In trying times, it pays to have a leader who takes charge until the crisis is over.
That is exactly what Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres sees in her head coach and Catalan Fighting System patriarch, Rene “The Challenger” Catalan.
A lot of CFS athletes are currently stuck in Makati City with the enhanced community quarantine order in Luzon, but Catalan has been actively making the most out of their extended time together.
“Coach Rene prepared a lot of group activities for us during the lockdown,” Torres said. “We study the bible, we play games, we even make home training videos.
“Every activity brings us closer together. Back then, we were all just focused on training, so now at least the lockdown brought a silver lining to me.”
Such activities help the ONE Championship atomweight to not only stay out of boredom but to discover herself in the process.
For Torres, that is the silver lining she speaks of.
“I am not happy at all with the spread of this virus, especially since the count continues to rise to this day. There are a lot of people affected by the lockdown, especially some families who get livelihood on a daily basis,” she said.
“However, we have nothing more to do but try and look for positives, and in this lockdown, I felt like I have boosted my personality and strengthened my relationship with the people in the gym.”
When all this is over, Torres believes she will come out of it not only as a better athlete due to their continuous training but as a better person.
“Now I’m just enjoying all the extra time that I have. Not only are we helping out in stopping the virus by staying at home, it can also help us dig deep with our personal traits,” Torres said.
“It’s all about looking for positive things now because I know this will help me in the future, whether in the cage or in real life.”
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