Nestled in the heart of SOHO lies an almost secret martial arts academy. 412 Broadway is where Anderson’s Martial Arts Academy has made its home for almost 20 years. The large metallic door looks like it requires a secret knock combination and password to enter.
It was unlocked, walking into the hallway there was a sense that at any moment a ninja could drop down from the ceiling and end things. Fortunately there was just an elevator where on the second floor, the academy was hosting Glory Kickboxing’s open workouts. Glory 43 New York kicks off at MSG Theater Friday July, 14.
Once inside the gym, some of the best kickboxing talent was on display. Glory Kickboxing has done an excellent job scouring the globe to assemble a competitive roster across several weight classes.
Four such talents were in the gym putting some of their skills on display prior to throwing down at MSG. Canadian lightweight contender Josh Jauncey spoke about defending prior loses and what fans can expect to see out him Friday night.
When asked about losses to current lightweight champion Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong and top contender Christian Baya earlier in his career, he had this to say,
“I want revenge. I don’t know if that is a good way to look at things but I want revenge against all of them. In the past I was young and got drawn away from my game plan. At this stage in my career if I fight my fight I know I can win.”
Mature words from a young man who at only 24 years old is ranked fifth in the world at 154 pounds.
A very honest statement from a man with a clear vision for how he wants his career to play out. Jauncey then went on to rattle off the names of opponents that beat him inside the Glory ring. It was clear that he was not haunted by these losses but saw them as defining moments.
Moments in which he strayed from his game plan and fighting style. Mistakes that have been learned from, which have put him on the path to success he is currently on. A win on Friday against Elvis Gashi may give Jauncey what he is looking for. A future opportunity for revenge and the Glory Lightweight strap around his waist.