Workout/Martial Arts 08/17/2020: The Basics Aren’t Basic They Are Foundational

Often times in our training you will see us training the basics. I Jab, with full extension and shoulder to face, and a cross with full extension and shoulder to face. Pivoting on the feet, and don’t leave your foot in the bucket. All the basics are things we work on. All things we work on all the time. No matter how long your training, there is still something you can learn about the basics. The basics are not basic they are foundational. If we did not learn how to created the letters first we would not be able to write or read. They are foundational, but they are also basic.

Some of the basic things in Muay Thai that is always said:

  1. If you are fighting standing up your foot work is most important first.
  2. Fully extend your punches, don’t short change them.
  3. Don’t leave your foot in the bucket (bring your rear foot up with you when you shift in, or when you close the distance)
  4. Rotate your hips, on hooks, upper cuts, kicks, knees, most of your power comes from there.
  5. Distance management/Knowing your distance, your range is so so important.
  6. Don’t just hit once, try to do at least three strikes, because you are not going to land all of them and if you do that is great.
  7. GET OFF THE LINE that is a big one and is going to be bolded because of how important it is. Harder to hit you, if you are not right in front of your opponent and all his tools.

This week has been interesting. It has been exciting and fun, and well not what I expected. I got to teach the Muay Thai classes this week. My instructor/trainer was out unexpectedly and she had us take over the class. It was fun, it was nerve wrecking because I did not want to show the drills wrong, it was great. I love teaching people and I love helping people learn.

Not only did I help teach I was informed by my instructor that while she was sad not to get to see me teach for the first time. It would not be the last time. As she said, “That cat is out of that bag, now, I am going to be teaching you how to teach martial arts.”


Monday 08/17/2020: 1 hour training – 1 mile run, 30 minutes weight lifting, 10 minutes shadow Boxing, 10 minutes core workout


I got a Hypervolt massage gun for my birthday because I am bad about rolling out my muscles. It came in 4 days ago and I have been using it every night on my IT band and leg muscles. I have crazy knots because read above ⬆️.

So I noticed the tightness in my legs/thighs were noticeably less. I even reduced my run time by 45 seconds and I was not trying to.

1 mile run

Weightlifting: focusing on the eccentric movement. Fast muscle contraction and slow 3 count muscle release.


1) Goblet squats 3x sets of 20
2) Bicep curls with curl bar 3x sets of 15 (eccentric muscle release focus)
3) Standing Shoulder press’s 3x sets of 15(Eccentric muscle release focus)
4) Kettle Bell Swings 3x 1 minute
5) Kettle Bell Figure 8 3x 1 minute, switch directions 30 seconds

10 minutes of Shadow Boxing

Core: Dana Linn Baileys 10 minute core workout – 45 seconds on 15 seconds rest between
1) hollow body
2) hollow body reverse crunch
3) v Sit bicycles
4) Star Crunches
5) right side plank dips
6) left side plank dips
7) high plank opposite side knee to elbow
8 ) v Sit leg circles
9) heel touches
10) explosive crunches

Tuesday 08/18/2020: 1 hour Muay Thai Training


Training was interesting today. I got to be in the roll of “teacher” more like helper. But our instructor was out of class for today, and she asked H and I to help the class. She asked for us to answer questions and help the other students with the drills we did on Saturday.

I guess the biggest thing is I don’t feel like I know all that much. However, I know I have increased in rank steadily through training, and learning. So today was a big eye opener.

Today was less about me working on me, an my skills. I did work a little, but I was using my time much more bouncing from station to station, and trying to help people with things I saw that could be polished.

I had a blast doing it. I know from teaching others Cake Decorating that when you teach you can see your flaws better, you also have to internalize the lesson and regurgitate in a way your student understands. By doing that kind of regurgitation you end up learning that skill better. Makes you more cognizant of the minutia.

When I got chances to train tonight, I noticed my body mechanics was much better after observing others. I was flowing in my weight on foot transitions and doing so made my strikes smoother. That is one of the areas of my Muay Thai I am actively working on. I did not force it. I was loose. I was playing around. I was letting my body move the way I taught/trained it without thinking.

Muay Thai: jumping rope to warm up, pushups, squats, burpees for active recovery between rounds.

1) Jab, Cross, Elbow # 6 Side in
2) Jab, Cross, Elbow # 8 spearing Elbow

3) Jab, Cross, Elbow # 8 spearing Elbow, tie up 6x skip knee, rear double kick
4) Jab, Cross, Elbow # 6 Side in, # 9 Spinning Back Elbow, Rear Kick

6) Jab, Overhand, Elbow # 3 downward diagonal, # 9 Spinning Back Elbow, Rear Knee
8 ) Matkatune, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick Mix punches up by changing levels (High, Low, High), (High, High, High), (High, High, Low).

Thursday 08/20/2020: 1 Muay Thai Training

I got to teach in tandem with H and two of my other Muay Thai team mates. Do you say tandem with it’s more than two people? No it’s synergy, synergistic that’s the word I am looking for, we worked in synergy. Ali, Jay, H, and myself lead the class today.

I bowed everyone in. Started them off, and we got the class rolling. I was nervous but had a great time teaching. I put the fact that I am not perfect aside and tried to show the forms and drills to the best of my abilities.

You have to think about the drills and why you do them. You may know why yourself, but you have to remember that the students probably don’t, so take that into account and when teaching explain the whys not just the hows. But you also have to remember not to overload them with information because that will make it 10 x harder for them to internalize.

At some point they have to just rep it out. Mat time/repetition is the best and answer when learning a new skill. I have a lot to learn about teaching a Martial Art still but I love teaching! The basics are the foundation and you never stop learning the basics.

Training– Warm up:
1) Jump rope 1x 3 min round
2) Jab, Cross, Lead Kick, Rear Kick

Drill: these are the Thai 15 broken into digestible chunks. Jay had us doing push-ups in various forms lunges and burpees for active recovery between rounds
1) parry cross, high cover hook, Lead Elbow, Rear Elbow
2) Lead Elbow, Rear Elbow, Rear Knee, Lead Kick
3) Cross, Hook, Rear Knee, Rear Kick
4) Teep, Slip, Hook, Cross, Rear Kick
5) Full Thai 15 – parry cross, high cover hook, Lead Elbow, Rear Elbow, Rear Knee, Lead Kick, Cross, Hook, Rear Knee, Rear Kick,Teep, Slip, Hook, Cross, Rear Kick

We demonstrated the drills with a partner and then on the bags/dummies so that the students could practice safely and distantly. It was fun and I learned a lot again.

Bonus dinner pic cause yogurt, fruit and nuts nom nom nom

Saturday 08/22/2020: 2 hours of training, Kali/staff, Muay Thai, and a little bit of Silat

A fantastic day of training. Our instructor is back and I was so happy to see her. She said the cat is out of the bag now for us to help teaching and we will be teaching more, she will be teaching us how to teach. Yay! Thank you Khun Kru Krysta!

Good reports seemed to have come in for the classes we taught.

Kali – we learned some cool things. Along with the basic full box drills we do, we learned a cool hand transition above the head that I have to really work on to make smooth. And oh my shoulders are tried and sore today. We also worked on a couple of stave disarms. Our instructor says, “don’t count on getting a disarm it most likely won’t happen, but if it does that’s great.”

Muay Thai– jump rope to warm up, jumping jacks for active recovery between rounds.

1) Jab, Cross, Elbow #6 Side in, Elbow #6 Side in
2) Held pads for H

3) Lead Teep, Lead Kick, Cross,Overhand Hook, chain #3 downward diagonal elbow, Rear Knee, Rear Kick
4) Held pads for H

5) Lead Teep, Rear hop kick, Hook, Cross, #8 spearing Elbow, Tie up/clench, skip knees, spin out to double kick
6) Held pads for H

7) Thai 15 count, parry the Cross, High Elbow cover the hook, Lead Elbow, Rear Elbow, Rear Knee, Lead Kick, Cross, Hook, Rear Knee, Rear Kick, Lead Teep the incoming Cross, slip the incoming cross, Hook, Cross, Rear Kick
8 ) Held pads for H

Silat – We worked on a catch the kick, spike the knee, grab the ankle, rake the eye, go under opponents leg, rake the testicals, either single leg them or dump them on the ground.

Whew I am dead tired now. My shoulders are sore and after a shower and food I am ready for a nap.


I learned so much from teaching others. I learned I have so much to learn still about teaching people Martial Arts. I learned I know more than I thought I did.

I am excited about the new chapters in my training. I am excited about expanding on the basics. I am excited about learning more about the basics. I know that the basics are the foundational pieces and I will be helping others learn that. In turn I will learn how to better internalize those foundational pieces, and hopefully become a better teacher.

On the other hand I had a great time just being a student again on Saturday. There is far less stress, and I can just work on me. lol

Teaching is about your students. You have to give your students your full attention. Training is about me, I am working on my training. It will be interesting to learn how to juggle that dichotomy now in my training.

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Workout/Martial Arts 08/10/2020:A Knee Or An Elbow Is A Conversation Ender

We started the conversation in the fight. We were talking back and forth, jabbing, responding, dodging, hooking, looking for openings. Now how do you stop that conversation. Hopefully with the least amount of damage and pain to yourself. Extra points if you end it with a surprise. Like say a surprise elbow, or knee to the face after you landed a punch to the gut.

I am still working on why my conversation looks/sounds like. However, it is good to have an ending. To know how to end the conversation. How to end the fight. So no mater what your conversation is or how your conversation goes… you can end it. Look no matter how you fight, with technical precision, with fun and feints, with aggression, or as a responder to incoming attacks. You have to be able to end it.

Elbows and knees are the sharpest tools you have on your body that will do damage. Just a glancing elbow strike will cause a cut on you face, opening up a gash that will bleed into your opponents eye. I properly placed knee will break ribs, damage internal organs, or if get them in the head fracture an orbital socket. Those are terrible injuries to take. However, these strikes can also mean lights out or even death. So when I say elbows and knees are a conversation ender that is what I mean. It is hard to continue to go on after any of those injuries. These strikes are a punctuation at the end of a sentence. Arguably by far the worst injury you could take is death. This is why so many amature fights do not allow elbows and knees. An elbow strike to the chest just at the right time can stop an opponent’s heart.

Here are some links to rules if you are interested in fighting:
(Note: this is by far not a complete list, know your fight, your level, and the rules surrounding your fight.)

IKF (International Kickboxing Federation) https://www.ikfkickboxing.com/RulesMT.htm

Muay Thai Canada https://muaythaicanada.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/MTC-National-Competition-Rules.pdf

UFC Rules https://www.ufc.com/unified-rules-mixed-martial-arts

This post is late, I try to get it out Sunday or Monday, but hey life gets in the way.

Training


Monday 08/10/2020: 1 hour and 20 minutes of run, bag work, shadow boxing, weigh lifting, and core workouts


Who looks like a goof ball? Me but I did my workout.


Run: 1 mile, It was hot and muggy outside at 7 am.


10 min Bag work: simple combos, Jab, Cross, Body Hook, Head Hook (working on changing levels, and getting full extension)


10 min Shadow Boxing: worked on flow, and swing through with kicks


30 min Weight lifting:
1) bench press 3 x sets of 10 reps
2) dead lifts 3 x sets of 6 reps
3) Goblet squats 3 x sets of 20 reps
4) Bulgarian Split Squats 35 reps each leg

Core: Dana Linn Baileys 10 minute core workout – 45 seconds on 15 seconds rest between
1) hollow body
2) hollow body reverse crunch
3) v Sit bicycles
4) Star Crunches
5) right side plank dips
6) left side plank dips
7) high plank opposite side knee to elbow
8 ) v Sit leg circles
9) heel touches
10) explosive crunches

Tuesday 08/11/2020: 1 hour of Muay Thai training

I could not think of another way to spend my birthday evening than training with my Muay Thai family.

Thank you for a great class Khun Kru Krysta!

Elbows are so much fun to throw and so scary to hold pads for. It really makes you want to concentrate as hard as you can, so you don’t get hit. Elbows and knees are conversation enders. I talked about fighting being a conversation in my last blog post. Well elbows and knees tend end the back and forth conversation if they land on your target. They can be brutal and terrifying, but fun. 😊

Muay Thai:

1) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick
2) Held for H

3) Jab, Cross, Body Hook, Rear Kick
4) held pads for H

5) Jab, Cross, Hook, horizontal Elbow #1, Rear Knee
6) I held pads for H

7) Jab, Cross, Hook chain horizontal Elbow, Spinning Back Elbow #9, Spinning Back Elbow #9, Rear knee
8 ) I held for H

Thursday 08/13/2020: 1 hour and 20 minutes Muay Thai training

Elbows are so much fun. However feeding them can gets scary if the elbows slide off the pads cause the elbows and partner are sweaty.
So when you are looking for an opening and land an elbow the reason it is scary receiving or holding pads it’s, one wrong move and it’s lights out. Time to take a nap on the mat. End of your fight conversation.

Anyway lots of fun today in class thank you Khun Kru Krysta!

Training: jumping jacks in between rounds, and H and I did 30 knees when everyone is wiping down their stations


1) Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Kick
2) Held pads for H 30 knees, I held 30 for H

3) Cross, Body Hook, Head Hook, Cross, Lead Kick
4) Held pads for H 30 knees, I held 30 for H

5) Cross, Uppercut, Cross, #3 elbow (downward diagonal- you have to cock your shoulder back to throw this), Lead Knee
6) Held pads for H 30 knees, I held 30 for H

7) Cross, Uppercut, Overhand, #3 elbow, #9 elbow (spinning back elbow), c out, #3 elbow, Rear Knee
8 ) Held pads for H 30 knees 5 Kicks each side, I held 30 and 5 each side for H

Burn out:
9) Jab, Cross, Lead Kick, Rear Kick, Lead Elbow, Rear Elbow, Lead Knee, Rear Knee
10) I held for H

11) Held for H- Scissor Teeps, and Flying Teeps, 10 kicks each side full power
Showered and rolled out Hypervolt massaged I am pooped.

Saturday 08/15/2020: 2 hours, Kali/staff, and Muay Thai training

Whew it’s been a fun day of training, but I hit a wall hard. I felt exhausted and a lot parched. I have been up since 4 am, went into work did the work stuff/bakery fun. Got groceries for the house, came home and ate breakfast. Then it’s training time. I think I was dehydrated but I remedied that and pressed on with the training. Listen to your body people.

Kali/Staff:

1) 3 x equise, low backhand high backhand
2) 3 x witik, low backhand high backhand
3) 3 x redondo, low backhand high backhand
4) Now left handed for the above three
5) block # 15 strike, with a roof black and shield

Muay Thai: jumping rope to warm up, jumping jacks between rounds
1) Jab, Cross, Elbow # 6 Side in
2) Jab, Cross, Elbow # 8 spearing Elbow

3) Jab, Cross, Elbow # 8 spearing Elbow, tie up 6x skip knee, rear double kick 4) Held for H

5) Jab, Cross, Elbow # 6 Side in, # 9 Spinning Back Elbow, Rear Kick
6) I held for H

7) Jab, Overhand, Elbow # 3 downward diagonal, # 9 Spinning Back Elbow, Rear Knee
8 )I held for H

9) Matkatune, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick Mix punches up by changing levels (High, Low, High), (High, High, High), (High, High, Low).
10) Held for H I am exhausted. The video is of the 5) round, Jab, Cross, Elbow # 6, Elbow #9, and Rear Kick.

I need to work on it more, but it’s super fun. Thank you Khun Kru Krysta! 🙏


Well that is it for the last week. It was my birthday week. I am a year older, and hopefully for all of us a year wiser. I am continuing to reach for my goals, working toward making myself better every day. I am working on my conversation in my fight. What do I want to say? How do I want to say it? I am also working on how to end my conversation, or the conversation I have.

You may never be in the ring. I may never be in the ring, but you may get into a fight/conversation one day, and you will want to end it on your terms not theirs. Elbows and knees are some of the fastest ways to end that conversation. Know your fight and know your exit strategies, and abilities.

I had a fantastic birthday surrounded by people I love and that love me. I got to be with my Muay Thai family. I got to practice the martial art I love. I hope you all have birthdays in the future that are fantastic as well.

Thanks for reading. Please comment if you feel like it. Hit the like button, and follow if you want to hear more of my adventures. Have a great week.

Workout/Martial Arts 08/03/2020: A Fight Is A Conversation

When a person throws a strike they are asking a question or making a statement. Then they are watching what you do about it or how you answer. You have to figure out what your response to it is. Strike, counter, strike, block, strike, strike, counter.

When you are sparring, you will have strikes that you are like, “hrm… ok that happened.” Then you will have strikes that will make you go, “nuh uh… not again.” Things will aggravate you. This is natural.

In a lot of the Thai fights I have viewed, I see the first round is each opponent just getting to know each other. They will throw a strike out, and watch how/if it is blocked, counterd, and what is returned. They both go about it, if they get a strike in that gets through all the better. The next round though is, where they amp it up, take the conversation up a notch.

Fighting is… as counter intuitive as you might think this is… Fighting is a very cognitive. You might be wondering why I am talking about this at all. I am learning Muay Thai, and I am learning all of this art. Part of learning is not just the physical, it is the mental, the cognitive parts of this art. It is not just theory but study and understanding of your opponent.

Fight IQ – Fight intelligence, your ability to process information in a fight or glean information, and utilize it to their advantage.

Suphachai Saenpong is considered one of the best Thai fighters of all time, he has real high fight IQ. He does a really good job of processing info during a fight and using to their advantage.

A lot of this is a subconscious process. It is a culmination of training, experience, and natural inclination.

I have yet to get to that level, but one day I hope I can be a fraction of the fighter he is. Of course I would love to be as great a fighter, but let us have smaller stepping stone goals to get to.


Monday 08/03/2020: 1 hour – 1 mile run, 30 minute weightlifting, 10 min shadow boxing, 10 min core

1 mile run it looked like the sky’s were going to open up on me

30 min Weight Lifting:
1) bench press – 3x sets of 8 reps
2) tripod tricep row – 3x sets of 20 reps on each arm
3) kettle bell row – 3x sets of 1 minute swings
4) goblet squats – 3x sets of 20 reps
5) Bulgarian Split Squats – 3x sets of 15 reps each leg

10 min shadow boxing

10 min Core workout Dana Linn Bailey’s 45 sec on 15 seconds rest
1) hollow body
2) hollow body reverse crunch
3) V Sit Bicycles
4) Star Crunches
5) Right Side Plank Dips
6) Left Side Plank Dips
7) High Plank Opposite Knee to Elbow
8 ) V Sit Leg Circles
9) Heel Touches
10) Explosive Crunches

Woot I am done and feeling good.

Tuesday 08/04/2020: 1 hour and some change Muay Thai training

Ok another fun class today I focused on just having fun and letting my body move. Woot! Also it’s a lot of fun for me to have awesome workout tights. I have bionic legs!

Been wanting these bad boys for a while and they had sold out. But I finally got a pair. Yay!!! Squee!! This shirt I got a is little big for me but that’s ok. It says I Am Enough!

Also also, D.O.M.S. Set in hard today and my flutes to legs hurt so much going up and down stairs. But after I warmed up they still hurt but I was able to work. We worked on the same things from last Saturday and it was so much fun. I love JKD. H and I then worked on some new combos.

Muay Thai/JKD Striking:Warm up with jump rope, jumping jacks between rounds for active recovery
1) Jab, Cross, Lead Knee, Jab, Cross, Rear Knee
2) Held pads for HJKD

3) Fake High Jab, pendulum leg kick Lead, Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Roundhouse Kick, pendulum get out
4) Held for H

5) Fake Low Jab, Fake High Jab, pendulum leg kick Lead, Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Roundhouse Kick, pendulum get out
6) Held for H

7) Fake High Jab, Low Jab, Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Roundhouse Kick, pendulum get outIf opponent blocks Low Jab- ping choy, gua choy- or block pass strikeFake High Jab, Low Jab, (opponent blocks) Ping Choy, Gua Choy, (Low Jab, clear opponents arm, return a back hand to the face) Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Roundhouse Kick, pendulum get out
8 ) I Held pads for H

Burn out:
9) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick, Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Kick
10) Held for H

New combos
11) Cross, upper cut, flying elbow
12) double jab, Lead Teep, and a hop switch Teep
13) Cross, rear knees, Teep, Rear Flying Knee

Thank you Khun Kru Krysta.

Thursday 08/06/2020: 1 hour of Muay Thai training

Oookay so today, has been a crazy busy day. I have gone to work, had meetings, set up more meetings, delivered a cake, fed the family meals, and had Muay Thai training today.

Some days you just have to put the time in to training. It’s not going to be perfect all the time. Some days you don’t see the conversation of the fight. Some days it is just strike after strike and drill after drill. Some days it’s going to be hard but you just gotta get up and do he work.

Focusing on the positive, work was great, I had some amazing compliments come out of the blue from friends. Especially one I have not seen in a long time. She said, “you look strong Tanya, your quads are amazing.” Instructor said my knees in Muay Thai looked great. Another friend said that I am inspiring.

So all in all while busy a surprisingly good day with many positives. Boy but am I tired… anyway on to training…

Muay Thai/JKD Striking: Warm up with jump rope, jumping jacks between rounds for active recovery

1) Jab, Cross, Lead Knee, Jab, Cross, Rear Knee
2) Held pads for H JKD

3) Fake High Jab, Cross, Uppercut, Cross, Lead Roundhouse Kick, pendulum get out
4) Held for H

5) Fake Low Jab, Fake High Jab, Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Roundhouse Kick, pendulum get out
6) Held for H

7) Fake High Jab, Low Jab, Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Roundhouse Kick, pendulum get out If opponent blocks Low Jab- ping choy, gua choy- or block pass strike Fake High Jab, Low Jab, (opponent blocks) Ping Choy, Gua Choy, (Low Jab, clear opponents arm, return a back hand to the face) Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Roundhouse Kick, pendulum get out
8 ) I Held pads for H

Burn out:
9) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick, Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Kick
10) Held for H

11-12) Held pads for H Thanks for a great class Khun Kru Krysta Scharlach

Saturday 08/08/2020: 2 Hours Kali/Staff and Muay thai


What a great day of training! I had a lot of fun. I focused on the conversation of the fight. Not just the words. How the words flow together.

My instructor was really happy with my flow and performance on the Spinning Back Elbow still. She is a fantastic instructor, and will not hesitate to tell you when you are doing something wrong. So I take her compliment and reaction as it is intended. Thank you Khun Kru Krysta.

Kali –
1) started with full box warm up
2) full box with a spearing attack instead of #4 strike
3) full box with spearing attack instead of #2 strike
4) full box with any spearing attack that you have to avoid/counter/parry

Muay Thai-
1) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick
2) Held for H

3) Jab, Cross, Body Hook, Rear Kick
4) held pads for H

5) Jab, Cross, Hook, horizontal Elbow #1, Rear Knee
6) I held pads for H

7) Jab, Cross, Hook chain horizontal Elbow, Spinning Back Elbow #9, Spinning Back Elbow #9, Rear knee
8 ) I held for H

9-10) held pads for h while he practiced switch teeps, and jab, jab, leg kick


I am still figuring out my conversation. What conversation am I having with other fighters? What do I want to show them? What do I want to hide? Do I want to be mostly technical like Suphachai, or do I want to be a trickster like Buakaw, feinting, and attacking.

What is your fight conversation?

I am figuring out my conversation starters. I am figuring out my conversation flow. I look forward to seeing where it goes. I will look back on this post in the future and will have a better answer to what my fight conversation is.

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Workout/Martial Arts 07/27/2020: Pad Holding Will Make You Better In Your Martial Art

I have written about pad holding in a previous journal entry. I described how to do it and how it helps your partner that you are training with, especially if you are good at pad holding. However, I wanted to touch on another point that I thought of while training.

Pad holding will make you better in your martial art. Ok… yes this is opinion but bear with me here and hear me out.

Here is a section from my previous blog about it pad holding in general:

Pad holding Tips I Have Learned:

  1. You have to be able to feed the pads just right so that your partner can hit them.
  2. You have to be at the correct distance so that your partner hits them fully extended and not shortened, but not to far away so that they get hurt from missing the pads.
  3. You have to meet their strikes with the same force so that they have feed back.
  4. You have to be able to take the hits. The pads help you feed and take the hits, but if your partner is putting in the strikes properly you will feel them. The pads only distribute the power of the strikes.
  5. You have to lean in to kicks coming in. If the person is taller/bigger than you, you may have to jump a little bit with the kicks/knees.
  6. You mimic the moves your partner is making. For instance if they are throwing a jab you move your body shoulder, hip, leg, feet placement as if you are jabbing as well, but just holding the pad up for them to punch. Doing it this way helps you to work on your jab, while they are.

Alright back to pad holding will make you a better practitioner of your art. Look at #6, when you mimic your opponents moves it does help you get the body mechanics down. However, there is more to it than that. Here are the reasons why I think pad holding will make you better at your martial art.

  • Repetitions of Body Movement: Mimic the body moves helps with body mechanics when you throw your strikes. Any practice/repetition with correct form is great for your training.
  • Recognize and See Incoming Attacks: Holding pads helps you not only recognize but start to see the small movements that indicate the body is about to move/strike. You have to have the pads there to stop the strike or you run the risk of getting hit.
  • Understanding The Drill: You have to understand the drill to hold the pads well.
  • Block and Return drills: When you pad hold you have to block/hold pads for the strike and in some cases return a strike right away so that your partner can learn to block. This is fantastic training on hit response training.

So as you can see… pad holding has many benefits, not only helping your partner, making them look like a million bucks when they hit the pads, more repetitions of body movement, but it really does help you and your ability to understand and adapt to the incoming strikes. Pad holding is as I said before a completely different animal from just striking. I believe it will help you be a better rounded martial artists.

My Training: For This Week


Monday 07/27/2020: 1 hour and 40 minutes Running, wight lifting, Calisthenics, and shadow boxing

1 mile run, it was already hot outside

Weight lifting:
1) Standing Should Presses 3 sets of 8 reps
2) Good Mornings 3 sets of 8 reps
3) Bench Press 3 sets of 8 reps

Calisthenics workout of the day words were STRONG GIRL… it had two sets of 15 Burpees back to back ack, but I did it! Woot! Both of words done in a superset. 1 minute rest between each superset.

S) 30 seconds Fast Feet
T) 20 Hip Dips each side
R) 30 Crunches
O) 30 Sit Up
N) 15 Jump Lunges
G) 15 Burpees

G) 15 Burpees
I) 25 standing Knee Crunches
R) 30 Crunches
L) 15 resistance band Mule Kicks

Finally I did 10 minutes of shadow boxing 🥊!

Whew, what a great day of training! Go after goals what ever they may be. Fight for what you believe in and love one another. Love from me❤️

Tuesday 07/28/2020: 1 hour of Muay Thai practice

Thai 17 count is what we worked on today. We have been working on it in small chunks but today we put them all together.

I worked on flow and staying in motion. I focused on feeling the body shifting weigh on each foot, and body mechanics.

I held pads and tried to incorporate all of the feed back given to me from H on how to hold better for him. I also tried to focus on mirroring his movements. Matching my weight distribution on each combo to his.

Then we did flying knees because heck they are flying knees. I am so not good at them yet but one day.

Training: jumping jacks for active recovery between rounds

1) Jab, Cross, Lead Kick, Jab, Cross, Rear Kick
2) Held for H

3) Lead Teep, Lead Kick, Cross, Hook, Rear Upward Knee
4) Held for H

5) Rear upward Knee, Lead Elbow, Rear Elbow, Rear pushing Knee, Rear Kick Elbow, Rear Elbow, Rear pushing Knee, Rear Kick)
6) Held for H

7) Hook, Cross, Lead Kick, Rear Knee, Rear Kick, Hook, Cross, Elbow to tie up 6 skip knee #2, push off double Rear Kick
**now** add 3+5+7 for full 17 count (Lead Teep, Lead Kick, Cross, Hook, Rear Upward Knee, Lead Elbow, Rear Elbow, Rear pushing Knee, Rear Kick, Hook, Cross, Lead Kick, Rear Knee, Rear Kick, Hook, Cross, Elbow to tie up 6 skip knee #2, push off double Rear Kick)
8 ) I held for H

10) Lead and Rear Kicks, and flying knees

Whew! What a great class! Thank you 🙏 Khun Kru Krysta.

Wednesday 07/29/2020: 50 minutes workout 1 mile run and Calisthenics

I woke up at 6:30 am and ent for a run it was beautiful outside.

Workout Word for the day is ANOMALY. Don’t let exercise be an Anomaly in your routine. See what I did there? Bwahaha

Calisthenics: word ANOMALY word is done as a superset, for 3 reps.

A) 30 Star Jumps
N) 15 Jump Lunges
O) 30 Sit Ups
M) 30 Plank Jacks
A) 30 Star Jumps
L) 15 resistance band- Mule Kicks
Y) 50 Flutter Kicks

Whew that was a great workout. Go after your dreams and goals. I will be your cheerleader!!!

Thursday 07/30/2020: 1 hour of Muay Thai training

Ever have a day where you are exhausted? You come home from one job to work on another job/project that is due the next day? Oh and you forgot to eat till dinner? Yeah that was my day.

I sooooo did not want to train today, but H popped out with a quote from Frank Herbert’s Dune. “What has mood to do with it? You fight when the necessity arises-no mater the mood! Mood’s a thing for cattle or making love or playing the baliset. It’s not for fighting.”

I heard my trainer/instructor say, “good that’s very pretty, now do the it (the Thai 17 count) like you want to kill someone.” Which I took to meanmt form and flow were pretty now put the power into it. To which I did, or at least tried and heard, “ok do it again, this time harder.” 😁

So I had my last meal after my workout because I was ravenous and I was super thirsty. Yogurt with strawberries and apples, unsweetened coconut and some walnuts.

Training: jumping jacks for active recovery between rounds

1) Jab, Cross, Rear Flying Knee, Jab, Cross, Lead Flying Knee
2) Held for H

3) Lead Teep, Lead Kick, Cross, Hook, Rear Flying Knee
4) Held for H

5) Rear upward Knee, Lead Elbow, Rear Elbow, Rear pushing Knee, Rear Kick
**now** add 3+5 (Lead Teep, Lead Kick, Cross, Hook, Rear Upward Knee, Lead Elbow, Rear Elbow, Rear pushing Knee, Rear Kick)
6) Held for H

7) Hook, Cross, Lead Kick, Rear Knee, Rear Kick, Hook, Cross, Elbow to tie up 6 skip knee #2, push off double Rear Kick
**now** add 3+5+7 for full 17 count (Lead Teep, Lead Kick, Cross, Hook, Rear Upward Knee, Lead Elbow, Rear Elbow, Rear pushing Knee, Rear Kick, Hook, Cross, Lead Kick, Rear Knee, Rear Kick, Hook, Cross, Elbow to tie up 6 skip knee #2, push off double Rear Kick)
8 ) I held for H

Burnout:
9) Jab, Cross,Jab,Cross, Lead Kick, Rear KickJab, Cross,Jab,Cross, Rear Kick, Lead KickJab, Cross,Jab,Cross, Lead Kick, Lead Kick Jab, Cross,Jab,Cross, Rear Kick, Rear Kick
10) Held for H
11) same drill above for me South Paw Lead
12) same drill for H Orthodox Lead

Thank you 🙏 Khun Kru Krysta. Again a great class and working us through the Thai 17 you are amazing.

Saturday 08/01/2020: 2 hours of Kali/staff and MuayThai/JKD striking training

Today was just a fun day in training. Partly because my awesome teacher/trainer Khun Kru Krysta had a fantastic lads planned out where we practiced some Jeet Kun Do (JKD Bruce Lee’s Martial Art form). It was so nice to block pass and strike again. Have not practiced JKD since COVID19 lockdown. Also much more fun cause I let myself have fun. It sounds stupid but I did not just focus on the form and trying to make everything perfect. When I study something I hyperfocus sometimes to the point of making it not fun but analytical. So I just worked and had a good time.

I am reading a book that talks about the inner game. I will expound on it when I am done. But letting myself just have fun and not be so uptight, quieting the mind and ignoring the bad things I might think about a certain combo I just did was what I worked on.

Kali/Staff: we did all these patterns both sides stance

1) equise pattern to low back hand high back hand
2) witik x3 to low back hand high back hand
3) redondo x3 to low back hand high back hand
4) redondo x3 with a spin on 4 and to low back hand high back hand Muay

Thai/JKD Striking: Warm up with jump rope, jumping jacks between rounds for active recovery

1) Jab, Cross, Lead Knee, Jab, Cross, Rear Knee
2) Held pads for H JKD

3) Fake High Jab, pendulum leg kick Lead, Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Roundhouse Kick, pendulum get out
4) Held for H

5) Fake Low Jab, Fake High Jab, pendulum leg kick Lead, Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Roundhouse Kick, pendulum get out
6) Held for H

7) Fake High Jab, Low Jab, Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Roundhouse Kick, pendulum get out If opponent blocks Low Jab- ping choy, gua choy- or block pass strike Fake High Jab, Low Jab, (opponent blocks) Ping Choy, Gua Choy, (block, clear opponents arm, return a back hand to the face) Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Roundhouse Kick, pendulum get out
8 ) I Held pads for H

Burn out:
9) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick, Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Kick
10) Held for H
11) flying knees on the bag

I missed practicing the Ping Choy, Gua Choy and I did not realize how much I did. Jeet Kun Do is all about the block pass trapping/striking.


What a week. It was a good week of training. There were ups and downs. I am learning to just enjoy what I am doing. I need to not just focus on doing the drills perfectly. I need to work on intent. I need to work on me. I am working on me.

Pad holding will make you better in your martial art. It is hard now for most people during this Covid19 we can’t all get that close. I am lucky to have a built in partner in H. However, this statement above is still true for as much as I know. Pad holding will make you better at range management, better at seeing strikes coming in, better at the drills with body mechanics, make you a better partner, and will help in hit response.

Let me know what you think. Have you experienced any of the things I am saying about pad holding? Thank you for reading. If you like this, hit the like button, and subscribe.

Have a great week, and keep reaching for the goals you made for yourself. Keep working even if you have to work around things in your life. Your dreams are worth it.

Workout/Martial Arts 07/20/2020: Injury is Inevitable in Martial Arts

Some will disagree, however, injury is inevitable in martial arts.

1) You may get hurt accidentally, a new practitioner is less controlled than a person who has suddied a while, so injury is more likely. It is commonly said in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that the most dangerous person on the mat, in the dojo, or in the gym is the white belt/novice.

2) You may get hurt strengthening, often times in Muay Thai you will get hurt when strengthening and growing. Think small bone fractures that are incurred when shielding, kicking, any time a bone hits another bone, or hard surface. It is breaking slightly and remottling, and growing stronger.

3) You may get hurt by making a mistake, because you will make mistakes. You can count on that.

4) Sometimes you get hurt even though you do everthing right, just because some one esle did everything right faster than you.

Either through intention or accident you will get hurt. You can’t venture into the study of martial arts with the intention of never getting hurt. However, you can forget like I did that it is a part of my growth. Tuesday I took a huge hit, I was holding pads for a flying knee and I was thrown across the mat. I have mentioned I have scoliosis and try not to let it stop me from doing the things I love. I was hurt a little, not life threatening, but enough to shake me and my resolve. I felt sorry for myself, and had a lapse of understanding this very principle. I got into my own head. I started over thinking things. If I want to continue to do this art, I have to take the lumps, hits, pains, and keep going.

I woke up on Wednesday sore and stiff, and decided to take the day to heal instead of going on my usual run/workout, I rested, and went to my chiropractor to get popped back into place. I was sore afterward, but felt good. In retrospect I lost that vision… and that is going to happen in my training. I just have to get back up and go do it again.

Getting out of my own head again:

H and I got to have a nice movie night and watched The Forbiden Kingdom with Jackie Chan and Jet Li. One of my favorite quotes and there were many quotes I loved… was…

“Learn the form, but seek the formless. Hear the soundless. Learn it all, then forget it all. Learn The Way, then find your own way.

The Silent Monk in the movie The Forbiden Kingdom:

I have been working on agility and getting out of my own head, trusting in my form, and what I have learned. This was great. Yes it is a silly movie but who says we cannot take and learn something from silly movies. My last post was about that very same thing. Only this time I was in my own head after the training. I was upset that I had fallen down, and hit the mat hard. But I needed to get over it.

I can be upset about it, and just quit. Sure I won’t be injured in Muay Thai/Weight Lifting/Running any more. However, if I miss a step in the house and land improperly I can damage my back to the point my scoliosis reacts and then I have 3 to 6 months of recover as well. Alternately, I can accept it is a possibility and do what I have been doing, which is deal with the injury and train around it. Sometimes our brains can be so mean and annoying. But I am strong and will bounce back.


Monday 07/20/2020: 1 hour- 1.5 mile run, 20 minute calisthenics, 10 min core workout

I dreamt I had done my work out and woke up disappointed it was not done yet. But then I went out to get it done.

1.5 mile run it was already hot out at 7:45 am

Calisthenics workout: word of the day is BRING IT thank you Harun Sagat-Cdo Raja for the word. Words done in a superset x3

B ) 20 Squat Jumps
R) 30 Crunches
I) 25 standing Knees Crunches
N) 15 Jump Lunges
G) 15 Burpees

I) 25 standing Knee Crunches
T) 20 Hip Dips – 20x each side

Core: Dana Linn Baileys 10 minute core workout – 45 seconds on 15 seconds rest between
1) hollow body
2) hollow body reverse crunch
3) v Sit bicycles
4) Star Crunches
5) right side plank dips
6) left side plank dips
7) high plank opposite side knee to elbow
8 ) v Sit leg circles
9) heal touches
10) explosive crunches

Woot done!

Tuesday 07/21/2020: 1 hour of Muay Thai Training

Today I was working on my flow and, not overthinking my striking combos. I focused on keeping the motion going. It doesn’t matter if the shots are slow just keep the motion going. Going slow is fine so long as you are smoothing out your strikes. Your goal in smoothing out is…other than to look like a freaking love child of Jackie Chan and Tony Jaa, is to hide your next strike.

Keeping the flow going lets you maintain your rhythm, and body mechanics. I need to incorporate more shadow boxing of jab/cross/hook/cross and jab/cross/uppercut/uppercut. Those moves have you shift weight a lot so that you move and flow. I know I know… I hear the voices of all my Muay Thai trainers, you must shadow box more. I know! So I am going to make a concerted effort to do so.

What makes shadow boxing so hard for me? Can you guess? Yup over thinking. I keep thinking of the combos I should do, and oh I should not do that combo over and over again. Being a Type A personality is rough sometimes.

I did turn off my brain in one of the combos today and successfully flowed through the drill. I had less pauses, save for the ones that are necessary like when you do a switch kick and or switch knee. Really anything with your lead leg. Ok enough waxing on.

Thank you Khun Kru Krysta 🙏🙏🙏 for a great class.

Training: we always start with jumping rope, today we alternated between skip knees, Jumping Jacks, and Squat Jumps for active rest.

1) Jab, Cross, Rear Knee, Jab, Cross, Lead Knee
2) I held pads for H

3) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Elbow, Lead Knee, lean out
4) I held pads for H

5) Jab, Cross, Rear Knee, Lead Elbow, Rear Elbow, Rear Knee, w/ either (lean, Rear Kick, or Clench with 6 knees and a double kick- you choose based on distance you make for yourself after last Rear Knee)
6) Held for H Burn out drill

7) Jab, Cross, Jab, Cross, Lead Kick, Rear Kick Jab, Cross, Jab, Cross, Rear Kick, Rear Kick Jab, Cross, Jab, Cross, Lead Kick, Lead Kick Jab, Cross, Jab, Cross, Rear Kick, Lead Kick
8 ) I held pads for H

Then H wanted to practice flying knees. And I held pads for him. He sent me flying across the room. Physics in motion kids!!! 😂😂😁

Thursday 07/23/2020: 1 hour and 10 minutes Muay Thai training.


Back up on the horse again. Getting knocked down across the mat Tuesday I listened to my body and gave it a rest on Wednesday. I went to chiropractor got put back into place and am back at the training tonight.


So getting back into getting my flow going. I tried to take the thinking out of my training tonight. We would learn the new combo I would take about three repetitions to get the body mechanics down. Then I just focused on keeping my body moving and flowing.


Four things happened when I let go:


1) I stopped thinking about every strike. So my strikes flowed together better.
2) My training partner said I got double the amount of repetitions in than I normally do.
3) I felt weird… let me try to explain. I focus so much on technique that I am very controlled in my movements. Always focusing in getting into position best for that strike. But that takes time and when working flow you will not always end up in the perfect position. So while I was flowing in my drills I felt sort of out of control, because the control I am used to is getting into position to strike the best angle and with the most power. So it felt weird, sort of out of control.
4) My form broke down. My form from what my partner said was not terrible, just not great all the time. The hope is as I get used to working flow more I will learn to reset/flow into a better position to keep my form at its best.

So yes it felt weird/off but you have to push your training to grow and I know that that off feeling is me changing how I am executing my training.
Who knew that martial arts was so cerebral? 😆 I am sure all the people knew. I am just working through it.


I love the quote from Silent Monk in The Forbidden Kingdom -“Learn the form, but seek the formless. Hear the soundless. Learn it all, then forget it all. Learn the way, then find your own way.”


I see parallels in my training in this quote. The forms I do know well I need to flow to make them my own. I will keep learning new forms and incorporating them.

Enough of that mental gymnastics here is the training. Super fun training day thank you Khun Kru Krysta Scharlach. 🙏🙏🙏 we did Overhand strikes and shovel hooks.

Training: it was an elbow centered class
1) Jab, Cross, #3 Rear Elbow, Jab, Cross, #3 Lead Elbow
2) Held for H

3) Jab, Cross, Elbow #1, Spinning Back Elbow #9, Spinning Back Elbow #9, Rear Knee
4) Held for H

5) Jab, Overhand, Shovel Hook, Overhand, Switch Kick
6) Held for H

7) Thai Lean, scoop opponents lead hand, #6 elbow, #2 elbow, Fence, Lead Knee, push off and shield kick
8 ) Held for H

Burn out
9) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick, Cross, Hook, Cross, Lean Kick
10) Held for H
11) South Paw stance – Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick, Cross, Hook, Cross, Lean Kick
12) Held for H
13-14) we added a kick drill for two more rounds

Saturday 07/25/2020: 2 hours of Muay ThaI and Kali training

Whew it was a scorcher of a day today. I am exhausted. Working on my flow and movement again today. It must be true that I get far more reps in when I don’t take time to analyze my strikes and set them up. I am exhausted. 🙂 great training day today. Thank you Khun Kru Krysta.

Kali –

1) high box
2) Full box
3) 3 redondo to ordebise, low backhand, high backhand

Muay Thai-

1) Jab, Cross, Lead Kick, Jab Cross Rear Kick
2) Held pads for H

3) Lead Teep, switch kick/hop kick, hook, cross, rear kick
4) Held for H

5) Jab, Cross, Rear Knee, Elbow, Elbow, Rear Knee, Rear Kick
6) Held for H

7) Rear Kick, Jab, Cross, Thadmala, tie up, six skip knees, push off and double kick
8 ) Held pads for H

Burn out:
9) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick, Cross, Hook, Lead Kick
10) Held for H
11) Held kicks for H
12) I did walking alternating kicks

Whew. I am pooped. But in a good way.


Yup! I got an injury on Tuesday, listened to my body and got the care I needed rested, and was back in the wagon. We just avoided clench work on my neck. When the elbows I was throwing was jarring my neck, I backed off the power. I let my partner know that I need to back off the power because of pain.

Your partner should respect you enough to work with you and understand when you have to avoid a certain drill or modify it for you. I try not to use that phrase (you should, they should) a lot. But this is a common courtesy. I prescribe to the working around your injury. As I mentioned before injury is unavoidable for many reasons (mistakes/acciedentally, unexperienced partners, intentional micro fractures for strengthening, you may do everything right just someone is faster than you). If you were to stop everything for every injury you may be taking have a year off of training.

Now I am not saying if you have a broken foot, run on it. When a doctor says you have to stay off of this foot, do as the doctor says. However, a broken foot does not mean you can’t bench press, you cant sit and shadow box punches, or you can do sit ups and other core exercises that don’t require your feet. This is what I mean by working around your injury. Let your injury heal, listen to your doctor, but train around it. Find something you can focus on that does not harm or hinder your healing.

I hope you have a great week ahead. Thank you for reading. Please feel free to comment, I would love to hear from you. If you liked my blog, subscribe and like. Have a great week ahead, and I will keep working on my goals and dreams. I hope you do too. =)

Workout/Martial Arts 07/13/2020: How do you stop overthinking, and just start doing?

I am… I am often told I am proficient Muay Thai skills. I have clocked about 2 1/2 years of training with an instructor or at seminars. To give you perspective. April of this year would have been my 2 year mark since officially starting Muay Thai. What this means is that an average person will clock 2 classes a week, each class is about an hour, so 2 hours a week. I was clocking 5 classes or 5 hours a week. I often say mat time is key, even if it feels like you are not learning anything, or you are messing everything up. I can teach people the basics of Muay Thai no problem.

I say all this above because my biggest problem right now is getting into my head, or overthinking things. I need to just trust that I know the strikes and let my body do its thang.

I am going to work on getting back into my flow. Sabai Sabai as coaches in Thailand say to their Muay Thai students. I am going to work on making the training fun, and less about just making sure I execute the strikes 100%

I write more about Sabai Sabai in my Thursday training entry, if you are interested.


Monday 07/13/2020: 47 minutes – 1 mile run, and 34 minute Calisthenics workout

I woke up late for me, 8:30 am. I could not get myself to get out of bed. So I dragged myself out of bed, went on my run, and did my Calisthenics workout.

Workout of the day: MUSCLE MAKER thanks for the words thank you Patricia Church-Reeves. Both words done as a superset, 1 min rest between sets. Each superset done x3.

M) 30 Plank Jacks
U) 30 Bicycle Crunches
S) 30 seconds Fast Feet
C) 20 High Knees
L) 15 Mule Kicks (with resistance band, 15 each leg)
E) 15 Push Ups

M) 30 Plank Jacks
A) 30 Star Jumps
K) 20 Russian Twists (with 25lb Kettle Bell)
E) 15 Push Ups
R) 30 Explosive Sit Ups (changed from Crunches cause I wanted more difficulty)

I was drenched and it was a great workout. I did it fasted and ended up having brunch at 11 instead of breakfast. Lol

Tuesday 07/14/2020: 1 hour and 15 minutes Muay Thai Training

We worked on on the same combos we did on Saturday however, instead of doing it as partner drills we worked on pads. We were focusing on power and strike response. So we added shields after every combo. And boy do my shins feel it today.

We worked on some kick response drills after class. Which is opponent strikes, and you immediately kick back. This is done to speed up your response and get you conditioned to strike back when you are hit. My shins were throbbing at the end of the night.

Kun Kru Krysta changed up the active rest today and we had to do skip knees between rounds. It was so hard and great. Thank you so much Khun Kru Krysta.

Training: 25 skip knees between rounds

1) Jab, Cross, Lead Teep, Jab, Cross, Rear Teep…repeat
2) I held pads for H

3) Jab, Cross, Rear Kick miss, Rear Side Kick Jab, Cross, Rear Kick shielded, Lead Teep Jab, Cross, Rear Kick shielded, Lead Side Kick
4) I held pads for H

5) Jab, Cross, Hook, Chain Elbow Strike, Spinning Rear Elbow, Teep
6) I held pads for H

7) Jab, Cross, Long Hook, Spinning Back Fist (focus on range management you need to throw a Long Hook, and not step to deeply for back fist)
8 ) I held pads for H Burnout Drill

9) Jab, Cross, Body Hook, Head Hook, Cross, Uppercut, Uppercut, Cross, Hook, Switch Kick, Lead Shield
10) I held for H

Kick Response

1) Rear Kick, opponent shields returns kick
2) Lead Kick, opponent shields returns kick

So something I don’t write about often is the rolling out process. Cause I hate it. Muay Thai will F up your shins if you don’t roll out the knots. Those adhesions will also hinder your mobility. Muay Thai is not the only sport to cause adhesions. Most sports you get them only in the muscle. But in Muay Thai you get the swelling, bumps, adhesions on your bony parts like your shins.

It sucks to roll out, it hurts to roll out, but it is necessary. The pic with lacross ball, Tiger Tail, and Thai Oil are my main tools. That and a foam roller. It will hurt but, sometimes you have to do the hurt work to grow.

Wednesday 07/15/2020: 1 hour workout. 1.5 mile run, 28 min Calisthenics, 10 min Core workout

A little bit of work and sweat equity will pay off in the end. That is what I told myself today when I woke up not wanting to do a workout this morning. It was hard to get up and get my butt out the door but I did it. Bonus I feel accomplished for going on my run and doing a tough workout.

Not everyday is going to be sunshine and roses. So celebrate the accomplishments you get through that day. I got up at 7 am and got my butt out the door first thing.

Workout: Calisthenics workout of the day is SHAKE and BAKE, thank you Carver Hudson for the word. Words done as a superset each superset x 3 – this was heavy in agility and leg work so I added a core workout after it.

S) 30 seconds Fast Feet
A) 30 Star Jumps
K) 20 Russian Twists (w/ 25 lb Kettle Bell)
E) 15 Push Ups

B ) 20 Squat Jumps
A) A) 30 Star Jumps
K) 20 Russian Twists (w/ 25 lb Kettle Bell)

Workout: I did the Dana Linn Bailey 10 min core workout

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Get out there, get active, and fight for what you believe in.

Thursday 07/16/2020: 1 hour of Muay Thai training

Ok today… let’s just say I was really having a hard time finding my flow, finding my rhythm. My instructor told me “Sabai, sabai.” [pron. suh-BYE suh-BYE]. From my understanding there is no literal translation in English. Like most words in Asian languages it has more than one meaning. (I experienced the same thing in Japanese when talking to my grandma and mother.) However, it is the Thai way to say: relaxation, happiness, peace, go with the flow.

I tried to let go. Slow down my pace, stop trying to force the moves, and took a beat to center myself and feel the flow/change as my body moved through the drills. It took a few rounds for me to get back into the flow.

I write this because I told myself I would record all aspects of my training and here is one part. The lack of flow and ability to get into my training right away. Everything is not going to be perfect every day.

On top of it all my shins are killing me wee! So today’s training was great but took me a sec to get into.

Also we did a new burn out between drills about 4 times I loved. It was : Squat and lead kick, Squat and rear kick. I loved it.

Thank you Khun Kru Krysta Scharlach for a great class.

Training: {squats/jump squats, and squat kicks between rounds}

1) Lead Kick, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick
2) I held pads for H

3) south paw stance- Lead Kick, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick
4) Teep, Lead Kick, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick

5) I held pads for H
6) south paw stance- Teep, Lead Kick, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick

7) Jab, Cross, Lead Kick, Rear Kick (a favorite combo of mine)
8 ) I held pads for H

9) south paw stance- Jab, Cross, Lead Kick, Rear Kick (a favorite combo of mine)
10) Hop Kick, Cross, Rear Knee, Rear Kick

11) I held pads for H
12) south paw stance- Hop Kick, Cross, Rear Knee, Rear Kick Burnout

13) Jab, Cross, Body Hook, Head Hook, Cross, Uppercut, Uppercut, Hook, Cross, Rear Kick
14) I held for H

So in the end it was a good day of training. I put the time in on the mat and will continue to try to grow.

Saturday 07/18/2020: 2 hours of Staff/Kali and Muay Thai trainingand core workout


It was an awesome set of classes thank you for taking your time to teach Khun Kru Krysta 🙏🙏.


In boxing the power comes not only from your arms, it arguably comes more from your hips. Just like in Muay Thai the power comes from the snap of you Hip/torso, and the turn.


Today because my body was tired and my leg/knee/shin/ankle were letting me know I focused less on power and more on flow, mechanics, and weight shifting.

Kali:
Full Box – Opponent throws a 15, you roof shield, return a 1 angle strike, they meet your strike, return A 4 strike, you stop it with a downward strike, you return a 3 strike, they block, and return a 2 you shield that strike, you throw an angle 15 strike and you continue on. It’s hard to write out our training some times. So the short hand is easier to write.


Main combo for Kali was – Full Box – angles 15,1,4,3,2 repeat
Switch it up by changing hand positions so that you use back hand on 4, block 3, return backhand 2, roof shield the 15, switch hand positions to forehand.


One of the main things I like about Kali with staves is the fact that when you do the above drill with single stick, double stick, or staff the way you move your body changes. That alone makes this Kali so mind bending. I Love training this art❤️.

raining Muay Thai: I did pushups between rounds for active rest

1) Jab, Cross, Rear Knee, Jab, Cross, Lead Knee
2) South Paw: Jab, Cross, Rear Knee, Jab, Cross, Lead Knee

3) Jab, Cross, Hook, Chain Elbow, Lead Knee, Rear Kick
4) I held pads for H

5) Jab, Cross, Rear Knee, Lead Elbow, Rear Elbow, Rear Knee- then either lean, tie up and skip knee #2, Rear Kick
6) I held pads for H

7) to baby my leg I did burn out: Jab, Cross, uppercut, uppercut
Class did: Jab, Cross, Jab, Cross, Lead Kick, Rear kickJab, Cross, Jab, Cross, Lead Kick, Lead KickJab, Cross, Jab, Cross, Rear Kick, Rear Kick

I had a good time today. Got to see two of my old trainers I have not seen in ages and got to practice martial arts I love.


So there it is. This week was a great week of training. I am working on just going with the flow. Letting my training flow, not concentrating so hard on making it the best all the time. Sabai Sabai… let mey body move through the motions. Let the mechanics of my body work like it is supposed to and trained to do. Giving myself patience, and just working the matrtial arts I love.

I hear that my form is fantastic from my trainers. I am learning though that if I force the strikes, and not trust my body, I am not smooth. Slow is smooth, Smooth is Fast!

I will keep working on it. I hope you can keep working on what you are passionate about as well.

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Workout/Martial Arts 07/06/2020: Partner Drills, Thinking about your next step you are already behind.

This week H and I started Partner Drills. I am happy we did.

If you are unaware of what partner drills were, its where you practice a combo on a partner, they counter the attacks/shield/or block the attacks. They then practice the same combo on you.

This helps us in learning to see the attacks coming. This helps to learn to shield attacks, coutner them and return an atack. It helps you work the blocks and lets you feel what it feels like when you do block. You don’t get this training when you work on your own. You don’t get this training when you work on the heavy bag, and you don’t get this kind of training when you shadow box.

This kind of training you have to have a partner for. I am lucky that H and I are life partners and partners who practice Muay Thai. We can carve out a little space on the mat and work the combos/drills. My fellow students in class cannot train the way we are becuase they don’t have anyone they can train with, in this 2020 Covid19 Pandemic crap of a year.

I like partner drills. I love Muay Thai. I just get very nervous still after all this training time when a flurry of blows comes at me. I can counter/shield/return atacks to a certain point. Then my brain goes … ack!!!… things are coming at your face and body. My brain shuts down, and I start overthinking things.

In a fight or sparring match, thinking about your next step you are already behind.

What does this sentence above mean? When you are blocking, countering attacks, if you see an incoming strike, and stop to think about what to do, you will never be fast enough to come up with a solution and then excecute your counter. You have to drill and train what to do when an atack comes in, so your body is in motion already by the time the strike comes in.

Can you guess what I am working on this next week?


Monday 07/06/2020: 25 minutes – mile run and core workout

Woke up at 7:30 went for a run and did just a core workout. Still really sore from Muay Thai training on Saturday. So I am giving my body a rest.

It wa already hot and humid at 7:30 blargh. But I got it done. I need to roll out my muscles today.

My shirt says Fight Like A GRRRL and it’s one of my favorites

Tuesday 07/07/2020: 1 hour of Muay Thai training

Today was a great day of training. I was tired coming in but had a blast in class. Thank you Khun Kru Krysta Scharlach.

I really like the chain strikes, when we hit a hook, then a horizontal elbow. I got complimented on my form with the hook, horizontal elbow, spinning rear elbow, to spinning rear elbow. Yay!

Training: {jumping jacks active rest between rounds}

1) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick (trained in both south paw and orthodox)
2) I held pads for H

3) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Knee (trained in both south paw and orthodox)
4) I held pads for H

5) Jab, Cross, Hook, Lead Elbow, Rear Knee, Rear Kick (trained in both south paw and orthodox)
6) I held pads for H

7) Jab, Cross, Lead Elbow #1/horizontal, rear spinning elbow/#9, lead spinning elbow#9, Thai lean, Rear Knee, Rear Kick (trained in both south paw and orthodox)
8 ) I held pads for H

Burnout:
9) Jab, Cross, Lead Kick, Lead Teep – switch stance Jab, Cross, Lead Kick, Lead Tee ( focus on returning to stance before switching to new stance)
10) Jab, Cross, Lead kick, step down into new stance- Jab, Cross, Lead kick, step down into new stance

Whew I am pooped now, but my muscles don’t hurt so much today yay!

Wednesday 07/08/2020: 35 minutes Mile run, 10 mins bag work, 10 mins core

Listen to your body, and change up your routine if you need too. I decided to forgo calisthenics today. My body is tired and feeling a little run down. I decided to train but in other areas. I still train and practice Muay Thai 3 days a week. This is my off day training.

Always show respect to your partner, the art, and yourself. 🙏 wai

Ran a mile, 10 minutes of bag work hand combos, and 10 minutes core workout.

Thursday 07/09/2020: 1 hour and 10 minutes Muay Thai training

Great training today. H and I changed it up by doing partner drills. Instead of doing the combos on the bag, or on the pads, we did them against each other.

What this kind of training helps with is counter attacks. You know what combos are coming in, so you can work on things like, catching jabs, scooping strikes, shielding kicks, and dealing with knees to name a few. While we were doing this I was focusing on distance management, and what counters/blocks/shields and counter attacks were open that I could see.

Training: doing partner drills
{jumping jacks active recovery between rounds}
—————
1) Orthodox- Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick

(each person takes a turn doing this combo and the other person has to block/shield/counter attack)

2) South Paw- Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick

(each person takes a turn doing this combo and the other person has to block/shield/counter attack)

3) Opposite stance-(one person in SP and one in Ortho) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick

(each person takes a turn doing this combo and the other person has to block/shield/counter attack)

—————-

4) Orthodox- Jab, Lead Hook, Rear Knee

(each person takes a turn doing this combo and the other person has to block/shield/counter attack)

5) South Paw- Jab, Lead Hook, Rear Knee

(each person takes a turn doing this combo and the other person has to block/shield/counter attack)

6) Opposite stance-(one person in SP and one in Ortho) Jab, Lead Hook, Rear Knee

(each person takes a turn doing this combo and the other person has to block/shield/counter attack)
——————

7) Orthodox- Jab, Lead Hook, Rear Knee, Rear Kick

(each person takes a turn doing this combo and the other person has to block/shield/counter attack)

8 ) South Paw- Jab, Lead Hook, Rear Knee, Rear Kick

(each person takes a turn doing this combo and the other person has to block/shield/counter attack)

9) Opposite stance-(one person in SP and one in Ortho) Jab, Lead Hook, Rear Knee, Rear Kick

(each person takes a turn doing this combo and the other person has to block/shield/counter attack)

——————
10) Orthodox- Jab, Lead Hook, Lead Elbow (chain strike), spinning rear elbow, spinning lead elbow, lean out, rear knee when opponent presses

(each person takes a turn doing this combo and the other person has to block/shield/counter attack)

11) South Paw- Jab, Lead Hook, Lead Elbow (chain strike), spinning rear elbow, spinning lead elbow, lean out, rear knee when opponent presses

(each person takes a turn doing this combo and the other person has to block/shield/counter attack)

12) Opposite stance- (one person in SP and one in Ortho) Jab, Lead Hook, Lead Elbow (chain strike), spinning rear elbow, spinning lead elbow, lean out, rear knee when opponent presses

(each person takes a turn doing this combo and the other person has to block/shield/counter attack)

—————-
Burn Out:

13) Jab, Cross, Lead Knee, Jab, Cross, Lead Kick, switch stance repeat.

It was a fantastic class. Thank you Khun Kru Krysta. 🙏

Saturday 07/11/2020: 1 hour and 45 mins of training- Kali staff and Muay Thai

Thank you Khun Kru Krysta!

We worked partner drills again today. This helps H and I work on our shields, counter attacks, and blocks.

I am so lucky to have a partner that practices Muay Thai with me. I have a built in training partner.

Training: Kali Staff

1) High x3 redondo, low back hand high back hand
2) high, low, high redondo, low back hand high back hand
3) low x 3 redondo, low back hand high back hand
4) low, high, low redondo, low back hand high back hand

5) high witik x3, low back hand high back hand
6) high, low, high witik, low back hand high back hand
7) low x3 witik, low back hand high back hand
8 ) low, high, low witik, low back hand high back hand

Training: Muay Thai {between rounds below we did jumping jacks}

1) Orthodox: Jab, Cross, Rear Teep, Jab, Cross, Lead Teep
2) South Paw: Jab, Cross, Rear Teep, Jab, Cross, Lead Teep
3) Ortho vs South Paw: Jab, Cross, Rear Teep, Jab, Cross, Lead Teep

{Combo below emphasis on recovering from a missed rear side leg kick and returning a rear side kick to torso}
4) Orthodox: Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Leg Kick, in response to opponent lateraling out – Rear Side Kick
5) South Paw: Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Leg Kick, in response to opponent lateraling out – Rear Side Kick
6) Ortho vs South Paw: Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Leg Kick, in response to opponent lateraling out – Rear Side Kick

{Combo below emphasis on distance management and using short Hook so you can throw chain elbow.}
7) Orthodox: Jab, Cross, Hook to chain Elbow, Spinning Rear Elbow, step forward, and C out back to stance
8 ) South Paw: Jab, Cross, Hook to chain Elbow, Spinning Rear Elbow, step forward, and C out back to stance
9) Ortho vs South Paw: Jab, Cross, Hook to chain Elbow, Spinning Rear Elbow, step forward, and C out back to stance

{Combo below emphasis on distance management and using long Hook so you can throw the back hand.}
10) Orthodox: Jab, Cross, Long Hook, Spinning Back Hand, Step foreword and C out, Teep when opponent advances
11) South Paw: Jab, Cross, Long Hook, Spinning Back Hand, Step foreword and C out, Teep when opponent advances
12) Ortho vs South Paw: Jab, Cross, Long Hook, Spinning Back Hand, Step foreword and C out, Teep when opponent advances

Burn out:
13)Jab, Cross, Body Hook, Head Hook, Cross, Uppercut, Uppercut, Hook, Cross, Switch Kick
14) I fed burnout for H: Jab, Cross, Body Hook, Head Hook, Cross, Uppercut, Uppercut, Hook, Cross, Switch Kick


Ok well that is it for me for this week. Next week we are doing the same but adding goals. I am working on agility, not overthinking things, partner drills, and my form of course. I am constantly working on these things, just emphasizing one more than the other on some weeks. We shall see how this next week of training shakes out.

For the record working out cardio with a face mask on and mouth guard in… is tough but doable.

Get out there and do the work. Train as if you don’t know how many days you have left to train. Stay active, and fight for the things you belive in. Listen to your body, and love everyone with all you have got. Thank you for reading and I hope you have a great week. Please feel free to subscribe and comment if you feel like doing so.

Workout/Martial Arts 06/29/2020: Holding Pads Is A Skill Itself

Pad holding is a skill in itself. Being a great pad holder can make your partner look like a million bucks. It can also, mean the difference between a good workout for your partner or a great workout. Finally it is a great workout for you the pad holder, and can really tax your muscles. Ask me how I know.

Pad holding Tips I Have Learned:

  1. You have to be able to feed the pads just right so that your partner can hit them.
  2. You have to be at the correct distance so that your partner hits them fully extended and not shortened, but not to far away so that they get hurt from missing the pads.
  3. You have to meet their strikes with the same force so that they have feed back.
  4. You have to be able to take the hits. The pads help you feed and take the hits, but if your partner is putting in the strikes properly you will feel them. The pads only distribute the power of the strikes.
  5. You have to lean in to kicks coming in. If the person is taller/bigger than you, you may have to jump a little bit with the kicks/knees.
  6. You mimic the moves your partner is making. For instance if they are throwing a jab you move your body shoulder, hip, leg, feet placement as if you are jabbing as well, but just holding the pad up for them to punch. Doing it this way helps you to work on your jab, while they are.

I often have to hold for a south paw and for orthodox. I am married to a south paw. =) I am sore from Saturdays workout. I often worry that I am not holding the pads correctly, so I have been working on my pad holding

I hope you have had a great week. Mine has been hectic. I home school my kiddos, and have since they started school. So this is our end of the year and as such it is crazy. We have reviews, evaluations, and I have to send in my paperwork so that the school district here knows that they have been taught and evaluated. On top of school obligations we have work, and family life. However, through all of that, my training goes on.

Warning: my opinions are going to spill all over the page, you can skip to the workout part if you don’t want to hear it.

Training a small bit of normalcy in this really turbulent time. If you are not in America. Saturday was a big holiday for us. 4th of July for us is the day we celebrate our independence. However, this year it feels different. It is not nearly the same. How can it feel the same? We are a torn/divided country. We have an imbecile for a president, who is driving the wedge in our country. He is promoting racism, and we have people who are rightfully angry. Hell I am angry. I have dealt with the racism in one way or another all my life. We have unrest in our country because we need equality for all of our citizens. Fighting this tyranny is far from overdue and worth fighting for. I stand with the BLM movement.

It feels like we don’t have our independence, or the independence we thought we have. It feels like we are losing what little independence we had little by little. It feels like we are being buffeted by worse and worse decisions that our government is making. COVID19 Infections are spiking here, and the world has gone from laughing at us in the U.S.A. to pitying us. I don’t blame them. I would too if I saw us from outside.

I wanted to give my kids the celebration they would enjoy. So we decided to have a bar-b-que, use sparklers, and poppers to let them have some fun. I was not going to expose them to a crowd for a fire works display. I did not even look to see if there were any happening.

Hahahahaha… 2020 had other plans. We decided to grill today Sunday and …well a more organized, less scattered person, might have checked the weather before. But that was not me today. I got rained out. No… I got hit by a thunderstorm, and lightening. So we took the food into the house to cook, and it started hailing on us. Yay! We salvaged dinner and the kids had fun still. I will let them play with fire toys later… on a day when it is not hailing outside. =)

So how did I celebrate the independence of my country? I celebrated it yesterday by training in Muay Thai. With every punch I envisioned punching a Nazi, racist, scum. It was a fitting way to bring in that 4th of July for this unprecedented year of 2020.

Anyway enough of my blabbering, on to training for the week…

Training/Workouts


Monday 06/29/2020: 54 minute workout- 1 mile run, 30 minute weight lifting workout, and 10 minute core workout.


Whew it was a terrible run. It was super hot, super sunny and no breeze. But I did it.

I decided to do a full weight lifting workout. I did my weight lifting exercises and with active rest in between.

Weightlifting: each set of exercises done together with an active rest (no other rest)

1) Olympic Barbell Dead Lift 135 lbs – 3 sets of 6 reps2)
1 minute kettle bell swings 20 lb KB (active rest)

3) Olympic Barbell Press 65 lbs – 3 sets of 8 reps4)
1 minute Kettle Bell Goblet Squats 20 lb KB (active rest)

5) Tripod Tricep Rows 20 lb Kettle Bell, 3 sets of 15 reps each arm6)
1 minute Incline or Australian Pull Ups ( active rest)

Core workout ( I did the Dana Linn Bailey 10 minute Everyday Abs) Man I am going to be sore. Here is the workout video if you want to do it at home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYqDX3sllH4&t=562s

1) 45 sec Hollow body

15 sec rest

2) 45 sec Hollow body reverse crunches

15 sec rest

3) 45 sec Sit Bicycles

15 sec rest

4) 45 sec Star Crunches

15 sec rest

5) 45 sec Side Right planks dips

15 sec rest

6) 45 sec Side Left planks dips

15 sec rest

7) 45 sec High Plank opsite Side Knee to Elbow

15 sec rest

8 ) 45 sec V Sit Leg Circles

15 sec rest

9) 45 sec Heel Touches

15 second rest

10) 45 sec Explosive Sit Ups

Whew that was a hard, core workout. But happy I did it in the end. My body is amazing and wonderful. I need to keep telling myself that.
I am going to be sore tomorrow. But hopefully not too sore.

Tuesday 06/30/2020:1 hour and 10 minutes of Muay Thai Training

So doing a core workout where you tear up your muscles, and are sore the next day, will make it really sore and you feel every kick you hold pads for the next day. Just in case you were wondering. This is my PSA for you all. Doing an intense core workout, then hold pads the best day where you get kicked a lot is ouchy!

Great class today thank you Khun Kru Krysta.

Training: {jumping jacks active rest between every round}

1) Jab, Cross, Over Hand, Rear Kick (I worked this Orthodox and South Paw)
2) I held pads for H

3) Jab, Cross, Hook, Lead Kick (I worked this Orthodox and South Paw)
4) I held pads for H

5) Jab, Cross, Lead Elbow, Rear Elbow, Rear Knee (I worked this Orthodox and South Paw)
6) I held pads for H

7) Jab, Cross, Rear Elbow, Lead Elbow, Rear Knee, Tie Up/clench 6 skip knees, push off and double kick (I worked this Orthodox and South Paw)
8 ) I held pads for H

9) Jab, Cross, switch kick, Lead Teep reset to stance – switch stance opposite, Jab, Cross, switch kick, Lead Teep – repeat
10) Jab, Cross, Switch Kick, step down to switch opposite stance Jab, Cross, Switch Kick – repeat

We did an extra burn out round:
1) pyramid rear kick 1 – 5 – 1
2) tie up 50 knees
3) pyramid lead kick 1 – 5 – 1

H just takes any picture after the training. No rhyme or reason. So here are his artistic pieces. Lol

Wednesday 07/01/2020: 40 minute workout- 1 mile run, 4 x 1 minute ladder drills, 10 min Calisthenics, 10 min core workout

Whew… on recommendation from my coach/trainer I ran at 7 am to beat the heat. Thank you Khun Kru Krysta.

Then I worked the agility ladder before going in to do Calisthenics and core. Video of ladder work below. As you can see I messed up a bit in the middle and of course that happens when I am filming.

4 x 1 minute agility ladder drills with 15 seconds rest between

Calisthenics word was HIGH thanks to John. This word done in a superset, 30 seconds and of rest, x 3 sets

H) 10 Tricep Dips (I just use a chair in my house)
I) 25 Standing Crunches
G) 15 Burpees
H) 10 Tricep Dips

Dana Linn Baileys 10 minute Core Workout

( I did the Dana Linn Bailey 10 minute Everyday Abs) Here is the workout video if you want to do it at home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYqDX3sllH4&t=562s

1) 45 sec Hollow body

15 sec rest

2) 45 sec Hollow body reverse crunches

15 sec rest

3) 45 sec Sit Bicycles

15 sec rest

4) 45 sec Star Crunches

15 sec rest

5) 45 sec Side Right planks dips

15 sec rest

6) 45 sec Side Left planks dips

15 sec rest

7) 45 sec High Plank opsite Side Knee to Elbow

15 sec rest

8 ) 45 sec V Sit Leg Circles

15 sec rest

9) 45 sec Heel Touches

15 second rest

10) 45 sec Explosive Sit Ups

So glad that is done. Woot!

Thursday 07/02/2020: 1 hour of Muay Thai Training

Whew what a day of training. It was super fun. Ok so when switching stances make sure to reset your stance. For me south paw is my opposite stance. So when working a drill I was having a hard time finding my body mechanic. Only took me almost a whole 3 minute round to figure out I was stepping forward, into my Orthodox stance. Lol

So watching your body mechanics, and feeling your body mechanics as you work the combo is the key. Go slowly on your combo and learn it right. Speed will come later.

Training: {jumping jacks active recovery between rounds}

1) shield kick with lead leg, Lead Kick, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick (we were switching stances between ortho and south paw)
2) I held pads for H’s turn

3) shield kick with Lead leg, Rear Kick, Hook, Cross, Lead Kick (we were switching stances between ortho and south paw)
4) I held pads for H’s turn

5) Parry the Jab, Rear Kick the opponents leg, Hook, Cross, Lead Body Kick (we were switching stances between ortho and south paw)
6) I held pads for H’s turn

7) Catch the Jab, Scoop the Cross, Rear Elbow, Rear Knee, Rear Kick (we were switching stances between ortho and south paw)
8 ) I held pads for H’s turn

Burn out rounds:
9) Rear Shield the kick, Rear Kick, Rear Teep x10 – Lead Shield the Kick, Lead Kick, Lead Teep x10 – Jab, Lead Elbow, x 20 skip knees…repeat till end of round
10) I held for H

The reason we work our opposite stance is because in a fight it may come up. You may end up in an opposite stance and you have to know how to adjust your strikes and defenses. It’s another tool in your tool box. The ability to switch your stance rounds out your game. The rules change for south paw, what works for me on ortho will not always work in south paw, and vice versus. These are the little nuances that we are working on now.

An example of a difference is, a south paw can scoop a ortho fighters jab because he/she will be offline or outside the ortho’s area of effectiveness.

Anyway thank you Khun Kru Krysta for such a fun class. Kicked my booty again.

Saturday 07/04/2020: 2 hours- 2 hours of Muay Thai training

“The only answer for bad reps is good reps.” Khun Kru Krysta said today during our training. What it means to me is that I cannot getintoky head when I do a combo wrong. I need to just rep it out and do it right.

What did I do to celebrate the 4thof July? I punched the shit out of things. Worked up a crazy sweat and imagined punching Nazi’s. Why because that is what our world is dealing with now. Let’s celebrate our country’s independence, but let’s not forget we have a white supremacist problem.

What we worked on:

Combo – Jab, Cross, bob and weave, Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Knee, Lead Kick

Then of course switching stances so I had to do it in south paw.

Goal for today’s training was feeling the weight shift in the combo. Doing so sets the strikes up for more power and ease of flow. Making it less of a forced move/forced power, and more of a body flow

I focused on:
1) Chin to shoulder and looking at opponent when bobbing and weaving.
2) keeping my rear hand tucked especially after a cross, cover face
3) Putting my left hand up for noise, when kneeing and kicking

Happy 4th of July everyone and stay safe.

We will be celebrating tomorrow because H and I are exhausted and it is 100 out to hot to grill.


And that ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, was my week of training. I did 5 days total. Friday I needed the day off… my body was tired, and today whew well today I am sore from Saturday training and pad holding. DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) has set in pretty well today.

My calves are tired and sore from training. My pecs and triceps are tired and sore from pad holding. I am a hot mess and groaning slow sore muscle monster right now. =)

I work every time to be the best pad holder I can. With every round I am trying to mimic their body movements. So I rotate at the hips when a hook is coming in and I meet their hook with my pad and the force of my hook. Am I good at pad holding? I would say I am adequate, but that is not good. I want to be/get great at it. Great pad holding is a new goal I am going to tack on to my agility training goals for this Covid19 pandemic.

As I type this up, I realize that this may not be something that you all can do because of the social distancing. I am very lucky that my spouse and I both train Muay Thai so I have a built in partner. However, you can still learn read and learn and then when you get a chance you can practice your pad holding technique. Heck maybe you have a built in partner. Maybe you can get your spouse, significant other, parent, child, etc. to hold pads for you.

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Workout/Martial Arts 06/22/2020: Agility and Striking Flow

At the beginning of the pandemic or Covid19 I decided to focus on agility. Well let me back that up. After about two weeks of my jaw dropping, wide eyed, constant reading of the news I decided to focus on agility. I was still working out at home, but I had to modify my workouts because I was not going to my Martial Arts gym. I did not know what this pandemic meant for our training and how our lives were going to change.

I decided that I wanted to focus on agility. I could do that at home. I could work my agility and I needed it for Muay Thai and Kali. I need it for every sport, but more so for my martial arts.

I have been studying these martial arts for a little over 2 years. I am at the point where I know all of the strikes, I know all of the kicks, knees, elbows. We are learning the minutia, the small tweaks, combos, strategies, counter attacks, and blocking that leads to counter attacks.

All of these things above needs agility. So I have been working on agility. This week I have attacked flow and smooth combos with H in a different way. As H says I know how to throw the strikes. Its like I know the letters to a word, I know the sounds of the letters to the words. I just need to string them together into a word. I need to string my strikes/blows/letters into a word, working on flow. I focus so much on getting the strike as perfect as I can I tend to be a little staccato in my movements. Less graceful, more stuttered if you will.

As it has been said…Slow is smooth, smooth is fast. I need to loosen up and just trust my body. I have been making progress on this. This week has been great I have been working my flow. I am focusing more on having fun, letting my body move the way I have trained it. I think that is the next step in my martial arts journey. Just letting my body do what it knows to do.


Monday 06/22/2020: 1 hour- 1 mile run, weight lifting, Calisthenics, and core work

Weight lifting: right after run

1) clean and press 65 lbs Olympic barbell x3 sets of 8
2) Dead Lifts 135 lbs Olympic barbell x3 sets of 6
3) 1 minute – about 60 Kettle Bell swings x 3 sets (I did these in between the DLs instead of resting)

Workout calisthenics word of the day was GREAT I added more core stuff to it. I did this workout as a superset. Three sets or x3

G) 15 Burpees
R) 30 Crunches
E) 15 Push Ups
A) 30 Star Jumps
T) 20 Hip Dips

Core
1) V – Ups x30
2) Sit Ups x30
3) Bicycle Crunches x30
4) 30 second Plank with Shoulder Touches

I am pooped and I realized I did not do my weakly post on Sunday so… will have to do that with my meal planning woot! Brain is borked. Might be lack of oxygen lol. I hate Burpees.

Tuesday 06/23/2020: 1 hour- 1 hour of Muay Thai training

Thank you for an awesome class Khun Kru Krysta!

My tailbone and lower back were hurting from my scoliosis so I modified the jumping jacks later in the workout to squats. I try not to let my physical/body limitations stop me from training. I train through it and work around it.

Training:

1) Jab, Cross, Hook, Cross, Switch Kick (we switched up between South Paw and Orthodox through round)
{jumping jacks for active recovery}
2) I fed Thai pads for H for second round
{jumping jacks for active recovery}

3) Jab, Cross, drop level Body Hook, Cross, Switch Kick (we switched up between South Paw and Orthodox through round)
{jumping jacks for active recovery}
4) I fed Thai pads for H for second round
{jumping jacks for active recovery}

5) Jab, Cross, Rear Elbow, Switch Knee (we switched up between South Paw and Orthodox through round)
{squats for active recovery}
6) I fed Thai pads for H for second round
{squats for active recovery}

7) Jab, Cross, Hook, Lead Elbow, Rear Knee, Lead Kick ( do what ever Kick shows itself, but I like Lead Kick in both south paw and orthodox for this drill) (we switched up between South Paw and Orthodox through round)
{squats for active recovery}
8 ) I fed Thai pads for H for second round
{squats for active recovery}

9) Jab, Cross, Thadmalach, tie up/clench 6 knees push off, double Kick
10) I fed Thai pads for H for second round

Woot! Another day training and getting better every day even if it’s by 1% those 1%’s add up.

Also my friend Kevin was in class Woot!

Wednesday 06/24/2020: 52 minutes- 1 mile run and 34 minute Muay Thai/boxing training

My running route was a little circuitous because the neighborhood I run through had the audacity of repaving their roads and driveways. 😝

I have a habit of overthinking my strikes, and then getting into my head. What that means is my strikes don’t flow. Sometimes I am struggling to get them in. They are not smooth and as we know smooth is fast.

H says I know the strikes forward and back. So it’s like I know the letters in a word, can spell the word, but not say the word. We worked on me saying the word.

So today’s training was working on my strikes. I was working on them to be smooth. I just focused on the my bodies shift through the strikes. It helped me smooth it out.

Training:
1) Jab, Cross
2) Jab, Cross, Hook
3) Jab, Cross, Hook, Cross
4) Jab, Cross, Uppercut, Cross
5) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick

Thursday 06/25/2020: 1.5 hours of Muay Thai and part of Kali training.

Today was a great day of training. We unfortunately had to leave early in the Kali class. We had to get home. Thank you Khun Kru Krysta for two great classes.

Muay Thai

1) Jab, Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Kick (switching between Orthodox and South Paw stance)
2) I held pads for same combo for H

3) Jab, Cross, Body Hook, Rear Kick
4) I did this round twice because I was trying to correct my drop in level. I kept wanting to do a bob and weave motion and I just need to drop my level and use leverage to get the hook in.

5) Jab, Cross, Rear Elbow, Rear Knee, tie up, 10 knees, spin out opponent and double kick. (switching between Orthodox and South Paw stance)
6) I held pads for same combo for H

7) Jab, Cross, Uppercut, Lead #2 Elbow, Right Knee (switching between Orthodox and South Paw stance)
8 ) I held pads for same combo for H

9) Jab, Cross, Thadmala, Rear Knee, tie up/clench x6 skip knees, push off double kick
10) I held for H

That was a butt kicker. When you need to work on a combo or strike slow it down and work the technique. It will do you far more good to rep it out slowly till you get the correct feel.

Kali-

1) Cob Cob Heaven x6, Cob Cob Standard x6, Cob Cob Earth x6
2) Inward, Backhand, Inward, heaven, standard, earth
3) witik heaven, redondo heaven, witik standard, redondo standard, witik earth, redondo earth

It was great to get back into double stick training. ❤️

Saturday 06/27/2020: 2 hours of Kali/staff class and Muay Thai training

An amazing brain melting set of classes. Thank you Khun Kru Krysta.

In Kali we were doing asymmetrical staff drills, on both the left and right side. It makes your brain feel broken. I say that often but don’t explain it often. There have been some studies that show benefits for brain repair and growth. See Cognative Kali Ted talk TEDxUCLA. See also a UCLA Magazine article Movement And The Mind.

In Muay Thai: we worked on the Overhand punch. I was so happy to hear Khun Kru discuss this and mention that this punch is so often done wrong. You see it don’t wrong in MMA fights where it starts looking like a windmill. Then your beautiful face is unprotected and you will get punched in that pretty target. So just don’t windmill. I am paraphrasing of course, but you get the gist.

Training: {jumping jacks active recovery between rounds}

1) Jab, Overhand ( both in Orthodox and South Paw)
2) I held pads for H

3) Jab, Cross, Overhand ( w/ a side step either with lead leg if Orthodox against South Paw, or side step with rear leg if Ortho against ortho)
4) I held pads for H

5) Jab, Cross, Overhand, Rear Knee
6) I held pads for H

7) Jab, Cross, Overhand, Rear Knee, Rear Kick
8 ) I held pads for H

9) Jab, Overhand, Rear Knee, Rear Kick
10) I held pads for H

11) (focus form on getting back into stance) Jab, Cross, Switch Kick, switch stance,
Jab, Cross, Switch Kick repeat
12) (focus on more realistic applications change stepping down/forward)

Today was a great day of training. I had a lot of fun.


So yes this week has been great. Yes my scoliosis was acting up this week, but I work around it. I have been working on flow this week. Still working on agility every day. I am trying to trust that I know what I am doing.

I am working to make each strike/letter into a word, and hopefully eventually a song. I can’t take credit for that analogy. That analogy is H’s brain child. He came up with each strike in a combo being a letter, and making it flow into a word or smooth transition is what we are looking to do. In the end it makes sense to me so that is what is what I need.

I write it down and post it here because I hope it will help some one else. So if this helps you, make your strikes smoother, and help you string them together then Yay! I am so glad that it does. Let me know if they do.

Thank you for reading, if you enjoy this kind of blog, and like the combos/workouts I post. Please feel free to follow, and comment I would love to hear from you. Stay safe, stay active, and have a great week

Workout/Martial Arts 06/15/2020: A day late on my blog, but I did put the work in over the week.

So here I am again a day late for my blog. But I had a good reason. For us in U.S.A. it was Fathers Day. I am not certain if you celebrate in other areas of the world the same on the same day. If you do please celebrate please tell me. I am not big for those “hallmark holidays” where you just celebrate for the sake of getting stuff. However, I love this holiday because we can let H my kids father and my partner know we love him. We did this by making his favorite foods, and making him a gift we all worked on.

Well aside from that we had a great week of training. I worked on something that I am not great at. The superman punch. It was 5 days of training. 3 days of Muay Thai and some Kali worked in there, and 2 days of cross training. Yay!

I also have a recipe I am working on… just kinda been busy. I home school my kiddos and this is the last week, kinda crazy, and we have been doing review before they are tested for and evaluated for the next year of school.

How have your workouts been going? Tell me what is working for you, and is not. How have you found time to get them in. I sometimes have to just shoehorn them in where I can find 20 minutes to get a run in.


Monday 06/15/2020: 50 minutes- 1.25 mile run, core workout

No excuses today… I have let things derail me from my goals in the past. But not today, I worked around my scoliosis.

I had to get my run in today so I thought might as well stop by the post office I run past. I needed to get those letters out to my students today and needed some stamps.

My scoliosis is acting up last night and today. It is hot hot hot outside. But I did it I got my workout in.

Core workout: Done in a superset x 3 sets

1) 30 Sit Ups

2) 30 Raised Leg Crunches

3) 50 Flutter Kicks

4) 30 seconds Raised Leg Circles

5) 30 Bicycle Crunches

6) 30 Scissor Kicks

7) 30 seconds Side Planks

8 ) 60 seconds Heel Touches

Tuesday 06/16/2020: 1 hour of Muay Thai Training

Man I am so tired but I put in the time on the mat.

Sometimes there is not much to say other than just get in and do the work. Some days it’s not going to be glamorous/exciting(let’s face it most days). A lot of times it’s going to be just working the technique and drilling it out. That is what today was.

Muay Thai Training:

1) Rear Knee, Lead Elbow, Rear Elbow, Rear Knee
{jumping jacks active recovery}
2) opposite side (south paw for me) Rear Knee, Lead Elbow, Rear Elbow, Rear Knee
{jumping jacks active recovery}

3) Jab, Lead Elbow, Rear Elbow, Lead Elbow, Rear Knee, Rear Kick
{jumping jacks active recovery}
4) opposite side (south paw for me) Jab, Lead Elbow, Rear Elbow, Lead Elbow, Rear Knee, Rear Kick
{jumping jacks active recovery}

5) Lead Kick, Cross, Hook, Rear Elbow, Rear Knee, Rear Kick
{jumping jacks active recovery}
6) opposite side (south paw for me) Lead Kick, Cross, Hook, Rear Elbow, Rear Knee, Rear Kick
{jumping jacks active recovery}

7) Rear Kick, Hook, Cross, Lead Elbow, Lead Knee, Rear Kick
{jumping jacks active recovery}
8 ) opposite side (south paw for me) Rear Kick, Hook, Cross, Lead Elbow, Lead Knee, Rear Kick
{jumping jacks active recovery}

9) Lead Kick, Cross, Hook, Lead Elbow, Rear Elbow 6, Rear Elbow 7, tie up 6 skip knees, double kick.
{jumping jacks active recovery}
10) opposite side (south paw for me) Lead Kick, Cross, Hook, Lead Elbow, Rear Elbow 6, Rear Elbow 7, tie up 6 skip knees, double kick.
{jumping jacks active recovery}

Wednesday 06/17/2020: 25 minute run

When you really just want a lazy day. Get out and do something, I feel better after having gotten at least a small workout in on days like this. I decided to listen to my body and not push the Calisthenics today. I went out for a run was planning on going 3 miles but got rained out. I did get 2 miles in and am happy about that.
Keep fighting for what you believe in, for what is right, and for those who can’t.
#grrrlarmy
#barbellsandponytails
#shefit

Also buss driver went by and gave me a 👍 thumbs up. That was cool and made my run. So nice to have a nice not weird interaction with a human.

Thursday 06/18/2020: 1 hour and 10 minutes Muay Thai Training

Khun Kru Krysta worked our butts off tonight.

Today… well today was a day. I woke up at three and turned off my alarm before it went off, fell back to sleep and woke up scared that I overslept. Then came downstairs to realize I was up way to early. At work dealt with customers and things that make me go what???

I got home to help my kids with their classes. Last week push to get done with school.

I am a cranky human shaped thing today. But I did my workout. I did my training and I am honing my Superman punch today. Yay!

Training:

1) Rear Teep, Rear Kick, Superman on a Cross
{jumping jacks}
2) (change stance, south paw for me) Rear Teep, Rear Kick, Superman on a Cross
{jumping jacks}

3) Rear Teep, Rear Kick, Superman on a Cross, Hook, Rear Kick
{jumping jacks}
4) (change stance, south paw for me) Rear Teep, Rear Kick, Superman on a Cross, Hook, Rear Kick
{jumping jacks}

5) Jab, Rear Kick, Superman on a Cross, Lead Kick
{jumping jacks}
6) (change stance, south paw for me) Jab, Rear Kick, Superman on a Cross, Lead Kick
{jumping jacks}

7) (preferred stance) Cross, Switch Kick, ( switch stance) Cross, Switch Kick

8 ) Shield, Kick, Teep x10, (switch stance) Shield, Kick, Teep x10, 20 x skip knees

9) Jab, Cross, L Elbow, R Elbow, L Kick, R Kick, Teeeeeeeeeeep

Then after training I had some fruit for a snack.

Today wore on my nerves but I got the chance to knee the crap out of my partner. I have often been told to be meaner, to come with intention. I don’t want to hurt those that I love and train with. So that has been hard for me to do. But with the way the last few weeks have been going in terms of the world and stupidity. I brought it tonight. The caliber and the intensity of my knees I am told were 4 or 5 fold what I usually put into on a partner.

I have been angry and finally feel like I am letting it out in my training. Part of it is my body not doing the Superman just right-so that irritates me the other part the state of the world.

Saturday 06/20/2020: 2 hours Kali/Staff and Muay Thai Training

Thank you Khun Kru Krysta for a fantastic class. You kickednour butts again. Yay!

I woke up, happy and ready to go today yay!

Kali/Staff training:
1) 3x high redondo, low back hand, high back hand
2) 1x high redondo, 1x low redondo, 1x high redondo, low back hand high back hand
3) 3x high redondo and the spinning redondo

Training: Muay Thai

1) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick
{jumping jacks active recovery}
2) opposite side (south paw for me) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick
{jumping jacks active recovery}

3) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick, Lead Elbow, Rear Kick, Thai Lean
{jumping jacks active recovery}
4) opposite side (south paw for me) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick, Lead Elbow, Rear Kick, Thai Lean
{jumping jacks active recovery}

5) Jab, Cross, Lead Elbow, Rear Knee, Lead Kick
{jumping jacks active recovery}
6) opposite side (south paw for me) Jab, Cross, Lead Elbow, Rear Knee, Lead Kick
{jumping jacks active recovery}


7) Jab, Cross, #3 (Downward Diagonal) Elbow or #1 (Horizontal), #9 (Spinning Back) Elbow, #9 (Spinning Back) Elbow, Push out Knee incoming opponent
{jumping jacks active recovery}
8 ) opposite side (south paw for me) Jab, Cross, #3 (Downward Diagonal) Elbow or #1 (Horizontal), #9 (Spinning Back) Elbow, #9 (Spinning Back) Elbow, Push out Knee incoming opponent
{jumping jacks active recovery}

9) Burn out-
A) Jab, Cross, Jab, Cross, Lead Kick, Rear Kick
B ) Jab, Cross, Jab, Cross, Rear Kick, Lead Kick
C) Jab, Cross, Jab, Cross, Lead Kick, Lead Kick
D) Jab, Cross, Jab, Cross, Rear Kick, Rear Kick

Switch to south paw, and repeat. Do above till timer runs out.

It was a great day of training. I had a great time.


Look I get it… some weeks are just not great. For instance my week started out with my scoliosis just acting up on me. When my back and neck hurt, my hands go numb, my legs can ache on top of my neck and back pain. It sucks. I don’t sleep well. We have terrible news, and we are plagued by idiots in our government. Some weeks are just terrible.

I do what I can when I can. I try to listen to my body and work around my physical issues. I read and educate myself all the time, so that when I do my civic duty and vote I can try to affect change. I do my best. I think that is all anyone is asking of us.

I missed putting this blog out on Sunday, but we had an awesome time as a family just being together on Sunday. That was worth being a little late in my opinion.

Get out there and do something for your body. It can be anything… yoga, running, calisthenics, martial arts, swimming, biking, just to name a bunch.

Comment below what has been working for you during this pandemic. What do you like to do to keep your activity up? What do you use for your motivation? If you like my blog like it and subscribe. I would love to hear from you. Recipe blog to come soon.