Kettlebell Workout 11/13/2019

We are working on conditioning getting ready for a level 1 test at my gym. My husband and friend wanted to get more strength training in and asked me to come up with something we could do at the gym. They have kettlebells and very few weights. So I put together something that we could do there with little problem.

I personally love kettlebells for several reasons:

  1. It helps you work multiple muscles at one time saving you time. This makes your workout time shorter by half or more. When you work multiple muscles at once you don’t have to do as many isolation moves which takes a long time.
  2. Swinging the kettlebell requires strength and power to generate force. You also have to focus on your dexterity to keep from dropping or throwing the kettlebell away from you.
  3. It is a full body workout. You use your legs, hips, back, and arms to control, throw and keep from dropping that kettle bell.
  4. Easy to learn and execute if you just focus on form.

These two have never done a kettle bell workout before. So I wanted to make it easy. =)

The thing they hated the most was the bulgarian split squats the most. Then our awesome teacher Tony for Muay Thai killed us in conditioning. It was a good killing. It was hard, and I needed him to push me past my own original workout, cause I was done. So Yay!

Kettle bell workout:
Use the kettle bell weight you can swing around and control but still taxes your muscles.
This is a Super Set no rest between two exercises, one set is two exercises, repeat for three sets, 30 second rest between each set

Bulgarian Split squats 10 reps
Lunge and curl 10 to 12 reps

Bent over row 10 reps each arm
Squat and press 10 reps each arm

Around the World 1 minute 30 seconds one way 30 seconds the other way
Figure 8s 1 minute 30 seconds one way 30 seconds the other way

Kettle bell swings as many as you can do for 1 minute

I thought you guys would want to see it. So here it is. Let me know what you think. I hope you get a chance to try it.

Thanks for reading. Have a great night.

Martial Arts 11/5/2019: Muay Thai Seminar, Level 1 test seemed so far away, Relax and you will hit faster

This week starts with a really cool experience. I got to work with a girl whose first time in Muay Thai class was this day. I hope she comes back. She is shorter than I am which is amazing, because I am 5 foot nothing, and easily the shortest in the class. She had the same look on her face as I am sure I had on mine when I first started. The look of amazement, fear, and determination. I really hope she comes back.

I have mentioned it before, but working with brand new people, or just people that are not as far along as you can really highlight just how much you know compared to the average bear… Sorry that is an American colloquialism. The phrase is, “smarter than the average bear” A cartoon character called Yogi Bear claimed he was, smarter than your average bear. He would say this when he did something smart. I digress because I know I have some international readers, and some of my turns of phrase may not be universally understood. =)

Back to the topic at hand… yes working with new people is not only good for the community/Muay Thai family, but it is great to help you see maybe just how far you have come. Little did I know that Thursday was going to hold a surprise for me.


Tuesday 11/05/2019 – 2.5 hours… Muay Thai, and Kali

H and I worked on sword and shield all by ourselves for 30 minutes. We wanted to work it more cause we just learned it. And practice makes us a little better than we were before. =)

I am tired so I just wrote down what we did. Here it is.

Muay Thai-

Elbows 1 -3

lead horizontal, rear downward diagonal, rear knee, lead teep

lead upward diagonal, rear downward diagonal, rear knee, rear kick

lead horizontal, rear horizontal, spinning left elbow, knee, kick, teep

plus sign foot work, horizontal elbow, horizontal elbow, your opponent keeps up pillar block

Kali –

Sword and shield, high box
Strikes 15, 1, 2

Sword and shield, full box
Strikes 15, 1, 4, 3, 2

Thursday 11/07/2019 – 2 hours… Muay Thai, and Kali – Surprise Test

Today started out like most other Thursdays. I am extremely exhausted cause I had to get up at the crack of dawn, hell before the crack of dawn to get H to the metro and my butt into the bakery to work. I was up at 4:20 am and have been up ever since.

Needless to say by the time Muay Thai and Kali class rolled around at 7 pm. I am tired. I could take a nap that would turn in to a sleep all night. That is about 14 hours non stop.

I come to find out that we are doing a surprise testing in Muay Thai. What? I would normally know its coming and make sure I know my stuff. I would also be slightly worried I would not be ready, so I would go over terms, and moves, and anything I could. Because that is how a Tanya like me do.

Nope I did not have that time to prepare/worry. It was a testing day today and I had to not think but do.

So we tested:

  1. technique demo – where we all line up in lines and show our instructors what a #1 elbow is (by the way that is a horizontal elbow), what a number two skip knee is (that is a one foot on the ground only skip knee), etc.
  2. Boxing 20
  3. 4 counts, and advanced 4 counts
  4. Muay Thai 15 count

I did it all. I passed my test. I was promoted three ranks, because we had our last test months ago.

I went from blue to purple white! That is being promoted past two whole ranks!!! It’s been a while since we had a test. Squee!!! I can’t believe it yet. When I started Muay Thai the level 1 test was so far away. I just wanted to try to remember how to kick right. Now the level 1 test is right around the corner.

Thank you Khun Kru Krysta for the test and class. Respects 🙏

I added our rank progression so you can see where blue is and where purple white is. Red we call Rank 1 but on the chart it is Rank 2. I believe after Rank one you can fight in the ring.

Kali – we did sword and shield again.

With sword and shield it is learning how to use the shield to deflect the blows, using the stick/sword to return blows, and the shield is completely different than a stick or other weapon. I have to move my body in a way that will make it possible for me to move the shield up in time. This movement is different than the other weapons we use.

In all it is super awesome to practice sword and shield. I have only done it 3 times so far and it is one of my favorite Kali forms. Also Kabri Kabrong the precursor to Muay Thai used sword and shield.

Friday 11/08/2019 – 1.5 hours… Muay Thai

Tony is a fantastic teacher, and he knows that some of us are going to go to a Ajarn Chai seminar tomorrow. That is a 5 hours of training. So he wanted to do a lighter training day. Well let me tell you it was not as light as he might think. But it was fantastic. He had us work on hit then respond right away.

  1. 3 x 2 minute rounds of Jump rope
  2. 1 x 3 minute round knees on bag
  3. 1 x 3 minute round of lead kick on bag
  4. 1 x 3 minute round of rear kick on bag
  5. 3 x 3 minute round shadowboxing with jumping jacks in the middle
  6. 4 x 3 minute rounds Hit for hit drill … (you hit one, opponent hits one/you hit 2 opponent hits 2/ you hit 3 opponent hits 3/ up to 5) The object was to respond right away, hit back after being hit. Because in Muay Thai the person that get the last hit in get the point.
  7. 2 x 3 minute round Thai slide in side teep, with a hop knee
  8. 5 minute round where ever 30 seconds we switched form rapid jab cross, to skip knees

It was fantastic. I am tired though now.

Saturday 11/09/2019 – 5 hours… Muay Thai Seminar

Today was an exciting day. I got the wonderful opportunity to go to a Muay Thai seminar with the legend Ajarn Chai himself. I am home now. Husband has fed me and I am exhausted. I am over the moon I got to see him again. He remembered me from Thai Camp and gave me hugs. I am shocked and honored that he remembered me. Not because he could not remember me, but because I don’t think I am all that memorable, or there is anything to remember about me. =)

We worked on the basics. Khun Kru Caro said, “if you don’t have a solid base/stance you don’t have anything, and you will lose your balance.”

We went through the elbows 1 -8. We worked on left and right kicks. It was fantastic.

Combo #1:

  1. right cross
  2. left hook
  3. right overhand

Combo #2:

  1. Opponent does a Thai lean, you scoop the lean out
  2. #3 elbow/Downward Diagonal
  3. Opponent throws a overhand punch
  4. You block the bicep and tie up with other hand
  5. You cock the shoulder and deliver a #6 elbow/ side in
  6. Tie up, #3 knee/side in knee
  7. Then skip knee #2

We worked on a counter to an elbow. A way to stop an elbow coming in hard, and basically shut that elbow down.

Combo #3:

  1. Opponent throws a cross you scoop it inside out
  2. You throw elbow #4
  3. Tie up
  4. Run skip knee #2
  5. Thai lean to teep

Today was an awesome day! I am so lucky to have been able to make it to this seminar. I got to see familiar faces, people I love and love to train with. People from the Thai Camp I got to see again.

I got to see Ajarn Chai’s famous paper trick. His whole point for this paper trick, is relax and you will hit better, and don’t think about getting hit or stabbed because that will make you tighten up. If you are relaxed you are faster. Your muscles are not taut and your reflexes are far faster than you think they are. If you employ this thinking in your fighting you will loosen up, and you will hit faster.

I was able to get it on video. Part 1 and Part 2. Ajarn Chai wanted my phone to be in the middle so that you could see what he was doing for part 2. This was a great video, and an honor to see this demonstration. I have heard about it from my instructors, but never gotten a chance to see it.

Part 1:

This is the first part of the Paper demonstration with Ajarn Chai.

Part 2:

This is Ajarn Chai doing the paper demonstration, with 6 guys with training knives. His object is to take the paper before they can touch his hand with a knife. These are training knives. Do not try this at home with real knives.

I may have missed a combo in there. If I did and I get it from my friends. I will edit and post it to this blog post.

It was a fantastic day. I am happily coming down off the excitement. I am tired, and going to go pass out soon. I learned so much. I worked on my form, an when form is great, your power an speed will come as Ajarn Chai says. I was complimented on my form and I was honored.


Thank you for reading my blog. I had an amazing week for martial arts training. I completed 10 hours of training. Getting to see the great legend Ajarn Chai, and having the honor to train with him. I had a surprise test and was awarded the purple white Pra Jiad/armband.

I am amazed you all read my blog. Let me know if you have any questions. As always keep working to be the best you that you can be. My respects to you and yours.

Healthy Shrimp Poke Bowl

I had an early morning. I woke at 4:30 am, and had a fru fru coffee, but forgot to eat breakfast. So I was pretty hungry getting home.

I decided to make a poke bowl for lunch. I took a short cut and bought pre poached shrimp from the super market. I had rice cooked from dinner last night. Chopped up some veggies, shredded a carrot, and made a simple sriracha mayo.

It turned out fantastic. It was so delicious, and I only used half of the sauce mixtures. This is a great lunch with a rainbow of colors and flavors. This dish has lots of vitamins, gluten free, and great source of protein.

I have noticed the poke bowl has become a thing. At least in America. However, this is something I would eat normally. I have also done this with just some eggs, or egg whites.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 1/2 cup of cooked rice.
  2. 1 carrot shredded
  3. 1/3 of a cucumber sliced
  4. 1 green onion sliced on a bias
  5. 5 poached shrimp or about 3 oz
  6. 1/2 cup of sweet peppers sliced
  7. 1 cup of spinach

Directions: Makes 1 serving

  1. Cook the rice per instructions on the package
  2. Shred one carrot
  3. Slice up 1/3 of a cucumber
  4. Cut up 1 green onion, and sweet peppers
  5. Add spinach to rice in bowl, add all other veggies.
  6. Poaching shrimp – Clean and de-vein shrimp, in a pot of boiling water add salt enough so that you can taste the salt and it tastes like the ocean. Add shrimp and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes depending on size of your shrimp. Transfer to an ice bath to stop cooking.
  7. Place shrimp on your veggies.

Ingredients Directions Sauce: Makes 2 servings

  1. 1 tbs of mayo
  2. 1 tbs of sriracha ( go less if you like less spicy)
  3. 2 tsp of lemon juice
  4. mix all above together and top on the poke bowl.

Stats just for rice veggies and shrimp

Calories 500, Fat 6.8 g, Fiber 5.3 g, Carbs 85.9 g, Sodium 1515.5 mg,
Protein 27.6 g

Stats for sauce

Calories 105, Fat 16g, Fiber 0g, Carbs 3g, Sodium 370mg, Protein 3g

I hope you all get a chance to try this. It is delicious. You can opt not to use the mayo, and just put some wasabi and soy sauce on it. That would be delicious too. You can also make this vegan by removing the shrimp and mayo.

Let me know what you think. Thank you for reading this. As always keep working to be the best you that you can be. My respects to you and yours.

Martial Arts 10/29/2019: “Don’t focus on kicking hard, you will just waste your energy”

What a quote to start the week on. “Don’t focus on kicking hard, you will just waste your energy.” Tony… This is such a Muay Thai mentality. In Muay Thai you are told that power comes later. It comes when you are throwing your strikes correctly. It comes when you are moving correctly. It especially comes when you are tired. Why does this happen? Its because your body is tired, so when you throw your kicks for instance, you will throw it in such a way that you don’t have the power to put it in hard. Hrm… Here let me see if I can explain it better.

What does not focusing on kicking hard do? Why does this matter? This seems so counter intuitive. I want to kick hard, shouldn’t I just kick hard? The reason is, this form of martial art is all about the mechanics of the body and how it moves. Instead of just using the strength in your muscles you use physics, and body mechanics. Anyone can put power in to a kick by trying to kick hard with your quads, glutes, and hamstrings. But how much harder can you kick when you use your leg like a bat on the end of a chain? You whip the leg with your torso like you would whip a flail with your arm. This lets not only the momentum that you can create with your muscles, but the huge amounts of force created since a small acceleration that happens at the center helps create a large velocity at the end of your leg.

The more tired you get, the harder you kick. Why? Because you are not forcing the kick. Your body is moving like you taught it, and your leg is going along for the ride.

Tuesday 10/29/2019 – 2 hours… Muay Thai, and Kali

There are some days after class that I sit here in front of the computer and have a hard time of thinking of much to say. Most of the time it is cause I am so exhausted I just don’t have the faculties to put to words what I am feeling. Sometimes I am so tired, I just don’t have much to say other than I just want to shower, and sleep. Tonight is the latter kind of night. So here is an overview of what we did.

In Muay Thai we were working on isolating jabs and kicks. We worked on traveling, distance management, and Thank you Tony for a great class.

In Kali we worked on panastas (cut and cover), funnel tapping and sticky hands, and Paula soot. Then we did a circle drill. It is hard to fend off a gang of five people. Thank you Paul for a great class!

Thursday 10/31/2019 – 1 hour… Muay Thai – Halloween

Well I have been trying to listen to my body. I have been fighting congestion a small cold that my husband brought home so I stayed home last night and rested. Today I went in and only did Muay Thai for training. Returning home early so I can rest.

2 years ago I would never have thought to go and train, or work out at the gym on Halloween. I am so happy I did. I love Muay Thai. I love the people. I love my Thai family. I am so happy I went.

My husband and I went int costume and Khun Kru Krysta went in costume as well. I trained the entire time in costume and it was awesome. I should wear wings when training all the time. =)

Here are some pictures I was able to get. I was a Muay Thaicorn!

Enough of that frivolity. =) On to the training. Today we worked on the Inosanto 18 count.

Khun Kru Krysta broke it down into three digestible parts. Where we worked them working on our form.

  1. Striking drill part 1
  2. burn out, lead knee, lead kick done all the way down the mat and back as fast as you can.
  3. Drill part 2
  4. Burn out, rear knee, rear kick done all the way down the mat and back again as fast as you can.
  5. Drill part 3
  6. Burn out, jab, cross, lead elbow, rear elbow done all the way down to the end of the mat and back as fast as you can.
  7. Put part 1, part 2, and part 3 together and do the whole 18 count.

I don’t have permission to publish the entire 18 count here. I would never want to disrespect my teachers and the great Innosanto, whom I have had the pleasure to meet. So until I do. I will only mention part of one of the drills we did.

There was a small part where it seems my Khun Kru was watching and she said I had perfect form. She mentioned that it was really just great, and that it was not because of the wings. I was over the moon about it. The part I am talking about is a cross, a rear elbow, a knee, and a kick.

You know what was even better. I took the compliment as it was intended. I did not second guess her, or doubt my abilities. Yay… that is progress for me.

I had a great time today. I am glad we went home after though. I needed to just rest.

Friday 11/1/2019 – 1 hour… Muay Thai – Everyone starts out with the same tools

Today we worked on something called Hanuman climbing up the temple a.k.a. flying knees. We also worked on hop double kicks.

I have some… a form of a mental block. I often think I can’t jump or do some of these more acrobatic moves. I am working on it. I see it and think wow how in the heckity heck am I going to do that. Mental blocks are the worst some times. However, I still keep trying. Today was a day filled with those things that my brain says ohh heck no we are not able to do that. So it is a great learning time for me. Pushing me beyond what I think my limits are.

Tony mentioned that all people start with the same tools. What he meant by this is that, everyone has a teep, is taught kicks, knees, elbows, and punches. But not everyone processes it the same way. They may morph it to what works for them. The basic is still there, but they may get to it in a different way. He does not want me to get down on myself about not being able to do a move just yet. He says, “you will get there.”

Training:

  1. Warm up
    • Skip knees on bag 30 seconds as fast as you can
    • Jab, cross on bag 30 seconds as fast as you can
    • Skip knees on bag 30 seconds as fast as you can
    • Jab, cross on bag 30 seconds as fast as you can
    • Skip knees on bag 30 seconds as fast as you can
    • Jab, cross on bag 30 seconds as fast as you can
    • Skip knees on bag 30 seconds as fast as you can
    • Jab, cross on bag 30 seconds as fast as you can
    • Jump rope for what felt like 10 minutes but was probably more like 5 minutes.
  1. Rear knee, to lead teep, to walking lead knee
  2. 10 kicks right side burn out
  3. Parry the cross, to jumping knee
  4. 10 kicks left side burn out
  5. Lead teep, to rear flying knee (Hanuman climbing the temple), to hop double kick
  6. 10 kicks left side, 10 kicks right side.
  7. sparring

In training when he demonstrated the hop kick he said something that just clicked for me. Now this is not the first time we have been taught the hop kick, however, this is the first time that a light bulb went off and I understood the mechanics of it. He mention that at the beginning of the hop kick, to just pull the leg up like you are shielding, then put it down, and do the kicks. This may seem silly, like well of course… but for some reason my brain and my body did not understand each other. Today when he explained it like that, it felt like a puzzle piece just slipping into place.

At the end of the class not only was I doing the hop kicks, but I was also doing the Hanuman climbing the temple. I was doing it! Yay!

In sparring I had one of my class mates compliment me on my kicks. I am placing them well, and I am actually getting them in. We talked afterward and he mentioned that he did not know if I was just more relaxed in sparring or what but it was showing.

So yay today was a good day. I seem to have something to say today. One more day of training tomorrow and then I get a much needed. break.

Saturday 11/2/2019 – 2.5 hours… Muay Thai, Kali, and Silat -Asymmetrical Sparring, and Lead With the Heel

Woot today was a great day to train. H and I started on working the flying knees I am trying to get down. So we did that, and moved on to parry the cross to a jumping knee. We did this so I could get the leaping, pushing, movement down. Similar to the flying knee. The pictures above are of that training. I wanted to take pictures to see if my feet were leaving the ground and how far.

We worked on Kali, and Silat the rest of the time. Its getting cold upper 30 F, or lower 40 F. So we worked on Kali inside instead of staff class.

Kali –

Today we in Kali we work an asymmetrical heaven and full box with sword and shield. That was awesome. The main thing we had to work on was figuring out how to hold the shield to keep from getting hit. You might think ah whats the difference. However, there is a big difference in the way you angle your shield so that you can stop the incoming blow.

Today that is what we were working on and puzzling out.

Here is a video of us puzzling it out. We are not good at it yet, but we will keep working on it. It was fun trying to puzzle out the correct angles so that we don’t get hurt or hit.

Silat – Lead with your heels

We focused on the Puta Kepala, Biset Dolem, Sieko Kinjet (elbow compress), and then we learned a new very vicious or brutal way to end a fight. Put your heel on their chin, and walk through to break their arm.

Puta Kepala – you are redirecting your opponents head, you are facing them and using their moment put them on the ground.

Biset Dolem – you are facing away from your opponent, you control the body of your opponent taking moving their balance, weight and structure out from under them to put them on the ground.

Sieko Kinjet (elbow compress) – you are facing away from your opponent, and connecting hip to hip, you off balance them, and drive/compress your elbow in to their hip. This pushes them down onto the ground.

Once they are on the ground there are many things you can do to a person. You can knee on belly and arm bar them, or knee on belly and punch them. You can knee on belly and then drop knees into belly or face. When you drop the knee on belly, we started calling it knee on soul. You can return their knife to them or in them if they are attacking you with a knife. But the last one most vicious move we did was a… walk through to break the arm. You have their attacking hand or hand with weapon, you stomp their chin with your heel, keeping their shoulder up, then you hook your rear foot on their arm and walk through. This is not a compliance this is a break. This is a person is attacking you, and does not stop, you successfully got them on the ground and you still fear for your life, so you break their arm in hopes that they will stop trying to stab you. Here is a picture of me learning to do this in a very slow careful way.

It was a great day of training. I learned a lot. I worked on things I know. I was able to puzzle out things. Some days it is great to do that. Some days it is great to just move through the motions/strikes you know, and change it up. See how it feels to do it a different way.


Thank you for reading my blog. I am so amazed that you all read it. I started this blog to catalog my thoughts, and things I learned. This is a place I can look back and see how far I have come. I can see how much I have to work on still. I hope you all have a great weekend, and had a great week. I know I did. My respects to you and your family.

Pumpkin Pie Protein Waffle

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

Yup I did it. I made pumpkin pie flavored protein pancakes this morning. I have 2.5 to 3 hours of training to do today. So I needed a good breakfast that stuck with me. The best part is it was delicious.

This is both light and full of protein so that it will take longer to digest. Its so good, and my husband and kiddos said that the topping tastes like pumpkin pie.

I added whipped cream to my waffle, and made a pumpkin pie puree topping.

Pumpkin Pie Protein Waffles

Ingredients Batter: (yield 7 servings)

  1. 2 cups Birch Benders Protein Pancakes
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree
  4. 2 tbl veggie oil
  5. 1 tsp of cinnamon
  6. 1/2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
  7. 1 1/2 cup of water

Ingredients Pumpkin Pie Topping: (yield 4 servings)

  1. 1 cup pumpkin puree
  2. cinnamon to taste
  3. pumpkin pie spice to taste
  4. 2 tbs maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Mix 2 cups of Birch Benders mix, with oil, water, egg and pumpkin puree.
  2. Heat up your waffle iron, spray with pan spray
  3. Fill the waffle iron with 1/2 cup of mix
  4. Cook till done

Directions for topping:

  1. Mix together 1 cup of pumpkin puree, the spices, and the maple syrup.

Stats: For 1 waffle the recipe made 7 waffles.

155 calories, 5.4 g Fat, 1.14 g fiber, 16.28 g carbs, 183.71 mg salt, 10.3 g protein

Stats: For 1 servings topping

46 calories, 0 g fat, 2 g fiber, 11.7 g carbs, 3.4 mg sodium, 0.5 g protein

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These were so tasty, low in fat, vegetarian, and very low in sugar.

I hope you get a chance to try these. It was a hit with the kiddos and husband. Let me know what you think if you get a chance to. I loved them. Thank you for reading, and keep trying to be the best you can be. My respects to you and your family.

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Egg Whites Scramble with Veggie Sausages

This is a simple breakfast. Its something that I do often. I waffled over if I should post it because it is so simple. But it is delicious vegetarian, full of protein, nutrients, and vegetarian. Which my body seems to run better on anyway. =)

It took about 15 minutes all in all to make.

So simple as it is here you go:

Ingredients:

  1. 4 egg whites
  2. 1 cup of portabella mushrooms sliced.
  3. 1 cup of sweet peppers sliced
  4. 1 green onion sliced
  5. 2 Morning Star Farms veggie sausages
  6. 1 tsp of olive oil

Directions:

  1. Follow the package details on sausages.
  2. Saute lower half of green onion, and mushrooms, add the sweet peppers.
  3. Move the veggies to the side, add egg whites and scramble.
  4. Serve up warm and enjoy.

Stats:
Calories 244, Fat 8.4 g, Fiber 6.7 g, Carbs 18 g, Sodium 527.7 mg,
Protein 27.2 g

I hope you get a chance to try this delicious and healthy breakfast. I added a plain bagel to get some carbs in. Let me know what you think.

Martial Arts 10/22/2019: Avoid the Pointy Bits

Today starts a new week of martial arts training. Its cold here and its only going to get colder. Its always a good idea to make sure to avoid the pointy bits, or keep your opponents weapons away from you. Whether it is knives or it is fists/feet/elbows.


Tuesday 10/22/2019 – 2 hours… Running, Muay Thai, and Kali

Today we started with a 1.5 mile run. The weather was a little cold and wet, but over all was a nice run. Now if you have been reading my blog you already know I have scoliosis, and because of it I have problems with my back, neck and hips. Today is one of those days where my hip was hurting and in turn it made my knee hurt. So to start off the run, I did not push it hard, I just concentrated on running straight and focusing on making sure my stride stayed straight. Toward the end of the run, the last half mile, my hip was feeling better, and I felt my stride was longer. So I am going to keep focusing on starting slowly in the future even if everything is feeling ok.

Muay Thai – Focus on the move, break it down

In Muay Thai today, Tony had us working on focusing on what we were doing. We so often focus on flow. Work this four count. Flow from shield into kick, or into a punch. Move from left to right. Rear kick, hook, cross, lead kick. I could tell you these in my sleep. That is good we need to learn the flow. But he had us break it down this time.

Shield a kick, then place the foot down and get back into your stance.

Throw a snapping cross. Step into it and and bring your hand back fast.

Switch kick and get back into your stance.

Don’t worry about flow worry about feeling where you body is. Work with your body.

Shield twice, throw a light kick, then feel where your foot comes down, then pushing off with your toes throw a heavy kick.

He wanted us to focus on the moves. Not trying to move everywhere in the ring, or make sure it looks pretty. I am sure he did this cause he knows we do that kind of training and drilling all the time. This was great training… for me at least. Placing the light kick was like dipping your toe in the water to see how cold it was, also to see how far you were from the water. Landing the heavier kick was like stopping in to the water. You know were the pad was and how it felt. Ok, ok so that analogy may need some work but you get the picture. This type of training helped me, because it is easy to keep throwing kicks in there. But to modulate, to slow a kick down focus on it, and then kick hard for the second one… really made me hone in and focus on what I was doing. Also it is hard to throw a slow kick, then a fast one. You should try it. Do something you are learning, make yourself slow down the first one, then quickly do it again.

Tony also really wanted us to focus on learning our own body. Because, Muay Thai really emphisizes doing what works for you. There are a lot of different moves and strikes. Not every one is going to work for you or me. When some one shields your kick, he said, “if you know your leg is heavier, or you are stronger, instead of putting your foot down, hook their leg and pull them toward you. Learn what works for you, and play with it.” This is great cause I so often take my body for granted, and when I don’t I don’t think about how it moves or what I ask of it. I am going to try to focus on my body and how it moves, and what works for me from now on.

Kali Training – My left side is stupid

Oh boy… when you take a basic move like the gunting and you make me do it on my left side. Woo do I feel stupid. My left side is stiffer, does not move as easy as my right side. This is not a muscular skeletal thing. This is not due to my scoliosis. This is due to the fact that I am a right handed person, and I don’t practice a lot on my left side.

Now when taking Kali we do sometimes practice on the left side, or my weaker side. The side that I apologize to people and say… “I am sorry my left side is stupid, and while I am telling it what I want to do, it is not always cooperating.”

Today we worked on gunting, a basic move. I was called up to the front of the class room to help demonstrate the gunting. However, we were using our left hand today. Our teacher said and I agree with him, “we should practice the side that feels the worst to us. Because that is the side that needs the most work.” So I fumbled through it, forgetting my foot work, and turning red in the process due to embarrassment. The instructor then changed to right hand, my hand, my best hand… and it it felt like I was gliding through water. I ebbed and flowed and avoided getting stabbed with the knife. Don’t worry it is a practice non edged knife. But it still stings my ego when I do get cut. Because in my head I know that if that was a real knife, it would have been a real cut. I did not move out of the way.

Class was great, and I have to say just the 1 hour of training, and my left hand side was going much smother in the end. Not perfect… more like rocky road. Smooth ice cream, then every once in a while you hit a nut, or a marshmallow. That is the part where I mess up. =)

Wednesday 10/23/2019 – 2.5 hours… Brazilian Jui Jitsu, Muay Thai

Today was a great day. I got a chance to train in Brazilian Jui Jitsu and Muay Thai.

Brazilian Jui Jitsu – little angles

We learned how to do the cross body. We then learned how to do a leg mount, and a knee mount. How to deal with cross body when the arm is in and out. We learned some tools to use when some one frames with their elbow.

Muay Thai – Flying Knees

So we have been taught flying knees before. We have been taught flying elbows as well. However, there is always some fear holding me back from executing it. So I never get much air, or move very far. But today, today seems to be the day. I did it. I was able to do flying knees, followed by an elbow. But it was fantastic. I did it over and over again. I need to work on them, however, I was moving my partner with my energy. We practiced this in between BJJ and Muay Thai.

Here is a video of part of my training rounds.

We worked on face teeps. Yes I said it teeping the face.

We just started with teeping at the teepers chin level. With a burn out of face level teeps.

Then we did face level teeps, to a walking lead kick, then throw a side in and down elbow

We did face level teeps, to rear face level kicks. I did a face level kick. I was able to do it all. It was great.

Finally we all were doing asymetrical sparring.

Today was a great day. I had a lot of fun. I was doing moves that I was not able to previously do before. Or I just did not let myself do it. Flying knees and head kicks… all in one day. I was able to do them. I need to work on them. But I was able to. What will I be able to do the next day? Woot!

Thursday 10/24/2019 – 2.5 hours… Muay Thai, and Kali

Today was a day of covering basics. Not all training sessions will be shiny and new. Not all training sessions will I learn or be able to execute a newly acquired skill. Like I did yesterday. Some days like today are going to be review of skills and techniques. Some days in some classes I am really going to need it. A majority of classes are honing that skill set, working on old techniques. I needed some refresh on my Kali foot work for sure today. I needed some refresh on my Thai shield today.

Thai training – focusing on the basics

  1. Jab, to front shield, to lead kick
  2. Kick burn outs
  3. Jab, cross, to front shield, to lead kick
  4. Kick burn outs
  5. Jab, cross, to front sheild, to lead kick, cross, hook, rear kick, teep
  6. Jumping squats burn outs
  7. 4 count pop the leather

Kali training – paula soot, hubud, cut and cover or panastas, gunting

We worked on gunting first, and realized I needed to work on my footing.

We worked on paula soot, and realized I had forgotten how to do it. So refresh was great.

We did flow of strikes 1 – 12, gunting, cut and cover, paula soot, hubud. I got pretend cut a lot. I was off my game but I worked on my footwork a lot.

Saturday 10/26/2019 – 2.5 hours… Kali, Silat

Felt absolutely exhausted yesterday, so I decided to listen to my body and just sleep when my husband went to the gym to train Muay Thai. So this morning I woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed. We went to the gym, and studied Kali, Silat, and did some sparring at the end.

It turns out I have a little post nasal drip now, so my husband may have brought home a cold. Meh…

Kali Training:

But training was fun and fundamental today… ehh ehh ehh… ok I will stop. Instead of our usual staff class outside, it was raining so we did kali double stick today.

We worked on:

  1. Heaven 6 – 6 count drill sticks pointed to heaven
  2. Equis with low back hand and high back hand
  3. Redondo with low back hand and high back hand
  4. Abecedario – basic back hand drills

It was great working on basics again. I worked a lot on my foot positions. In Kali you want to make sure your feet are moving the right way. Because if you don’t your knee, leg, or other part of you body will be vulnerable. If your foot work is incorrect, then your opponent can hit your leg with a stick or knife and either shatter that leg or give you a huge laceration. These are all things you should be avoiding.

Here is a video of one of the drills we did. Abecedario is what it is called.

Silat Training:

Today in Silat training, my instructor said something that really resonated with me. “Most Silat moves, are made to calculate the weapons.” So when you are say doing a puta kapala. You are controlling arm that has the weapon, and when you throw the opponent, you then follow them down to the ground keeping control of that weapon. I had never thought about it that way.

Again we had some great training in this class. We were also able to approach class like a workshop. Since we have worked these moves before. We were able to work on some ways to escape the knee on belly. In the end I like the teeter totter move the best. Where you move their knee toward the ground, upa a little, and push them off of you.

We worked on:

  1. Basset Dal – rear facing to opponent inside leg sweep
  2. Basset Luar – rear facing to opponent outside leg sweep
  3. Puta Kapala – is a throw sometimes called “turning the skull”

Here is a video of me working on how to escape a knee on belly after I have been puta kapala’d. I teeter tottered, forcing his knee toward the ground, upa’d and pushed him off.

Address the arm first. If they have you in an arm lock get that into a safe position then work on getting them off you.

I took yesterday/Friday off. It was good for me. I was exhausted, and falling asleep when I stopped for even a few minutes. I realized I needed the break. I am glad I did. I had a great set of classes today, and was able to give it my all.

I am off to a Halloween party now. Thanks for reading. Keep working to be the best you that you can be. My respects.