That was 12.5 hours this week of martial arts training. This month we are working on kicks. Woo hoo… One of the most awesome things about Muay Thai is the kicks. I am excited. Can you tell?
Enough babbling… on to the training…
Tuesday 10/01/2019 – 2.5 hours… BJJ, Muay Thai, and Kali – Kicking It -Sparring is a Distance Game, Stabbing It – Flow Disarms
I started with BJJ drilling with a friend of mine for 30 minutes. I can’t tell you how many people/friends I have that have been so excited that I have started BJJ.
- I worked on my Sit Up Sweep.
- I was taught the Kimura for when some one bases forward.
- I was taught the Americana when I get my Sit Up Sweep. Must remember to get my right leg hook in.
Muay Thai: Kicking it -Sparring is a Distance Game
In Muay Thai we started kicking this month. We started with teeps and distance drills. Because Kru Kristen noticed when we spar, all of us are either all the way in or way the heck out. So she wanted us to work on our leg game, our teeps and kicks. Being in range to do so, but trying not to get hit. That is all easier said than done. At this point while we are still learning tweaks to our form, we are doing the smaller tweaks, the more intricate work of trying to learn our distances better. She said your distances will change when you partner up with different people. I am not quite certain what that means but I will keep thinking on it.
- Distance drill with teeps
- Teep Lead Leg, Rear Leg Kick, Hook, Cross, Left Leg Kick
- Teep Lead Leg, Lead Round House Kick, Cross, Hook, Right Kick
- Minisota Shuffle
- Sparring x 3 – 3 minute rounds (focus on keeping distance)
- Clench Sparring x 3 – 3 minute rounds
Kali: Cut and Cover, Stabbing It
In Kali we started with knives. Single knife, but going through 1 – 5 strikes with both heaven and earth grips. Below are examples of heaven and earth grips.
We worked on the cut and cover, and wrist locks and disarms. We flow through the 1 – 5 drill and find the openings to either disarm or wrist lock and disarm our partner.
Wrist lock to Neck and Disarm
Wrist lock to disarm
Wrist lock to stab in leg
When first wrist lock is not working c clamp to wrist lock
Disarm when they are attacking with heaven grip a la Psycho the classic Horror bathroom murder.
Here is a video of Panastas or Cut and Cover drill strikes 1-5. With a wrist lock.
This is just a straight disarm off of a cut and cover drill.
Wednesday 10/02/2019 – 3 hours… BJJ, Muay Thai – Choking It, and Jump kicks
Today was a great day. I ended up doing a full 3 hours of training. We stared with BJJ fundamentals class. Can I tell you when Professor Pedro Sauer walks on the mat it still amazes me. I get to go to classes where he will teach and tell us what we should be doing. If you are new to BJJ and don’t know who Professor Pedro Sauer is you can google him, and many pages will pop up. He is one of the most sought after instructors for MA not to mention for BJJ.
Anyway he came in today and was watching our class. Squee!!! I am so lucky. I have gotten the chance to work with some of the greatest martial artists alive. Ajarn Chai (or Ajarn Surachai Sirisute ), Guro Dan Innosanto, Ajarn Trigg, Ajarn Nelson, and so many more. I can’t even name them all. Squeee!!! I am so lucky.
Ahem…sorry I digressed.
BJJ: Choking It
We worked on a sweep from when a person is trying to do a cross body choke on us.
If you are on your side facing their cross body, you grab their hand/gi with your hand, and hip up pushing their elbow on the floor. Frame your elbow into their hips. Move your body out to almost parallel with theirs, do an upa of sorts and roll them over.
Next we worked on a bat choke when some one is turtling.
Muay Thai: Solo practice, we worked on teeps and distance management, and pop the leather.
Muay Thai: Jump Kick It
- bag work
- Shadowboxing – Cross, hook, rear knee – hook, cross, lead knee
- Jump kicking from the lead leg
- Jump kicking form the rear leg
- Jump kicking on the bag
Thursday 10/03/2019 – 2 hours… Muay Thai, Kali – Teeps and Kicks, Panastas (Cut and Cover)
Ok today was great! However, I am exhausted. I had to be at the bakery at the a** crack of dawn, and well I am tired. But I was happy to go to class.
We went back to basics in Muay Thai. It was nice. I like doing that, after a month of intensive focus on fixing the minutia, or making the tiny fixes to our form/response time/distance management etc. Its nice to just do the things we know we know how to do. I worked a team mate that has had to be in and out of the gym for the past 6 months. She mentioned my kicks and and punches were really great. She could feel the difference in my power. I am so happy to hear that. Most often I don’t see it, feel it. But she and I worked together before she had to leave, and she could see/feel the difference. Woot!
- Distance management drill with teep
- Lead Teep to left to right 4 count or (rear round house kick , hook, cross, left round house kick )
- pyramid kicks burn out
- Rear Teep to right to left 4 count or (Lead round house kick, cross, hook, right round house kick)
- pyramid kicks burn out
Kali – Panastas (Cut and Cover)
Whew Kali we are working on single knife again. We worked on the panastas or cut and cover drill. Where you cut the assailant, then immediately block/cover the arm you cut with yours hand, then return a shot to opponent.
We used heaven and earth grip again. We also worked on disarms and wrist locks again. The key with wrist locks is not muscling the assailant around. It is the angle you have, and compromising their center. When you bend them, left , right, over, it will compromise their grip. So an effective wrist lock is a combinations of :
- Position of your body, hands, in relation to their body (break down their posture)
- Correct grip, and pressure
Friday 10/04/2019 – 2 hours… Muay Thai – reaction timing, speed, and staying springy
I love Tony’s classes. He works us hard, but he also gives us one on one tips for improving our own skills.
Today was no different. We worked on reaction timing. Where he had us timing a swinging bag and kicking it with proper form. Or he had us teeping a swinging bag where we had to make sure we teeped only when it was close enough to us.
We worked on speed. Keeping our form and working on making things smooth and fast.
We worked on staying springy on our feet. We started with drills across the mat that had us walking with our heals off of the ground, we and he then added shields while walking with heels off of the ground.
Training: these were all 3 minute rounds
- Walking across the mat in Thai stance, keeping hands up for guard, and heels off the ground
- Walking across the mat in Thai stance, keeping hands up for guard, heels off ground, and adding a shield on both sides.
- He swings the tear drop bag at us and we have to time our round house kick to hit it and push it back.
- He swings the bag at us and has us kneeing it.
- Lead kick, to Lead Jump Kick
- Hop knees
- Then working with Tony feeding us, jab, cross, hook, cross
- Jab, then hop rear kick
- Tear drop bag was, teeps and timing of teeps.
- Then working with Tony feeding us, uppercut, hook, cross
- We finally worked on how to get our foot our when some one catches it. We worked on how to push them away.
Below is a video of me working on my uppercut, hook, cross. =)
One of my instructors friends and a fighter wanted him to give him birthday kicks. I recorded part of it. Here it is.
It was a great class, and my thanks go to my instructor Tony.
Saturday 10/05/2019 – 3 hours… Kali, and Muay Thai
Ok so today is Saturday, and Saturday is the end of my training week. I have been going for 6 days this week if you include my weight lifting day. I take Sunday off and sometimes Monday depending on how my body feels. That means that Saturday I am pooped. I have had a long week of training.
This also means that sometimes it is a force of will to get up and get my butt into the gym. Sometimes it is not and I am ready and raring to go. Today though, I am exhausted, and I wanted to just be lazy around the house.
I however, did not do that. I got up early in the morning cause I could not sleep. Made mini key lime cheese cakes, and then got my butt into the gym.
I had a blast once we got started. It is starting to get a little more chilly here finally.
Kali – Bo Staff was a Kali class today
We went out into the beautiful sunny chilly morning and worked on the these running saints.
- St. Sabbathial
- St. Miguel
- St. Gabriel
A running saint is a flow drill that requires you to move quickly and aggress on your opponent. This drills are meant to help you learn how to for lack of better terms run down your opponent. So it requires you to move fast and for the defender to move fast backwards.
I have the hardest time going backwards. =) That is the part I have to work on most. Going forward and being aggressive is not the problem.
Muay Thai – Striking class
We started with distance drills. Supper important to learn, and something I am still working on. I am short and I have to get into the pocket to get blows in, but most people are taller than I am and can hit me from a distance. So these distance drills really help me understand where I need to be.
- Jump rope for 1 three minute round
Working on speed from teep to kick
- Rear teep, rear kick, hook, cross, lead kick
- Lead teep, lead kick, cross, hook, rear kick
- Rear teep, rear kick, hook, cross, lead kick, rear teep
- Lead teep, lead kick, cross, hook, rear kick, lead teep
- Sparring for the last 20 minutes
Well that is it for today, for the week. I got a compliment on my form and flow movement today from Kru Krysta. Yay… I am so lucky to have the training and teachers I have. I am so lucky to have the supportive husband and family I have. I love Muay Thai, I love Kali, and I am falling in love with BJJ.
I kicked it, stabbed it, and choked it this week. I had a blast doing it. But I am exhausted now. So have a great weekend everyone.
Thanks for reading and as always please feel free to ask questions or make a comment. Keep working to be the best you that you can be.