UFC 200 as we haven't watched it yet!
Do famous fighters try and become role models, or is that sort of status pushed upon them? Talking of those fighters that attract the most attention and whether or this is actually the case leads to a wider discussion about role models and those who inspire us.
It's good to be back and bring you another show!
We were supposed to talk about bullying in today's episode but flew way off course unfortunately. This is what happens when you leave recording to the very last minute!
But, it's good old fashioned bed time as usual with plenty of family history and the usual nonsense for you to enjoy.
Today we talk about old friends and how they become acquaintances, as well as interviewing Helene "special guest style".
Worst injuries, super powers and last meals on earth are the order of the day in a classic IBAH episode!
Our guest today is a good friend and medical professional, nurse Angela!
Hailing originally from the Philippines, Angela details a story something like that of a disney princess. Raised in a big house with a huge extended family, and never really needing anything as it was all provided, Angela always wanted more. So, not being your typical Filipina "Maria Clara" (more on that on the show...), she made the decision to leave it all behind and pursue life as a surgical nurse in the UK. It was a brave decision and to be the making of her.
You just can't feel bad or help but laugh around Angela. Enjoy her unique perspective on all things health, training, nursing and looking for love, as well as a sprinkling of disney magic and her love of all things pop culture. It's not really me and Helene's thing but you can't help but get drawn in to Angela's enthusiasm.