Workout/Martial Arts 08/03/2020: A Fight Is A Conversation

When a person throws a strike they are asking a question or making a statement. Then they are watching what you do about it or how you answer. You have to figure out what your response to it is. Strike, counter, strike, block, strike, strike, counter.

When you are sparring, you will have strikes that you are like, “hrm… ok that happened.” Then you will have strikes that will make you go, “nuh uh… not again.” Things will aggravate you. This is natural.

In a lot of the Thai fights I have viewed, I see the first round is each opponent just getting to know each other. They will throw a strike out, and watch how/if it is blocked, counterd, and what is returned. They both go about it, if they get a strike in that gets through all the better. The next round though is, where they amp it up, take the conversation up a notch.

Fighting is… as counter intuitive as you might think this is… Fighting is a very cognitive. You might be wondering why I am talking about this at all. I am learning Muay Thai, and I am learning all of this art. Part of learning is not just the physical, it is the mental, the cognitive parts of this art. It is not just theory but study and understanding of your opponent.

Fight IQ – Fight intelligence, your ability to process information in a fight or glean information, and utilize it to their advantage.

Suphachai Saenpong is considered one of the best Thai fighters of all time, he has real high fight IQ. He does a really good job of processing info during a fight and using to their advantage.

A lot of this is a subconscious process. It is a culmination of training, experience, and natural inclination.

I have yet to get to that level, but one day I hope I can be a fraction of the fighter he is. Of course I would love to be as great a fighter, but let us have smaller stepping stone goals to get to.


Monday 08/03/2020: 1 hour – 1 mile run, 30 minute weightlifting, 10 min shadow boxing, 10 min core

1 mile run it looked like the sky’s were going to open up on me

30 min Weight Lifting:
1) bench press – 3x sets of 8 reps
2) tripod tricep row – 3x sets of 20 reps on each arm
3) kettle bell row – 3x sets of 1 minute swings
4) goblet squats – 3x sets of 20 reps
5) Bulgarian Split Squats – 3x sets of 15 reps each leg

10 min shadow boxing

10 min Core workout Dana Linn Bailey’s 45 sec on 15 seconds rest
1) hollow body
2) hollow body reverse crunch
3) V Sit Bicycles
4) Star Crunches
5) Right Side Plank Dips
6) Left Side Plank Dips
7) High Plank Opposite Knee to Elbow
8 ) V Sit Leg Circles
9) Heel Touches
10) Explosive Crunches

Woot I am done and feeling good.

Tuesday 08/04/2020: 1 hour and some change Muay Thai training

Ok another fun class today I focused on just having fun and letting my body move. Woot! Also it’s a lot of fun for me to have awesome workout tights. I have bionic legs!

Been wanting these bad boys for a while and they had sold out. But I finally got a pair. Yay!!! Squee!! This shirt I got a is little big for me but that’s ok. It says I Am Enough!

Also also, D.O.M.S. Set in hard today and my flutes to legs hurt so much going up and down stairs. But after I warmed up they still hurt but I was able to work. We worked on the same things from last Saturday and it was so much fun. I love JKD. H and I then worked on some new combos.

Muay Thai/JKD Striking:Warm up with jump rope, jumping jacks between rounds for active recovery
1) Jab, Cross, Lead Knee, Jab, Cross, Rear Knee
2) Held pads for HJKD

3) Fake High Jab, pendulum leg kick Lead, Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Roundhouse Kick, pendulum get out
4) Held for H

5) Fake Low Jab, Fake High Jab, pendulum leg kick Lead, Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Roundhouse Kick, pendulum get out
6) Held for H

7) Fake High Jab, Low Jab, Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Roundhouse Kick, pendulum get outIf opponent blocks Low Jab- ping choy, gua choy- or block pass strikeFake High Jab, Low Jab, (opponent blocks) Ping Choy, Gua Choy, (Low Jab, clear opponents arm, return a back hand to the face) Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Roundhouse Kick, pendulum get out
8 ) I Held pads for H

Burn out:
9) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick, Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Kick
10) Held for H

New combos
11) Cross, upper cut, flying elbow
12) double jab, Lead Teep, and a hop switch Teep
13) Cross, rear knees, Teep, Rear Flying Knee

Thank you Khun Kru Krysta.

Thursday 08/06/2020: 1 hour of Muay Thai training

Oookay so today, has been a crazy busy day. I have gone to work, had meetings, set up more meetings, delivered a cake, fed the family meals, and had Muay Thai training today.

Some days you just have to put the time in to training. It’s not going to be perfect all the time. Some days you don’t see the conversation of the fight. Some days it is just strike after strike and drill after drill. Some days it’s going to be hard but you just gotta get up and do he work.

Focusing on the positive, work was great, I had some amazing compliments come out of the blue from friends. Especially one I have not seen in a long time. She said, “you look strong Tanya, your quads are amazing.” Instructor said my knees in Muay Thai looked great. Another friend said that I am inspiring.

So all in all while busy a surprisingly good day with many positives. Boy but am I tired… anyway on to training…

Muay Thai/JKD Striking: Warm up with jump rope, jumping jacks between rounds for active recovery

1) Jab, Cross, Lead Knee, Jab, Cross, Rear Knee
2) Held pads for H JKD

3) Fake High Jab, Cross, Uppercut, Cross, Lead Roundhouse Kick, pendulum get out
4) Held for H

5) Fake Low Jab, Fake High Jab, Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Roundhouse Kick, pendulum get out
6) Held for H

7) Fake High Jab, Low Jab, Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Roundhouse Kick, pendulum get out If opponent blocks Low Jab- ping choy, gua choy- or block pass strike Fake High Jab, Low Jab, (opponent blocks) Ping Choy, Gua Choy, (Low Jab, clear opponents arm, return a back hand to the face) Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Roundhouse Kick, pendulum get out
8 ) I Held pads for H

Burn out:
9) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick, Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Kick
10) Held for H

11-12) Held pads for H Thanks for a great class Khun Kru Krysta Scharlach

Saturday 08/08/2020: 2 Hours Kali/Staff and Muay thai


What a great day of training! I had a lot of fun. I focused on the conversation of the fight. Not just the words. How the words flow together.

My instructor was really happy with my flow and performance on the Spinning Back Elbow still. She is a fantastic instructor, and will not hesitate to tell you when you are doing something wrong. So I take her compliment and reaction as it is intended. Thank you Khun Kru Krysta.

Kali –
1) started with full box warm up
2) full box with a spearing attack instead of #4 strike
3) full box with spearing attack instead of #2 strike
4) full box with any spearing attack that you have to avoid/counter/parry

Muay Thai-
1) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick
2) Held for H

3) Jab, Cross, Body Hook, Rear Kick
4) held pads for H

5) Jab, Cross, Hook, horizontal Elbow #1, Rear Knee
6) I held pads for H

7) Jab, Cross, Hook chain horizontal Elbow, Spinning Back Elbow #9, Spinning Back Elbow #9, Rear knee
8 ) I held for H

9-10) held pads for h while he practiced switch teeps, and jab, jab, leg kick


I am still figuring out my conversation. What conversation am I having with other fighters? What do I want to show them? What do I want to hide? Do I want to be mostly technical like Suphachai, or do I want to be a trickster like Buakaw, feinting, and attacking.

What is your fight conversation?

I am figuring out my conversation starters. I am figuring out my conversation flow. I look forward to seeing where it goes. I will look back on this post in the future and will have a better answer to what my fight conversation is.

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