So in this time of toilet paper, and hand sanitizer shortages. Shortages on meat, shelf stable staples (rice, noodles, beans, canned goods), and water. (This is the case at least in the good old U.S.A.) I noticed the foods that are readily available still are the highly processed granola bars, terrible chips/snacks (although those are going quickly too), fresh veggies, and the healthy food section.
I am going to put up recipes in this Fueling My Body During COVID-19 Shortages, that utilize the health foods (such as chia, vegan protein powders, quinoa and the likes), veggies that are getting left behind, and other products it looks like people are not using.
Interesting to note, the first pastas to go were the spaghetti and angel hair pasta. The linguine were left behind, people were not buying it. Do they not know you can still use that pasta in many pasta dishes? Even substitute it in spaghetti dishes. It may not be traditional but it will still feed you and your family.
So for today I made a berry chia coconut pudding. Aside from the coconut milk which I was out of. All these ingredients I regularly have in my pantry. Because I love to use them in my foods.
Enough with the expounding or lets be honest my prattling on, here is the recipe.
Berry Chia Coconut Pudding
6 tablespoons/ 60grams of Chia seeds
1 tablespoon/23 grams of honey
1/4 cup/20 oz of coconut milk
1 whole/108 grams of ripe banana
1 cup/131 grams of frozen berries
1 tsp/15 grams yogurt (omit for dairy free, vegan)
2 tbs/20 grams frozen berries
pinch of desiccated coconut
Blend together a banana, and a cup of frozen berries. If you need to splash a little coconut milk in it to allow for better pureeing.
Measure out chia seeds, and milk and mix together in a bowl.
Pour in fruit blend. Taste… it is plenty sweet with the fruit, but I wanted a more dessert like taste for this so I added the 1 tbs of honey to the mixture.
If you are going to make it pretty spoon it in to the individual serving cups
Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight like I did.
Serve alone, it is delicious, or add berries, yogurt if you have it and desiccated coconut.
Yield: 6 servings
Calories 696, Fat 37 g, Fiber 35.8 g, Carbs 85.1 g, Sodium 9.5 mg, Protein 14.8 g
It is delicious. My entire family loved it. This is a great thing to make ahead of time, for meal prepping. It will last covered for up to 7 days in the refrigerator, if it lasts that long, because my family will eat it all before 7 days are up.
This is gluten free, vegetarian, and without the yogurt dairy free and vegan.
Lets use this time, when we are unsure of what is happening in our world. When the normal foods we eat are not around, or being snapped up fast. Lets try some new things if this is new to you. If its not help your loved one try out the “new healthy” foods. They may like them, and we will come out of this pandemic hopefully healthier, and with healthier eating habits.
Thank you for reading and I will post more recipes of healthy foods I make with what I can find at the grocery store. Tell me what you think and if you have any questions. Stay kind to each other, and help your neighbors. Stay safe and strong.
So this week has been a roller coaster. I am in the U.S.A. We have been watching the CORVID 19 unfold, and the fact that it turned into a pandemic.
We watched as Italy completely shut down and quarantined the entire nation. We watched as more and more cases were found in America.
As such our work life has been upset, and changed due to the changes we have witnessed. We are lucky. My husband can work from home and do his job still. Where I am a service worker, work at a bakery and work with children. My job with children has been suspended, and my bakery work I can at least go in before the store is opened and get some work done there.
School for us has not been disrupted, because I home school my kids. I am lucky there as well because I have friends that have kids that are now staying home for 1 month because schools have been closed.
We have witnessed people freaking out, buying all the toilet paper, all the hand sanitizer, all the soap, and now food here in the USA, and around the world. I have read, and read a great deal. I have read everything I can get my hands on. I like to be informed so I can make the right decision for my family. I started preparing as soon as I saw what was happening in Asia, Iran and Italy. We have been socially distancing ourselves since Monday of last week. If I can help flatten the curve then I will do what I can.
I write all of this to say, I have stopped going to the gym, and meeting with my trainers for the time being. I miss them, and miss my training with them. However, I don’t want to be a vector and cause the spread. I don’t want my family to get it and for us to put a burden on our medical system.
I am however going to continue training, after I gathered myself and realized that we are going to be staying home.
Friday 03/13/2020: Running, Shadowboxing, and full body workout
Workout: I went for a 1.25 mile run around my neighborhood, shadow boxed, and did a 10 min…Total Body Exercise Ball Workout…( said in stadium announcers voice)
Forgot to mention it is beautiful outside.
In an effort to flatten the curve my husband and I have been avoiding social activities. That includes our gym. I miss MuayThai and Kali so much. But we are erring on the side of caution and avoiding the gym to try to do our part in the stopping of the spread of COVID 19.
With the situation the way it is I don’t want to lose the progress I have made. (Yeah my brain is going there on me.) So I have decided to get what training I can in. I ran and did a total body workout.
Swiss ball workout: 9 exercises 45 seconds each for 10 mins total
1) Swiss ball hamstring curl 2) Swiss ball push-ups 3) Swiss ball crunch 4) Swiss ball wall squat/ or just squat traditional 5) Swiss ball inner thigh squeezes 6) Swiss ball back extension 7) Swiss ball tricep push-ups 8 ) Swiss ball abductor lifts left 9) Swiss ball abductor lifts right
I will put link to where I got exercises below. It’s a Fitness Blender routine. Works your muscles out good.
I love this youtube channel. The workouts are free and something you can do at home. They have workouts with and without equipment. I am not sponsored by them. But I know my friends are wondering what they will do while we are trying to keep social isolation.
Saturday 03/14/2020: Running, Shadowboxing, and Full Body Workout
Workout and a ridiculous picture of me. Looking like, “Are you ready to get pumped?” Bwahaha
Ran for half a mile before it started hailing on me.
Then did 3 minutes of shadow boxing.
Full body workout: (exercises that can be done without the ball I will indicate)
45 seconds each
1) Swiss ball pikes
2) Swiss ball sit ups : sit ups
3) Swiss ball rolls: plank on floor
4) Swiss ball adductor leg raises left : laying on side raise up on elbow and balance on one leg raising the other leg
5) Swiss ball adductor leg raises right : laying on side raise up on elbow and balance on one leg raising the other leg
6) Swiss ball reverse crunches with ball between feet : reverse crunches on floor (lift straightened legs and hips completely off ground and straight up
7) Swiss ball pike (raise ball with ankle and legs straight, pike up and grab ball lowering back and bring it back up again grabbing ball with legs) : do a pike on the floor by bringing straight arms and legs up and crunch touching your feet
8 ) Swiss ball hip thrusters (feet on ball thrusting hips up): hip thrusters on the floor
9) Swiss ball push ups (push ups with feet on ball): push ups on the floor
Just cause we are in a pandemic does not mean we can’t still get our bodies moving. ❤️❤️❤️
So to answer the question. During the time of pandemic what do I do? You can do so much now at home. Some of the things I will be doing are, calisthenics, weight lifting if you have the equipment at home, swiss ball workouts, shadow boxing, Kali drills, running outdoors away from the gym. You can still do so much and not be in the company of other humans.
I wrote all of this to say. I am still going to be training. I will put up what I do for training. Things will and have to change for a short time, but I will get back to my normal routine when I can. I am socially distancing myself for the good of all. I hope you all stay safe and healthy. Thank you for reading.
This last weeks martial arts week of training post is a little late. I have been a bit tired, and I did not realize how tired. When we were prepping for this test we were doing extra training before and after classes. We have been pushing our bodies to get them to be ready.
My trainer Tony said that a fighter after a hard fight will need to rest for 2 weeks after sometimes. This is our first week after the test that happened Thursday 02/27/2020. Really We only took 3 days off before the Thursday I just could not make myself train.
I ended up doing a Tuesday class, then Thursday my body said no… you need to sleep. I listened and just slept. So our last week of training was light, but still awesome.
I got to teach a class on Saturday. That was fun, and a great learning experience.
Tuesday 03/03/2020: 3 hours of Muay Thai, Kali
3 hours of training Muay Thai and Kali. Thank you Khun Kru Kfor a fantastic classes.
Muay Thai: It was a fun class today. We worked on all the knees. My favorite knee is the knee number 2 side in Striking knee, also known to some as the Michael Jackson knee.
Kali: Wow we went to the next level. Instead of dealing with strike with say a hunting/scissors and just one strike. We deal with the incoming strike with a 7 count that changes levels, and distances due to us using Espada y Daga/sword and knife. Then we did that same thing of the 1 -5 strikes and a knife attack coming at us where we outside deflect and diss arm the assailant.
So much fun tonight.
Friday 03/06/2020: 1 hour of Muay Thai
1 hour of Muay Thai training. I stayed home yesterday cause my body was tired.
We started with 2 rotations of these: 1) 2 to 3 shadow box hits with a jiu jitsu sprawls 2) wide stance burpees 3) traveling lunges 4) hip thrusters on the floor 5) walk out from squat, (squat and walk hands forward into plank) 6) crouched bouncing squats (bounce on the balls of your feet, letting your butt hit your heels) 7) super men 8 )bear crawl 9) in and and out push ups
Muay Thai training: 1) Walking kicks in the pads all the way down the gym and back 2) double leg kicks where you have to travel a little to close the distance between the rapid kicks on pads all the way down the gym and back 3) lead teep to flying elbows all the way down the mat and back ( I was getting air on those)
Then we sparred. I notice for me sparring after the Thai test is so different. It feels more like play to me. Pow pow pow 💥, loose and fun. Not have to get kicks or knees in I can just look for openings or draw openings out of my opponents. So yay!
Video is one of my trainers Tony listen to how hard he hits, also look at how smooth his movements are. Goals to get more like him and Khun Kru K. This is the measuring stick I measure myself by. I put up my videos of myself and I am not near this level yet.
Thank you 🙏 for the awesome class Tony.
Saturday 03/07/2020: 1 hour of Muay Thai
1 hour of Muay Thai. I taught the class today. Thank you JD for the help. My thoughts at the bottom.
Warm up: 1) Jump rope 3 min 2) Shadow box 3 min
Thai: 1) Lead to rear 4 count 2) Rear to lead 4 count 3) Boxing 20
Cool down: abs 1) Frog style hip thrusters 1 min 2) Swiss ball pikes 1 min 3) Swiss ball crunches butt hanging off targeting upper abs 1 min 4) Swiss ball crunches but abs leg on ball upper body hanging off targeting the lower and upper abs 1 min 5) Concentric sideways walking planks down and back
I have noticed that there are different types that come to any classes I teach. In cake and pastry I command the class because I know what I am doing. I have been in the business for so long.
However, in Thai class I changed up what I was doing to make a person happy. I am new to teaching Muay Thai. So I feel like I should honor requests. However some people are kind of bossy. 😆
I am learning as I go. Even if I make lots of mistakes teaching.
Looking back on my week, I see when we tested and how much time we took off or did not take off. That is why I write this down, and document it. Sometimes if I take a look back I realize why my body is doing what it is doing. I can then be more forgiving of to my body if I understand.
If you read this far, thank you for reading. I hope you have a great week ahead, and keep working on being the best person you can be. Tomorrow starts the new week of training. I am going to have to figure out a way to get a run in at least 3 days a week.
This is not a sponsored review. This is just a review of a bra I tried, and hoped would finally be the answer. I bought both of these bras.
Here is a link to the website. SheFit Apparently you get a coupon for $10.00 off. That is nice.
Here is the short answer. I tried both the High Impact bra and the Medium Impact bra. I LOVE THEM!
If you don’t know, I lead an active lifestyle, I practice Muay Thai, and other martial arts, I run, I weight lift and am always doing something. I needed a good bra to keep the girls locked and loaded.
Now if you want to hear the why love them, please keep reading.
What was I looking for?
I was looking for a bra that was supportive. Yes but what does supportive mean to me? When I exercised I did not have to wear 2 to 3 at a time. I did not have pain when jumping or plyometrics. I wanted one that would fit my cup size and my band measurements. Believe it or not we women are not all made the same, and sometimes we are even half sizes, in band measurement and cup size. So this was an ongoing search for me. I assume an ongoing search for most women.
Did this bra meet the above criteria?
Yes! Yes, yes, yes… it really did.
Ok so the fabric and the manufacturing is such that it holds you tight and does not move once you are cinched in. Now this may sound band but it is not. Because of he manufacturing and the fabric I don’t feel the need for multiple bra’s.
The bra adjust in the shoulder bands, and around the under bust, or chest band. So you can adjust it to your body. It works for half sizes, quarter sizes and everything in between.
For lack of better terms the mass of your breasts move with your body, not counter to your body movements.
What did I buy?
1 high impact bra, and 1 medium impact bra
For reference I am a 38 D. I chose the 1 Luxe size for both the high impact and the medium impact.
If you look closely the high impact bra has extra darts across the breast. This is added structure and form to keep everything locked down. There is a zipper cover for both the top and bottom of the bra. Great addition to the bra. Normally I see only one zipper cover on the bottom of other sports bra brands.
The high impact bra is the most supportive sports bra I have used. This bra is fantastic for running, HIIT, and any other high impact sports. This bra holds you in tight. Does not have a lot of give.
The medium impact bra does not have the extra darts/fabric across the breast. It has the same zipper covers. The support for their medium impact bra is what the competition say is the high impact.
This bra is great for running, and HIIT. The medium impact bra is great for martial arts. It has a little more give, so I feel I can move around better.
Come with their own garment washing bag. Very quick turn around. 2 business days.
Use the same adjustment and cinching/sizing
They both come with a mesh washing bag so that you can wash your bra properly in the machine without it getting damaged. The mesh bags were each different from the last one. I only bought two but both were different. So out of my sample size 100 out of 100% different.
Fit true to size chart on website.
Both came to me in about 2 business days, so super fast shipping.
Both came with a tape measure if you have any problems with your sizing so that you can measure and send back your bra to get the correct size. If you don’t need it you can gift it to a friend to use and it has coupon for them to get some money off their first bra.
Both came with a hair tie that had positive affirmations on it.
The medium impact is as controlling as a high impact bra from other manufacturers like Champion.
The medium impact is great for every day wear.
Buttery feel on skin.
More range of movement
High impact is fantastically built.
Can be stiff at the beginning but it conforms to your body after a workout.
Great for HIIT workout, for running, for high impact sports.
Felt more confining which is what you need in an high impact bra, so less range of movement.
Would I buy this bra again? The answer is yes. A million times yes. It does everything I need it to do. Your girls will be locked and loaded, front and center. No more pain when jumping, no more errant breast flesh flying. It does what you need it to do. Nothing can hold you back from being the warrior women you are, and want to be.
Let me know if you liked this review or if you have any questions. Thank you for reading, and keep working to be the best you that you can be.
So this weeks post is a little different. I normally post a Martial Arts Week post. However, this week ended in a culmination of a test. The hardest Muay Thai test I have ever attempted in my journey. I have been prepping for it about 4 to 5 months.
We have been doing extra pad rounds. We have been working on our technique, and our cardio. We have been doing test rounds to get used to the test, and upcoming pad rounds.
We have been talked to, discussed strategy, tried to recreate the test as best we can. But ohh boy that adrenaline drop, you cannot recreate that. Not exactly as it is this first time.
I have been nervous about this test. I have been working on making my everything better. The nervous anticipation has been ramping up, and this last week has been super hard. Its great that I have been busy.
However, beginning of this week… my nerves shot through the roof. The night before all I could tell myself was what I told myself before a big test in school.
“I know what I know, there is no way to cram more in.” “Khun Kru would not let me test if I was not ready.” ” It is what it is, I can only do my best to pass and see what happens.”
That was all I could tell myself, but that did not stop the creeping doubt. It just staved it off Wednesday night. No training, just working at work.
Day of test:Thursday 02/27/2020
I go to work at 4:30 am. I have to get my orders done and then get home. Being busy helps to keep the mind off of the looming test.
But once I got home. I had to make sure I had all the equipment I needed. The hour before the test, I felt a little nauseous. All I could think was. I don’t want to fail the technique demo, the boxing 20, Thai 15, and I don’t want to fail the test rounds.
At the Gym:
Everyone was encouraging. Everyone was telling us we had this. I was happy, and appreciative of the positive
I see that Shane is going to be feeding my first round. That is when the fear set in. This dude is called action hero for a reason. His physique is amazing. he is built and hard to move. Full of muscles and I have trained with him before. Checking kicks from with Thai pads on left me with bruises on my shins for weeks. I love the man but he is terrifying.
I sat at the corner, and my coach Tony told me to sit back/lean back and relax. I sat back but relaxing was not easy to do. He told me to keep my feet on the floor and, “have you ever been sky diving?”
Coach Tony, “well when you jump out of the plane you can’t get back into it. You will keep going. You have to do this now.”
Me: I just nod.
The music/drums are going, the bell rings, and the adrenaline drops. My vision narrows. I don’t hear and see anyone else. Just Shane who is feeding me. I start kicking and getting knees in. He is teeping me. I know he is. I feel the impact but not the pain. I feel the torso kicks but not the pain. I know they are landing, but my adrenaline is pumping so hard, I don’t feel a thing.
I get through the round to my surprise. I did not realize how much the adrenaline drop takes out of your energy reserves. I felt like it was a 30% drop in my reserves, and my cardio preparedness.
When the round stopped, my corner team guided me back to the corner, and it was good thing they did. I don’t know that I would have gotten there myself. I half heard what Tony and Jorge were saying. They asked me if I needed anything. I could not even tell if I did. Tony was massaging my legs and calves. There was a haze. I could not see anything else but what was in front of me.
The bell goes off again, and I am off. The second round felt like I was drowning. I used to be a competitive swimmer. I have done many races, competed in hundreds of meets. Never felt like this. I had to keep going. I could barely hear the people yelling. All I could see and hear was Khun Kru Krysta in front of me. All I knew was I had to keep going, no matter how many times I was hit. I could not even get a shield in. I just had to keep going.
The ending bell goes off and I am done. I finished. I did my best. She gave me a hug, and they led me back to the chair, and my corner. I just wanted to get my gloves off. But my training paid off. I was gassed but recovered after about 30 seconds. Yay for training. I did not know how my numbers were at the time. I was just happy to be done.
I was shocked to hear my numbers. It was surreal to be done.
This test consists of:
Technique demo ( kicks, elbows, knees, teeps)
Boxing 20 drill
Thai 15 count drill
The the pad rounds. 2 x 3 minute round with 1 minute rest between.
you must get 60 kicks and 40 knees per round to pass
My rounds numbers:
First round 70 kicks 45 knees
Second round 82 kicks 47 knees
82 kicks on the second round! That is nuts.
We were congratulated by everyone. There was a lot of clapping and cheering. It was amazing. We all three of us who were training passed the test. Woot!!!
Khun Kru Krysta said when awarding our red pra jiad, “Sometimes our tests are to see what you know, this test is for US to show you what you know.”
That will be something that something that stays with me for the rest of my life. I was honored to receive my red student level 2 pra jiad/armband after the test. (note: you can see the progression chart below)
This is a milestone, because at this point my instructors/gym said we are able to with the proper training now, to go into the ring and fight if we want to. That our coaches and trainers will corner us if we so choose to go down that path.
The next day: Friday 02/28/2020
I was sore, in a way that I have been working out and my body is tired. I was just tired. I wanted to rest. We took it as a rest day. My trainers and coaches said to rest. We did not have to be told twice.
I wanted to rest for several reasons.
Physical: My body was tired, it was telling me to rest and recuperate. I was sore and tired.
Mental: We had been training for months for this test. I just wanted a break. We no longer had this test looming over us. I did not have to think about what it meant, what I had to do, and how I would have to perform to pass. It was a huge weight off my shoulders.
Reward: For hard work we passed, and we were able to just rest.
I thought hrm… I am not to bad off. My ankle was a little pissed at me but other than sore, tired, and muscle aches I was ok.
We did absolutely nothing, and it was wonderful. We went out for Pho for lunch and the broth and veggies were absolutely wonderful.
Training day: Saturday 02/29/2020
We were back at it. This time just for an hour. I was still tired and slightly sore but over all doing well.
Boy did I learn something. I was slightly sore, I just wanted to be lazy. That was my bodies way of telling me hey, we still need to rest. We start doing pad rounds and every hit to my torso was painful. Not in a way that I am dying. But in a way that yeah I was teeped there a lot, I had two people kicking me in the torso there. So every knee, teep, or kick I could feel it. I could feel parts of my abductors that were damaged not horribly but would make themselves known when they were met with impact.
Its funny laying on the couch or in the bed or even sitting, did not reveal these little fun pains.
Don’t get me wrong I could handle it, I was just amazed. I thought I had gotten out of the test pretty unscathed.
Oh and my ankle feels a little jammed or annoyed. Not certain, but does not feel terribly off. Just need to let it rest and stop irritating it.
I learned something knew about the test. The required kicks and knees are part of it, but each test is individualized to a certain extent. When we were training, we were told to keep our numbers close to the 60 kicks and 40 knees, because it showed that we were doing well at managing our time and pace. So when I got 10 and 20 more than I needed for the test part of me worried that I did it wrong.
My trainer wanted to test me on my resolve, and my ability to avoid over thinking things. Because you see, I get into my own head. I mess something up and it had in the past derailed me. If I get hit I think, “wow I should have shielded that, I messed up.” Or I think, “wow I failed to get the flow right on that technique.” Damn It! I get down on myself and tell myself I could do better but then it makes me stop. I know I need to fix this and just keep going.
So she wanted me to keep going, when I was completely gassed, and almost unable to keep going, she wanted to see what I would do. Would I get into my head. Would I put my hands down and just stop? I did not and I kept going. I told myself the day of and right before the test rounds. “Do not think. Just do. Do what you trained for. Just do it.” I did not want to over think thinks.
She told me as well, that she knew I could take a beating and keep going. It was the test of how much in my head would I be, and could I keep from over thinking things.
This was an amazing test, and I feel like I have passed a hurdle, and as silly as it sounds, I feel like I can progress even more now. I have come to a check point and I am now at a different level. It all might be psychosomatic and just something in my head. But I will take it.
I am going to take this momentum and keep going. I am going to keep running, keep training, keep learning and most of all keep learning to avoid getting into my own head, and getting down on myself.
I recorded each of our test pad rounds. There were three of us testing for our red pra jiad this test. Here they are if you are interested.
Thank you for reading. I hope you success in all the of you endeavors, and tests in the future.
Up for me next: more training, more conditioning and getting ready for the Thai Camp this summer.
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This is my last week to train up before the big test. To say I am worried, even scared I will fail is a bit of an understatement. Everyone will be watching, but I am going to keep training, and try to be as ready as I can.
I have a week of training ahead of me, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. After this week it is active rest till Thursday of the next week. My trainer said she wants us to take a break before the test so that we are fresh.
I have been training for months for this test so here is hoping. I know that the test is designed to be hard, and to test you. It is physically challenging, mentally challenging when you get hit, and modulating yourself when the adrenaline dumps is going to be tough so you don’t gas yourself on the first round. I am going to do my absolute best, and put everything else out of my mind.
Tuesday 02/18/2020: 3 hours of Muay Thai and Kali
3 hours of training Muay Thai and Kali. Woot what a fun night. Thank you Khun Kru Krysta for two great classes.
Pad rounds before class
Thai class: 1) Jab, cross, rear kick combo 2) Jab, lead horizontal elbow, rear side in elbow, rear inward knee, teep 3) Catch kick combos, return quad spike, knee to hamstring, cross stomp the knee, side kick the leg. 4) Catch kick combo, with leg pass and 4 count afterwards.
Kali class: We worked on open box, to open box flowing into what ever disarms we could get through the flow. I like the 7 arm bar series personally. And the kumbiata switch to leaver on shoulder and smash trachea/chin.
Then we worked on sword and shield. Took a video of it we have not worked on this in a few months. But it came back to us and it was super fun.
What a great night.
Thursday 02/20/2020: 3 hours of Muay Thai
2 hours of Muay Thai practice. Thank you 🙏 Tony for the great class.
Pad rounds before class
We warmed up with- 3x each exercise 1) high knee opposite punches 2) mountain climbers 3) jumping jacks
(This is assuming both people are orthodox fighters, if one of them is south paw then the logic differs, on which catch to do to protect the liver.)
1) jab, cross, rear teep, lead teep
2) catch a incoming rear kick with lead arm and a small step onto your rear foot instead of a slide, pass it and return a rear kick
3) catch lead kick with your rear arm, lateral back with your lead leg, turning your body away from the kick, (this distributes the force along your lower back and hip, saving you liver), pass the kick and return a rear kick from your temporary south paw stance?
4) rear knee, lead knee, rear flying knee
5) lead teep, rear teep, fake with lead teep to execute rear aerial knee called Hanuman Climbing the Mountain.
The break through with the last rear aerial knee for me was, that I realized it is like the crane kick like Mr. Miyagi taught just instead of kick you did a knee. Still need to work on it, and practice, practice, practice. =) So Mr. Miyagi was mostly right.
Cool down and ab work- Shadow boxing
Crunches Flutter Kicks Crunches Scissor kicks Crunches 15 Clockwise and 15 counter clockwise double leg circle
Friday 02/21/2020: 1 hour of Muay Thai
1 hour of Muay Thai training. I am about as tired as this picture looks today. Thank you Tony 🙏 for the class.
Warm up: 45 seconds rapid kicks on the bag 15 sec rest 45 seconds teeps on bag 15 sec rest 45 seconds rapid kicks other leg on bag 15 sec rest 45 seconds teeps on bag 15 sec rest
45 seconds left and right leg kicks in the bag 15 sec rest 45 seconds skip knees 15 sec rest 45 seconds left and right leg kicks in the bag 15 sec rest 45 seconds skip knees
Drills: Step in jab, cross Jab Lead teep Flying switch knee
Jab, cross, hook Catch incomming rear kick, Return a jab Shrug off and let go of leg pushing opponent back into ropes Immediately throw a flying knee into opponent on ropes
Then we did rounds of sparring just boxing first, and then legs and punches
Saturday 02/22/2020: 2 hours of Muay Thai
2 hours of Muay Thai practice. Thank you 🙏 so much Khun Kru Krysta for the test prep and the really fun class.
Test: Technique demo Thai 15 count Boxing 20 count 2 x 3 min test rounds with 30 seconds rest ( goal is 60 kicks 40 knees minimum for each round) (all the while the feeder is kicking and hitting you back)
My numbers for test rounds: first round – 76 kicks 46 knees second round – 77 kicks and 45 knees
Class: We worked on the entire Inosanto 18 count. I don’t have the permission to publish, and I would want to ask first anyway. But it involves knees, elbows, kicks, and punches in a flow.
Whew I am exhausted now!
9 hours of training this week. Next week is our test. It has been highly recommended by our trainer/coach to rest up the next few days. So we will rest Sunday and Monday, we will train lightly Tuesday, and then we will rest Wednesday, just so we can be fresh for Thursday our test.
I feel better after our last training session and our test rounds. Here is hoping I am ready. =)
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New week new training. WOOOOOO… nah… this week did not start like that. I like everyone, I assume, have off weeks…. Er lets say off days. I try not to let it color my entire week. When I feel like I don’t want to be there, for what ever reason, I still get my butt into the gym. Barring a injury that requires rest or some horrible plague that has taken me down. But the general doldrums I don’t let dictate my training.
As strict with my kiddos as I am, I do the same to myself. So I tell myself to get to it, and get to work.
Enough blathering on. On to the training.
Tuesday 02/11/2020: 2.5 hours of Muay Thai and Kali class
We started off with pad rounds. I held for H, and he held for me. I drug my butt up off the mat and made myself focus on my martial art.
In Muay Thai we worked more on the knee counter strikes. We started last week with, the arm posting on the bicep of opponent, then we did the shielding the knee. Today we worked on the ball room dancing dump off of the lead knee from opponent.
Ball room dancing dump:
When opponent knees you with lead knee. Step deep into their box, grab knee with rear hand, grab their lat around back with lead hand. Like you are hugging them with one arm. Then twist them over your leg that is behind their rear leg.
If done right this will dump them on the ground. It is pretty fast when you get the flow in.
We also did a drill that was fun. I was able to get a head kick regularly.
Jab, lead knee, cross, lead head kick.
I was repeatedly getting head kicks in! Head kicks! So that is a thing. I never thought I would be able to do a head kick. Not in a million years. Because you know… I am short. Vertically Challenged as some of my friends say.
Kali we worked on the high box and disarms, to take downs. Also…never snake a blade! It’s a good rule of thumb. (snake is when you disarm a person only using your arm and hand instead of the vin where you use the weapon to help you disarm the opponent)
She mentioned with the high box you strike, move it, strike it, move it. It was a great way to think about it.
Thank you Khun Kru Krysta for the great classes.
Thursday 02/13/2020: 1.5 hours of Muay Thai
I have my gyms level one test coming up. This includes a technique drill, Thai 15 count, Boxing 20, and the 2 x 3 minute rounds of 60 kicks and 40 knees each round. All the while getting kicked and hit by the feeder.
I have trepidation about this test. It is designed to be hard, and to test your abilities and resolve. I have been training for it. However, I don’t want to fail. I really want to pass.
We did pad rounds with Tony before class. With only 15 seconds rest time. He liked my hooks, lead and rear hooks. I felt good, flowing through kicks, knees, elbows and punches.
Muay Thai Training:
plus sign foot work with jab cross
Opponent throws a jab, you parry, cross you parry, a switch knee, you post on their bicep, you throw a cross, you throw a rear kick
Elbow check the body kick 3 times and on the third one you step in and eat the kick but at their knee level, and return a cross to their chest simultaneously. Followed by a lead to rear 4 count.
Clench over under, with a off balance, and knee
Friday 02/14/2020: 2 hours of Muay Thai
2 hours of Muay Thai training today. Thank you Tony Kap Kun Ka for the fantastic class.
Today was all about the mad ups. We started with conditioning with kettle bells, then knees to flying knees, and then finished with abs.
So I have only done flying knees once before. I went from barely getting off the ground today to some mad ups. Pictures and video so I could see.
Kettle bell conditioning:
40 seconds for each exercise with 20 seconds rest between. Do all exercise in three rounds.
Kettle bell swings
Kettle bell goblet squats
Right arm tricep rows
Left arm tricep rows
Double thrust burpees
Thai: Drill #1 1) jab, rear leg kick 2) jab, cross, rear leg kick 3) jab, cross, hook, rear leg kick 4) rear uppercut, lead hook, rear leg kick
I was so tired after our conditioning warm up. My shoulders were burning trying to keep my hands up during this drill.
Drill #2 Two walking knees, then a flying knee, followed by a flying knee burn out for last 30 seconds.
Thank you Khun Kru Krysta For working with me.
Ab workout: 40 seconds each for two rounds Pike ups Reverse crunches Flutter kicks High flutter kicks
Saturday 02/15/2020: 2 hours of Muay Thai
2 hours of Muay Thai Training we got to the gym and I sunned myself while I stretched, then Khun Kru Krysta had us practice the skills test, boxing 20, Thai 15, then the two rounds of testing with thirty seconds of squat jumps between.
Then we worked on catching kicks, follow up Striking of catches kicks, and countering opponents catching your kicks.
Key things to remember when catching kicks:
(For me to remember- cinch up on the leg)
Strikes to do when you have caught a kick:
Knee the hamstring
Spike elbow the quad
Cross Stomp the opponents supporting leg/knee
Side kick the opponents leg
Round house to the thigh
Outside cross to step to dump them
Pass/Throw leg, return a 4 count
Spinning back elbow, while holding onto the leg
Counters to do when some one catches your round house:
Walk out – turn your knee down and walk your foot out
Foot Jab – turn our knee and foot jab on hip bone
Weave – weave foot inside and push with knee
Clench/climbing downward flying elbow –
if they catch closer to your knee, clench up, jump up and while pushing all your weight down into their arm, come down with elbow.
Whew I am exhausted!
8 hours of training this week. Whew I feel it. My body is tired, and I am looking forward to the rest days. I had a great week. I started off not so great, but it turned around. I was able to get mad ups and actually do a flying knee. I can do it! Woot!
I honestly saw the set up of the flying knees that my coach wanted us to do, and I did not think I could do it. I kept working at it till I did. Then we went home.
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