Tuesday Muay Thai

Double jab + cross + hook, 2 right leg body kicks, step in and 2 left leg body kicks

Jab + cross, drop, right leg body kick, drop, left leg body kick, repeat

Despite leaving the office at 5pm again, I still got to KRU at just about 6:30. Traffic on I-80E around 5pm appears to be terrible.

Saturday Eskrima and Muay Thai

Productive Saturday–took Muay Thai to make up for not being able to make Tuesday or Thursday’s classes due to Thanksgiving.

Drill: (each strike is accompanied by a step) #2 to jaw, #3 to knee, power strike to collar
-By the #3 with the left stick, the right stick is already “scratching the back” and prepared for the final strike

What is a parry? A one-handed clap.
Drill: distinguishing between left and right side strikes and parrying

Muay Thai:
Double jab, cross, hook, right leg knee, right leg body kick

Thursday Muay Thai: Body Kick

Drill 1: practicing both right and left leg body kick on partner, who stands with their hands behind their head–practicing proper form.

Drill 2: (1) jab into right leg body kick. (2) jab + cross into left leg body kick.

Drill 3: catching the body kick: as your partner kicks, sidestep wide away from their kick and toward their back shoulder, keeping your catching hand high (so as to not present your opponent with another target, and so that you can use the hand to block if their kick changes direction). After catching the kick, step in with right leg, and post by placing your free hand at your partner’s shoulder to keep them from turning back towards you. Finally, step back with your right leg and toss your partner’s leg free, being careful not to give them enough momentum to spin all the way around (setting them up for an immediate follow-up attack).

Burnout: repeat jab + cross, drop, right leg body kick, drop, step and left leg body kick, repeat.

From Master: don’t over-twist the hand you drop during a kick.

Kru Chris: for a body kick, your lead leg should never be in front of your target–it should be 45 degrees to either side of your target, as that’s where you step out to.

Instructor Joe: when catching a body kick, your left arm goes out high at shoulder height to catch the kick as you simultaneously step wide toward your opponent’s back shoulder–sidestepping as your opponent kicks will negate the force of their kick. After the catch, you immediately step in and post your right hand to their leading shoulder to keep them off balance and from facing you. If they attempt to face you while you’ve posted, you can just walk forward to keep them off balance.

Tuesday Muay Thai

Drill: Double jab, cross, hook, rear knee, body kick

Burnout: Body kick. Remember the rocking motion–step forward and out with lead leg, kick and ‘retract’ back (whole leg)

Class was a bit tougher because as I started jump-roping, I noticed that my neck hurt–maybe as a result of sleeping with my head in an odd position. Hopefully this recovers before Thursday’s class.

Thursday Muay Thai: Side Clinch

Side Clinch practice: plumb from standing position, and from partner’s “Frankenstein”.

-#5 and #6 footwork (2 steps) to get to left or right of partner, placing them in standing side hold position. Your elbow should be high and keeping their arm extended and unable to move, holding their head looking back and away from you to open them to attack, the leg closer to your partner is forward and the other leg is back to keep them from going for your legs. You should end up standing at a right angle to your partner, so that your torso faces one direction and their torso is perpendicular to yours.

-after the hold is established, knee the opponent and then spin them to the ground so that they end up facing away from you, keeping their arm straight against your body so as to keep the opponent almost lifted on their side, strike using your knees

-after you are able to grapple the opponent from the “Frankenstein”, the aim in practice is to pick off an opponent’s jab or parry and transition into the side clinch.

from Roman, basic footwork (8-count Footwork) steps 1-4:

1: step forward, step + jab

2: step backward, step + cross

3: step to the left, step + hook

4: step to the right, step + pivot + long uppercut

Tuesday Muay Thai

Front and rear straight knee drills
Burnout: strike with right knee, switch feet, strike with left knee, repeat.

from Roman:
-strike more using hip; lean back
-keep balance after strike

Overall, I’m still too tense…this is a recurring observation from instructors that I’m not quite sure how to fix other than starting to pay closer attention to what I do in general.

Blog-writing Frequency

It’s just occurred to me, after reading about Zimbardo’s Time Perspective Inventory (ZTPI), the reason why I write more often during some months and less during others.

Actually, I came upon the ZTPI while reading an article about how one’s perspective of time changes while playing videogames , and the article was interesting enough that I did some more reading into Zimbardo’s Time Perspective types. The result of all this was that I noticed…Zimbardo’s research seems to make some sense, haha–how people’s general time-perspective was linked to how much or how often they would play videogames–at least in relation to myself and friends of mine. Thinking about it, I noticed that I play games with more frequency when present-focused, and play games much less or not at all when considering future issues (Zimbardo’s Future-oriented type).

I was thinking that this tied into my blog-writing frequency as well, which is a subject I’ve always been curious about. It seems that I write more when I’m in more of a future-oriented mindset, and that I write less when in a present-oriented mindset (which is when I tend to forgo writing for gaming or some other less mentally focused activity).

For anyone curious about the ZTPI, you can find more information and the survey itself–only 10 questions–here.

KRU Elite Program

I wish I could commit to the 3-year KRU Elite program, which would be making a commitment to becoming a black belt in those years. Side benefits include discounted gear, no testing fees, a locked-in montly rate, and I think unlimited weekly classes.

Also, I feel like I’d be committed me to a more active lifestyle–definitely a plus.

But alas. Such is one of the problems with not yet having financial stability and a permanent job. I’ll have to make a decision soon, since I want to test in the next month but I won’t be ready unless I start attending two classes a week.