2.5 hours of Muay Thai and Kali. I am bushed, but so very pleased. We got to learn new things, and you will get to see me mess up the new drills. Woot! But my hope is to get better over time. Also D.O.M.S. (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) set in early today. At about 11 am I noticed my hamstrings and glutes hurt when I tried to squat down onto the floor. Woo Hoo Ouch!… that is how you know you did a good workout yesterday.
Muay Thai – 1 hit in every 4 count landed is good
In Muay Thai, we were working on a new drill combo. We were learning the Muay Thai 17 count. Squee! A new count to learn. What that means is I am shit at it, till I learn it all the way, and have done it at least 1000 times. But it is a new drill yay!
Muay Thai 17 – the 10 we did so far:
- Lead Teep
- Lead Torso Kick, for me Left Roundhouse Kick
- Upward Rear Knee, or Right Upward knee for me
- Lead Horizontal Elbow or Left Horizontal Elbow
- Downward Diagonal Rear Elbow or Right Downward Diagonal Elbow
- Parry Cross
- Upward Rear Knee or Upward Right Knee for me
- Rear kick or Right Roundhouse Kick
Here is a video of me practicing. I am exhausted at this point, and have been through 2 hours of class today right before it. I am sapped.
After this drill, we broke off the people with yellow armbands and above, and we got to spar each other. I am loving sparring more. I just feel ignorant when doing it. Like I should block everything, and I should hit everything but that is not realistic. Kru Kristen says, “if you get 1 hit to land in for every 4 count you throw at your opponent, then you are doing well.” You are not going to get every hit in. That is the way of things. She also said there is a difference in hitting your opponent in sparring with intent verses with power. You don’t have to hit hard, and you should not. You are not trying to destroy your training partners. However, you should bring intent to the ring. You should honestly try to hit your partners. It does not do you or them any good if you are afraid to hit them, or don’t want to hit them. You can’t train well if you do that.
So I am excited to keep sparring and to keep learning new things. I have a bruise on my left shin from shielding/blocking a kick. We were using shin guards. I can imagine how much damage my shin would have taken if I had not had the shin guards on.
Kali – JKD Flow Drills
We got to work on some really fun flow drills. When I started doing it well, and stop thinking about it, the drill did flow well. I got a great compliment from Kru Krysta about the fact that I was doing it well. =) However, if you stop to think about what you are doing, it will mess you up. It messes me up all the time. I have to trust my body and let it do what it needs to do.
I have them written down in Chinese and in English. I will link the Chinese words to my glossary I have started. Trying to keep this straight without that reference page was getting harder, and harder. I also filmed my doing them… I can’t wait till I flow better with these.
Feint high punch, horizontal fist body shot, back Fist, grabbing hand and strike, back fist, cross, hook, cross, pendulum kick
Feint high punch, horizontal fist body shot, back fist, slapping hand, strike, grabbing hand, back fist, cross, hook, pendulum kick
These drills are a lot of fun. We were both pretty tired from sparring and Muay Thai class. But I love these drills and plan on shadow boxing them, and trying to make my flow much more flowing.
That is all for me tonight. It is late and I have a 5 am wake up tomorrow. Thanks for reading. I hope you have a fantastic week.