May 11th, 2013

Scholar and a Fighter: Muhsin Corbbrey competes in Road to Glory tournament today

With over 40 professional fights in MMA, kickboxing, Muay Thai, and boxing, Tiger Muay Thai & MMA Training Camp Phuket, Thailand alumnus and multiple-time guest Muhsin Corbbrey is ready for whatever comes his way. Today, he steps into the ring to compete in an 8-man kickboxing tournament at Road to Glory: Knockout King in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

The prize: US$20,000

It’s a great score for someone who is also studying for their Political Science and Homeland Security/Emergency Management degree while keeping up with training.

“This is the best place to train,” says the 34-year-old about the Tiger Muay Thai, “I’ve been working with [Kru] Yod since 2006, it’s a long time so he knows my style. Tiger is my extended family, this is my fourth or fifth time here, I’ve had some of my best performances training out of here.”

Corbbrey started boxing at 8-years-old and has trained is several martial arts, including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (purple belt), and also Muay Thai. The Road to Glory tournament will also include former training partner and good friend Cyrus Washington. He is no stranger to one-night tournaments since he has won a few in the past decade.

“I’ve been there, I had to grind through it. I know what it feels like going into your second, third fight with bumps and bruises,” he says, “you have to take each fight at a time. The first fight, treat it like it’s your only fight, but understand that you have to be ready for nine rounds, possibly more.”

Aside from kickboxing and combat sports, Corbbrey is using his time in Thailand – away from the hustle and bustle of American city life – and focusing on attaining a bachelor’s degree. He’s close to completion and plans to apply (and hopefully enroll) into a program at Harvard University in the United States.

“It’s good to have your mind on another thing while you train martial arts,” he says, “my downtime is occupied on something positive and that can help me in the future in another way.”

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