I trained Muay Thai tonight for the first time in a really, REALLY long time. It sure showed. It was expected, but I was still a little embarrassed. My feet are raw and really hurt from pivoting. My calves are killing from being on the balls of my feet for an hour and a half. Lol. Ughhhh!
After 10 years of Muay Thai, I’ve suffered my first directly related injury. What a bizarre thing to happen. So I throw a hard switch kick to the leg during a fighter test. It’s perfectly blocked and instantly I feel like I’ve Anderson Silvaed myself. I actually look down to make sure it isn’t flopping about. The pain shoots from my ankle to my knee. I manage to finish the round by putting it out of mind. As soon as it’s over, I’m obviously limping. It’s a week past now. I’ve spent every day limping around at stupid work thinking I must have fractured the tibia. Upon further investigation, Now that the severe cramping has started to subside, I have noticed a lovely hole in my tibialis anterior and discolored swelling around my ankle. So new working theory. Josh blocked so perfectly that it cut the muscle through my shin pads and the swelling around my ankle is the pooling of blood. LOL. Only me!
Last night I covered the BJJ class. Mike was away on a seminar. Every time I agree to cover, I get all stressed out. There are several reasons that contribute to this. 1: I don’t think anyone will show up because I suck the D at BJJ and don’t know what I’m doing. 2: If people do show up, they expect a good class and I suck the D at BJJ so they probably won’t get what they’re looking for. 3: If new people come to class, they will see how much I suck the D at BJJ and won’t come back. 4: People will complain to Mike about how much I suck the D at BJJ.
Well, 3 people showed for class. Wes (blue belt), Mitch (white belt), and Murray (white belt). I had decided that I wanted to work on some stuff that I’ve been watching lately. I think I have all of Rafael Lovato Jr’s instructionals. I really like his teachings. He explains stuff very well and he shows stuff that really works. It may n0t be the newest, most fancy techniques, but it’s all proven. That’s what I want. Stuff that works. I decided to work on the first part of his Guard Mastery series.
Now I’ve watched it several times and even tried a few things in rolling (with varying success), but this was the first time that I was able to drill it. We did:
Xande Sweep to Back (pulling opponent to you)
Xande Sweep to Back (climbing up)
Xande Sweep to Back to Arm bar
Xande Sweep to Back to Arm bar (opponent defends, roll to arm bar)
It worked out ok. I was actually surprised how well the newer guys picked it up. They had a little trouble with the arm bar roll, but all in all, it was a success. We ended the class with some rolling. I decided that the white belts couldn’t roll each other. They had to go against the blues. It was good. I’ve mentioned before that I like letting them get me in to bad spots and then work my way out.
Oh ya. I also finally got to try out my new BJJ Globetrotter, super light weight, travel gi. It was awesome. So light. It’s like I was rolling around with sweaty men while not wearing anything at all…
After BJJ I decided to stay for the Muay Thai class. It was sort of… strange… lol. The class didn’t really consist of a lot of Muay Thai. Mostly conditioning. There was only 2 rounds on the pads and a couple of quick sparring rounds. The rest was warm up and conditioning. Well, whatever. Everyone has a different teaching style. Personally, I like to focus on Muay Thai during Muay Thai class, but that’s just me. A good workout nonetheless.
I attended Muay Thai at Grizzly Gym tonight. It was mainly pad work. It’s great to review basic combos from time to time. It wasn’t the sweatiest workout, but it was definitely well worth attending. 🙂 Thanks Kru Pete!
I went to the gym this morning and spent 10 min on the treadmill warming up before I said, “fuck this” and went home. 😦 It was so depressing. I’m so bored at the gym…
Well my Grizzly Gym tattoo didn’t go quite as expected. I guess the idea that I originally had was too busy and too detailed for the size I wanted. It was a bit of chaos when I showed up at my appointment. I had to reschedule and almost cancelled. When all was said and done, this is what I ended up with. I really like it. The paw print is part of the gym logo. So it still has meaning for Grizzly Gym. I’ll have to get a separate one for Muay Thai and BJJ at a later date. That’s if I can go through the pain again. Lol. I always say, “that’s the last fucking tattoo I’m getting!”