Workout/Martial Arts 06/22/2020: Agility and Striking Flow

At the beginning of the pandemic or Covid19 I decided to focus on agility. Well let me back that up. After about two weeks of my jaw dropping, wide eyed, constant reading of the news I decided to focus on agility. I was still working out at home, but I had to modify my workouts because I was not going to my Martial Arts gym. I did not know what this pandemic meant for our training and how our lives were going to change.

I decided that I wanted to focus on agility. I could do that at home. I could work my agility and I needed it for Muay Thai and Kali. I need it for every sport, but more so for my martial arts.

I have been studying these martial arts for a little over 2 years. I am at the point where I know all of the strikes, I know all of the kicks, knees, elbows. We are learning the minutia, the small tweaks, combos, strategies, counter attacks, and blocking that leads to counter attacks.

All of these things above needs agility. So I have been working on agility. This week I have attacked flow and smooth combos with H in a different way. As H says I know how to throw the strikes. Its like I know the letters to a word, I know the sounds of the letters to the words. I just need to string them together into a word. I need to string my strikes/blows/letters into a word, working on flow. I focus so much on getting the strike as perfect as I can I tend to be a little staccato in my movements. Less graceful, more stuttered if you will.

As it has been said…Slow is smooth, smooth is fast. I need to loosen up and just trust my body. I have been making progress on this. This week has been great I have been working my flow. I am focusing more on having fun, letting my body move the way I have trained it. I think that is the next step in my martial arts journey. Just letting my body do what it knows to do.


Monday 06/22/2020: 1 hour- 1 mile run, weight lifting, Calisthenics, and core work

Weight lifting: right after run

1) clean and press 65 lbs Olympic barbell x3 sets of 8
2) Dead Lifts 135 lbs Olympic barbell x3 sets of 6
3) 1 minute – about 60 Kettle Bell swings x 3 sets (I did these in between the DLs instead of resting)

Workout calisthenics word of the day was GREAT I added more core stuff to it. I did this workout as a superset. Three sets or x3

G) 15 Burpees
R) 30 Crunches
E) 15 Push Ups
A) 30 Star Jumps
T) 20 Hip Dips

Core
1) V – Ups x30
2) Sit Ups x30
3) Bicycle Crunches x30
4) 30 second Plank with Shoulder Touches

I am pooped and I realized I did not do my weakly post on Sunday so… will have to do that with my meal planning woot! Brain is borked. Might be lack of oxygen lol. I hate Burpees.

Tuesday 06/23/2020: 1 hour- 1 hour of Muay Thai training

Thank you for an awesome class Khun Kru Krysta!

My tailbone and lower back were hurting from my scoliosis so I modified the jumping jacks later in the workout to squats. I try not to let my physical/body limitations stop me from training. I train through it and work around it.

Training:

1) Jab, Cross, Hook, Cross, Switch Kick (we switched up between South Paw and Orthodox through round)
{jumping jacks for active recovery}
2) I fed Thai pads for H for second round
{jumping jacks for active recovery}

3) Jab, Cross, drop level Body Hook, Cross, Switch Kick (we switched up between South Paw and Orthodox through round)
{jumping jacks for active recovery}
4) I fed Thai pads for H for second round
{jumping jacks for active recovery}

5) Jab, Cross, Rear Elbow, Switch Knee (we switched up between South Paw and Orthodox through round)
{squats for active recovery}
6) I fed Thai pads for H for second round
{squats for active recovery}

7) Jab, Cross, Hook, Lead Elbow, Rear Knee, Lead Kick ( do what ever Kick shows itself, but I like Lead Kick in both south paw and orthodox for this drill) (we switched up between South Paw and Orthodox through round)
{squats for active recovery}
8 ) I fed Thai pads for H for second round
{squats for active recovery}

9) Jab, Cross, Thadmalach, tie up/clench 6 knees push off, double Kick
10) I fed Thai pads for H for second round

Woot! Another day training and getting better every day even if it’s by 1% those 1%’s add up.

Also my friend Kevin was in class Woot!

Wednesday 06/24/2020: 52 minutes- 1 mile run and 34 minute Muay Thai/boxing training

My running route was a little circuitous because the neighborhood I run through had the audacity of repaving their roads and driveways. 😝

I have a habit of overthinking my strikes, and then getting into my head. What that means is my strikes don’t flow. Sometimes I am struggling to get them in. They are not smooth and as we know smooth is fast.

H says I know the strikes forward and back. So it’s like I know the letters in a word, can spell the word, but not say the word. We worked on me saying the word.

So today’s training was working on my strikes. I was working on them to be smooth. I just focused on the my bodies shift through the strikes. It helped me smooth it out.

Training:
1) Jab, Cross
2) Jab, Cross, Hook
3) Jab, Cross, Hook, Cross
4) Jab, Cross, Uppercut, Cross
5) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick

Thursday 06/25/2020: 1.5 hours of Muay Thai and part of Kali training.

Today was a great day of training. We unfortunately had to leave early in the Kali class. We had to get home. Thank you Khun Kru Krysta for two great classes.

Muay Thai

1) Jab, Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Kick (switching between Orthodox and South Paw stance)
2) I held pads for same combo for H

3) Jab, Cross, Body Hook, Rear Kick
4) I did this round twice because I was trying to correct my drop in level. I kept wanting to do a bob and weave motion and I just need to drop my level and use leverage to get the hook in.

5) Jab, Cross, Rear Elbow, Rear Knee, tie up, 10 knees, spin out opponent and double kick. (switching between Orthodox and South Paw stance)
6) I held pads for same combo for H

7) Jab, Cross, Uppercut, Lead #2 Elbow, Right Knee (switching between Orthodox and South Paw stance)
8 ) I held pads for same combo for H

9) Jab, Cross, Thadmala, Rear Knee, tie up/clench x6 skip knees, push off double kick
10) I held for H

That was a butt kicker. When you need to work on a combo or strike slow it down and work the technique. It will do you far more good to rep it out slowly till you get the correct feel.

Kali-

1) Cob Cob Heaven x6, Cob Cob Standard x6, Cob Cob Earth x6
2) Inward, Backhand, Inward, heaven, standard, earth
3) witik heaven, redondo heaven, witik standard, redondo standard, witik earth, redondo earth

It was great to get back into double stick training. ❤️

Saturday 06/27/2020: 2 hours of Kali/staff class and Muay Thai training

An amazing brain melting set of classes. Thank you Khun Kru Krysta.

In Kali we were doing asymmetrical staff drills, on both the left and right side. It makes your brain feel broken. I say that often but don’t explain it often. There have been some studies that show benefits for brain repair and growth. See Cognative Kali Ted talk TEDxUCLA. See also a UCLA Magazine article Movement And The Mind.

In Muay Thai: we worked on the Overhand punch. I was so happy to hear Khun Kru discuss this and mention that this punch is so often done wrong. You see it don’t wrong in MMA fights where it starts looking like a windmill. Then your beautiful face is unprotected and you will get punched in that pretty target. So just don’t windmill. I am paraphrasing of course, but you get the gist.

Training: {jumping jacks active recovery between rounds}

1) Jab, Overhand ( both in Orthodox and South Paw)
2) I held pads for H

3) Jab, Cross, Overhand ( w/ a side step either with lead leg if Orthodox against South Paw, or side step with rear leg if Ortho against ortho)
4) I held pads for H

5) Jab, Cross, Overhand, Rear Knee
6) I held pads for H

7) Jab, Cross, Overhand, Rear Knee, Rear Kick
8 ) I held pads for H

9) Jab, Overhand, Rear Knee, Rear Kick
10) I held pads for H

11) (focus form on getting back into stance) Jab, Cross, Switch Kick, switch stance,
Jab, Cross, Switch Kick repeat
12) (focus on more realistic applications change stepping down/forward)

Today was a great day of training. I had a lot of fun.


So yes this week has been great. Yes my scoliosis was acting up this week, but I work around it. I have been working on flow this week. Still working on agility every day. I am trying to trust that I know what I am doing.

I am working to make each strike/letter into a word, and hopefully eventually a song. I can’t take credit for that analogy. That analogy is H’s brain child. He came up with each strike in a combo being a letter, and making it flow into a word or smooth transition is what we are looking to do. In the end it makes sense to me so that is what is what I need.

I write it down and post it here because I hope it will help some one else. So if this helps you, make your strikes smoother, and help you string them together then Yay! I am so glad that it does. Let me know if they do.

Thank you for reading, if you enjoy this kind of blog, and like the combos/workouts I post. Please feel free to follow, and comment I would love to hear from you. Stay safe, stay active, and have a great week

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