Conditioning Day 14…Two Sessions 18 rounds, Day 14 of 22

2.5 hours of training today across two sessions. I was only able to get 1 hour in at around 6:30 am this morning. I forgot my headphones and had to go home to get them.

I ended up doing my mile run, then 6 rounds on the heavy bag, with 30 second burn out knees and two kicks.

The second session I went in at around 12:30 pm and got another 12 rounds in.

Day 14 of 22, means I have 8 more days to get ready! *Boggle* I hope I will be ready. =) Both Kru Kristen, and Kru Krysta say I will be ready, just take it easy the first day and don’t burn out the first day.

Here is more detailed information of my training:

  1. 1 mile run
  2. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  3. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  4. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  5. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  6. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  7. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  8. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  9. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  10. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  11. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  12. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  13. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks

Breakfast, and then I was called into work for a few hours. One of my coworkers was sick.

Lunch

  1. 1 x 3 minutes of Jumping rope ( note did not count this as a round its a warm up)
  1. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  2. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  3. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  4. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  5. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  6. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  1. 1 x 3 minute round on the shadowboxing
  2. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  3. 1 x 3 minute round shadowboxing shields, and doing balance exercises across the pads
  4. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  5. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  6. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  7. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  8. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  9. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  10. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  11. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  12. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  13. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  14. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  15. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  16. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  17. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  18. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks

Have a fantastic day, and keep working to be the best you can be. I have to go get husband from the metro, feed family, and go to work for my night shift.

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Conditioning Day 2…Muay Thai hold 2, kick 2

1 hour and 30 minutes of conditioning training. I started with a 2 mile run. Then we worked the pads, in 3 minute rounds. I have to say conditioning after a 2 mile run is hard right now. I am hoping here in three weeks it is easier.

Each day I am going to try to make my run faster and longer. I am going to try to get rounds in on the pad or on the bag.

I rand 2 miles in 25 minutes. That makes them 12.5 minute miles. I hate running. Running is a means to an end, and it is to get my cardio up and great for running away from predators. *grins* Serpentine, serpentine!

Then we worked the pads for 1 hour and 35 minutes.

We did:

  1. 10 minute stretch
  2. 4 x 3 minute rounds of kicks to knees, not super hard warm up the joints =) (1 minute rest between each)
  3. 1 x 3 minute round hold 2, kick 2 (1 minute rest)
  4. 2 x 3 minute rounds standard conditioning rounds. 3 kicks right, 3 kicks left, 4 knees (1 minute rest between each round)
  5. 2 minute rest to talk about the clenching
  6. 3 x 3 rounds off balancing
  7. 2 minute rest
  8. 10 minute stretch

Kicking after having run 2 miles is so very hard. My legs did not want to cooperate. You will also notice I drop my hands the more tired I get. I was also “cheer leading” with my hands and some of my kicks. Lets see what else I did wrong. I was tired, my knees were crap, and I forgot to point toes, my off balances were less technique and more force. Dropping my guard was the biggest problem, but oh man is there a lot of crap to work on.

Anyhow I had a great day of training, even if my form went to crap as I got more and more tired. My partner H was making sure to call me out on my dropped guard. He was gently punching for my head every time he saw my guard drop. This is a good reminder to keep guard up and not get hit in the face.

I am exhausted, and am going to bed. We shall see if I can actually get my conditioning up, before Thai Camp. I am going regardless. I just hope not to die so fast there. So I am training.

I hope you all have a fantastic day. Thanks for reading, and keep working on being the best you that you can be.

Conditioning Day 1…Opportunity of a Lifetime

2.5 hours of Conditioning, Muay Thai Training, and Kali. We are going to be changing the format of my workouts for the next 20 days.

I have been given an opportunity of a lifetime. If you have been reading I have had the awesome chance to go to a 2 day Muay Thai seminar with the father of Muay Thai in America. He brought it over in 1968. Ajarn Chai was the man that has allowed me to find and fall in love with this martial art.

Well at this seminar I was personally asked if I was going to attend the Muay Thai Camp set up and run by the WTBA (World Thai Boxing Association). The thing to remember about this is that this camp is meant for instructors. You have to be invited to the camp, and as a student you have to be advanced to be invited, and you have to be invited by an instructor and or Ajarn Chai himself. I was invited and we have moved mine and my families schedule around for me to be able to go to this event.

I have purchased my plane tickets and my entrance fee for the camp. They will be providing food for us. Kru Krysta maybe testing this camp so I get the honor to see her test for it her next level.

What this means is I have to start conditioning training. Muay Thai camp is not some leisurely camp where we get massages and sip champagne. They expect us to work and work hard.

It is my understanding that the days will go something like this:

  1. Wake up and run 2 miles
  2. Train Muay Thai
  3. Eat breakfast, break
  4. Run 1 mile
  5. Train Muay Thai
  6. Eat lunch, break
  7. Train Muay Thai
  8. Eat Dinner
  9. Sleep

So I must now condition. We leave July 23, 2019. I have about 20 days to get my conditioning up. I have some concern I won’t be ready, but I am going. If I have to struggle my way through I will.

So my training schedule is changing. Instead of running and then weight lifting on Monday, Wed, and Fri. Muay Thai training on Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat. I will be doing the following:

  1. Running Monday and Friday 3 miles
  2. Running 2 miles, Training Muay Thai, and Kali Tues, Thurs, and Sat.
  3. Running 2 miles, Training conditioning rounds Wed, Sat
  4. Rest day on Sunday

We will see if I need to shove in a rest day on Mon too. But for now that is the schedule. Anyone else scared that I won’t be ready? I am. But I have decided I will do what I can on such short notice and then just go and get the most out of this opportunity.

I saw some pictures from the seminar, and I just don’t under… my brain keeps saying, “look at you. What do these crazy people see. Don’t they see what I see. Basically a joke. Some one who does not belong.”

I am going to try to ignore those doubts and worries. This part of my journey is the bad part or the upside down part. The self doubt and worry are the bad parts. I am going to do what all well adjusted adults do and ignore it. =) I am going to let my brain say/think those things, then ignore it, and keep training. That is all I can do.

Enough of my thoughts out on paper, lets get to the training that happened today.

My Training:

1.5 mile run in 20 minutes.

1 hour of Muay Thai training. We worked on clenches. We worked with the less advanced students, and helped them work on some simple clenchs and ways to get out of the clench. Like the collapse of their elbow into their chest, and face push to get out of their full plumb.

The advanced students went off then and sparred with J. To get his training in before his upcoming fight. I was told that my round in the ring, was much better than any others I have had. I was more relaxed. I got a chance to use my footwork to cut the corner and get on J’s left side and land a kick. I landed many kicks, and punches. I felt great during the sparring, and compared to the 12 minutes of clench sparring we did, 3 minutes seemed like nothing now. I was tired a little but I did not feel dead.

My scale of what my body can and cannot do has been moved much further along the number line. Instead of 3 minutes feeling like I am going to die. I have felt what it feels like when I am about to lose the lunch I just ate.

Kali

In Kali we worked on Kawain, Ki Lap, Full T, and Half T. We had a number of new students and a special seminar from Dan Inosanto himself coming to this area. I need to sleep so I am going to leave it there.

So I am going to write about every day that I conditioning training up till Thai Camp. Then I will of course write about that. That is 4 days of savage and grueling Thai training.

I hope you are all having a great day. Tomorrow I am shooting for 2 miles. Stay safe, and be the best you, that you can be.

Tuesday Muay Thai and Kali… Smother the Gun, Abecedario Snake, and Face Plant

Today was the first full day back to Muay Thai and Kali after my horrible cold virus, and ear infection. We went on Saturday, but it was not taught by our Kru. Today was a kick ass day, and it kicked my ass. It was fantastic. I was so worried I would loose everything I learned. I have to say though I did great and I have not lost everything.

Muay Thai – Smother the Gun

Today we worked on bleeding off the power from our opponents. What that meant was we slide in as they were kicking our leg and landing a cross on their chest or face. When you do this Kru Kristen called it Smother the Gun. It takes the force and power out of your opponents strike. So you can get in return the strike, strike again, and again, and get out of the pocket. She wanted us to work on bleeding off our opponents power, then returning a strike, and then do a defensive move to get out, and not get hit.

What this looked like was:

  1. Opponent kicks, I slide in bleed off power, returning at the same time a cross, from there you throw a hook while moving out then, throw your kick torso round house, or leg kick
  2. Opponent kicks, I slide in bleed off power, returning a cross, then we worked on returning a left leg kick, or left round house torso kick

As with any new strike, or combination, my brain and body try to reconcile what I want it to do. So I hesitate, or pause when practicing. My flow is off, but that is to be expected till I start to get used to this way of getting into the pocket.

After that Kru Kristen wanted us to work on asymmetrical sparring. What that meant is one person gets to only throw punches. The other person get to only throw kicks. This makes is easier to see the strike coming and know you just have to defend kicks, but harder in the sense that she is taking a tool away from you. So you have to think around distance management, you have to think about how to get in, maybe having to eat a few strikes just to get in.

Kali – Abecedario Snake, and Face Plant

Kru Krysta was nice enough to write what we were doing down. I got a picture of it and will translate.

  1. Warm up – Strikes 1, 2, 3 (ABC or Abecedario) low back hand, then high back hand
  2. Srikes 1, 2, (equis) clockwise scoop opponents cross, hit head or ribs
  3. Strikes 1, 2, (equis) counter clockwise scoop opponents cross, submit opponent with Basset Dal or face plant
  4. Strikes 1, 2, 1, Kumbiata Switch, clockwise snake, to rolling pin (where you take the stick and roll it on opponents muscle to make them drop weapon)
  5. Strikes 1, 2, 2, Kumbiata Switch, to clockwise snake, to arm lever (revers) (this is where you, lever your stick into the pectoral muscle of your opponent, this causes pain and you can submit them to the floor.)

I took some not great videos of me doing these Kali moves. However, they are here for me to remember the moves, and to look back on them and see my progress.

I hope if you are reading this that you are having a great day. Thank you for reading. I had this typed out and ready to publish however, for some reason I lost all my work. So this is the second time around and I need to sleep. Have a good rest of your day. I really enjoyed being back with friends and team mates. I am still a little congested but had a blast to day. Keep up the good work and keep striving to the be the best you you can be.

Saturday Bo Staff, Striking class…Thrust and Slash, Panantukan/Dirty Boxing

2.5 hours of Martial Arts training today. Have you ever had a morning that rolls around and don’t want to get up, but I can’t sleep any more? Yeah? Me too. Even so, today was a great day of training. I picked up some new drills without much trouble, some others were a bit of a pain in the butt.

Bo Staff – Thrust and Slash

Today’s drills included thrust and slash flow drills. The first drill I picked up with ease. However, the second one kept tripping me up. Something about it was just not clicking today with me.

I took video of me doing the drill but for some reason it is flipped on its side. However, here it is anyway. It was super windy out today as well so the wind is blowing through the microphone. It was a beautiful day though.

I attempted to mess with the video editor and was unable to flip this video over. I am sorry. One day I will figure it out. =)

Here is a video of my instructor for the day showing us the second drill.

As you see he is much more fluid in his motions than I am. I am still working on that. And as you can see I am not that fluid in my movements. I am trying to remember every step while getting my footing right.

Class was fun, and it was beautiful outside.

Striking Panantukan/Dirty Boxing

Today in Striking class we worked on Panantukan. Our instructor was nice enough to type up what we did in class, and post it for us so here it is.

Panantukan/Dirty Boxing


-3 counts on female triangle. (Jab, Cross, Hook, JC Uppercut, JC BodyHook, Overhand/Uppercut/Overhand) 
-3 Counts on focus mitts with a lead switch in between each combo. 
-BLITZ: CRISS-CROSS, HOOKS, UPPERCUTS, BODY HOOKS. – repeated as fast as possible. 
——————————————————————————————————————
-Split Entry counters the Jab into combinations Left and Right (Follow W/ Lead Knee) — 
1.CHC (cross,hook,cross)
2.CUC (cross,uppercut,cross)
3. CBHC(cross,body-hook,cross)
4.OUO (overhand, uppercut, overhand)
——————————————————————————————————————-
Cover Up to Elbow & Knee Series (Follow W/ L Elbow-R Elbow-Knee or R Elbow -L Elbow – Knee) Feeder feeds a left or right wide shot to the head.
1. L Cover
2. R Cover
BLITZ: L Elbow – R Elbow – R Knee, R Elbow – L Elbow – L Knee. (fast as you can)
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Cover & Ride Series (Follow W/ CHC Knee or HCH Knee) Cover headshots, ride body shots (move with the punch on body shots)
1. L Cover 
2. R Cover
3. L Ride
4. R Ride
5. 2 to Head
6. 2 to Body
7. 3 to Head 
8. 3 to Body 
9. 3 Mixed Head/Body
BLITZ: CHC L Knee, HCH Right Knee.
——————————————————————————————————————-Cover & Hit Series 1 ( Counter the following & Finish W/ L Elbow-R Elbow-Knee OR R Elbow – L Elbow-Knee) Feeder feeds Jab then Wide Cross. Parry the Jab and Inside Stop the Wide Cross with your left arm (the John Wayne) while simultaneously throwing one of the following with your right hand. 
1. Vertical Punch 
2. Finger Jab
3. Claw (Ze Clouww)
4. Vertical Elbow

The dirty part comes with the grabbing of the hair to control the head. We just mimed this part, but in Panantukan, you are not looking to be nice. This is not a sport. This is an art to save yourself, your family and your fellow soldiers. So this particular style favors eye gouges, hair pulling, and eye raking.

Today was great. I got to learn some new things. I got to practice and have fun with my friends and team mates. I could not ask for anything more. Thank you for reading and have a great weekend. As always let me know if you have any questions.

Saturday Muay Thai and Striking… entry, rhythm, and JKD (Jeet Kune Do)

I sit here writing this after a 2.5 hour training session, we also just refueled with some delicious Thai food. Because it is H’s birthday and we are celebrating. In most Asian families, long noodles are the thing to eat to ensure a long life. =)

I trained Muay Thai for one hour before our striking class. We worked on entries to get in and land our punches. We were working our range management. I am very short, 5 foot nothing, and my range is very short. In a fight I am going to get up close and personal. Where a taller 6 foot person is going to be hit me from further away. I have to get in close. There are advantages for the taller person. They can kick and hit from further out, and I have to eat a hit or kick to get into their pocket. However, the advantages for a shorter fighter are to my knowledge I have a shorter range, which is good cause I can then switch up what I am doing faster than they can. I can change my range with moving a little bit. I can cover up my actions by putting interference in their faces and then kick them without them seeing my legs move if I am executing the move correctly.

In Striking class we worked on JKD (Jeet Kune Do). ” Jeet Kune Do, “The way of the intercepting fist” in Cantonese, abbreviated JKD, is a hybrid philosophy of martial arts heavily influenced by the personal philosophy and experiences of martial artist Bruce Lee.” Wikipedia

We worked on both orthodox fighting and south paw fighting. What this means is we had to change our stances. We had to change our lead leg. Orthodox fighters have left leg forward, and south paw fighters have right leg forward. We had to faint, high, and low jabs, then work on entries into and range management to get the crosses, hooks, upper cuts, and then lead pendulum kicks a.k.a. Nao Tek.

From a technique point of view, this is hard to switch up. When I an orthodox fighter has to switch up to south paw, or right lead leg. It takes all your mental acuity to just make sure your throwing a hook with the right hand and not a cross like you would with orthodox stance. We then worked on a pop the leather practice where we try to use the tools we learned in JKD to asymmetrically spar our opponent. It was a fantastic training session, and I had a great time.

I have rambled on enough. I hope you have had a great day. Talk to me if you have questions or thoughts.

Here is a video of me doing some training on the bag. I was working on some left and right kicks. As you can see I am a orthodox fighter and I have left lead leg.

Working on Muay Thai Kicks