Road Trip to Orange County with Anthony Birchak

Easter weekend started strong with the arrival of Anthony Birchak. Anthony and his family drove up to Vegas from Tucson on Wednesday night immediately met me at 10th Planet Las Vegas for a training session.

Anthony Birchak and Coach Casey at Costa Mesa  

Anthony Birchak and Coach Casey at Costa Mesa  

Anthony has a very dynamic style that he has used to get all the way to the UFC. After an amazing training session Anthony and I called it a night and agreed to meet at my house at 6 am to start our trip to Orange County to train with the likes of Carla Esparza, Ashlee Evans-Smith, Matt Lopez and Joe Murphy.

 

Anthony Birchak lead a great class 10th Planet Las Vegas  

Anthony Birchak lead a great class 10th Planet Las Vegas  

First stop was to 10th Planet Orange to catch a class with Coach Andy Balmore. Andy teaches a very spirited Thursday morning class at 10porg. After training there for a couple hours we headed to Huntington Beach to meet up with Joe Murphy.

 

Coach Andy and 10th Planet Orange Crew

Coach Andy and 10th Planet Orange Crew

We quickly headed to 10th Planet Costa Mesa where we continued our training with some amazing talent. Since a lot of our fighters have fights in April it was imperative to get them all in one place at the same time. Thursday nights practice was a success.

 

Thursday night at 10th Planet Costa Mesa  

Thursday night at 10th Planet Costa Mesa  

If two training sessions wasn't enough Anthony agreed to make the hour drive to LA to train with Eddie Bravo at 10th Planet HQ. After rolling and drilling with Eddie we had a good conversation with the master himself about the direction of 10th Planet and the importance of the warm ups.

 

Coach Casey, Master Eddie and Anthony Birchak  

Coach Casey, Master Eddie and Anthony Birchak  

Anthony Birchak and Eddie Bravo  

Anthony Birchak and Eddie Bravo  

Friday started bright an early with a pro practice at 10th Planet Costa Mesa. The room was intense with the reuniting of wrestling teammates Anthony Birchak and Matthew Lopez as well as Carla Esparza and Ashlee Evans-Smith. Special thanks to Michael John and Scary Kerry for working with these beasts.

 

Carla Esparza, Arian Sharifi, Matthew Lopez, Anthony Birchak, Casey Halstead, Andy Balmore, Kerry Phan and Ashlee Evans-Smith

Carla Esparza, Arian Sharifi, Matthew Lopez, Anthony Birchak, Casey Halstead, Andy Balmore, Kerry Phan and Ashlee Evans-Smith

The rest of the weekend was very similar training with the best in the world is an amazing thing, I learn so much from dedicated professionals, I feel much more focused and energized on the continued growth of our team.

 

Friday night at 10th Planet Costa Mesa  

Friday night at 10th Planet Costa Mesa  

Special thanks to Joe Murphy for always providing a place for me to crash when I come to town. I can not wait to get 10th Planet Tucson on line and join the Monstersquad.