Saturday Striking class… tiny tweaks, clench work, lots of kicks, and cake

Drenched in Sweat

2 hours of Muay Thai practice, and I am pooped. We ended with clench work, and we were all working so hard we were all drenched in sweat. But lets start at the beginning first.

Today we made it to striking class. We focused on Muay Thai today, and had a great teacher named Dom. Both Kru Kristen, and Kru Krysta are still out at the instructor camp for Inosanto.


We started out with stations, jump rope, heavy bag teep and kick, and then shadow boxing to warm up. We then went right into Thai 4 counts. We practiced leg kicks. It has been a long time since we have worked on leg kicks and I can say I am not as good at them as I am at round house kicks. I need to work more on them. You are supposed to turn your kick so much that your knee is almost pointing at the floor, and you are supposed to sink your weight into the kick.

We then worked on sparing where we tried to get any variation of left to right kicks in. My favorite things to do is to feint a left kick then teep the person, and follow with hook and cross. Or I like to throw a cross, and leave my hand there in their face, while I get a right round house kick in. It often tricks people and they don’t see it coming, so I get a hit in. =)

Tiny Tweaks

I had the pleasure of working with Dom personally, he helped me make tiny tweaks to my cross. I need to remember to fully extend my arm, and rotate my pointer finger and middle finger knuckles down when I punch to get the full extension and straight line. I have had Kru tell me the same thing but having a person take off my glove and actually have me punch while they turn my hand was so super helpful. I am so excited to keep practicing this and hopefully make my punch much better.

Clench Work

After all this we ended with clench work, and we were all working so hard we were all drenched in sweat. We got to play around. Trying our different things with our partners, to see if we could get in, make a frame and get the upper hand. Hah! It was so much fun. One girl and I were just giggling as we grunted and tried to get into full plumb

I had a blast today at class. I finally got a tripod to put my phone in to video some of my kicks. Here is a video of me doing right round house kicks to, right hop kicks. We were working on the right hop kicks last Thursday and I still need to work on them. I need to get my knee up higher to create more momentum.

After our class I had a date with a friend that I was so looking forward to. We went to a bougie coffee shop where I got a chance to have a coffee, a piece of cake and great conversation. The cake won! I was not able to eat even half of that cake it was so big. But it was nice to have a treat after a great workout.

If you have gotten this far. Thank you for reading. I hope you have a fantastic rest of your weekend. Keep being awesome and I think its ok to have a treat once in a while.


Saturday Krav and Striking…Leg sweep, POP the Leather

So today I woke up not sore, but body was just tired. =) That is good. I put it through the paces last night. Two 5 minute conditioning rounds back to back is hard. 2.5 hours of Krav and Striking class training today.


Krav was fun, bright and early we got in. While working on some foot work we got to do a fun dump I had never done before. I actually took a video of this dump. We called it a sweep dump. Just by off balancing your opponent and then rotating along a fulcrum you can dump them pretty easy using very little force.

In this video you see a sweeping dump. First one is slower to get the steps/moves in. Second dump is more quick and more true to real life situation. I wonder what an assailant would think if they attacked a person and one second they are standing and the next they are on the ground wind knocked out of them.

This is called a 50/50 clench. Where I am controlling his left bicep, and he is controlling my left bicep. We each are controlling the neck head area. Then I step out, with my left foot, and with my right foot sweep his leg out from under him. I rotate him around the fulcrum created from my hip, and he is dumped on his back or side.

 I have to mention I that this was filmed after I threw my partner about 30 times. It takes a toll on them and this is not comfortable for him. So all the love to my partner for being a good sport, and letting me throw him a few more times.


In Striking we worked on dealing with hooks, either high cover, bob and weave, and returning punches. If the hook is coming in at you from the left side, we do an uppercut, hook, then cross. If the hook is coming in from the right hand side we do a uppercut, cross. We could high cover, or we could bob and weave. If we bobbed and weaved, we would get a gut shot into our opponent and then we would continue with the counter punches as above.

We then worked on Pop the Leather, or basically pre-sparing. We do this with both the advanced and junior students. Where we do controlled sparing type training. We are told one person can only do throw the hooks, and the other person has to counter them by, high cover block, bob and weaving. We then return or counter attack with a hook, cross, uppercut, gut punch. The original person hooking has to parry our counter attacks and not get hit. We suit up in our shin guards, gloves, and mouth guards and train. This is different than our usual sparring, where everything goes except elbows. Those are so devastating and if we land them we can do a lot of damage to our sparring partners. So we take elbows out of sparing, and a lot of times knees as well, unless we have belly pads on. By everything goes I mean we get to do what ever combination we want to. Our object is to get past our opponents defenses. Not to kill them or hurt them, but controlled hitting. =)

I am wiped out. I am tired and want to take nap now. But I have some chores to do. I may do some laundry and just vegetate now. Thanks for reading this far. Hope you are having a wonderful week.