Month: May 2011

“black eye Girl”

yeah ! ok first the back and now the eye, I wonder what´s next….

Oh Well, that´s the way it can go sometimes, this is martial arts. I take it because I have to, the day I get myself into a real life situation there will be no time for pain or fear.

Anyway this black eye hurts like hell today but I did not feel a thing yesterday at all, I discovered the “surprise” this morning when I got up.

It was nice to meet new people at the training yesterday, David I had met before, Adam is the giant man that I met for the first time yesterday. We hope we´ll see them on a regular basis as some of us disappeared without a trace.. again…

We only sparred yesterday, I started with some “teaching” David about the basis, I explained how footwork is the key and that you cannot do without. I gave him some advice on what to do at home and what to focus on , it was nice of Micke to let me do that , I really appreciated the opportunity.

Then we let them sparr against each other and we sparred ( Micke  and I) , on the concrete plattform with no gear and we toughed it up a little. I fell good and in control even when he tried to strangle me, I got lose and fought back.

The we sparred one on one against a wall, Micke had decided he would go for the arm that I injured a week before…

Well, once more I have to learn to protect my weaknesses!

We were talking with David about the awareness and how to not make our disadvantages worse , David and I have almost the same height, I told him to keep a straight body because he has a tendency to bend and look down, this makes a too  easy target for the other who has a double advantage. The disadvantage of smaller people has to be compensated by an outstanding footwork, this is what will make us at the same level or better.

At last,  Adam asked Micke to sparr and we got some pretty good filming on this one 🙂 you can check this on our group page .


In case someone wonders why I´haven´t written for a while .

I injured my back, it is not a serious injury just a muscle thing, but it hurts when I stand, when I sit, when I sleep,  well all the time. I am taking painkillers and stuff and even met with a chiropractor who found some other problems with my back !

One leg is longer than the other , the right hip is forward which make my back and neck compensating on the other direction and this makes my left side and hip weaker and even painful…  and I went there for a pain from my neck down under the right shoulder and in the arm to the fingers….

The good news is that it can be easily fixed with a couple of sessions, and it will even help me with balance so I am taking the pain for now and waiting for the problems to be fixed in the very near future I hope!

The Hill …

Ah this is so nice to be able to train outside .

This sunday we were pleased to see Will and David, our two newest members,  join the party !

We went on the backside of the slope and started with running it up and down.

Then footwork up hill

Mitt/ pad training, combinations jab cross hook -the pad holder hit the sides of the body- and finish with cross- cross

Then we worked on cross for a while

and hook kicks combinations:  low- high- low,  without landing the foot.

we did some sparring with the pads: the pad holder is  in movement and shows the pad in whatever position.

The exercise is to respond with correct punch or kick, adapting with correct distance and appropriate footwork.

We trained on kicks up hill, the pad holder has the higher position and goes up while the other one is kicking the pad  going up with right and left hook kick. Good exercise for high kicks balance and stability !

Then the guys carried each other running up , my partner was Micke and there is no way I could carry him ! so I pushed him up , while he was resisting and trying to push me down…

We raced each other up, I was not one of the first up , but I ran anyway.

Some protective gear on, it was sparring time. Again up hill,  the exercise was to sparr the opponent who has a higher position and this is easier for him to just push the other one down.

Last exercise, frog jumps … all the way up… only one person  did it, the frog eater : ME  ! 🙂

Ah this session was great , we worked all hard and had lots of fun !

Stairway to Hell !

Well, when I say this was a killer session I am not joking, when while sleeping at night you want to turn around and only the upper body follows and the legs stay right where they are so you have to lift them with your hands to change position, no really !!!!!

I could barely walk yesterday and same today.

We started with exercises on pads

Footwork on a distance back and forth

Kicks and punches combinations on mitts and on Thai pads

Stretching kicks in front of each other, side, hook and spinning back kick

Drop step and punch … no comment on this one! I just can´t get it right, I can do the step but when combined with the punch I just cannot find the right timing

Hook kicks on a 10 meters distance back and forth without landing the foot once, as soon as one of us messed up we had to start over! Same thing on both sides that was the beginning of the leg murder!

We played with the tennis ball for a while, one person is throwing the ball the other one kicks or  punches it , this is a really good exercise for timing and precision, fun too..

After that we just went over to the famous stairway. 

First we had to run up to the top and finish the whole slope to the top of the hill.

As soon as we came back we had to run it again jumping on one leg, kicking the air with the other without dropping the leg… both sides.

Almost dead at the top but both Remy and I made it!

When we came back Micke told us to do the wheelbarrow all the way up as last exercise for the day.

It went quite well actually as it gave a break to my legs!

 We´ll go to the gym tonight and Micke asked me if it was ok for my legs, answer : NO !

I will train the upperbody tonight , there is no way my legs are good for anything right now.

Small Injuries

Small Injuries

I did not write after last Sunday when Remy kicked me in the hand, well, how many times haven´t I heard to close my left hand when sparring,

… maybe I learn something after that.

I had blue and swollen fingers for a couple of days but it is good now.

This day we worked on pads for a while and moved to the stairs, we all ran up and finished to the very top of the hill.

I felt sick for a while and then I sparred with Remy  who finished me with this kick.