Muay Thai Camp day 2… Slow is smooth, smooth is fast

Day 2 is here, and day 1 is over. I wake up slightly sore from day one, and ready and raring to go. Now the fear of the unknown is over. Its the fear of not being able to complete the whole camp. Failing to finish. Day one was slow compared to day two, three and four.

I was warned by several people who have experienced Thai camp that day 2 was the worst day. In my experience day 2 was very hard. My body was just tired. It wanted me to sit down and relax with a glass of unsweetened iced tea in the shade of a tree with a good book. But that is not what I did for day two.


Training Day 2:
(notes: curtesy Khun Kru Krysta, and Kru Caro)

~7 am :

We start shadow boxing, then Ajarn Greg Nelson leads everyone in stretching.

We then do 1.5 mile run. Even though I had that really bad charley horse due to desalination, and my calf was really sore. I decided to do the 1.5 mile run anyway. My calf felt like it had a small muscle tear or really bad D.O.M.S. set in.

We get back and Ajarn Chai starts us off with the combos that we will be working on for the day. We start with a combo and work on the variations each day. This day he wanted us to focus on addressing the incoming strikes and entering with knees. As always he wanted us to think about counter attacks.

Combos for today:

  1. Lean to avoid head kick, step back with back leg lean back with shoulders straight, right hand covering right hand side of face with glove.
  2. Left hand down by hips
  3. body cross
  4. overhand left
  5. right knee
  6. right kick
  7. teep
  1. Opponent grabs your neck and shoulders with one hand and knees you
  2. You defend knee by stepping and turning to spike knee with elbow
  3. You return an uppercut
  4. You return an elbow 4 and
  5. Then you plumb up, in full clench with duck feet
  1. Opponent throws a kick
  2. You shield kick and teep
  3. Opponent they punch
  4. You parry cover
  5. You knee
  6. You throw and elbow 8
  1. Opponent throws a left body kick
  2. You lateral back away from kick so that they miss
  3. You return an overhand
  4. You return 3 elbow
  5. You return number 4
  6. You clench
  1. (speed is the focus)
  2. You catch incoming jab
  3. Return jab
  4. Return Cross
  5. Return Jab
  1. (Speed is the focus)
  2. You block the cross,
  3. You return a cross
  4. You return a jab
  5. You return a cross

~ 9 am

Same as day one we broke for breakfast and a rest.

Today I was focused on getting enough energy into me and making sure I had the minerals and salts I needed to get me through the day.

My focus was so much more on packing in the nutrients and water to keep my body moving. It was a change in my view of the food.

~11:30 pm

We all came back. We stretched and shadowboxed. Ajarn Chai then had us working with each other in partner drills. He really wanted us to get the combos down.

We did one lap of 5 stations, each station being 4 rounds, then 30 second burn out for knees, and 30 seconds rest before lunch. However, the focus again was slow it down, learn the technique first.

Slow is smooth, smooth is fast

Quote everyone, I have heard it from so many people

Learn the technique, and the speed will follow. I have heard this so many times as well. So I tried to take this to heart.

~ 2:30 pm

We break for lunch. Again the emphasis is on eating resting and getting ready for the circuits we will have to do. we ended eating and going back to the house. I took advantage of our return. My feet hurt, and we were in an air conditioned house.

The food was fantastic at camp. My thanks go to the kitchen staff again, and especially Ajarn Chia’s sister for cooking for the lot of us. I decided to put my feet up and take a nap. Boy did I need it, and boy did I miss it the next few days.

~4 pm

We return. We all get ready, stretch, reapply sun block, and then shadowbox.

Then begin the circuits again… whew this was rough. It was two laps of 5 stations. We had, bag work station, shadowboxing station, flow/timing station, Thai pad station, and clenching station.

I put my head down, and just focused on getting to the next station. Doing the best I could while I was about ready to drop to focus on form. That is hard when your body just does not want to move any more

After those circuits of the stations. We lined up, and were spread out on a hill facing down hill. This is where we were supposed to do 100 x 8 count body builders, all in sets of 10. This killed me. I was unable to keep my balance facing down hill and so I opted to do squats instead of hurting myself and my back. Ajarn Chai always says if you cannot do something just listen to your body. He is very kind. I was a little bummed that I did not finish those, but here is hoping next year I will. On the flat ground I got 40 in the day before.

Day 2 was amazing an I was so happy I completed it. I did not know if I would be able to. But when we were done, I felt such a feeling of accomplishment. Going from trepidation, and excitement on the plane, to excitement and annoyance from my calf the previous day, to this day. I made it I did it. I did not have to quit, and I stuck it out.

I had upped my intensity while drilling, but its not the intensity of the rounds, is the sheer amount of them that is most difficult. Ajarn Chai, wants strength, flow, timing, focus, and form, but don’t kill yourself going so hard that these things suffer. No matter how hard or slowly you take the rounds the amount you do, and how long the day is will sap your muscles. We ended up completing 60 rounds on Day 2. *boggles the mind* That in itself is amazing.

Thanks for reading Day 2 of the 4 day Thai camp write up I am doing. I have two more to unpack and will get to them as I can. I hope you liked it, and if you have questions let me know. My respect to you and your family.

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Thai Camp… This was the best and one of the hardest things I have ever done.

Oh man where do I start? 4 days, 10 hour days of training Muay Thai. Working with the best of the best in Martial Arts. I am going to have to break these posts into digestible chunks. I just got home off my flight and am starting to decompress. I got home, showered, started a load of laundry, and took a 2 hour nap.

We did 250 rounds the entire weekend. That is not including instruction and practice. Rounds being 3 minutes with 30 second burn outs. We worked in 5 different stations. Each of the 5 stations we did 4 rounds per station, and many many laps around each station. (note: some of the rounds were 2 minutes, but you get the picture.)

The camp was all outside, in nature, no air conditioning and no gym mats. We worked on uneven ground, with pot holes, grass, gravel, dust, and dirt. We were all sweating up a storm, and we were all working our rear ends off.

This camp was put on by the WBTA (World Thai Boxing Association). It was started by the living legends themselves, Arjarn Chai (Surachai Sirisute) and Guru Dan Inosanto themselves.

It is a camp for instructors and some select students by invitation only. We go to hone our Muay Thai skills and bring them to the next level.

I was asked to come just a month before camp and had less than 4 weeks to condition up. I was honored and amazed to be asked. I was scared I would not be ready, and that I would not make it all the way through camp. I have been told there are people that did not make it and people that leave after the second day.

I knew I was going to learn so much, and that I was going to be pushed to my limits. I was going to be asked to perform like a top notch athlete or like a Thai Fighter. What I did not account for was the community, the family, the love and support that everyone gave, and shared. I now have an extended family of support and love. People that I can ask questions of and know they will help me on this journey. They will help me cultivate my skills for Muay Thai.

I cannot thank Ajarn Chai, and Guru Dan Inosanto enough for taking the first steps to bring Muay Thai and Kali to the United States. For their continuing dedication to spreading and teaching future generations about Muay Thai and Kali. For creating such a wonderful family such as the WTBA and for being so gracious to us all. I cannot thank all the Ajarns and all the instructors enough.

I have a lot of decompressing to do and a lot of notes to go through. But I will post more about my adventure, my learning, and my love for Muay Thai. I will write about all my experience at Thai Camp. Also The food is/was fantastic.

I was invited back again next year, and I can’t wait. But I need to rest now. =)

Thank you for reading, keep your hands up to protect your face, and keep being the best you that you can be. Respect to you all.

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.

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.