2 hours of Muay Thai and Kali training. Sometimes you gotta know when to throw in the towel. Wednesday night was one hell of a ride. We were awaken to the shrill sounds of our fire alarm. Why you ask? It was not because of a fire, thank you God. However, it was because of a flood. Yup a flood. The pipe behind our toilet broke and was fountain-ing water all over our third floor. We live in a 3 story town home and we had a water fall that was going all the way down to the garage. I went to bed at around 11 pm Wednesday night and we were awaken about 11:30 pm. So it must have burst right as I was nodding off.
Did you know that fire alarms go off when it is super humid or water passes through them? Nope, neither did we, however, we know now that they go off. I am glad they did, or we would have had even more damage to deal with. We had maintenance come in, fix the toilet, and put fans under the carpet last night. They did not leave till 3:30 am Thursday morning.
Needless to say I was in a mood today/Thursday, just kind of agitated… annoyed… tired… and fed up. I went to my training, and I had a great time. My mood improved and I learned some new things. I will detail them below.
However, we got home and found that in the kids closet there was carpet that had gotten soaked. So I just got done cleaning out their closet. And let me tell you, they are little pack rats. Saved some things I did not even realize. Like little info card from their toys, marker caps, paper clips and many other things. This post was supposed to be posted yesterday, but will not be finished, and will have to wait till Friday! I have to know when enough is enough and just get to sleep. Throw in the towel as it were. We have gone through every towel in our house, and I have washed them all now.
Anyway enough with the winging (as my friends from across the pond say). On to our training…
Muay Thai – Put the fear of God in them
I started off feeling crappy and agitated today. I was hoping that Muay Thai and Kali would help that, and it did. Working with my friends and team mates to better our skills, got my head out of my immediate issues, and had me focusing on the now. Making my body move the way it knows how to. Focusing on the minute changes to make my strikes better was a great way to redirect my thinking.
Thursday we worked on entries on blocking/receiving a left kick, to the Thai 4 count. Tuesday it was the opposite, where we were entering in on blocking/receiving a right kick, to Thai 4 count.
Kru Kristen complimented me on my kicks. She said, “I am kicking harder and my form is good.” I just need to kick through the person. Transfer my power.
We need to work on intent. This is a martial arts that is 1000 years old. It is not meant to be nice. You need to kick with intent. Like when you kick the person you put the fear of God into them. It hurts so bad that they think twice about coming back at you. This is what I need to work on. As girls we are told not to hit, not to be physical so breaking that training is hard. But I have been kicking hard and getting my licks in. With padding and if you do it right. You can kick hard and not hurt your partner. This is what I am working on.
Kali – Hour Glass, Kali 10 count
We worked on some drills to help our foot work. Because you can’t always tell from my videos but we are supposed to be moving our feet to a certain pattern, or in a certain way as to keep from getting our knees hit, or to keep our tools (see hands and weapons in front of us and pointed toward opponent). Hour glass movement melted my brain a little. Not because it was hard to move my feet in that way, but because it was hard to move my feet in that way, and keep my hands going. Keep doing the Kali stick drills.
I made a diagram of our foot movement below:
I have mentioned before Kali will melt your brain. But it is a good thing. It is making your brain work and create new pathways, because it asks you to do multiple things at once.
Think rubbing your tummy and patting your head. It is often times hard to do for most people, but if you practice it is easier. Then if the instructors asked you to rub your tummy and pat your head with the opposite hands would it be more difficult? For me I am a right handed person and asking me to do things with my left hand is hard, its gotten better since starting Kali, but man does it mess with your brain.
This is much the same thing. I have to make moving/movement of my feet a muscle memory so I am not trying to focus on moving it while trying to focus on moving my stick, and not beaning myself in the head. =) Its a struggle. You will leave Kali some days feeling like you just did a mental equivalent of a marathon. Just because you are trying to control, the feet, the stick, and avoid hitting yourself or your partner in a way as to be injurious.
A Kali 10 count. One of many. We learned a new to me Kali 10 count. Apparently this is one of many. However, it was fun and I had a blast doing it. We only practiced on the right hand side so I did not feel like my brain was tied in knots. I am happy that I picked it up so fast. But if you break it down it is just a series of the same kind of moves I have been taught before.
Kali 10 count 1: For area to strike see doll below
- High fore hand hit – strike area 13
- Low back hand hit – strike area 10
- High back hand hit – strike area 14
- Low fore hand hit – strike area 9
- High equise – strikes 1 and 2
- Low equise – strikes 12, and 11
- Scoop the Punyo coming to your face
Below is a video of use working on it. Toward the end of the video we got faster, and I feel like I have a good grasp on the drill. =)
Thanks for reading. Its a day late, but I needed the sleep. I currently have a a person working on our carpet right now. We found out we need to have a new ceiling put in, and we have the appointment for that to happen. I hope you all have a good day, and a great weekend. Keep striving to be the best you that you can be.