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We all find solace through something.

Some of us find it in art, music, reading, food, or some other form of skill. For others it can be more masochistic; such as smoking, drinking, or in the presence of another person.

For Coach Cee, it is a sort of combination of the two.

“Martial Arts for some is a form of therapy for me. When I have a lot going on or dealing with issues, it always made me feel better hitting something lol while I’m hitting the bag or hitting the mitts it takes my mind off the issues I’m going through.”

Having grown up in the world of Martial Arts, Cee is no stranger to the benefits of what a discipline can bring. “I trained martial arts (Taekwondo) at the age of 6-12 and picked up kickboxing & Muay Thai at 22 years years old, I had 3 smokers. My gym shut down and I went gym hopping to find that chemistry I had with my original coach and stopped training”

With his comprehension and background, he looked ahead towards his 30’s and began to consider moving from fighter to coach. ” I was 28 and my coach at the time Enn Fairtex told me to focus on helping the younger guys and share my knowledge. Also I just had my son (his biggest influence) and needed some extra cash so that’s when I started focusing on coaching.”

In our discussion he brings up a good point. Gym chemistry is so important to your training. You create bonds with those who are around you and in return they strengthen your craft. They push you farther and support your growth. This is why we call it a community. A culmination of backgrounds to bring us to a common goal: to be better than we were the day before.

One of the hardest things we as practitioners, coaches, fighters, owners can agree upon is the downside of losing that enthrallment. Whether it be relocation, overtraining, anxiety, etc.., it all comes with a price.

“The mental burn out, the fatigue. I noticed I lose my creativity with drills or combos. When I’m well rested I perform my best behind the mitts, coming up with new combos and drills to help the fighters.”

When I look at this photo I am reminded of all the early morning sessions when daylight has barely begun to break. Hot coffee and non-stop work to keep ourselves warm in an empty gym. Exhausted but content with the amount of progress made in a year and a half. Happy to even have the access to train under the lockdown of the pandemic.

Working with Cee has brought out a side of my training that I would have never otherwise gained had it not been for his expertise and consistency. He broke down every move to a molecular level and allowed me to first be frustrated, then elevated me to grow. By slowing it down and revisiting techniques I thought I already knew, he’s propelled my game far beyond what I thought I could do. His life’s work is passed down through his attention to detail.

Captured in this moment, I had the opportunity to product shoot for Satrawoot and Golden Era Apparel. We spent 2 hours going back and forth on different shots and alternating clothing and pads. We adjusted angles and lighting and This was a small break in-between where William Seemann (hitter) and Coach Cee (pad holder) were free flowing and enjoying the moment with thigh teeps and a whole lotta laughs.

When I look at this photo I think of how wonderful it is to be involved with people in this community that truly knows what it means to dedicate yourself to what you love. Once again, A culmination of backgrounds.

We leave you with this: Cee, if you could give a word of advice to either a fighter or an aspiring coach, what would it be?

“Always be a student, never stop learning. Constantly work on your craft and believe in yourself.”

Wanna know more? You can find Coach Cee roaming the Bay Area or on Instagram

Thank you for reading!

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Author | Chelsea Matsumonji @thechelseam

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