Martial Arts 12/10/2019: If you want to hit the face hit the belly!

I am so lucky to have such great teachers/trainers. They often talk about counter attacks, movement, and also how best to get your strikes in. One of the things we hear often and it is very true. If you want to hit the face hit the belly, and vice versa. Changing levels allows you to control the fight. Often times when you hit low people will instinctively cover that area, then the face is open. If you hit the face or even go for the face they will keep their hands up and leave their torso open.


Tuesday 12/10/2019 – 2 hours… Muay Thai and Kali

Today begins my martial arts training for the week. It was a great day of class.

Lots of elbows in class, and conditioning training for Muay Thai.

  1. lead #1/horizontal elbow, rear #3/downward diagonal elbow, rear #7/inside out elbow
  2. Lead #1/horizontal elbow, rear #2/upward diagonal elbow, rear #7/inside out elbow
  3. Lead #1/horizontal elbow, rear #2/upward diagonal elbow, to lead #9/spinning back elbow

In Kali we worked on several different combos. They were all flowing very well, then of course changing just one thing made my brain melt again like Kali does. We did all 48 combos, and then asymmetrically trained with one person doing two sticks, and one drilling partner doing dos manos hold (two hand hold like a Japanese sword).

I felt so tethered keeping both hands on the blade. It feels like I don’t have as much reach, and you have to move your body in a completely different way to meet your partners blows, and avoid getting hit. You have to execute a lot of abaniko moves when holding a sword to keep from getting hit.

Abaniko – means fan

It was a fun class, but it really did melt my brain. Just when I think I am getting everything. I am learning the moves and flowing well. We change one thing, and my brain melts. That is one of the things I love about Kali.

Thursday 12/12/2019 – 2 hours… Muay Thai and Kali

Thai
Elbows, clenches and knees oh my!

We worked on elbows to clench, and knee transitions today.

  1. Lead #1/horizontal elbow, rear #6/side in elbow, rear #7/side out elbow, rear roll to clench, full plumb, and run 3 knees, spin out opponent, and kick
  2. Lead #1/horizontal elbow, lead #7/side out elbow, rear #8/tach malak or lady putting flower in her hair elbow, clench to full plumb, spin out opponent, and double kick

Kali
48 strike drill
Dos Manos Brain melting asymmetrical sparring.

Friday 12/13/2019 – 1 hours… Muay Thai and Kali

Today Tony kicked my booty. But that was a great thing. I want to get stronger and stronger.

  1. Jumping Rope for 3 minutes
  2. conditioning: 3 x 3 minutes of foot shuffle, and hopping hurdles
  3. mountain climber with a punch on bag and skip knee number 2 x 1 minute 3 minutes alternating between
  4. lead teep, shuffle into lead body hook, rear upper cut, lead head hook, immediately double kick wi
  5. thout taking a step.
  6. rear torso kick, to rear hop double kick
  7. Then I did 200 kicks to the bag, and 200 teeps to the bag.

I am exhausted. But the good kind of exhausted… you know? I am about to go pass out in my bed. I hope you have a great weekend. Thanks for reading.

Progress Pictures Jan 21/2019 – Dec 11/2019

So I debated long and hard about posting this. But I told myself I would be honest and show all the progress I made. Even though when I look at the pictures all I see are the negatives.


When I see the pictures I see that areas are thicker. I am not as far along as I would like to be.


What the rational side of me is saying there are internal changes:

1) I have increased my training since the beginning of the year.

2) My stamina has increased and my strength has increased

3) My form has improved in my martial arts

4) It looks like I have more muscle mass in my legs, more definition.

5) My abs are stronger, and I can do more sit ups than before, so I have muscle under all that ick.

6) I noticed the other days, when working out, sprawls and getting explosive exercises, that require jumping up, plyometrics are much better than before.

But here are progress pictures… as good or as bad as they are. I put them here to have a record of it.

Spicy Mango Fruit Bowl

Ok this may seem strange to you, but this is such a tasty snack and healthy to boot. Its full of fiber, vitamins, good fats, and protein. It is gluten free, vegan, and did I mention it is tasty.

Cayenne pepper is so good on tropical fruits. I love the sweet and spicy mixture. My mango was a little under ripe so it was a little more acidic. But just as tasty.

Enough of my jabbering here is the recipe.


Spicy Mango Fruit Bowl

Ingredients:

  1. 1 mango diced
  2. 1 banana
  3. 1/4 cup or 24 grams of roasted almonds
  4. 10 grams of unsweetened tasted coconut
  5. Cayenne pepper to taste (beware the pepper packs a kick)

Directions:

  1. Dice mango up, slice banana, add roasted almonds, sprinkle on the cayenne, sprinkle on the tasted coconut.
  2. Mix together and enjoy

Stats:

Calories 371, Fat 12.9 g, Fiber 8.6 g, Carbs 63.7 g, Sodium 13.5 mg, Protein 8 g


I hope you get a chance to try this. It is one of my favorite snacks. Its a whole food snack, spicy, and tasty. Did I mention that it is easy to make. All you have to do is cut up the fruit. You could make it ahead of time and put it in a reusable container and take it to work with you.

Weight Lifting Workout 12/11/2019

So changing up the workout my coach gave me. I added two things, and took out one thing.

It is one of those days I know I need to get cardio in, but I also know my body does not want to. So I just did a mile run so I could get warmed up and get some cardio in.

Workout:
Perform each set with only 30 seconds rest between sets, then 1 minute rest between each different exercise.

  1. 1 mile run
  2. 40 lat pull downs. ( 50 lbs for me)
  3. Bench press with as heavy as you can go for 8 to 9 reps, x 5 sets (85 lbs for me)
  4. Back squats with as heavy as you can go for 8 to 9 reps, x 5 sets ( 135 lbs for me)
  5. Kettlebell swings 40 reps ( 25 lbs for me)

I really feel doing something is better than doing nothing at all.

So if you can get out there and get a workout in, do it, next time try to do more reps or go heavier.

Martial Arts 12/03/2019: Back At Training After Holiday Shenanigans

Yup back in the saddle again. We had a holiday here. It is called Thanksgiving over here in the U.S. of A.

What this meant is decreased classes due to gym being closed, and trainers wanting to spend time with family. Sheesh… *I am kidding, I kid*.

Also my daughter brought home some lovely germs. We all seemed to have caught during the holiday week a small version of the flu.

So due to all of that above, I attended a total of 1 count it one day of martial arts training this last week. I did do a weight lifting workout on Sunday, but its not the same.

Well we are back after the holiday shenanigans and starting a new week of martial arts training. To be perfectly honest, I really needed the break. Not only did I feel like death for a few days, due to the cold/flu. My body needed a break.


Tuesday 12/03/2019 – 2 hours… Muay Thai and Kali

Tony kicked our butts again today. He had us doing 5 minutes of ladder drills, and 5 minutes of jumping rope. Then 3 minutes of shadow boxing jab and cross.

Today we worked on jab, foot movement, and keeping our hands up for blocking,

We worked on jab, cross, again focusing on extension and foot movement.

Then we worked on a lead side teep to, lead kick, followed by rear kick.

It was a great day of class. I also got to help two new people in class. I hope they come back.

Kali- Lock Flow Drill 1-12

Ok so I have been taking Kali for 2 years. I have known about this drill for just about that long. It has taken me all this time for it to finally sink in. I understand the drill. I know it is not how you were disarm, and or use all of this in a fight, however, I understand the drill.

When I first started out, trying to remember all 12 moves was daunting. I could only get 1 or 2 down. Over the years it seems to have been building up. I got it today. I got it and I remember all 12. Now do I do it perfectly. NOPE! But can I repeat the drill at home… YESSSS! I am so excited. When I finally realize I can do something, I have been working on. It seems to sneak up on me. I don’t go into class going… yup been here done that… I know it. No I go into class, and when we start moving, and drilling I seem to understand the flow.

Here is a video of me doing just that. I start and stop, and I chopped up this video so that you did not have to see such a repetitive process.

I got a really nice compliment from my teacher today. He said my control was great. I was controlling the assailants knife, and his actions and using his force/momentum to turn it back around onto him.

Tuesday 12/04/2019 – 3 hours… Running, Weight lifting, BJJ and Muay Thai

Today was a great day. I was able to get a run in, I did the weight lifting workout that my trainer sent me and that I did before on Sunday.

BJJ:
I got a chance to go to my BJJ class. That is the class that suffers the most to my time crunch, and juggling our life. But today was great we worked on:

  1. Taking the back
  2. What to do if you lose control or your choke, you move to mount
  3. Choking/choke hold from the back, under hooks, and seat belt grip
  4. Arm bar from behind
  5. Taking the back, control with choke, flipping opponent, and forcing their face into the mat/ground, while choking them.

It was a lot of fun. But so hard to do well. BJJ is an art that takes time and patience to do.

Muay Thai:

Today was great… I got to do a bunch of cool things. One of which was the alligator crawls. Whew that was a whole body burner. I am going to do more of those.

This is what an alligator crawl is:

Tony my trainer had us doing:

  1. we did a full body conditioning warm up
  2. jab, cross, leg kicks
  3. jab, cross, body hook, face hook, leg kick, face hook, cross
  4. shield kick then kick round house
  5. shield kick then double round house
  6. we worked on hooks on the bag
  7. we worked on lead shield then double lead kick, then rear kick
  8. Then we did abs

I made a video of me doing some of the bag work.

Tuesday 12/05/2019 – 1 hours… Muay Thai

Today was a great day in Muay Thai training. I learned and grew some.

It started out frustrating so I took a negative and made it a positive.

I really dislike when some of the new guys, I say guys cause I have never run into a girl doing this. I am sure it can happen but from my experience it’s young new guys. They have something to prove. So they hit way to hard in drills, and sometimes don’t take feedback/pointers from me. This one did not know how to hold Thai pads to boot. I was frustrated and annoyed. But I took a second to steel myself and turned it around, I got to know him a bit and tried to make it a teaching platform. I kept reminding him on how to hold the pads and let him know if he did not hold well he could get hurt and I could get hurt. He says he is having a good time and likes Muay Thai class.

It will take a while for him to get our gyms culture. He has been with us for a few months already. He says he came from a Krav back round.

I am going to continue to try to come at working with this individual this way. Here’s hoping he gets it.

Friday 12/06/2019 – 1 hour… Muay Thai

We did conditioning training again today. We worked the ladder, and hurdles. Tony my trainer wants us to focus on fast feet. I know I need to work on my footwork and getting it faster. The faster my footwork the faster I will get in and out of the pocket. The faster I will be able to dodge incoming strikes. Etc.

It was super fun. I had a great time, and I am pooped.


This week was a great week of training, and I am so glad to be back after a holiday break. I do really miss training when I don’t get a chance to do it. Or when I am restricted from doing it cause work gets in the way.

I got 7 hours in, and other extra curricular training. =)

Have a great night. Thank you for reading, and let me know if you have any questions.

Onigiri Rice Bowl – Spicy Salmon Mayo

I am half Japanese and I tend to have cravings that sometimes are hard to fulfill. Sometimes it is just a lot of extra work to form them into balls. So I just made it into a bowl.

I would normally add seaweed to it, but I ran out. I know… I know… I am going to loose my Asian card cause I don’t have seaweed in my house.

So when I don’t have time between my job, and dealing with my kids, and the rest of the household chores I just made it in to a bowl.

In Japan there is a thing that is famous around the world. Used for lunch boxes all over the country. I remember getting them in my lunch box and I would get so excited. Onigiri! Onigiri is what we call rice balls. There are many kinds of onigiri with many kinds of fillings. I love many of these flavors/combos, Umeboshi (pickled plumb, a favorite of mine), Tuna Mayo, kombu (simmered seaweed), shrimp, just to name a few. Another one of my favorite is spicy salmon mayo or Shake Mayo (pronounced sha kay mah yo).

Today I made a spicy salmon mayo onigiri bowl.

I really recommend you try it if you can. Luckily it is super easy. I added other fresh veggies to it cause I wanted some more veggies.

Spicy Salmon Mayo Onigiri Bowl

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup of cooked rice
  2. 1/2 cup shredded raw carrots
  3. 1/2 cup of sliced mushrooms raw
  4. 1 green onion sliced raw
  5. 2 radishes sliced raw
  6. 2.5 oz of salmon in a pouch/can
  7. 1 tbs of mayo
  8. Sriracha to taste
  9. salt and pepper to taste
  10. seaweed (optional but so tasty)

Directions:

  1. Cook rice to direction on package
  2. Mix together salmon, mayo, sriracha, salt and pepper.
  3. Add salmon mixture to rice, add veggies to rice, and enjoy.
  4. (alternate toppings to add, seaweed, sesame seeds, umeboshi)
This is not my image. It is just the product I use.

Stats for the lunch:
Calories 401, Fat 12.9 g, Fiber 3.4 g, Carbs 51.5 g, Sodium 536.3 mg, Protein 17.9 g

The salmon mixture is what you may find in a spicy salmon mayo onigiri. I just put it on the outside, because I don’t have time to mold the rice into balls. But you know what it tastes phenomenal and looks beautiful to boot. Is it in the cute shape of a rice ball with seaweed? Nope but it is just as good.

Its also healthy, full of fresh veggies, low in fat, full of protein, and oh so tasty.

Like I said I would have added seaweed, but I did not have any.

I love this kind of lunch. I thought you all might. So I thought I would share it with you. I hope you get a chance to try this. Let me know what you think. Thanks for reading this.

Weight Lifting Workout from my trainer Tony 1

Today I did a weight lifting workout that my trainer for Muay Thai gave me and my team mates.

I was very taxing and he said it was going to make me sore for a few days and laughed. I accepted the challenge and did it. I also filmed it so that I could keep record of my progress.

Using weights that make it hard for you to complete 8 to 9 reps. You want to do 40 reps total for each weight.

Weight Lifting Workout:
60 second rest between each different exercise

  1. Barbell back squats 8 to 9 reps for a total of 40, 30 seconds rest between each 8 to 9
  2. Barbell bench press 8 to 9 reps for a total of 40, 30 seconds rest between.
  3. Barbell row 8 to 9 reps for a total of 40, 30 second rest between
  4. Kettle Bell swing 8 to 9 reps for a total of 40, 30 second rest between

It was hard to get a picture of me today, I felt like I looked terrible in all of them.

If I can work on my fitness, any of you can do it too. I am not the normal fitness model. I am as far from it as one could get. I just try to do my best. That is why if I can do it I truly believe you all can do it too.

Keep working on make yourself the best you that you can be. Thanks for reading, and I hope you all have a great day.