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Training Martial Arts 01/04/2021: The Reality of Training Martial Arts…Drills

I have watched martial arts movies all my life. I grew up on Voltron, Power Rangers, Jackie Chan movies, Bruce lee, you name it. I watch them today and I realize how I used to view these movies. I would watch these martial artists bounce around, counter strike, block, strike, and think they were amazing. They are amazing martial artists. But I now know how much work they put into their art.

The reality of training martial arts is not romantic at all. It is years and years of training, drilling, falling, making mistake after mistake, and getting back up to do it again. It is putting in the mat time. Yup that is it. It unfortunately is not just flying around the mat, doing flying knees, and flying elbows, bouncing off your partners and taking down every dummy. Nope it is drills, drills, drills, drills. All in the hope of one day being a little bit better.

The prevailing idea is that you develop muscle memory. That in time when something is coming to your face you automatically block, then you automatically block and counter strike. That when you are sparring you don’t have to think about your next move, just about what your opponents style is, or what they favor, and you can counter, and get your strikes in.

That is what we do every day. We drill, drill, drill, we spar, we train, and we drill. That is not to say we don’t practice flying knees and flying elbows. We like to have fun too, but we mostly drill.

So when you are drilling on the bag, with a partner, and on your own, know that this is what we are all doing. Making those minor changes, and minor adjustments, striving to be the best we can be in the art we love.

This week, I started working toward my goals for this year. Yup, no waiting just diving right in. Running more, new challenge, and adding HIIT workouts in. What are you doing, what did you start, and want to get started this year.


Training Monday 01/04/2021: 1 hour and 10 minutes, run, Shefit30 challenge, and plyometric HIIT


I ran a mile, it was cold outside, there was a great deal of black ice. I slipped a few times… but I was being careful. It rained all day yesterday and then froze over last night. I have some pretty pics of ice below from my run.

Shefit30 Challenge
I am doing a 30 day challenge to hopefully get some free swag and also mix up my training days. Today is Day 1 of the challenge. The words for today was P.O.P.M.O.V.E. Do this set x 5.

P – 20 reverse lunge with a bicep curl
O – 30 weighted sit ups ( I did weighted pike sit ups)
P – 20 reverse lunge with bicep curl
M – 30 plank Jacks
O – 30 weighted sit ups ( I did these weighted pike sit ups)
V – 20 donkey kicks each side
E – 15 push ups

15 minute Plyometric HIIT –
35 seconds on 110% then 30 second rest
3 minute warm up

1) squat to high jump, skiers, 4 x 180 turn jumps, skiers, 4 x 180 turn jumps, 4 x jacks, 4 x star jumps, 4 x jacks, 4 x star jumps
2) repeat above
3) repeat above

4 ) run in place, 2 x jacks, side lunge tap the floor, 2 x jacks, side lunge tap the floor, 2 x side lunge tap floor, 2 x standing lunge crunch, 2 x side tap the floor, 2 x standing lunge crunch, 8 x jump lunges
5) repeat above set
6) repeat above set

7) run in place, 2 x jack, 2 x high jump, 7 x wide jack, high knee jack, 4 x jack to high jump
8) repeat above set
9) repeat above set

2 min cool down

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Start off your week great get out there and do something for yourself. Whew I am pooped now… =)

Training Tuesday 01/05/2021: 2 workouts, Shefit 30 challenge and Muay Thai training

Day 2 done! Woot! I was up at 4 am this morning for work and just got home did today’s challenge. I.A.M.B.R.A.V.E. x 3. I am pooped.

Ladies…One of my favorite things my martial arts trainers taught me is that even if you make 1% improvement every day you are still making improvement, and it all adds up!

I have seen all of you kicking butt. Don’t be hard on yourself. I don’t look like what everyone thinks of as an athlete. It still gets to me. But I try to press on.

I have Muay Thai training tonight and I am so hoping I can get a small nap before class. We shall see. Mom duties first, then maybe a nap.

1% every day adds up!

Training number 2 of the day, 1 hour of Muay Thai

It was great to get back into class. It was also nice to have a break. But great to get back! It was nice to see my martial arts family again.

Today getting back I worked on form and footwork.

It was a second workout for me today but other than being a little tired it went well.

Thanks Khun Kru Krysta for a great class.

These are my favorite pair of tights in my collection. Love these #grrrlarmy tights.

Training: working in my off stance
Between rounds active recovery, jumping jacks, jab cross flurries, double kicks, and 25 skip knees

1) jab, cross, right kick, jab, cross, left kick
2) held pads for H

3) jab, cross, jab, cross, rear knee, rear kick
4) held pads for H

5) jab, cross, rear kick, lead kick (one of my favorites)
6) held pads for H

7) jab, cross, double lead kick, jab, cross, double rear kick
8 ) held pads for H

Training Wednesday 01/06/2021: 1 hour and 30 minutes- 1 mile run, weight lifting, shefit30 challenge, plyometric HIIT

When family does not cooperate and it takes me forever to get out of the house. Yeah it’s just one of those days.

I pushed through even though I had so many excuses ready. Lol

Get out there and try. Don’t be afraid to try. You can always change it up if you don’t like the activity you chose. Don’t be afraid to keep trying new things till you find something you love and that works for you.
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I went for a mile run.

15 minute weight lifting workout:
1) Bulgarian split squats x3 sets of 15 reps each leg
2) Resistance band hip thrusters x3 sets of 20-15
3) kneeling angels with 10 lb plates x 3 sets of 10
4) front raise to lateral raise 10 lb plates x3 sets of 10

Shefit30 challenge word was B.O.L.T.F.O.C.U.S. :
I did the set x3 it took about 50 min

B ) 20 squat jumps
O) 30 weighted sit ups with a 20 lb kettlebell
L) 15 mule kicks
T) 20 hip dips each side
F) 1 minute wall sit
O) 30 weighted sit ups with a 20 lb kettlebell
C) 40 high knees
U) 60 bicycles crunches
S) 30 seconds fast feet

15 minute Plyometric HIIT:
35 seconds on 110% then 30 second rest
3 minute warm up

1) squat to high jump, skiers, 4 x 180 turn jumps, skiers, 4 x 180 turn jumps, 4 x jacks, 4 x star jumps, 4 x jacks, 4 x star jumps
2) repeat above
3) repeat above

4 ) run in place, 2 x jacks, side lunge tap the floor, 2 x jacks, side lunge tap the floor, 2 x side lunge tap floor, 2 x standing lunge crunch, 2 x side tap the floor, 2 x standing lunge crunch, 8 x jump lunges
5) repeat above set
6) repeat above set

7) run in place, 2 x jack, 2 x high jump, 7 x wide jack, high knee jack, 4 x jack to high jump
8 )repeat above set
9) repeat above set

2 min cool down

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I am so tired now. But great day of training.

Training Thursday 01/07/2021: 2 workouts, Shefit30 Challenge, Muay Thai training

Workout: # 1 for the day, #shefit30 challenge

I had work a 4 in the morning. But got home and got my first workout in and done. Challenge day # 4 the words were F.L.E.X.F.L.E.X.J.U.M.P. x2 sets of it.

I was tired and soreness has set in from yesterday.

I have Muay Thai training later today. So hope I can get a nap soon.

2 x sets of the following
F) 1 minute wall sit
L) 15 mule kicks
E) 15 push ups
X) 20 double leg slaloms

F) 1 minute wall sit
L) 15 mule kicks
E) 15 push ups
X) 20 double leg slaloms

J) 50 mountain climbers
U) 60 bicycle crunches
M) 30 plank jacks
P) 20 revers lunges with 10 lb plates

Training: # 2 workout of the day -1 hour of Muay Thai training

So yeah um when you ask me to pose this the dork you get. You are welcome fashion world! Witness me!

We focused on the same drills we did on Tuesday which is great gives me a chance to focus and hone my skills. Or more to the point get me some skills in the South Paw stance! Lol

Anyway second workout of the day and while I am sore it was fantastic thank you Khun Kru Krysta Scharlach!

Training: working in my off stance
Between rounds active recovery, jumping jacks, jab cross flurries, double kicks

1) jab, cross, right kick, jab, cross, left kick
2) held pads for H

3) jab, cross, jab, cross, rear knee, rear kick
4) held pads for H

5) jab, cross, rear kick, lead kick (one of my favorites)
6) held pads for H

7) jab, cross, double lead kick, jab, cross, double rear kick
8 ) held pads for H

Training Friday 01/08/2021: Day 5 of #shefit30 challenge.

Today is my off day normally, so I did the S.T.A.Y.C.O.N.F.I.D.E.N.T. x 1 set

Ladies, friends, family, and everyone else get out there and do something. Find what you love to do.

Doing it only once I still worked up a sweat! Yay!

Training: and my add ons

S) 30 sec fast feet
T) 20 hip dips each side
A) 30 star jumps
Y) 100 flutter kicks in a V (shoulders and head off the ground, core tight)

C) 40 high knees
O) 30 sit-ups
N) 15 jump lunges
F) 1 minute wall sit
I) 25 standing knee crunches
D) 1 minute plank
E) 15 push ups
N) 15 jump lunges
T) 20 hip dips each side

Training Saturday 01/09/2021: 2 hours, Kali/staff and Muay Thai

As we were working on our staff drills it occurred to me that people watching amazing martial artists like Tony Jaa and think that is what training is like. I know when I was a little girl I thought people like Jackie Chan, Tony Jaa, Bruce Lee, and other martial artists would be training in the woods, doing crazy katas, drills, etc.

But what do we do? As I was training, I was listening to the clack clack clack, as we swung our staves at each other. Drill drill drill is what you actually do. We make small adjustments to our form, pour feet, our drill, our hand placement and we keep training. We screw up and fall and hit our hands, feet, other body parts get up and keep going. That is wha we do as martial artists.

It’s small little things we change and tweak every time we train.

It was a great day of training thank you Khun Kru Krysta Scharlach!

Kali/Staff:

1) 2 x1 strike and then a witic
2) 3 strikes then a redondo
3) figur 8 drills, high, mid, and low, high low, and low high

Footwork and traversing uneven terrain make things a little more difficult.

Muay Thai:
Jumping jacks, push ups, jab body hook head hook flurry for active recovery.

1) lead Teep, lead kick, rear kick, rear Teep
2) held pads for H

3) lead shield, lead Teep, hop lead kick, cross, hook, rear kick
4) held pads for H

5) rear shield, rear Teep, hop rear kick, hook, cross, lead kick, lean out/long guard
6) held pads for H

7) cross shield, body hook, head hook, cross, rear kick
8 ) held pads for H

9) jab, cross, hook, rear knee, rear kick
10) held pads for H

11) jab, cross, hook, upward rear knee, downward diagonal lead elbow


What misconceptions did you have for training in your favorite sport, martial art, or hobby? How did it change your view of your favorite people in that sport, martial art, or hobby? How did it change your view of the sport, martial art, or hobby you practice?

I love Muay Thai, and I am so happy to have a chance to to train and practice it. Keep working on your goals, and keep it up. It only been one week in 2021 so keep it up. It is going to take at least 2 more weeks to set your habit now.

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And as always… Don’t photo edit, just go get it!

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