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.

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