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Training Martial Arts 03/29/2021: Fighting for your life vs Fighting like you are in the ring

So my instructor is fantastic about teaching not only the in the ring legal strikes, but she also teaches as she calls it the behind the 7-Eleven fighting. Behind the 7-Eleven fighting is that fighting when you are fighting for your life. Understanding the use of force and what level of force you need to use when you are training is important. I have noticed that new students often don’t understand what force to use right away. They seem to lay on either side of the line. A new student will use to little force because they are worried about hurting some one. On the other hand a new student will use all their force and not have the control necessary to pull the punches.

Ring/training

In the ring, you want to score points. You want the judges to see you make contact so that you can win the fight. In the ring you cannot reap your opponent. Once your opponent goes down you have to break off.

In training, we aim for the meaty parts of our training partners. We are not trying to destroy each other. We want our training partners to keep training with us. If I were to destroy my partners knee when I train with him, he won’t be happy and won’t be able to train with me. But if I am trying to

Behind the Convenience Store

In the back of a convenience store, you are fighting for your life. You are aiming at joints. You are trying to disable the assailant. You are trying to make it difficult for the assailant continue on, to follow you, to keep fighting.

At this point you want to make sure you live and they stop. Whether you incapacitate the assailant, or at the worst case you stop them completely you are not playing in the same field.

Why distinguishing force it important?

This differentiation is important because you have to know what your situation is and know what sort of force to use at the time.

I would not want to permanently physically maim my opponent in the ring.

However, if I were fearing for my life, I would have to use enough force to at the least disable the assailant. Also in an instance where you are in fear of your life using enough force to make the assailant hesitant to continue their attack is ideal.

Now this is my understanding, but here seems to lay the difference between Muay Boran and Muay Thai. Muay Boran is the original martial unarmed martial art of Thailand. Additionally Kabri Kabroong was the martial art with weapons developed in Thailand. Both these martial arts were taught to soldiers and the best of the best in Muay Boran was recruited into the royal guard.

Muay Thai is the more modern of the two. Muay Thai is a martial art used in the ring.

With this in mind, Muay Boran was used to fight their enemies, and they were not worried about maiming or killing their opponents. That is the way of war. Understanding the art of the Muay Thai, and its progenitor Muay Boran, and what the original targets were is I feel important to understanding the art itself. I find that understanding the history helps me understand the strikes.

Understanding what force to use, situational awareness, and the history of the art is paramount in my opinion to understanding, practicing, and passing on the art.

Mini Cut Week 1

Ok so this is the start of Mini Cut, week 1.

I honestly thought I did not do so well this week. However, after looking at these numbers and my averages…
I almost met the fat macros.
I was way closer to my protein macro only missed it by 28 grams on average. Yay!
I was way over on my carbs, well 30 over.

But hey on average I hit my calorie requirements. I am still trying to dial in my macros. It seems I did not do as bad as I thought I did.

What has helped I have been trying to make sure I get protein in with little snacks in between meals. I have those little bags of nuts, protein shakes, and protein bars.

MACRO AVERAGES
 Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6Day 7AverageGoalDifference
Protein13318918317198101141145.14285717327.85714286
Carbs295290278271132228225245.571429201-44.57142857
Fat54867299766413583.7142857906.285714286
           
Calories21982690249226591604189226792316.285712306-10.28571429
Mini Cut Week 1

Monday 03/29/2021 Workout: 1 hour 15 minutes- 1 mile run, battle ropes, weight lifting

It is a beautiful Monday morning. 45 degrees F and sunny.

I got my run in, and worked in my garage gym. I am dead.

1 mile run

Weight lifting: each set x3 , done as a superset (superset is both exercises done right after another no break)

1) 45 seconds double whip battle ropes
2) tripod tricep row x 12 each side

3) 45 seconds single whip battle ropes
4) back squats x8 reps

5) 45 seconds double whip battle ropes
6) 1 minute KB swings

7) goblet squats x 12
8 ) standing lateral ab crunches x 12

9) hip thrusters x10
10) reverse crunches x 15

Tuesday 03/30/2021 Training: 1 hour of Muay Thai

We do drills for the sake of drills, so we can work on form in our strikes.

However drills are different from actual fighting. Drills are for muscle memory, and learning the strike but in a fight or out in the real world you most likely won’t be able to string together to gunting and mousing the arm, or windshield wiper block and mouse the inner arm.

But we more likely will parry a shot, bob and weave and then parry and mouse the arm.

So drills are great for training, but sparring is where the drills get put to use.

A) Destructions
B ) Siko 4 ways
C) Wind shield wiper defense, mousing the arm
D) Parry and mousing the arm

I am still bad at the wind shield wiper bock, parry, return strike, but I am getting a little better.

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

Wednesday 03/31/2021 Workout: 45 minutes- 1 mile run, battle ropes, weight lifting

It is a great morning to get out and move. I ran a mile, and did a short workout of battle ropes and weight lifting superset.

I have to work later in the day so I had to cut it short to get the rest of my day going. All the other errands done.

Workout: do this as a superset, no rest between battle ropes and weigh lifting set.
x3 each set

1) single whip 45 seconds
2) back squats x8

3) double whip 45 seconds
4) dead lifts x6

5) single whip 45 seconds
6) Bulgarian split squats x12 each side

Thursday 04/01/2021 Training: 1 hour of Muay Thai

We got to train the same drills that we did on Tuesday. I am still working on my windshield wiper defense and counter attack.

Khun kru gave us a cool drill I can practice on the heavy bag at home for working on my windshield wiper defense.

Drill:
Lead Shoulder bump in windshield stance, uppercut, hook, Rear shoulder bump in windshield stance, hook, ( lather rinse and repeat)

Thank you Kun Kru Krysta for a great class again!

Muay Thai Training:

10 minutes of bag work before class

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

Saturday 04/03/2021 Workout: Training: 2 hours of Muay Thai and Kali

Today was a great day of training. I had a lot of fun and we worked on different kick block with a posted knee, it is more of a destruction to the kick. I forgot the name of the block.

Then we worked on a goofy foot/shin compression drop.

Thank you Khun Kru Krysta for great fun classes.

Training:
1) Jab, catch, jab
2) fed H

3) catch jab, parry cross, inner mouse the tricep or, catch jab, parry the cross, outer mouse the tricep with back hand
4) feed H

5) catch jab, parry cross, return mouse back hand, high block incoming hook, post and push off, brace foot on leg for knee to leg destruction, push opponent, and return lead kick.
6) held pads for H

7) catch jab, parry cross, mouse arm, post high cover hook, destroy the wrist, goofy foot/shin compression and dump.
8 ) held pads for H

Kali:

1) 15 strike, 1 strike, 4 strike, with various blocks for the 4
2) playing with sword and shield and doing the 15, 1, 4 with sword and shield

Ohh and new Yokkao wraps came in!!! Woot!

Sunday 04/04/2021 Workout: 1 mile run, Tabata Battle Rope routine, Heavy Bag training

I ran a mile, took the kids with me while they rode their bikes. It was a little nerv wrecking so that run was different.

Tabata Ropes: 45 seconds on 10 seconds rest 3x each set. No rest between sets.

1) double whip x3
2) single whip x3
3) double rotation x3

30 minutes Heavy Bag work:

I focused on the windshield wiper.

1) Started with- foot work, switching lead leg, switching hand placement

2) Worked on the bag- shoulder bump, foot work, switching lead leg, switching hand placement

3) Finally worked – shoulder bump, uppercut, hook, switch lead leg, shoulder bump, uppercut, hook

Great day outside, and kids attempted the battle ropes. Hahaha


Whether you are training for the ring, or you are training for self defense, understanding the use of force and what your intent is, is paramount to training properly.

Are you fighting in the ring or behind the 7-Eleven? Are you afraid for you life, or are you just trying to score some points and win that shiny new belt?

How do you train? I train for the ring and also for self defense.

Thanks for reading. If you liked this blog post please hit the like button. If you want to follow my adventures subscribe. If you have something you want to say please feel free to comment. I hope you all have a fantastic week.

For day to day stuff you can find me @sharpcupcake on instagram.

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

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