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Training Martial Arts 03/22/2021: Out Training your Training Scars

What is a training scar? That sounds terrible.

This is the first thing that came to mind when I first heard that term was. Your eyebrow split open, and you have a scar fro the rest of your life. Well, I come to find it is not quite that dramatic.

A training scar is a habit that you develop. Most of the time they are small, sometimes the habit can be detrimental. But not all training scars are detrimental. Some are developed when you are learning technique but not are learning a more advanced version.

To Name A Few Training Habits/Scars

A bad/detrimental training scar could be:

  1. Not pivoting on the ball of your foot when executing a round house.
    • if you don’t pivot you will damage your knee, it can happen over time, and right away
  2. Not stepping off the line when you kick
    • if you don’t step off the line you leave yourself open for attack, punched in the face, kicked
  3. Dropping your hand before you punch
    • huge tell that you are going to punch, also leaves your face open for punch, elbow
  4. Not bring your hand back to your face to guard your face
    • if you don’t guard your face, you leave it open to be hit

Less terrible training scars: (some of these could be argued that they are bad or detrimental)

  1. Leaving your foot in the bucket
    • this can be argued as detrimental, you go to punch and you shorten your range cause you don’t shuffle in all the way.
  2. Not elevating on your foot for kicks and knees
    • this is not detrimental, you can kick without it, but you loose height and range
  3. Not focusing on a point in the distance when shadowboxing
    • again this is not detrimental but focusing on a point in your shadowboxing will help you keep your form inside your silhouette
  4. Not getting out of the pocket after fishing a combo
    • this can be argued as detrimental, but you finish your combo of blows/kicks/elbows/knees and just stay there, not moving/shuffling away to avoid getting hit.

Where do they come from?

Some of the scars come from just the learning process.

I have seen some of them come from your training partners bad habits. When you train with another person who has some bad habits, like winding up your kick, so that the opponent can see your kick coming from a mile away.

Some training habits come from your progenitor, which is completely normal. When you switch up coaches/teachers, they have a different style, you can see the difference as they coach you. For instance the progenitor of our form of Muay Thai Ajarn Chai has us throw our hands into the opponents faces, but other gyms/progenitors do not teach it that way. (note: I think it is very important to train with different people. It helps you learn different ways to execute the drills, strikes, etc.)

How to work them out?

I have a few of these habits I do deal with when training. I have some of those habits that I have fixed like pivoting on the ball of my foot. That seems to be a common problem that needs to be fixed at the beginning.

The good news is that they can be fixed. It just requires training, and lots of it.

What has really helped is just going over some of issues/scars you know you have, and focusing on not doing them. I focus on trying to change the way I do the drills, strikes, etc.

Then practice, practice, practice is what the doctor ordered. If you flair your arms when you are holding your fists up… work on just tucking your elbows in the entire training session.

Maintenance Week 2

This week has been the second week of maintenance. I have noticed I still have problems getting enough protein in. I also have problems actually eating as many calories as I burn. I am working on it, but I am also trying to eat healthy. I am sure I could stuff myself with terrible foods, but that is not how I eat in general, and I don’t want my calories to be empty.

The key for me seems to be small snacks and meals, that I am going to have to schedule in to make sure I eat.

I am going to work on that, and try to dial it in.

To be honest this is harder than I thought it would be. Just to get the right amount of calories, and hit my macros. But I am going to keep trying.

Weight has been maintained for this last two weeks. I am starting a mini cut again this week. We shall see how this goes.

MACRO AVERAGES
 Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6Day 7AverageGoalDifference
Protein9724511615774111133133.28571421076.71428571
Carbs165221232310110315189220.28571424524.71428571
Fat84108908443957182.142857110926.85714286
           
Calories18042836220226241123255919272153.571432801647.4285714
3/22/2021 to 3/28/2021 Maintenance Week 2

Monday 3/22/2021: Workout: 1 hour running, battle ropes, and weight lifting

I proceeded to kick my own booty the today. COVID-19 is not ending any time soon we can look at all the bad, but I am trying to change the way I look at things. Trying to be more positive.

I just do what I can at home. I have to see the good. And while shark week is here I felt good. I felt I looked ok. Like maybe what I am doing is working. Which is rare on shark week.

So to keep up the positive vibes I took some pictures.

So here is how I kicked my own butt. I came up with this on the fly. I mixed together battle ropes with my weight lifting.

Training:
do these as a superset x3 through
1 set = 40 seconds of battle ropes right into wight lifting

1) single whip battle rope – 40 seconds
2) tripod tricep row x 10 reps each side

3) double whip battle rope – 40 seconds
4) barbell back squats x 10 reps

5) single whip battle rope – 40 seconds
6) kettle bell swings x 1 minute

7) Bulgarian split squats x 10 each leg
8 ) hip thrusters with a resistance band x 15, 12, 10

9) reverse sit-ups x 20
10) sit ups x 20
11) dumbbell side bends x 20

Tuesday 3/23/2021: Training: 1 hour of Muay Thai training

We trained earlier in the day, becaus professor Pedro Sauer was holding a seminar today.

We are so lucky to be able to train around and with such great amazing people.

Thank you Khun Kru Krysta for a great class again.

Training:
1)jab, cross, jab
2) feed for H

3) scoop the Teep, rear kick, lead kick, cross, hook, rear kick
4) held pads for H

5) incoming rear kick, cut kick inner lead leg, rear kick outer lead leg, lead kick torso, hook, rear kick ( this is my favorite, I liked the feeling/flow of the back and forth)
6) held pads for H

7) parry the incoming cross, return cross, hook, rear elbow, rear knee, rear kick
8 ) held pads for H

9) full Inosanto 18 count- scoop the Teep, rear kick, lead kick, cross, hook, rear kick, incoming rear kick, cut kick inner lead leg, rear kick outer lead leg, lead kick torso, hook, rear kick, parry the incoming cross, return cross, hook, rear elbow, rear knee, rear
10) held pads for H

This drill is all about countering, teeps, countering kicks, and countering punches, and immediacy returning a 4 count strike or more.

Wednesday 3/24/2021: Workout: 58 minute rowing and 1000 reps Ab Challenge

Good Wednesday afternoon! Life gets busy some days (work, errands, kids, family) and then the weather does not cooperate so wedge your workout in where you can.

I just did a 38 minute 6 kilometer advanced rowing workout and Dana Linn Bailey’s 1000 rep ab challenge. Spoiler alert I got through 500 before my back started to hurt. Gotta listen to my back or my scoliosis will cause trouble.

I only mention these things to show I too have days where things are not cooperating. Or my body is acting up. 🤣

Training:
1) interval training rowing
2) DLB 1000 reps ab challenge goal is to do 100 of each ( I did 50 of each for a total of 500, but will work on getting to 1000)
a) V up
b) plank opposite elbow to knee
c) reverse curl
d) left high side plank hip dips
e) right high side plank hip dips
f) alternating jack knife
g) hollow body flutter kicks
h) laying heel touch
i) Russian twist
j) laying leg raise

Thursday 3/25/2021: Training: 1 hour of Muay Thai training

Thursday’s are hard day for me. I am up at 4 am for work and then I have the usual family/life/kids stuff to do.

Needless to say I am tired. Oh and does my body feel it. Friday’s are now my rest days and I am so looking forward to it.

Class was fantastic today and I loved working the pads. I was able to practice flying elbows. So here is the deal. When you are trying to land a flying anything (elbow, knees, teep, kicks) you have to throw your body into it. That is hard when you are not 12 anymore because you are old enough to know what it’s like to get hurt, how long it takes to heal, and you have obligations to adult things. So my issue has been my reservation not thoow my body into something that may break it. Today I just did it! Yay!?!

Thank you Khun Kru Krysta for a great class, and for kicking our butts!

Training:
Jump rope to warm up
1)jab, catch, jab – cross, parry, cross – hook, cross, hook
2) feed for H

3) scoop the Teep, rear kick, lead kick, cross, hook, rear kick
4) held pads for H

5) incoming rear kick, cut kick inner lead leg, rear kick outer lead leg, lead kick torso, hook, rear kick ( this is my favorite, I liked the feeling/flow of the back and forth)
6) held pads for H

7) parry the incoming cross, return cross, hook, rear flying elbow, rear knee, rear kick
8 ) held pads for H

9) full Inosanto 18 count- scoop the Teep, rear kick, lead kick, cross, hook, rear kick, incoming rear kick, cut kick inner lead leg, rear kick outer lead leg, lead kick torso, hook, rear kick, parry the incoming cross, return cross, hook, rear elbow, rear knee, rear
10) held pads for H

This drill is all about countering, teeps, countering kicks, and countering punches, and immediacy returning a 4 count strike or more.

Saturday 3/27/2021: Training: 2 hours of training, 1 hour of Muay Thai, 1 hour of Kali

Today was a great day of training. It was beautiful outside, and it was wonderful being in the gym today.

We got a chance to work on:
A) Destructions
B ) Siko 4 ways
C) Wind shield wiper defense, mousing the arm
D) Parry and mousing the arm

It was awesome! We have not done these in a while and it was awesome to get back into these moves.

I am terribly bad at the wind shield wiper bock, parry, return strike. I am going to have to work on it.

Thank you Kun Kru Krysta!

Muay Thai Training:

1) jump rope

2) jab, cross, opponent parries both ( stand your ground no backing up)
3) parrying your opponents jab and cross (stand your ground)

4) parry incoming cross, mouse the inside bicep/tricep
5) feed H so he can practice

6) windshield wiper, parry, return inside mouse strike to bicep/tricep
7) feed H so he can practice

8 ) parry cross, mouse arm, cover incoming hook, fence, and either (run knees, dump, elbow, what ever works)
9) feed H so he can practice

10) Siko 4 destructions- parry jab into your elbow, parry cross, into your elbow, shuffle in to spear elbow the pectoral muscle
11) fed for H so he can practice

12) parry the jab, Siko the cross/destruction, high elbow cover the hook, catch the lead leg round house, either ( destroy the leg with elbow spike, or spinning back elbow
13) fed for H so he can practice

Kali: double stick and single stick
1) warmed up with height and low forehand and backhand.

2) middle box , with three different strikes at the incoming # 4 – double drop stick, low wing, low shield

3) middle box with single stick

Sunday 3/28/2021: Training: 2 hours of boxing free feeding, and sparring

Today we did free feeding of the focus mitts for just boxing. We have some injuries in our group we are training around. So we just focused on boxing, speed, flow, countering, and responding.

I need to work on those training scars I have:
(scars= training habits that you need clean up/ new info)

1) I used to just slowly walk back when done with a drill so now I am…Shuffling back before lateral back.
2) I used to at end of drill dropping hands … now I try to keep hands up at temples at all times
3) I was getting in my head when I make a mistake… now I try to make that mistake, note it, move on not let my opponent know I made a mistake.
4) after cross pull hand back low… now I am conscious and try to remember to bring back to my temple


Do you have any training scars that you can pin point?

How do you train to try to train out of those habits?

I am going to keep training. I am going to keep trying to out train some of my habits or training scars. I am going to keep putting the time in on the mat.

I am also not giving up on the mini cut, and maintenance weeks. I am going to keep dialing in food intake and macros. I am not by any means perfect but I am working on being better every week.

I hope you all have a fantastic week. I hope you guys get out there and get some exercise in. Let me know if you liked this post by hitting the like button. If you want to talk to me, please feel free to comment. If you want to see my adventures right away please subscribe. My day to day stuff can be seen at @sharpcupcak on instagram.

An exciting new opportunity to work with another brand came in I will be posting about it later this week. I am amazed they reached out to me because I already have loved this brand for years. Stay tuned…

As always remember, Don’t Photo Edit, Just Go Get It!

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