Workout/Martial Arts 07/06/2020: Partner Drills, Thinking about your next step you are already behind.

This week H and I started Partner Drills. I am happy we did.

If you are unaware of what partner drills were, its where you practice a combo on a partner, they counter the attacks/shield/or block the attacks. They then practice the same combo on you.

This helps us in learning to see the attacks coming. This helps to learn to shield attacks, coutner them and return an atack. It helps you work the blocks and lets you feel what it feels like when you do block. You don’t get this training when you work on your own. You don’t get this training when you work on the heavy bag, and you don’t get this kind of training when you shadow box.

This kind of training you have to have a partner for. I am lucky that H and I are life partners and partners who practice Muay Thai. We can carve out a little space on the mat and work the combos/drills. My fellow students in class cannot train the way we are becuase they don’t have anyone they can train with, in this 2020 Covid19 Pandemic crap of a year.

I like partner drills. I love Muay Thai. I just get very nervous still after all this training time when a flurry of blows comes at me. I can counter/shield/return atacks to a certain point. Then my brain goes … ack!!!… things are coming at your face and body. My brain shuts down, and I start overthinking things.

In a fight or sparring match, thinking about your next step you are already behind.

What does this sentence above mean? When you are blocking, countering attacks, if you see an incoming strike, and stop to think about what to do, you will never be fast enough to come up with a solution and then excecute your counter. You have to drill and train what to do when an atack comes in, so your body is in motion already by the time the strike comes in.

Can you guess what I am working on this next week?


Monday 07/06/2020: 25 minutes – mile run and core workout

Woke up at 7:30 went for a run and did just a core workout. Still really sore from Muay Thai training on Saturday. So I am giving my body a rest.

It wa already hot and humid at 7:30 blargh. But I got it done. I need to roll out my muscles today.

My shirt says Fight Like A GRRRL and it’s one of my favorites

Tuesday 07/07/2020: 1 hour of Muay Thai training

Today was a great day of training. I was tired coming in but had a blast in class. Thank you Khun Kru Krysta Scharlach.

I really like the chain strikes, when we hit a hook, then a horizontal elbow. I got complimented on my form with the hook, horizontal elbow, spinning rear elbow, to spinning rear elbow. Yay!

Training: {jumping jacks active rest between rounds}

1) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick (trained in both south paw and orthodox)
2) I held pads for H

3) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Knee (trained in both south paw and orthodox)
4) I held pads for H

5) Jab, Cross, Hook, Lead Elbow, Rear Knee, Rear Kick (trained in both south paw and orthodox)
6) I held pads for H

7) Jab, Cross, Lead Elbow #1/horizontal, rear spinning elbow/#9, lead spinning elbow#9, Thai lean, Rear Knee, Rear Kick (trained in both south paw and orthodox)
8 ) I held pads for H

Burnout:
9) Jab, Cross, Lead Kick, Lead Teep – switch stance Jab, Cross, Lead Kick, Lead Tee ( focus on returning to stance before switching to new stance)
10) Jab, Cross, Lead kick, step down into new stance- Jab, Cross, Lead kick, step down into new stance

Whew I am pooped now, but my muscles don’t hurt so much today yay!

Wednesday 07/08/2020: 35 minutes Mile run, 10 mins bag work, 10 mins core

Listen to your body, and change up your routine if you need too. I decided to forgo calisthenics today. My body is tired and feeling a little run down. I decided to train but in other areas. I still train and practice Muay Thai 3 days a week. This is my off day training.

Always show respect to your partner, the art, and yourself. πŸ™ wai

Ran a mile, 10 minutes of bag work hand combos, and 10 minutes core workout.

Thursday 07/09/2020: 1 hour and 10 minutes Muay Thai training

Great training today. H and I changed it up by doing partner drills. Instead of doing the combos on the bag, or on the pads, we did them against each other.

What this kind of training helps with is counter attacks. You know what combos are coming in, so you can work on things like, catching jabs, scooping strikes, shielding kicks, and dealing with knees to name a few. While we were doing this I was focusing on distance management, and what counters/blocks/shields and counter attacks were open that I could see.

Training: doing partner drills
{jumping jacks active recovery between rounds}
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1) Orthodox- Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick

(each person takes a turn doing this combo and the other person has to block/shield/counter attack)

2) South Paw- Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick

(each person takes a turn doing this combo and the other person has to block/shield/counter attack)

3) Opposite stance-(one person in SP and one in Ortho) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick

(each person takes a turn doing this combo and the other person has to block/shield/counter attack)

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4) Orthodox- Jab, Lead Hook, Rear Knee

(each person takes a turn doing this combo and the other person has to block/shield/counter attack)

5) South Paw- Jab, Lead Hook, Rear Knee

(each person takes a turn doing this combo and the other person has to block/shield/counter attack)

6) Opposite stance-(one person in SP and one in Ortho) Jab, Lead Hook, Rear Knee

(each person takes a turn doing this combo and the other person has to block/shield/counter attack)
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7) Orthodox- Jab, Lead Hook, Rear Knee, Rear Kick

(each person takes a turn doing this combo and the other person has to block/shield/counter attack)

8 ) South Paw- Jab, Lead Hook, Rear Knee, Rear Kick

(each person takes a turn doing this combo and the other person has to block/shield/counter attack)

9) Opposite stance-(one person in SP and one in Ortho) Jab, Lead Hook, Rear Knee, Rear Kick

(each person takes a turn doing this combo and the other person has to block/shield/counter attack)

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10) Orthodox- Jab, Lead Hook, Lead Elbow (chain strike), spinning rear elbow, spinning lead elbow, lean out, rear knee when opponent presses

(each person takes a turn doing this combo and the other person has to block/shield/counter attack)

11) South Paw- Jab, Lead Hook, Lead Elbow (chain strike), spinning rear elbow, spinning lead elbow, lean out, rear knee when opponent presses

(each person takes a turn doing this combo and the other person has to block/shield/counter attack)

12) Opposite stance- (one person in SP and one in Ortho) Jab, Lead Hook, Lead Elbow (chain strike), spinning rear elbow, spinning lead elbow, lean out, rear knee when opponent presses

(each person takes a turn doing this combo and the other person has to block/shield/counter attack)

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Burn Out:

13) Jab, Cross, Lead Knee, Jab, Cross, Lead Kick, switch stance repeat.

It was a fantastic class. Thank you Khun KruΒ Krysta.Β πŸ™

Saturday 07/11/2020: 1 hour and 45 mins of training- Kali staff and Muay Thai

Thank you Khun KruΒ Krysta!

We worked partner drills again today. This helps H and I work on our shields, counter attacks, and blocks.

I am so lucky to have a partner that practices Muay Thai with me. I have a built in training partner.

Training: Kali Staff

1) High x3 redondo, low back hand high back hand
2) high, low, high redondo, low back hand high back hand
3) low x 3 redondo, low back hand high back hand
4) low, high, low redondo, low back hand high back hand

5) high witik x3, low back hand high back hand
6) high, low, high witik, low back hand high back hand
7) low x3 witik, low back hand high back hand
8 ) low, high, low witik, low back hand high back hand

Training: Muay Thai {between rounds below we did jumping jacks}

1) Orthodox: Jab, Cross, Rear Teep, Jab, Cross, Lead Teep
2) South Paw: Jab, Cross, Rear Teep, Jab, Cross, Lead Teep
3) Ortho vs South Paw: Jab, Cross, Rear Teep, Jab, Cross, Lead Teep

{Combo below emphasis on recovering from a missed rear side leg kick and returning a rear side kick to torso}
4) Orthodox: Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Leg Kick, in response to opponent lateraling out – Rear Side Kick
5) South Paw: Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Leg Kick, in response to opponent lateraling out – Rear Side Kick
6) Ortho vs South Paw: Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Leg Kick, in response to opponent lateraling out – Rear Side Kick

{Combo below emphasis on distance management and using short Hook so you can throw chain elbow.}
7) Orthodox: Jab, Cross, Hook to chain Elbow, Spinning Rear Elbow, step forward, and C out back to stance
8 ) South Paw: Jab, Cross, Hook to chain Elbow, Spinning Rear Elbow, step forward, and C out back to stance
9) Ortho vs South Paw: Jab, Cross, Hook to chain Elbow, Spinning Rear Elbow, step forward, and C out back to stance

{Combo below emphasis on distance management and using long Hook so you can throw the back hand.}
10) Orthodox: Jab, Cross, Long Hook, Spinning Back Hand, Step foreword and C out, Teep when opponent advances
11) South Paw: Jab, Cross, Long Hook, Spinning Back Hand, Step foreword and C out, Teep when opponent advances
12) Ortho vs South Paw: Jab, Cross, Long Hook, Spinning Back Hand, Step foreword and C out, Teep when opponent advances

Burn out:
13)Jab, Cross, Body Hook, Head Hook, Cross, Uppercut, Uppercut, Hook, Cross, Switch Kick
14) I fed burnout for H: Jab, Cross, Body Hook, Head Hook, Cross, Uppercut, Uppercut, Hook, Cross, Switch Kick


Ok well that is it for me for this week. Next week we are doing the same but adding goals. I am working on agility, not overthinking things, partner drills, and my form of course. I am constantly working on these things, just emphasizing one more than the other on some weeks. We shall see how this next week of training shakes out.

For the record working out cardio with a face mask on and mouth guard in… is tough but doable.

Get out there and do the work. Train as if you don’t know how many days you have left to train. Stay active, and fight for the things you belive in. Listen to your body, and love everyone with all you have got. Thank you for reading and I hope you have a great week. Please feel free to subscribe and comment if you feel like doing so.

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