People always have excuse to do things, I’m too old to do this, I’m too old learn this, I’m too old to make this, everything. One of the great man, a sixty seven years old, An Elder Fighter of all Muay Thai fighters in the World, step in the ring to prove everyone that, never too old to do anything if you want to do it.
You will inspire a lot after reading this GREAT STORY!
“The Heart of the Elder Lion”
One of the top instructor of Master Toddy, great in clinching and Knee strikes. His name is Arjarn Sing you see him around with me for years, he is specialist on clinching and tripping people to make people off balance, turning, stand up, turning the guy, spin around, 360. Master Toddy saw him with many of his people who came in the gym, who already been trained knee strikes for so long.
But soon you face Arjarn Sing you’ll know what kind of techniques, that will make you never stand still and make you fall all over the place. Now we know where he got it from, a short time ago. About two weeks, Arjarn Sing went to to the office of Master Toddy and asked.
SING: “Master can I have a day off”
SING: “I decided to go look after my father, I’m going to be a corner man for my father.”
MASTER: “Your Father? You’re crazy! He fight?”
SING: Yes sir he accepted the challenge of the guy who keep challenge him all the time.
MASTER: “Tell me about it, Arjarn Sing!”
SING: “My father is 67 years old, he always love watching fights, always go betting a fights in different area around his house, he saw this guy who is over 50 years old. He fought many times, he keep beating younger people, he is a strong man, he has good technique, but he got a big mouth.
Everytime, He look at Arjarn sing’s father.
OPPONENT: “Hey one of these days, I want to fight you!
The Old Lion (Arjarn Sing’s Father) response, quickly!
THE OLD LION: “Hey I’m quite old, but tell me the time”
(They always gave him such a short time, like 5 days, call him)
OPPONENT: “a.a.ahh I want to fight you”
In many places, Arjarn Sing’s Father is too smart and said
THE OLD LION: “No, you don’t give me enough time!”
time to time call again
OPPONENT “ I’ll have 3 days for you”
THE OLD LION: “No, I’m not ready for this, next time if you want to fight me, give me over 10 days or only 10 days and I will take you”
(The Situation go on for a couple of years)
Arjarn Sing’s Father, went to watch a fight and saw him, beating the other guy and turned around to Sing’s Father.
OPPONENT: “Hey, about time we’ll fight.”
THE OLD LION: “OK! You wanna fight me so bad, let make the fight happen and do you want to bet to me also?”
Opponent: “Yes I bet you.”
In Thailand! It’s about $ 3,000 US Dollar is quite a lot of money but the younger opponent, challenged him for the amount of over a 100,000+ THAI BAHT or $ 3,000 US Dollars. Arjarn Sing’s father don’t have enough money, to bet that much. The Old Lion said: “FINE!” He took the challenge and accepted the fight, without having money.
Arjarn Sing’s father’s job is feeding the bulls, cows and sell it. Every day he go to cut the grass and carried plenty of grasses on his back. This time is about 12 days before the fight. Arjarn Sings Father talked to his son.
THE OLD LION: “Man, when I went back to our house, I talked to my wife, I talked to my children, I talked to my neighbors, they’d think that I am crazy and they said: “DON’T DO THAT PLEASE!” So, His son, Arjarn Sing called him right away and tell his dad
ARJARN SING: “Dad! If you need money, I will help you but don’t do this because you’re going to die in the ring, you’ll make me very sad, if you die in the ring.”
THE OLD LION: “THAT’S WHERE I BELONG TO, NO ONE CAN STOP ME!”
The first day. He trained, he don’t have a shoes to run, But he still have the shoes that he used 20 years ago when he was still fighting. He could not put it on because the shoes size is too small for him, he walk with barefoot for so long, he’s feet is wider, cannot put like in the older days. He walked to train for about nearly 10 kilometers, without a shoes going to the gym.
The first day, he did pad work for 1 round, He nearly died, he fell in the floor, the cramp is killing him, he can’t able to walk, He have to crawl going back home.
EVERYONE SAID: “You’re finished! DON’T DO IT!”
The next day, the lion heart, went back to the gym, walked again and make a 2nd day, 3rd day, 4th day, 5th day and the lion heart can able to do 5 rounds, he trained 5 rounds of pad work, incredible. The trainers was used to be his students and trained them. Now they come back to be his trainer. When he came home.
His 4 children, look after him, massaged him, took him to the hot bath and put the lemon grass. The place is where his cows & bulls used to be their drinking place. He cut he oil tank in a half and put the water in. Now the place became his bath tub. So the bulls stop drinking for a while. He laid on the bath tub with the lemon grass, the water is hot and the steam is coming.
He felt so happy and felt so better. Every day he trained harder and harder, but on the way back from the training, he started cutting grass to feed his bull, He needed to carried the grass to his back for about 7 to 10 kilometers and walked back home with barefoot.
He have a Lion heart, he trained, get better and tell the kids “I am better every day.” THE OLD LION SAID.
THE OLD LION: “Now I want to pawn my bull, to get a money for the betting. If I lose, I need to pay them. He sold the bull and receive the money.”
He is now ready for the battle. Actually, 12 days since the fight challenge when his father was in the stadium and Sing his son was still in Bangkok asking permissions. Master Toddy his senior Instructor said by all mean
Master Toddy: “Hey, you must go”
Arjarn Sing: “Please because, my father on my corner all my life, massage me, do hand wrap for me, help me warm up, he’s on my corner all his life and all my life, It’s a time for me to be in his Corner.
Master: “My God! What a story! And “Yes, you must go, but I want you to video your dad but by the way, how old is you dad again?”
Arjarn Sing: 67 sir!
Master: “My Goodness! 67!”
ARJARN SING: But my father accepted the challenge because the guy look down on him, challenged him all the time, he don’t want to take that, so he sold all his bull for betting money and he’s very serious. He definitely fight tonight!”
Master: “Okay, you can go”
Arjarn Sing jump on the plane. At the same time, when he’s on the plane, he took picture and put it on his Facebook and announce to the people.
ARJARN SING: “I’m on the way, to become my father’s corner man.”
and his brother saw that, run in and talked to their father who already in the stadium and the brother said: “Sing will be arrive less than an hour”
Father: “If Sing come, I’m going to WIN, he is Special.”
Yes! Arjarn Sing arrived. Run into his father and asked: “Dad! Are you sure? You still have time to say….”
“Don’t ever mention that again!”
“I am The Old Lion, never Back Out!”
Arjarn Sing Massage his father, helping wrapping the hands and prepared.
He doesn’t say anything, just kept breathing and breathing. That time is 2 O’clock in the morning. So many people came for that night! The fights start since 7 pm in the evening and there’s a lot of fights.
They put the OLD MEN in the last bout!
Before the fight, his opponent and manager came to say “Hey, 5 rounds, like a championship!” Arjarn Sing step forward and asked:
ARJARN SING: “5 rounds? We said 3 rounds, and my father this age, you want 5 rounds?”
They response: “Yes he wants 5 rounds”
Arjarn Sing, took his shirt off! And asked: “5 rounds?”
ARJARN SING: Take me! Fight me! I will fight you 10 rounds! I fight you!”
(But the guy stop and they’re looking each other. This is Serious!)
ARJARN SING: “I will not let my father fight for 5 rounds! 5 rounds, Take me!” he said.
(All the guys stop them, while looking each other again.)
ARJARN SING: “Look look at him! My father can’t even Breath! Normally he go to bed at 7:00 O’clock but today it’s 2 O’clock in the day time, you’re making him wait and wait and wait, he can’t even breath properly, come on man?!!
Manager: “Okay! 3 rounds”
ARJARN SING: “Okay Fine! No worries! We go 3 rounds”
Now they bet a lot of money! The crowd are still there! Yelling and screaming, waiting for his father get up on the ring to beat the Big Mouth guy.
(Arjarn Sing’s father doesn’t talk a lot, he’s nice and quite.)
Arjarn Sing became a manager, a trainer, everything for his father, gave him a drink.
ARJARN SING ASK HIS FATHER
Sing: “Before you came to the stadium, I believe you disappeared for 2 hours, no one can find you. Where have you been Dad?”
Father: “Oh! I went to cut the grass for my bull and I forgot that I sold my bull, I only have one left, that’s why it took me for so long”
Sing: Dad you’re going to fight and you’re doing this!
I don’t understand what you’re doing!
NOW! THE ANNOUNCER START.
“The Elder Man of Muay Thai, going to jump into the ring, fight the guy who has lot of fight experience and still strong but the old man have a good technique, that’s why we have an ambulance, waiting to witness, who will go to the hospital!”
WHAT AN EXCITING ANNOUNCER!
Any way. They call the Old Lion first. Going to the Blue Corner.
The fight started! 1st Round
Round 1, The Bells ring (ting ting). First his father check everything, on how the guy fight and defend it all. He signal to his people, “This guy will never beat me, bet on it, put the money on it!” But Arjarn Sing did not know.
He signal to Arjarn Sing's brother and Arjarn Sings did not know until he realized & understand everything. Anyway, he put money onto his father for believing in him! And then the fight continues, the opposite corner, keep increasing the money up, also Arjarn Sing put everything he have, until he got nothing to put in anymore.
He run out of money. So, he took the golden chain necklace, to bet on his father, that worth about $ 3,000 US Dollar. Arjarn Sing hold his necklace to put in and He said “I bet for my Father.” When he came to the corner in the first round.
Arjarn Sing asked: “Are you okay dad? Are you okay?”
THE OLD LION: “Shut up! I’m fine, of course I’m fine! I’m not going to let Big Mouth beat me!”
Arjarn Sing: “Oh! Oh Dad! Anything? You, you, you know. You can slow down, you can tell us, you can tell me.”
THE OLD LION: “No! I already said to bet on me!” (Laughing).
The 2nd round started
Arjarn Sing father is very technical, he walked back when the guy grab him, who is stronger than him and the The Old Lion step once, curled the body, knee strike, twist the opponent and turn.
In Muay Thai, if you’re out of your balance, you can lose a fight easily, that’s why he twist and turn the guy, the opponent don’t even know where he is, sometime he spin like a twirl in 60 degrees.
The Old Lion got the 2nd round. His son, Arjarn Sing keep walking around and said: “Come On! Who wants to put money up more?” The people wants to put up more but Arjarn Sing, nothing left now, only his pants.
So, he said: “I got no more” and the guy still put the money up because he think, Sing father is going to die.
The 3rd round started
Round 3 start. His father analyzed every technique, got better foot step and did a great job until the end of the round.
The referee pick up his father and the announcer’s said
“Man Of Muay The Elder Thai Won The Fight.”
Everybody was so happy and Arjarn Sing was jumping up & down, he got his gold chain back and everyone bet for them earned so much money.
The Old Lion spoke to his son and said: “I beat him, shut up from now on, never open your mouth again!”
“This story showing you that, if you really want to do something, it’s never too late, if you want to do it, it can always do and I admired him so much, I’m going to invite him to my gym and give him a round of applause the end of the year and give him something that saying that he is the Lion Heart and he’s our hero and I will let everyone know! That is going be happen. We need to do Facebook live to show a support for him. A man with a Heart of an Elder Lion.”
ONE OF THE GREATEST STORY EVER!
KOBADH WITH HIS SON!