Workout/Martial Arts 07/13/2020: How do you stop overthinking, and just start doing?

I am… I am often told I am proficient Muay Thai skills. I have clocked about 2 1/2 years of training with an instructor or at seminars. To give you perspective. April of this year would have been my 2 year mark since officially starting Muay Thai. What this means is that an average person will clock 2 classes a week, each class is about an hour, so 2 hours a week. I was clocking 5 classes or 5 hours a week. I often say mat time is key, even if it feels like you are not learning anything, or you are messing everything up. I can teach people the basics of Muay Thai no problem.

I say all this above because my biggest problem right now is getting into my head, or overthinking things. I need to just trust that I know the strikes and let my body do its thang.

I am going to work on getting back into my flow. Sabai Sabai as coaches in Thailand say to their Muay Thai students. I am going to work on making the training fun, and less about just making sure I execute the strikes 100%

I write more about Sabai Sabai in my Thursday training entry, if you are interested.

Monday 07/13/2020: 47 minutes – 1 mile run, and 34 minute Calisthenics workout

I woke up late for me, 8:30 am. I could not get myself to get out of bed. So I dragged myself out of bed, went on my run, and did my Calisthenics workout.

Workout of the day: MUSCLE MAKER thanks for the words thank you Patricia Church-Reeves. Both words done as a superset, 1 min rest between sets. Each superset done x3.

M) 30 Plank Jacks
U) 30 Bicycle Crunches
S) 30 seconds Fast Feet
C) 20 High Knees
L) 15 Mule Kicks (with resistance band, 15 each leg)
E) 15 Push Ups

M) 30 Plank Jacks
A) 30 Star Jumps
K) 20 Russian Twists (with 25lb Kettle Bell)
E) 15 Push Ups
R) 30 Explosive Sit Ups (changed from Crunches cause I wanted more difficulty)

I was drenched and it was a great workout. I did it fasted and ended up having brunch at 11 instead of breakfast. Lol

Tuesday 07/14/2020: 1 hour and 15 minutes Muay Thai Training

We worked on on the same combos we did on Saturday however, instead of doing it as partner drills we worked on pads. We were focusing on power and strike response. So we added shields after every combo. And boy do my shins feel it today.

We worked on some kick response drills after class. Which is opponent strikes, and you immediately kick back. This is done to speed up your response and get you conditioned to strike back when you are hit. My shins were throbbing at the end of the night.

Kun Kru Krysta changed up the active rest today and we had to do skip knees between rounds. It was so hard and great. Thank you so much Khun Kru Krysta.

Training: 25 skip knees between rounds

1) Jab, Cross, Lead Teep, Jab, Cross, Rear Teep…repeat
2) I held pads for H

3) Jab, Cross, Rear Kick miss, Rear Side Kick Jab, Cross, Rear Kick shielded, Lead Teep Jab, Cross, Rear Kick shielded, Lead Side Kick
4) I held pads for H

5) Jab, Cross, Hook, Chain Elbow Strike, Spinning Rear Elbow, Teep
6) I held pads for H

7) Jab, Cross, Long Hook, Spinning Back Fist (focus on range management you need to throw a Long Hook, and not step to deeply for back fist)
8 ) I held pads for H Burnout Drill

9) Jab, Cross, Body Hook, Head Hook, Cross, Uppercut, Uppercut, Cross, Hook, Switch Kick, Lead Shield
10) I held for H

Kick Response

1) Rear Kick, opponent shields returns kick
2) Lead Kick, opponent shields returns kick

So something I don’t write about often is the rolling out process. Cause I hate it. Muay Thai will F up your shins if you don’t roll out the knots. Those adhesions will also hinder your mobility. Muay Thai is not the only sport to cause adhesions. Most sports you get them only in the muscle. But in Muay Thai you get the swelling, bumps, adhesions on your bony parts like your shins.

It sucks to roll out, it hurts to roll out, but it is necessary. The pic with lacross ball, Tiger Tail, and Thai Oil are my main tools. That and a foam roller. It will hurt but, sometimes you have to do the hurt work to grow.

Wednesday 07/15/2020: 1 hour workout. 1.5 mile run, 28 min Calisthenics, 10 min Core workout

A little bit of work and sweat equity will pay off in the end. That is what I told myself today when I woke up not wanting to do a workout this morning. It was hard to get up and get my butt out the door but I did it. Bonus I feel accomplished for going on my run and doing a tough workout.

Not everyday is going to be sunshine and roses. So celebrate the accomplishments you get through that day. I got up at 7 am and got my butt out the door first thing.

Workout: Calisthenics workout of the day is SHAKE and BAKE, thank you Carver Hudson for the word. Words done as a superset each superset x 3 – this was heavy in agility and leg work so I added a core workout after it.

S) 30 seconds Fast Feet
A) 30 Star Jumps
K) 20 Russian Twists (w/ 25 lb Kettle Bell)
E) 15 Push Ups

B ) 20 Squat Jumps
A) A) 30 Star Jumps
K) 20 Russian Twists (w/ 25 lb Kettle Bell)

Workout: I did the Dana Linn Bailey 10 min core workout

Get out there, get active, and fight for what you believe in.

Thursday 07/16/2020: 1 hour of Muay Thai training

Ok today… let’s just say I was really having a hard time finding my flow, finding my rhythm. My instructor told me “Sabai, sabai.” [pron. suh-BYE suh-BYE]. From my understanding there is no literal translation in English. Like most words in Asian languages it has more than one meaning. (I experienced the same thing in Japanese when talking to my grandma and mother.) However, it is the Thai way to say: relaxation, happiness, peace, go with the flow.

I tried to let go. Slow down my pace, stop trying to force the moves, and took a beat to center myself and feel the flow/change as my body moved through the drills. It took a few rounds for me to get back into the flow.

I write this because I told myself I would record all aspects of my training and here is one part. The lack of flow and ability to get into my training right away. Everything is not going to be perfect every day.

On top of it all my shins are killing me wee! So today’s training was great but took me a sec to get into.

Also we did a new burn out between drills about 4 times I loved. It was : Squat and lead kick, Squat and rear kick. I loved it.

Thank you Khun Kru Krysta Scharlach for a great class.

Training: {squats/jump squats, and squat kicks between rounds}

1) Lead Kick, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick
2) I held pads for H

3) south paw stance- Lead Kick, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick
4) Teep, Lead Kick, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick

5) I held pads for H
6) south paw stance- Teep, Lead Kick, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick

7) Jab, Cross, Lead Kick, Rear Kick (a favorite combo of mine)
8 ) I held pads for H

9) south paw stance- Jab, Cross, Lead Kick, Rear Kick (a favorite combo of mine)
10) Hop Kick, Cross, Rear Knee, Rear Kick

11) I held pads for H
12) south paw stance- Hop Kick, Cross, Rear Knee, Rear Kick Burnout

13) Jab, Cross, Body Hook, Head Hook, Cross, Uppercut, Uppercut, Hook, Cross, Rear Kick
14) I held for H

So in the end it was a good day of training. I put the time in on the mat and will continue to try to grow.

Saturday 07/18/2020: 2 hours of Staff/Kali and Muay Thai trainingand core workout

It was an awesome set of classes thank you for taking your time to teach Khun Kru Krysta 🙏🙏.

In boxing the power comes not only from your arms, it arguably comes more from your hips. Just like in Muay Thai the power comes from the snap of you Hip/torso, and the turn.

Today because my body was tired and my leg/knee/shin/ankle were letting me know I focused less on power and more on flow, mechanics, and weight shifting.

Full Box – Opponent throws a 15, you roof shield, return a 1 angle strike, they meet your strike, return A 4 strike, you stop it with a downward strike, you return a 3 strike, they block, and return a 2 you shield that strike, you throw an angle 15 strike and you continue on. It’s hard to write out our training some times. So the short hand is easier to write.

Main combo for Kali was – Full Box – angles 15,1,4,3,2 repeat
Switch it up by changing hand positions so that you use back hand on 4, block 3, return backhand 2, roof shield the 15, switch hand positions to forehand.

One of the main things I like about Kali with staves is the fact that when you do the above drill with single stick, double stick, or staff the way you move your body changes. That alone makes this Kali so mind bending. I Love training this art❤️.

raining Muay Thai: I did pushups between rounds for active rest

1) Jab, Cross, Rear Knee, Jab, Cross, Lead Knee
2) South Paw: Jab, Cross, Rear Knee, Jab, Cross, Lead Knee

3) Jab, Cross, Hook, Chain Elbow, Lead Knee, Rear Kick
4) I held pads for H

5) Jab, Cross, Rear Knee, Lead Elbow, Rear Elbow, Rear Knee- then either lean, tie up and skip knee #2, Rear Kick
6) I held pads for H

7) to baby my leg I did burn out: Jab, Cross, uppercut, uppercut
Class did: Jab, Cross, Jab, Cross, Lead Kick, Rear kickJab, Cross, Jab, Cross, Lead Kick, Lead KickJab, Cross, Jab, Cross, Rear Kick, Rear Kick

I had a good time today. Got to see two of my old trainers I have not seen in ages and got to practice martial arts I love.

So there it is. This week was a great week of training. I am working on just going with the flow. Letting my training flow, not concentrating so hard on making it the best all the time. Sabai Sabai… let mey body move through the motions. Let the mechanics of my body work like it is supposed to and trained to do. Giving myself patience, and just working the matrtial arts I love.

I hear that my form is fantastic from my trainers. I am learning though that if I force the strikes, and not trust my body, I am not smooth. Slow is smooth, Smooth is Fast!

I will keep working on it. I hope you can keep working on what you are passionate about as well.

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