Workout/Martial Arts 03/30/2020: A whole week off for an injury feels like an eternity.

This amused me, hope it did you too. Credit: MuayThaiMemeThai instagram

TLDR: I had to take a week off cause of my scoliosis, and strained my back. I wanted to train, but had to listen to my body because it was screaming at me. The hard part is when you are on the mend and feeling better, but need to take it easy so that it will heal all the way.

Waiting is the pits, we hates it

It may be because the quarantine. It may be because I am so used to training. It is probably both. However, I had to take this last week off because of an injury and it felt like and eternity. This comes from a chronic condition I have had since I can remember. If you are new to my blog, I have scoliosis, or curvature of my spine in my neck and back. I suffered a herniated disk that pushed on my sciatic nerve and had to take months to rehab it.

Because of scoliosis, I have to get regular adjustments to my back and neck just so that nerves don’t get pinched, and I can function without pain. I was training for my gyms Level 1 Muay Thai test, and was feeling great, so I had not visited my chiro in 6 months. I know this statistic because he told me when I went to see him. Lol

The last few months my hip has felt a little out of place. But I trained through it, because it was a minor nag, and nothing that was hindering me. Well last week I finished with a banded dead lift and that hip misalignment along with my scoliosis cased me to strain my back. Yay!?! … no ouch!

If you have never dealt with this kind of issue. Think about a bunch of rubber bands held in tension around your bones, those rubber bands are your muscles and tendons. When your spine is out of alignment, your rubber bands are holding the spine in tension, and sometimes the smallest tweak or wrong movement sends a catalyst of changes that causes the rubber bands to move, and pull things out of line. This causes pinched nerves (tingling, numbness, pain), pain, in ability for the joint to move correctly, and inflammation.

So what did I do to myself:

  1. I had two of my vertebrae in my neck out of alignment.
  2. I had a dislocated rib
  3. My SI joint was out of place
  4. 1 side of my hip was jammed
  5. Other side of my hip was dislocated (note: I can usually tell from slight pain, and I sometimes trip when walking on flat surfaces from misalignment.)

Needless to say, I have been rehabilitating my back. Laying flat, icing, Ibuprofen, plenty of water and went to my chiropractor in this last week. He told me I had not seen him for 6 months. I was doing really well. He was impressed, but I really should have gone in after my Level 1 test to get a tune up.

I am feeling loads better (I have some pain) and plan to be back on my training schedule next week. I may take it slow for the first days to make sure my back is holding up. But for this week I took it easy… even thought it was this side of torture, especially when we can’t get out to do anything else.

If it hurts why do it?

I post day to day updates on my other forms of social media, and was asked why I do this at all. The “this” being Muay Thai, Working out as much as I do, training at all. I am often asked this and one other question. Do I think training like this is hurting my condition/body more?

So lets just address these questions, because there are times where I wonder. I have mulled it over. Often times it happens when I am injured or my painful condition rears its ugly head.

Why do I train Muay Thai, and workout as much as I do?

  1. I do this cause I love the martial art.
  2. I train cause it is great for my body. I feel better over all when I train. My body stays limber, my mind stays sharp, I sleep better, I am learning about a culture I have grown to love, and I feel a sense of accomplishment.
  3. I have fitness goals I want to achieve.
  4. I would love to possibly one day pass on what I have learned. Pass on my love for this art.

Do I think training like this is hurting my scoliosis/body more?

I have wrestled with this question many times. Wondering if I am harming my back more. I can safely say that for me and my body, my Doctor has been amazed at my healing ability, and how flexible I am staying. He says I am leaps and bounds more active than 80% of the people in my age group.

  1. I don’t believe it is hurting my scoliosis more. If anything it is keeping me limber, helping me grow and condition my muscles to support my back more. (Doctors reports tell me I am not, and he is fully aware of my activities)
  2. I will not let my condition define me and stop me from living my life. I have long since decided that I could just sit on the couch. Keeping my back and neck safe. Avoiding things that could hurt it. In the end of my life, what would that life be like? What would I look back on, thinking… well I was safe, and did not hurt anything? That seems sad, to not live life because I am scared to get hurt. That is not to say I don’t stop to think about it some times. I think that is human to re-evaluate.
  3. I am much healthier now. I know how my body felt before I started my fitness journey and how I feel now.

Keep in mind, sore muscles, sore body due to exercise/exertions are completely different than structural damage. If I were damaging my body structurally I would not do that.

Now that I am on the mend waiting is terrible. Anyway thank you for reading, and I hope you and your loved ones stay safe in this pandemic. Get out there and move your body if you can. I will be back at it next week.

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Workout/Martial Arts 03/23/2020: We exert so much energy into fear of failure.

This week in keeping up the workouts and martial arts has been surreal, and just as crazy. I have come up against some other hurdles to keeping my schedule. I am so tired of this pandemic messing up my routine.

What you may ask can be causing you to have troubles getting your booty into gear?

  1. Weather– its been alternately cold and rainy to 80 degree F days here. On the rainy days I have to wait till there is a break in the weather to go out.
  2. Husband, and children – various needs of my family, and making me tired and just want to be lazy.
  3. Missing my gym/classes being scheduled so I just show up and we work. I miss my gym Muay Thai and Kali classes. I could just show up and do my workout. Even if I was having a shitty day, by the time I got there I was there. Might as well just do it. Even if I was tired and not feeling it.
  4. Husband deciding not to go do a workout with you, makes it harder to make (at least for me) myself get my booty in gear.

Tuesday 03/24/2020: 1 hour – 1 mile run, Muay Thai

Workout: 1 hour of Interval run, and Muay Thai training.

I am not feeling it today. I made myself get up and go do the workout. But PMS is rearing it’s ugly head. Kids have been on my last nerve, fussing at me about just anything.

We worked on:

1) Jab, cross , lead hook, uppercut, cut stem knee.
2) Jab, jab, cross, long lead hook, rear kick
3) Jab, cross, rear upper cut, lead uppercut
4) Jab, cross, lead hook, rear uppercut

I did not want to do it but I did it. I am tired and been up since 3:30 am and had to go to work at the Bakery. But there you go. Sometimes I just do what I can and that has to be enough.

Thursday 03/26/2020: 1 hour and 20 mins – 1 mile run, Muay Thai

Workout: 1 hour and 20 minutes. We did an interval run 2 min run / 1 min walk. Took the kids to run with us.

Then practiced Muay Thai.

1) jab, cross, lead hook, upper cut, upper cut
2) jab, cross, lead head hook, rear body hook
3) jab, cross, uppercut, lead knee
4) jab, cross, lead head hook, rear body hook, c step out to rear knee
5) elbows and knee burn out

Whew I am tired.

Saturday 03/28/2020: 40 min – 1 mile run, Quad Band Workout

Workout: 40 minute workout 1 mile run and glute band workout.

I took advantage of the lull in the weather to go run it was beautiful. Not many people out.

Then I did a glute band workout:

All of these can be done without a glute band but the glute band makes it more challenging.
I did 4 exercises trying to get 15 reps each set and a total of 3 sets per exercise. I did it in a superset so no rest between each exercise doing all 4 before a 30 second rest.

1) single leg dead lifts 15 each leg: 15L,15R 15L,15R 15L,15R

2) on elbow plank kick backs 15 each leg: 15L,15R 10L,10R 10L,10R

3) fire hydrants 15 each leg: 15L,15R 15L,15R 15L,15R

4) donkey kicks 15 each leg: 15L,15R 15L,15R 10L,10R

Whew! I am tired. H did not want to come with so I did it on my own.

“She is poise she is grace” she so red in the face after workout. That is a sexay look.


So there you have it. I only got 3 workout days in. I was lazy on some days. Other days the weather was not working with me. Then family was wearing me out. I hate to have excuses, but that is what happened.

“We exert so much energy into fear of failure and then beating ourselves up when it happens that we have no energy left to be resilient. “

The Resilience Breakthrough: 27 Tools for Turning Adversity into Action by Christian Moore

This quote rang true for me. I compare, and chastise myself when I don’t add up.

I need to have the ability to see where I am at and to forgive myself if I fail or fall back. Sigh, I just want to keep up my training.

I am so happy that we did our level 1 test in Muay Thai before this. We, me, my husband, teammate, were talking about it. If I had to try to keep up our conditioning during this time it would be near impossible.

Anyway thanks for reading. Please keep safe. Keep disinfecting yourself and your family. Please feel free to subscribe, and comment if you want.

Workout/Martial Arts 03/16/2020: Working Out My Routine in This Pandemic

Everyone has been effected by this pandemic. Gyms are closed, schools are closed, people are working from home if they are lucky. Workers who are essential to the survival of the community are still out there working. One of my jobs is at a bakery. We are there, and I try to help others where I can. This is scary and I am starting to get overloaded with all the articles and media input on this pandemic.

The one thing that helps me, is to have a workout routine and goals. It helps me relieve stress, anxiety, and gets me thinking about something else. I made a commitment to myself years ago that I would stay on this journey no matter what. I have gotten through two medical scares. One was a kidney stone, and the other was a doozy uterine cancer. I can get through this.

Do we have to change up our routine? Yup, but change is good for your body. Also it gets you thinking about what you can do at home. So while I am still working out my workout routine during this pandemic, I am going to keep doing what I can with my head held high. I done a lot of reading and people I believe it is going to take longer than 2 weeks of isolation for this thing to blow over.

What works for me does not always work for other people, but having a routine and goals helps me have something to shoot for.

Tentative Workout routine:

  1. Run every day that I am going to do a workout (goal is to get better at running)
  2. Martial Arts- Muay Thai and Kali practice 3 times a week
  3. Full body plyometrics, and weight lifting 2 to 3 times a week.

Monday 03/16/2020: 2 mile run, Muay Thai, and full body workout

Workout #1. 2 mile run

Workout #2. 57 minutes Full body workout. Made H do it with me too.

Love my home gym… 

Workout: Do each Workout as follows
45 second, 15 seconds rest, 4 sets each exercise

  1. Goblet squats with a 20 lb kettle bell
  2. Walking lunges
  3. Revers leg push on bench (lay face down on the bench, with bent knees, push legs up squeeze glutes and hamstrings at top)
  4. Swiss ball hamstring pulls
  5. Swiss ball pikes
  6. Wall knees Muay Thai ( thank you Silvie Von Douglas)
  7. Wall jab, cross, uppercut, elbows Muay Thai (thank you Silvie Von Douglas)
  8. Leg Circles left and right
  9. Ball reverse crunches

I will put Silvie Von Douglas video here. This is where I got the Muay Thai wall knees and wall punches and elbows idea from.

Wednesday 03/18/2020: 1.5 hours, Run, Muay Thai

1.5 hours Workout/Muay Thai training

We went for a 1 mile run, then we worked on Muay Thai for a little over an hour.

I am so lucky that H and I train together, cause we know a great number of drills. So I feel like we can keep working Muay Thai. I have been feeling sad we have not been able to go to training. I miss Muay Thai training. We will try to keep up our training while we are socially distancing ourselves during this pandemic.

We worked the:

  1. boxing 20
  2. knees
  3. some kicks
  4. I found and worked on the fact that when I throw my crosses I turn my fist first and throw it. I only do it when I do the cross on its own. I should throw it out there and then turn it at the end. When I throw a jab, cross, I don’t turn it till the end.

I think it is important to keep up our training, and It is important for people to get exercise in. I know a lot of people are at home now without anything to do. Also you have a lot more time. I believe starting to get a workout into your daily schedule, now that you don’t have to drive anywhere if you are stuck at home would be great.

I however, want to caution, if you have not been doing a lot of exercise start slowly. Start by walking daily, or running twice a week, try some yoga there are youtube videos you can watch. You don’t want to hurt yourself right now, but get up and get some exercise in.

I took video of some of our training.

Friday 03/20/2020: 2 hours, Run, Muay Thai, and Kali

Workout #1 : 1 mile run. I listened to my trainers suggestions and ran differently today. I went for a mile run, 1 min run/ 1 min walk. My overall time was much better for the mile. One of my goals for this time is to get better at running. Woot! Thanks Khun Kru Krysta for the tips and motivation.

Hoping to get some Muay Thai and Kali training in later when H is off work.

Workout #2: 1.5 Muay Thai and Kali. I love having H here to help me work on my technique. I am not in any way an expert. But I am going to keep practicing.

Keep training and working through the pandemic. Don’t give up on your dreams during this time.

I have a video I am going to put up too.

Also I love these new pants from Gymshark.

Some of my training video

Sunday 03/22/2020: 45 minutes, Run, full body workout

I could not drag husband along this time he was tired. He was working all weekend so I understand.

Workout: 45 minutes. I did an interval run like my trainer recommended 2 min run/1 min walk for a mile.

Then I did a plyometric workout:
1 min each exercise with 15 seconds rest between doing each 3 times

( Note: I did a seated or angled chin ups and pull ups because I am not strong enough yet to do them on my own. I hope to be able to do them one day. But either way it still worked my arms really well.)

  1. curb toe taps
  2. alternating jump lunges
  3. 1 1/2 squats with a pump in the middle
  4. seated pull ups/angled
  5. human pull overs ( anchor your arms and using your core and lats pull your straightened legs up and to your face. Think hanging leg pikes)
  6. seated chin ups/angled

That was it for this last week. I got 4 days of work out in. It is not my normal schedule and it may change again.

We have to be kind to ourselves. I have to remind myself of that. I am a get up and, go go go person. If we are not going what are we doing? Wasting time? But I know that this is new our life has changed and what we are doing has changed. I am taking into consideration when H wants to go and work out. I am working around him being home all the time. So I can’t do a loud HIIT work out at home where it may disturb him.

I have goals Running, and keep up with my Muay Thai and Kali.

Its going to be weird, its going to suck, but we are going to keep moving. Thank you for reading. I hope you have a great week. Please don’t give up on your dreams. Keep going, even if you have to change things, or post pone things. Keep dreaming and keep reaching. Stay safe, and all the love goes out to you.

Note: while I am running I am keeping social distancing. I just don’t get to near anyone and I don’t stop to talk to anyone. I just wave hi and continue on.

Workout/Martial Arts 03/09/2020: During Time of Pandemic what do I do?

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.

Martial Arts 03/02/2020: When The Body Needs REST… Just Rest

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 K for 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.

The Hardest Muay Thai Test I Have Ever Attempted

It kinda gives it away, but… squee so if post is to long, I passed!

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

Testing:

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?”

Me: “nope”

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:

  1. Technique demo ( kicks, elbows, knees, teeps)
  2. Boxing 20 drill
  3. Thai 15 count drill
  4. 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.

  1. Physical: My body was tired, it was telling me to rest and recuperate. I was sore and tired.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

JD’s Test

H’s Test

My Test

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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Martial Arts 02/20/2020: Mr Miyagi was mostly right! He just need spend some time in Thailand.

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

Thai:

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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