Last night had a good night at MMA. Was tired and hurting. I figured I’d get used to it at some point. Either that or I’m going harder each time which is why I’m always sore. We did warm ups then some rotating bag drills from the stand up bags, focus mitts then ground and pound. Stuff gets exhausting and my side would cramp sometimes but I kept going as best I could.
Later we did some punching drills. What we did was, get with a partner, and they would take three hits at you, then you give three hits back. It’s to work on defense and striking. I felt like I took harder shots than I delivered. My one partner was a littler guy, but he was real fast. I defended ok, but he got me pretty good in side of the face. Rang my bell a little, but not enough to get me wobbly or anything.
I think I got a few ok shots on him, problem was, he’s so much shorter then me, he’d cover up and hunch over and I didn’t know where to punch at him. Then we rotated around. I went once with the instructor, he was really fast on bobbing and weaving, so I could barely get a clean shot on him. The next guy was real fast, but also really tall. So I was somehow able to get a few good licks on him.
I took the most abuse on my stomach. I’d cover my head then end up sacrificing leaving my mid section open. Most of it wasn’t so bad, I just absorbed it, but one punch knocked the wind out of me for a few seconds. It was a good class and good lessons though. One of the big separators in MMA is when it’s time to start getting hit. Many people who make it as far as I have, give up after taking a few good shots to the face.
So once again, I found myself frustrated with my performance, yet It was my first time doing live striking with a person and not a heavy bag. Things are much different and I know I’ll get better the more practice I get at it. Striking is one of my favorite parts of the sport, so I want to be as good as protecting myself as I am at dishing it out.