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Eighth class today at the Lions Den. Although I have only gone 8 times, I have been there one month already. Weird.
Class was great, but it has been two weeks since my last class here at Lions Den. Thanksgiving and UFC combined gave me a couple weeks off.
Before I go into what I learned I will have to say that two weeks is a lot. I was right back to side aches and cramps and I was winded fairly shortly into the Muay Thai class. I hate taking time off, but what can we do?
Today we covered the butterful guard. We went over how to get into it, and what not to do while in it. Then we partered up and practiced pushign the person upright while we kept butterfuly guard and came up with them.
We went over underhooks and overhooks from this position. I liked overhooks better, but that's my style of fighting.
We coverd the "wizard" and how to push the opponents face to the side and to come up with a choke, then sweep them to the side. We went over the sweep without a choke, and when a person bases what to do.
If a person bases on the sweep, you shift your weight and leg to the other side and sweep them from the opposite direction.
Then we put them altogether and went from butterfly to sweep, to choke with the person fighting us. "Live"
I personally did not like the butterfly, but it wasn't a bad place to be by any means. I did like the sweep into scarf hold though.
We spent some time fine tuning our Muay Thai kick on both sides. He taught us how to put the most power we can in the kick. He demonstrated and it was amazing. This guy has some powerful kicks. I tried to emulate it, and even with all my years of martial arts I could not get the same power.
He came over to me and actually helped me with my position. As I kicked he pushed my shoulders down and rotated them. Then he told me to lean back and put my hips into it. It felt very awkward and I felt there was no power in it, but my partner said it was way more powerful. I am so used to kicking at the object and connecting, that going through my target has never been my goal.
This is going to be the hardest technique for me to learn, but I will continue to strive to perfect this kick. This kick is going to be my bread and butter in stand up, and I WILL learn it even if it takes 10,000 reps a day to do it.
I've also sighned up for free sparring and Gi training now. I have open access to everything in there. Now if I can just get my work schedule to all day shifts I will be stylin'. Some day I am sure I will have the shifts to make it happen. For now I will go when I can. I do get to do Gi training this Thursday. I have that tournament on the 10th and I do not want to get caught short.