I didn’t make it to any classes last night, was too tired. Today I went to Muay Thai and MMA class back to back to make up the hour of training I lost. It was a pretty good night. I’m not sure if Muay Thai was at an easier pace tonight, or if it just seemed easy after having done MMA for the past several weeks.
In Muay Thai, we worked on kicks most the class. Practiced with each other doing front teeps, which is a front push kick. It’s much different practicing with a person than with a bag. You get to work on your timing and balance in a way you can’t on a bag. At the end of class, we did some sparring. They paired everyone up based on experience, so I ended up sparring with one of the girls, Tiana. She started training a few weeks after I began there.
Though she just got out of the Army recently and is much younger and in way better shape than I am. So we sparred and I realized she is either incredibly fast, or I’m incredibly slow or a little bit of both. She was throwing her punches pretty quick, much faster than I could react, but I kept my guard up. We kept circling to my right which is what I wanted. Though when I’d go to jab with my right, I kept my left hand up as guard, but only on the left side of my face, so she was able to dodge and throw a couple quick jabs at the side of my head.
She did it all so quickly I wasn’t even able to register that she had moved. I did get some good shots in, though I wasn’t using much power. We exchanged a few kicks, though I came up with a roundhouse kick, probably too slow. She raised her leg to block it and my foot cracked right across her knee. It hurt like hell for a couple minutes, but I was ok. The funny part was Tiana would apologize every time she kicked or hit me. I kept telling her I was fine. She could kick me in the gut all day and I won’t feel it. The shots she landed on my face and head were to the side or glancing, so that didn’t hurt either.
After Muay Thai, we did MMA class. Lots of warmups and ground and pound drills. Then we worked on technique for awhile on some back kicks, first in the air, then against the wall, then on pads. It involves some steps and twisting around. It was hard for me since my turn radius is wider than most people’s. After that we did some more drills. One was a stomach workout. Everyone lies in a circle, lifts their legs six inches off the ground Then each person takes turns running around the circle, stepping on the stomach of each person, then the next person goes.
It wasn’t a lot of fun having my gut stepped on several times, though it didn’t hurt as bad as I thought it might. When I went, I ran around the circle, but when I got to Tiana, I coudn’t bring myself to step on her as she probably weighs as much as my left leg. So I just skipped over her and everyone laughed. Though she thanked me later for not killing her.
I have to say I’m happy with my progress but sometimes not sure to think how good I am as far as my skills. As much as I feel like I’ve learned and gained, I watch some of these guys who’ve been at it a year or more when they kick the bags or pads and they are so fast and powerful. I’m still slow and I have good power, just not like these guys. I wonder if I’ll be at that point by next October, and if not, will I be at all competitive.
When I was a kid in Tae Kwon Do, I wasn’t particularly fast either. I just have a hard head and as long as I wasn’t getting hit square on the chin, I just took a lot of shots before finally moving in and unloading some good punches. So we’ll see if that continues. Sensei Gabe said he wants to spar a few rounds with me tomorrow night after MMA. That will be some good experience.
Overall was a good night. I’ll be glad when more of this weight comes off. The less I weight, the better my stamina, balance and agility. At the rate I’m going, it shouldn’t be too much longer