Martial Arts 10/01/2019: Kicking It, Stabbing It, Choking It- BJJ, Kali, Muay Thai

That was 12.5 hours this week of martial arts training. This month we are working on kicks. Woo hoo… One of the most awesome things about Muay Thai is the kicks. I am excited. Can you tell?

Enough babbling… on to the training…


Tuesday 10/01/2019 – 2.5 hours… BJJ, Muay Thai, and Kali – Kicking It -Sparring is a Distance Game, Stabbing It – Flow Disarms

BJJ: Practice

I started with BJJ drilling with a friend of mine for 30 minutes. I can’t tell you how many people/friends I have that have been so excited that I have started BJJ.

  1. I worked on my Sit Up Sweep.
  2. I was taught the Kimura for when some one bases forward.
  3. I was taught the Americana when I get my Sit Up Sweep. Must remember to get my right leg hook in.

Muay Thai: Kicking it -Sparring is a Distance Game

In Muay Thai we started kicking this month. We started with teeps and distance drills. Because Kru Kristen noticed when we spar, all of us are either all the way in or way the heck out. So she wanted us to work on our leg game, our teeps and kicks. Being in range to do so, but trying not to get hit. That is all easier said than done. At this point while we are still learning tweaks to our form, we are doing the smaller tweaks, the more intricate work of trying to learn our distances better. She said your distances will change when you partner up with different people. I am not quite certain what that means but I will keep thinking on it.

  1. Distance drill with teeps
  2. Teep Lead Leg, Rear Leg Kick, Hook, Cross, Left Leg Kick
  3. Teep Lead Leg, Lead Round House Kick, Cross, Hook, Right Kick
  4. Minisota Shuffle
  5. Sparring x 3 – 3 minute rounds (focus on keeping distance)
  6. Clench Sparring x 3 – 3 minute rounds

Kali: Cut and Cover, Stabbing It

In Kali we started with knives. Single knife, but going through 1 – 5 strikes with both heaven and earth grips. Below are examples of heaven and earth grips.

We worked on the cut and cover, and wrist locks and disarms. We flow through the 1 – 5 drill and find the openings to either disarm or wrist lock and disarm our partner.

Wrist lock to Neck and Disarm

Wrist lock to disarm

Wrist lock to stab in leg

When first wrist lock is not working c clamp to wrist lock

Disarm when they are attacking with heaven grip a la Psycho the classic Horror bathroom murder.

Here is a video of Panastas or Cut and Cover drill strikes 1-5. With a wrist lock.

This is just a straight disarm off of a cut and cover drill.

Wednesday 10/02/2019 – 3 hours… BJJ, Muay Thai – Choking It, and Jump kicks

Today was a great day. I ended up doing a full 3 hours of training. We stared with BJJ fundamentals class. Can I tell you when Professor Pedro Sauer walks on the mat it still amazes me. I get to go to classes where he will teach and tell us what we should be doing. If you are new to BJJ and don’t know who Professor Pedro Sauer is you can google him, and many pages will pop up. He is one of the most sought after instructors for MA not to mention for BJJ.

Anyway he came in today and was watching our class. Squee!!! I am so lucky. I have gotten the chance to work with some of the greatest martial artists alive. Ajarn Chai (or Ajarn Surachai Sirisute ), Guro Dan Innosanto, Ajarn Trigg, Ajarn Nelson, and so many more. I can’t even name them all. Squeee!!! I am so lucky.

Ahem…sorry I digressed.

BJJ: Choking It

We worked on a sweep from when a person is trying to do a cross body choke on us.

If you are on your side facing their cross body, you grab their hand/gi with your hand, and hip up pushing their elbow on the floor. Frame your elbow into their hips. Move your body out to almost parallel with theirs, do an upa of sorts and roll them over.

Next we worked on a bat choke when some one is turtling.

Muay Thai: Solo practice, we worked on teeps and distance management, and pop the leather.

Muay Thai: Jump Kick It

  1. bag work
  2. Shadowboxing – Cross, hook, rear knee – hook, cross, lead knee
  3. Jump kicking from the lead leg
  4. Jump kicking form the rear leg
  5. Jump kicking on the bag

Thursday 10/03/2019 – 2 hours… Muay Thai, Kali – Teeps and Kicks, Panastas (Cut and Cover)

Ok today was great! However, I am exhausted. I had to be at the bakery at the a** crack of dawn, and well I am tired. But I was happy to go to class.

We went back to basics in Muay Thai. It was nice. I like doing that, after a month of intensive focus on fixing the minutia, or making the tiny fixes to our form/response time/distance management etc. Its nice to just do the things we know we know how to do. I worked a team mate that has had to be in and out of the gym for the past 6 months. She mentioned my kicks and and punches were really great. She could feel the difference in my power. I am so happy to hear that. Most often I don’t see it, feel it. But she and I worked together before she had to leave, and she could see/feel the difference. Woot!

Training:

  1. Distance management drill with teep
  2. Lead Teep to left to right 4 count or (rear round house kick , hook, cross, left round house kick )
  3. pyramid kicks burn out
  4. Rear Teep to right to left 4 count or (Lead round house kick, cross, hook, right round house kick)
  5. pyramid kicks burn out

Kali – Panastas (Cut and Cover)

Whew Kali we are working on single knife again. We worked on the panastas or cut and cover drill. Where you cut the assailant, then immediately block/cover the arm you cut with yours hand, then return a shot to opponent.

We used heaven and earth grip again. We also worked on disarms and wrist locks again. The key with wrist locks is not muscling the assailant around. It is the angle you have, and compromising their center. When you bend them, left , right, over, it will compromise their grip. So an effective wrist lock is a combinations of :

  1. Position of your body, hands, in relation to their body (break down their posture)
  2. Correct grip, and pressure
  3. Flow
  4. Execution

Friday 10/04/2019 – 2 hours… Muay Thai – reaction timing, speed, and staying springy

I love Tony’s classes. He works us hard, but he also gives us one on one tips for improving our own skills.

Today was no different. We worked on reaction timing. Where he had us timing a swinging bag and kicking it with proper form. Or he had us teeping a swinging bag where we had to make sure we teeped only when it was close enough to us.

We worked on speed. Keeping our form and working on making things smooth and fast.

We worked on staying springy on our feet. We started with drills across the mat that had us walking with our heals off of the ground, we and he then added shields while walking with heels off of the ground.

Training: these were all 3 minute rounds

  1. Walking across the mat in Thai stance, keeping hands up for guard, and heels off the ground
  2. Walking across the mat in Thai stance, keeping hands up for guard, heels off ground, and adding a shield on both sides.
  3. He swings the tear drop bag at us and we have to time our round house kick to hit it and push it back.
  4. He swings the bag at us and has us kneeing it.
    Rotation rounds
  5. Lead kick, to Lead Jump Kick
  6. Hop knees
  7. Then working with Tony feeding us, jab, cross, hook, cross
  8. Jab, then hop rear kick
  9. Tear drop bag was, teeps and timing of teeps.
  10. Then working with Tony feeding us, uppercut, hook, cross
  11. We finally worked on how to get our foot our when some one catches it. We worked on how to push them away.

Below is a video of me working on my uppercut, hook, cross. =)

One of my instructors friends and a fighter wanted him to give him birthday kicks. I recorded part of it. Here it is.

It was a great class, and my thanks go to my instructor Tony.

Saturday 10/05/2019 – 3 hours… Kali, and Muay Thai

Ok so today is Saturday, and Saturday is the end of my training week. I have been going for 6 days this week if you include my weight lifting day. I take Sunday off and sometimes Monday depending on how my body feels. That means that Saturday I am pooped. I have had a long week of training.

This also means that sometimes it is a force of will to get up and get my butt into the gym. Sometimes it is not and I am ready and raring to go. Today though, I am exhausted, and I wanted to just be lazy around the house.

I however, did not do that. I got up early in the morning cause I could not sleep. Made mini key lime cheese cakes, and then got my butt into the gym.

I had a blast once we got started. It is starting to get a little more chilly here finally.

Kali – Bo Staff was a Kali class today

We went out into the beautiful sunny chilly morning and worked on the these running saints.

Running Saints:

  1. St. Sabbathial
  2. St. Miguel
  3. St. Gabriel

A running saint is a flow drill that requires you to move quickly and aggress on your opponent. This drills are meant to help you learn how to for lack of better terms run down your opponent. So it requires you to move fast and for the defender to move fast backwards.

I have the hardest time going backwards. =) That is the part I have to work on most. Going forward and being aggressive is not the problem.

Muay Thai – Striking class

We started with distance drills. Supper important to learn, and something I am still working on. I am short and I have to get into the pocket to get blows in, but most people are taller than I am and can hit me from a distance. So these distance drills really help me understand where I need to be.

Training:

  1. Jump rope for 1 three minute round
    Working on speed from teep to kick
  2. Rear teep, rear kick, hook, cross, lead kick
  3. Lead teep, lead kick, cross, hook, rear kick
  4. Rear teep, rear kick, hook, cross, lead kick, rear teep
  5. Lead teep, lead kick, cross, hook, rear kick, lead teep
  6. Sparring for the last 20 minutes

Well that is it for today, for the week. I got a compliment on my form and flow movement today from Kru Krysta. Yay… I am so lucky to have the training and teachers I have. I am so lucky to have the supportive husband and family I have. I love Muay Thai, I love Kali, and I am falling in love with BJJ.

I kicked it, stabbed it, and choked it this week. I had a blast doing it. But I am exhausted now. So have a great weekend everyone.

Thanks for reading and as always please feel free to ask questions or make a comment. Keep working to be the best you that you can be.

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Martial Arts 09/23/2019: Hang On Like An Angry Sloth – BJJ, Muay Thai, Kali

Feeling good. My cold seems to be in the rear view mirror. So today I started my weeks training. With BJJ in the morning, followed by my run weight lifting workout. Yay for reaching daily goals.

Often times I cling on with all my strength mentally and physically to my training. Some times it takes just coming in and working through the training for that day. Some days you just don’t feel like you are making all that much progress. Sometimes you have to cling like an angry sloth. Sometimes you don’t feel like going in, and that is when you drag your tuchus into the gym. Because even if you are not feeling it having the tenacity to keep going and keep training will pay off in the end. Hours on the mat will start to add up.


Monday 9/23/2019 – 1 hour Brazilian Jui Jitsu

This is the second day of BJJ, and I am loving it. When you start a new martial art, or any kind of skill. It is hard to remember everything you did. I think it is partially cause a person does not have all the vocabulary. At least that is the case for me. I am trying to make sure I write it down right after class or I will forget. I call it a when if I can remember some of it. After a while I feel that just like my Muay Thai and Kali, I will retain more and more. I just need to build up my foundation.

Warmup:

  1. Rock to balance
  2. Teeter Totter to balance
  3. Cross sit
  4. Cross sit to lunge and stand, then reverse

Training:

  1. Standing Guilatine
    • Making sure to lean on the person, remove space around their neck by pulling your hand in, thumb up, grab with your other hand.
    • This is to remove oxygen to partners brain
  2. Standing Cross Collar choke
    • Palm up/Palm up 50/50
      1. Make sure to have thumbs behind ears, wrist on neck
      2. Move head up with inserted arm to get under and grab collar
      3. Turn wrists toward neck, as you squeeze
      4. Push forward with hips, and push chest out through arms
    • Palm up/Palm down 80/20
      • One arm is framed on neck
      • Lean over and put other arm over hand holding collar
      • Bottom arm is pulling
  3. From Guard Cross Collar choke
    • Same as above just you are on the ground
    • Break down partners posture
    • Grab collar, and perform cross collar choke
    • Keep hips up for closed guard
  4. Sit Up Sweep
    • When opponent posture up grab collar and ride up
    • But elbow or hand back on mat
    • Trap opponents arm
    • Sit in opponents lap
    • Point your toes so you don’t break your ankle or knee
    • Roll onto knee and shin
    • Put your leg in opponents armpit to push them over, and get high mount

Kru Kristen, described part of the sit up sweep move, “hanging on like an angry sloth.” That made me laugh and it seems not only does it work for this particular sweep, but it also to training.

Tuesday 9/24/2019 – 2 hours Muay Thai and Kali – Seeing openings and being fast enough to take them.

Back at into training and so happy to see my team mates. I love seeing their smiling faces and they all said they were glad to have me back. Today was a big day for training. When we were sparring I saw an opening and got a cross in. Furthermore my instructor was watching us while I did it and she said, “yesssss… Tanya! That is how you do it.” I was shocked and amazed, and I looked at her amazed I got a hit in. She imediately said, “Don’t look at me while I am coaching you.” I was just so surprised.

Not only am I seeing the entries, but today I was quick enough to get them in. Well at least this time. I am sure I will make more mistakes along the way. However for today I did good.

It seems to be the case so far in training. You get to the point where you can see an opening but aren’t fast enough to take that opening and get a strike in. Then you see an opening for a strike and you become fast enough to see it and execute. Here is hoping I am crossing in to that territory.

Kru Kristen said everyone is looking good and have learned so much. We are applying what we are learning so this makes her happy.

Thai Training:

Warm up –

  1. Jump rope 3 minutes
  2. Shadow Boxing 3 minutes

Boxing –

  1. Parry the incoming Jab
  2. Windshield wiper and shoulder check opponent
  3. Upper cut rear hand
  4. Lead hook
  5. Cross
  6. cut the corner, or get out
  7. upper cut burn out for 1 minute
  1. Parry or catch the jab
  2. Parry the cross
  3. Shuffle or lateral in and shoulder check
  4. Lead upper cut
  5. Cross
  6. Bob and weave out
  7. Upper cut burn out for one minute
  1. We then did 3 rounds of 3 minute sparring.
  2. This is where I got my hits in.
  1. 3 rounds on the heavy bag. I opted out of clench sparring to baby my shoulder a little bit.
  2. 1 round of flutter kicks
  3. 10 burpees

Kali Training-

We worked on stick grappling again. We covered the inside and outside disarm, using snake and vine technique.

My partner was trying to figure out a way to get up when the person they are fighting has their arm, they got up in such a way as to have their head down and then were on their knees. So I saw the guillotine and I took it. Kru Krysta said, “that is great! A sneak guillotine!”

  1. Eqquise, kumbiata switch, crash into the person with your shoulder, start walking stick down, pain compliance on pressure points on side of body, then to double leg and behind knee. Push with shoulder and dump person. Get out and hit knees and angles to shatter them then run away.
  2. Eqquise, kumbiata switche, tricep smash, stick assisted rear naked choke, and hold the arm with weapon to hip.
  3. Eqquise, inside deflect, paper cutter on the arm and breaking opponents posture.
  4. Eqquise, inside deflect, pull oppnents hand with weapon to third point in the triangle, insert stick between the legs of opponent, step on foot and then push and pull to take opponent down.
    • Alternately you can use the punio pull out their knee while standing on their foot and pulling them over to 3 rd point in triangle.

Today was a great day in training. I was seeing openings and at least attempting to get them. I got punched in the face many times today, so I am by no means an expert. But I am really happy with my performance today.

Wednesday 9/25/2019 – 2 hours BJJ and Muay Thai – spring on your toes

It’s official I am now officially a jitsu-Er. I took the plunge I did three classes, this was my third and I loved it.

BJJ training-
We worked on breaking posture of opponent.
Compromising opponents elbow to break posture
Using a hand lock and blade of wrists to remove opponent posting with one arm to break posture.
Sit up sweep

Thai training-
We worked on elbows, putting power into them- like honing a sword isolating movement. Kicks, to shields to elbow entries
I need to work on being springy on my feet

Sparring. I felt like wow. Just like I did not know what I was doing. Today I seemed to forget all that I learned, when punches and hits were coming at me. I got into my head, and I keep thinking that if I am getting hit I am doing something wrong or I did not block correctly. Sometimes I do miss a block, but sometimes it is just my opponent saw an opportunity and took it. Not that I was bad, but that they were even better. I need to keep this in mind so I can get out of my head space.

It is so much fun. If you are in the Reston/Herndon area you should visit the One Spirit Martial Arts Gym. http://virginiabjj.com/Thank you to my trainers Mike H, Kevin, JD for BJJ, and Tony in Thai.

P.S. I fit in a smaller sized gi than I thought I would. Woot!

Thursday 9/26/2019 – 2 hours Muay Thai, Kali – Blade Seeks Flesh, and Stick Seeks Bone

In Kali
“Blade seeks flesh, and Stick seeks bone”

Paul S. our resident ninja

What the heck does that mean? You may be wondering that. As my friend Paul S. put it. Use the stick to hit, or put pressure, make painful on your opponent/assailant. Stick on bone hurts a lot, and also can shatter bone. Blade seeks flesh is just that. A blade is meant to cut the flesh, to remove some or sever tendons to keep your assailant from running after you.

Wow class was amazing. I had a great time. I was complimented on my form. I was dropping my hand a little when I threw my cross. Gotta work on that.

Muay Thai Training –

  1. Warmup – jumping rope and stretching
  2. jab, cross, rear knee
  3. jab, cross, lead elbow, rear elbow, rear knee
  4. jab, cross, lead hook/lead elbow, rear knee, rear kick
  5. jab, cross, lead hook/lead elbow, lead knee, lead kick (I did a stutter step on this one)

Kali training –

  1. Inside deflect disarm/snake
  2. Inside deflect plus sign disarm/vine
  3. Outside deflect disarm/snake
  4. Outside deflect equal sign disarm/vine
  5. Eqquise, kumbiata switch, tricep smash, stick assisted rear naked choke, and hold the arm with weapon to hip.
  6. Eqquise, inside deflect, pull opponents hand with weapon to third point in the triangle, insert stick between the legs of opponent, step on foot and then push and pull to take opponent down. Alternately you can use the punio pull out their knee while standing on their foot and pulling them over to 3 rd point in triangle.
  7. Eqquise, inside deflect, pull opponents hand with weapon down toward their own body, insert stick between opponents body, and bicep, and using opponents back or hip, leaver them down while standing on their foot.

Below is a video of me doing the rear naked choke.

I really enjoyed the chokes, maybe a little to much. But they are fun. I am amazed that I could remember all of these drills. We worked on all of these. I had to work in the bakery early this morning. I got in at about 4:50 am, and did not get out till later almost 11 pm. To say I am tired is an understatement. But I did it, I clung in there, I came and I trained. Did I think about not going in, yup. But I am glad I came in.


Stick-to-itiveness… its a strange word, one I have heard since I was a child. It’s a informal word in U.S English. According to Merriam-Webster a (famous in the states) dictionary publisher it is:

stick-to-itiveness

nounstick-to-it·​ive·​ness | \ stik-ˈtü-ə-tiv-nəs  \

Definition of stick-to-itiveness

dogged perseverance TENACITY

US, informal: the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult or unpleasant

So yes this week has been about, stick-to-itiveness, perseverance, tenacity, or just hanging on like an angry sloth. I went into the gym to train even though I was tired, I went in even though I had a bad day, and I went in because I wanted to. However, when my body (read scoliosis) was telling me to take it easy I did just that. Friday night I listened to my body, and stayed home from my workout.

Today/Saturday I missed class due to my re-certification class for CPR, AED, and First Aid. I need this cert for work, and I am happy to be re-certified. Tenacity is a good quality to have, but don’t let it give you tunnel vision like I get. Like all things, take everything in moderation. To much of anything is not good for you. Listen to your body, do the things you need to do, and enjoy a day off if you need it.

Thanks for reading. I hope you are having a great weekend. My respect to you and your family. Keep working to be the best you can be.

Saturday Bo Staff, Striking, and Jiu Jitsu…4 hours of training, Change in format for posting

4 hours of Training today. Yesterday I had the honor of being able to train in Bo staff class, in striking, and in a seminar for woman’s defense.

Bo Staff

We worked on the High Box with staves. We also changed the #1 strike to the #7 piercing strike.

High Box:

  1. opponent feeds you a #15
  2. you roof block
  3. you return a #1 strike or #7 piercing strike
  4. opponent inside deflects
  5. opponent returns #4
  6. you drop stick defend
  7. you return a #3
  8. opponent turn the tip down, drop tip, or low wing?
  9. opponent returns a #2
  10. you roof shield
  11. then you feed the #15 and the whole flow drill starts again

Bo staff was fun today. I enjoyed scrambling my brain to get it around the new strike.

Striking Class:

We worked on combos with counter attacks. We worked our teeps, and knees.

We emphasized evading a kick or a upper cut. Then added 4 counts return attacks.

Woman’s Self Defense:

I had the opportunity to go to a woman’s self defense class. This is my first official Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class. I have been a little worried about taking BJJ because I have scoliosis and don’t want to have my back wrenched. However, I believe it is good to up my game to grappling, and ground level. Kru Kristen was teaching this class, and she always says.

“100% of fights start standing, 90% end up on the ground.”

Kru Kristen

We learned how to break fall, how to get back up quickly and safely. We learned how to stop an assailant in open guard, how to keep them away. We learned how to deal with an assailant when they are in mount. We learned how to knee shield from guard, and shrimp away, then kick their head to get away. We learned how to deal with someone trying to pick us up in bear hug, and how to knee bar them.

The main focus was teaching us how to get away from the situation. Kru Kristen also reiterated you want to be all the way in or all the way out. Always try to get away from the assailant. But if you have to deal with them, get in and don’t let them hit you. Stop them from hitting you until you can get out.

This was a fun class and we were able to work on dealing with a choke as well.

Changing the format for posting:

So I have been thinking. I am now doing 5 days of martial arts. More importantly 5 days of Muay Thai. That coupled with my weight lifting workouts, means that weekly I would have been doing 6 posts a week. That is a lot, and its a lot of content to keep up on. Also it seems like a lot to bombard you all with. So I am going to be changing my posting status.

I used to post every time I went to train, so that I could keep track of what I was learning and how I was feeling/getting it. This is also so I could look back and see my progress in the future. I did this as well to catalog what I was doing, so I could go back and drill the same drills. This is a lot of posting, a lot of content, and it is hard for me to keep up with.

So I am going to try to do 1 martial arts post a week. This will be notes I took about each training session. I will break it out by day, and I will still have the drills/training we did every day represented in one post. Any videos I take for that will be in that post as well. This means there will be a weight lifting post, a martial arts post, and a food post when I have one to upload. That is 3 instead of 6 to 7 a week. I am going to shoot to have that weeks martial arts posted on Saturday after my training sessions that day.

Anyway thank you for reading. Keep working to be the best you that you can be. My respect to you and your family.