Muay Thai: Boxing Practice

1. Jab + Jab + Cross in place
2. Jab + Jab + Cross while advancing forward: for the cross, make sure to stomp the right foot when advancing with the cross. The stomp will provide a counterbalance and keep you from throwing too much weight forward.
3. Jab + Cross + Hook + bob under return jab + Cross

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Considering Ultraportable Laptop

Every time I pull out a laptop at a Starbucks or Barnes & Noble to do some work, reading, or thinking, the idea of getting an ultraportable sounds that much better.

Current contenders include Lenovo’s X220 (12in), X-1 (13in), the MacBook Air (13in, SSD).

I’m basically looking for a slim machine that weighs little (let’s say around 3lbs), has battery life of at least 3-4 hours…I’d really like a backlit keyboard too. I wish the X220 had a backlit keyboard haha.

Too bad the 256GB MBA costs another $300 over the 128GB one. Man. I’m hoping if I do make a purchase, that the computer will last me at least a few years before problems start surfacing with the SSDs.

Muay Thai: Leg Catch Series 1-5

Leg Catch Series 1-5 (of 8)

1. Attacker throws right body kick. Defender catches and posts, steps in and throws cross to the head, then throws the leg.

2. Attacker throws right body kick. Defender catches and posts, lifts left knee high (perhaps kneeing opponent’s thigh) then stomps forward into a right knee while still maintaining the post, then throws the leg.

3. Attacker throws right body kick. Defender catches and posts, throws the leg, and throws a right head kick at the attacker, who pull steps (? verify this).

4. Attacker throws right body kick. Defender catches and posts, then kicks the attacker’s supporting ankle with defender’s right leg. This strike aims to kick the attacker’s supporting foot out from under them. In practice, defender strikes the attacker’s shin and then throws the leg away as with the earlier combos.

5. Attacker throws right body kick. Defender catches and posts, raises left knee parallel to ground as shelf while swinging left arm straight up and back in order to grab the trapped leg from underneath, then throws a cross at attacker’s head. Attacker ducks under the cross, but defender clasps the crown of attacker’s head and throws a right knee, and while knee is returning back, defender should in the same motion push the attacker’s head to their supporting shin while lifting the trapped leg so as to roll the attacker backwards.

Train Hard, Fight Easy (I)

I’m feeling like I’m back at unconscious incompetence again, which is a bit disconcerting but at the same time good because it’s one of those indicators that I’m learning some new things.

How do I become a better fighter? After I fix the list above, break bad habits and build good ones, where will I be then? What kinds of things am I overlooking entirely, that are vital to my development?

And where do I go from here in terms of training? Now that I’ve undergone my second evaluation and entered the bottom ranks of Level 2, I think I’m only now really beginning my Muay Thai training, or so Master Ace had said to us all during the KRU Expo. From the 4-3-2-1 Drill that I was taught today, I’m starting to see a difference in focus between Level 1 and Level 2, which is to say an emphasis on defense and avoidance. The first 2 parts of the 4-3-2-1 are a mix of shielding against leg kicks and avoiding the body kicks, whereas all of the Level 1 Combo is about contact–the striker punches and occasionally covers, but there is no avoidance. Hopefully I’m not reading incorrectly into that…I’ll ask KRU Joe or Master some time to find out.

I’ve been considering upgrading my membership to KRU’s Elite program, which would allow several benefits over my current membership status. The biggest problem that I’m facing is really the 36 month commitment required to lock in the deal, and this is an issue because of where I am (or aren’t) in life right now.

The way I think of it, the biggest thing keeping me from upgrading my contract is because I don’t know when my employment will change. If I move out of state, then the contract can be annulled easily…but if I only move within state, I’d still be locked into the 24 or 36 month plan, unless I pay the contract termination fee.

The parts of KRU Training that prompted me to sign up are all still here, I think. The knowledgeable instructors, friendly (for the most part) students, and the solid curriculum make KRU in my mind one of the best places I could be learning Muay Thai. I almost wish it could be easier for me to just commit to another 2 or 3 years, as I have no doubt it’d be good for me health-wise, provided I can avoid serious injury in the Level 2 classes.

What am I getting at here? Pretty much that as much as I’ve been enjoying classes at KRU and as much as I’ve been learning there, the training doesn’t feel like my calling, and I’m more determined than ever to find that as soon as I can.

How do I reconcile my strengths in order to find a profession or job where I can genuinely contribute to the greatest of my abilities?

I appreciate the martial arts, but I think that I’ll have a greater capacity for enjoyment of it after I can sort out this portion of my life.

Lessons from KRU Evaluation 2

My second KRU Evaluation was even more useful to me than the first one as far as highlighting to me the areas where I need the most work–and need a lot of work, I do.

Goals and Areas to Fix:
1. Leaving myself wide open before my kicks–dropping hands lower or leaving chest open when stepping in for kicks.
2. Tilting my head as I punch.
3. Lifting rear leg when throwing a cross.
4. Overcommitting to certain strikes, which leads being off-balance.
5. Still being too tense overall.
6. Not having a balance between a relatively relaxed guard versus fast & hard striking.
7. Standing in front of an opponent after finishing a combo instead of immediately circling away (to the opponent’s weaker side) and continuing to remain in motion
8. Being too eager to strike–when working with padholder, I must follow their timing.
9. Learn to change the pace of my striking as appropriate, especially if a partner is signalling strikes.
10. Not be “robotic” when striking–instead, be able to flow from one strike to the next.

Having written a few vague goals above, I should really drill down deeper to write some objectives and to make those goals “SMART”. I think I’ll leave that for a soon-to-come day at Starbucks or B&N.

Muay Thai: 4-3-2-1 Drill, First Part

The 4-3-2-1 Drill consists of 4 parts:

4 Leg Kicks:
1. Attacker steps out to the left with lead leg and throws a leg kick aimed at defender’s front leg. Defender raises left shin and shields.
2. Attacker steps left with lead leg as a fake, then immediately steps out right with back leg and throws a leg kick at defender’s back leg. Defender shields with right shin.
3. Attacker performs switch step, then stepping out to the right with right leg and kicking towards defender’s inner thigh. The defender cross-shields with left shin, pointing left knee across their body.
4. Attacker steps wider out to right with right leg and throws another lift kick with left leg. Defender rides this kick, allowing it to lift their lead leg back.

3 Body Kicks:
1. Defender had previously rode the lift kick, allowing their left leg to lift up and plant behind them. Defender immediately steps out with right leg and throws a body kick. Previous attacker rides this kick to their left.
2. Defender throws a right body kick. Attacker scoops this to their right, allowing defender to spin around.
3. Coming out from the spin, defender throws a body kick with their left leg. Attacker catches this, posts, and throws.

2 Push Kicks:
(Not yet learned)
-Looks like after attacker throws the defender’s final body kick, the attacker throws a push kick, then another, which the defender dodges using #4 footwork, to get to the attacker’s blind side. Attacker steps back twice to create distance, while defender mirrors their steps.

from Carlos, 3/22: after attacker throws defender’s final body kick and while the defender is spinning around, the attacker throws a right push kick, landing forward. Defender draw steps to avoid it. Attacker throws a left push kick, which the defender scoops to their left, causing attacker to land forward on left leg, with defender standing at an angle to attacker.

1 Head Kick:
(Not yet learned)
-(maybe this starts from the attacker stepping back 2x to create distance) Looks like defender throws a head kick while attacker does a “pull step”, leaning toward their back leg and dropping lead hand so as not to get pulled down with the head kick.

from Carlos, 3/22: Attacker retreats two steps while defender advances, mirroring footwork. Attacker performs a pull step, leaning away from opponent and dropping lead hand while defender throws a head kick. Immediately afterward the attacker and defender switch roles, with the new attacker initiating with 4 leg kicks.

Tips from KRU Joe:
-The first two leg kicks should be aimed at a fist above the defender’s knee.
-When the attacker steps in for the first leg kick, they should make sure that their head is away from center, and that their lead leg is bent, making them slightly closer to the ground.
-The last leg kick is like winding up to kick a soccer ball–stepping long right and lift kicking with left leg.

Pendulum kick, from Master:
1. Stand square facing opponent.
2. Extend left hand and turn body towards the right, faking a recovery
3. Skip left foot to where the right foot is, and once left foot plants the right leg comes around for a kick aimed at back of opponent’s quads.

abdominal pain

Pain in upper right abdomen area since yesterday afternoon. I noticed it after having dinner around 6pm or so, and the pain persisted until I went to sleep. Pain was still there after I woke but wasn’t too noticeable until after I had dinner.

I’m hoping this doesn’t have anything to do with getting kicked in the ab area in Muay Thai during the evaluation Saturday. I still feel the pain regardless of whether I’m sitting, standing or moving around.

Regardless, I’ll see how it feels tomorrow morning and make the next judgment call then. For now, going to check oxfordhealth.com to find nearby facilities, just in case.

Rain

Reminds me of
Fresh starts
Revitalization
Life

Just makes me feel more alive and connected to everything.

Muay Thai: Level 1 Combo Glove vs. Glove

Yellow Rank needs to know this for testing.

1. Both the striker and receiver wear gloves.
2. Striker advances while throwing the Level 1 Combo, while receiver parries and covers each strike as appropriate. Receiver should also throw their own counter strikes during the correct parts of the combo.
3. Receiver should ride the striker’s body kick, stepping long to the side, then the striker will catch the receiver’s return kick and perform the final part of the Level 1 combo.