Friday Day 3 at camp 7/26/2019
These are the stats that my Fitbit recorded during this day:
300 active minutes
I don’t know that I have to say much more than that above. Just the shear amount of steps, calories burned, and active minutes should give you a good indication of how that day went, and what it was like.
However, I want to catalog this adventure and save it so I can look back at it. As I mentioned in the last Thai Camp post, day 2, I was told day 2 was the worst. I think however, day 3 was the worst day. My body was exhausted, my feet hurt, my muscles were so tired I felt I had to jump start them with a Dopio (double shot of espresso).
I was excited, and tired, and worried I would not make it through the day. I was happy to see the people I had met and made friends with.
I am sure almost everyone has heard this saying. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Or something similar. There may be something accurate about that saying.
What doesn’t kill us may make us stronger as a group, according to findings from new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.credit: https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/releases/shared-pain-brings-people-together.html
The research suggests that, despite its unpleasantness, pain may actually have positive social consequences, acting as a sort of “social glue” that fosters cohesion and solidarity within groups:
“Our findings show that pain is a particularly powerful ingredient in producing bonding and cooperation between those who share painful experiences,” says psychological scientist and lead researcher Brock Bastian of the University of New South Wales in Australia. “The findings shed light on why camaraderie may develop between soldiers or others who share difficult and painful experiences.”
I am not saying my camp mates and I went through the hell of war. But we all did push our bodies to the limit. We worked hard, and we tried hard. We all were hurting by this point, and we pushed through. We helped each other. We propped each other up and tried to keep each other going.
To say I feel a kinship with these people is so true. They are my extended and chosen family. They truly have mine and our friends health and well-being at the forefront of their thoughts. I have never felt so loved and accepted from the first step into an event. No one was “to good” to answer questions, and even my introverted tenancies at times, I loved just talking and getting to know these people. I cannot say enough how awesome all of the people in Thai Camp were. When my instructor/teacher says we are all family. I know partly where she is getting it from. Ajarn Chai himself says we are his kids, his family, we all belong to his family. It was amazing and beautiful. This is also true cause Thai Boxing/Muay Thai, is and has been passed down through family, and each style is indicative of what family you learned it from.
Training for the day: (notes: credit Khun Kru Krysta S, and Kru Caro, I have also added to it from my notes.)
- Rear kick to body
- Partner presses forward
- Side step and Quarter turn then curved left knee
- Partner feeds cross
- Scoop cross
- Return right elbow #8
- Partner throws hook
- Inside cover hook
- Spinning right backward downward elbow
- Spinning left back upward elbow
- Return elbow #6
- Grab and full plumb
- Partner feeds cross
- Step 45 to outside
- Lead hand on forehand
- Rear hand just above elbow Left #8 or Tach Mala elbow
- Partner feeds lead hook
- You High cover and grab neck
- Right #4 elbow
- Partner fees rear kick
- Check / shin up block
- Rear hand goes on top of head
- Lead hand checks partner’s right arm
- Pull into rear curved knee
- Partner feeds lead upper cut
- Fade back (same as if for kick) or step back and lean to avoid upper cut.
- Rear curved knee with high guard (may not be able to reach head this time)
- Long foot jab/teep to move partner away
- Or if too close for foot jab/teep, follow with left #8 elbow then right #6 elbow, and then grab for clinch
I am going to break out of the drills we did for a second, to talk about a person I never thought I would meet. His name is Ajarn Trigg. He is an amazing boxer, and in our school we do several of his drills. Namely the Trigg 10 as we called it.
This man is amazing. He is the one that is the tallest individual in the picture here. So I don’t normally respond in a fan girl sort of way. I have met other celebrities, and that is great. But the inner little girl in me was squeeing the entire time. When I met all these people that my instructors/Kru love and talked about all the time. These people who are the best of the best in this martial art were there to teach us. I could sometimes only barely hold it together.
Ajarn Trigg held pads for me, and worked with me on my stance. It was all I could do to keep myself together, focus and work hard to make him, and my kru happy. When we were done with the drill though I shook his hand, and wai’d at him and thanked him. Then I ran off hopping and skipping and saying I got to meet Ajarn Trigg and I got to work with him. Squee!!! I am still amazed and it has been weeks.
We started with what my gym and Kru called the Trigg 10. We all lined up, we counted off, and were separated into lines. Ajarn Trigg would call out a number say #3 and we would triple jab. Each number or corresponds with a strike. I was next to a girl I met that was from Luisiana. I love her she is amazing and so sweet. She was looking a little lost, and when he would call out a number like #7 I would say, “jab, cross.” I would call out the strikes you had to do. She looked over at me and said, “bless you, and thank you.” She was so grateful that I was calling out the shots so she could do it with us. We talked later and she asked me if my instructors had us doing it. She said she had never heard this drill before. I was happy to help her.
I digress though. Let me get back to the training we did with Ajarn Trigg.
Training with Trigg for the day: (notes: credit Khun Kru Krysta S, and Kru Caro, I have also added to it from my notes.)
- Partner jabs
- You jab
- You Jab
- Partner Jab, Cross
- Partner Jab
- You Jab Cross
- Return Cross, Jab, Cross
- Back up jab 3x
- Forward jab 3x
- Circle L jab 3x
- Circle R jab 3x
- Quarter turn right cross
- Wipe right
- Shovel hook
- Overhand hook
- Wipe left
- Shovel hook
- Overhand cross
- Wipe outsid
- Jab rib
- Wipe inside
- Body hook
- Wipe outside
- Overhand right
10 count straight punch drill1 or as we call it Trig 10
- Double jab
- Triple jab
- Straight right
- Double straight right
- Triple straight right
- Jab Cross or JR
- Cross Jab or RJ
- Double jab, straight right
- Double straight right, jab
I have to say this day was amazing. I was so excited and proud of myself for finishing and completing day 3. There were times where I was so tired, I did not think I could make it. I pulled through and did it though. I got to meet some of the greatest martial artists and I got to work with them. I got to make deeper connections with people and grow my chosen family. I love the people we shared a house with, and I can’t wait to see them all again.
Thank you for reading. I have one more post for Thai Camp complete with dropping my trousers story, and Thai Kru tests. My respect for you all.