Brigginshaw to launch attack
CABARITA'S Elliott Brigginshaw is ready to strike with moves so fast you can't keep up with at his Muay Thai debut fight at Mansfield Tavern next month.
The young buck has been honing his skills in the Valhalla Muay Thai stable with Jim Cass, a former fighter who has been training for 20 years.
Brigginshaw won't have the safety of a ringside seat this time, instead he will jump the ropes and take centre stage in the middleweight division on September 3.
Cass said he had been training Brigginshaw for about 18 months at his South Tweed gym while also developing two other fighters.
“Elliot has been training for four or five days a week and he is my third fighter ... there is also a couple more coming up in the wings,” Cass said.
Muay Thai involves eight points of contact from punches, kicks, knee strikes and elbows, but there was previously a ninth – the head.
The sport originated in Thailand and in 1555 was developed by King Naresuan the Great,a former boxer, into a military training discipline to defend themselves from aggressive neighbours.
Muay Thai was taught in schools until 1921 before being phased out as there were too many serious injuries associated with the sport.
Brigginshaw said he had tried karate for a few years when he was younger but decided about 18 months ago to try Muay Thai.
“I really like the aggression ... it's really aggressive, not like boxing. It's got kicks whereas in boxing you can go for like 10 rounds and so often they just feel each other out,” the 73 kilogram fighter said.
“In Muay Thai, they just go a couple of rounds and there's like knockouts which is cool.”
Brigginshaw aspires to be like world champion Gold Coast fighter Nathan Corbett because he is such an aggressive warrior.
Cass said you have to build up conditioning before you enter the ring because you can cop it on the jaw, side of the knee or a kick in the rib which will hurt.
“You've got to suck it in, you've got to take it and Elliott has been training a year and a half to two years,” Cass said.
“You build up, you spar lightly and get a couple of hits ... and you get used to the hits.
“You spar a bit harder, get a bit harder ... it is a build up, so someone that's looking at it first up says ‘oh gees, how do I do that?'.
“It's like anything, you build yourself up and get used to the pain and you suck it in on the day.”
There is an element of flexibility required for high kicks but because of the power generated from low kicks and rib kicks, you don't need as much stretch.
“You know the karate days where you had to have these flashy kicks to look good ... these days you can keep it, you don't have to have a fantastic stretch, which is good,” Cass said.
Cass's training gym is located at Machinery Drive, South Tweed, and has classes for beginners or advanced on Mondays and Wednesday evenings.