Since I’ve been working on my cultural presentation this weekend for my test, I’ve actually taken a lot of things that I’ve learned about the King of Thailand in perspective. I don’t know how much it actually applies, but I’ve been thinking that this year, I’d love to have a little more discipline in my life — so I started by going to bed early (well earlier than I have been for a long time) and hope that this can continue the rest of the year. The result was that I woke up feeling pretty ready to go this morning, still slow to rise in general, as is the pattern but I felt alert as I was getting up which was a pretty good feeling.
Got to training early, feeling a little anxious since it’s probably been almost a month since I’ve trained in class outside of test prep, but it was really nice to see some familiar faces (especially Khun Pat!) and just be able to feel and feed off of everyone’s energy. It was really good to be training with Khun Kru and everyone else again – felt like it’s been too long. Taking a lesson from our yoga classes with Bryan, I really tried to focus on my breath before class to put myself in the right frame of mind for the rest of the day.
- 10 1-2-3 Thai sit ups (with twist right / left on full sit up)
- 10 walk out bob & weave push ups (left / right)
- Partner Planks
I still struggle a ton with the partner planks, wondering if I should be trying to do these at home with a wall or something. It’s mainly tough on my shoulder more than anything, I don’t think it’s too much of an issue for my core but it puts a ton of pressure on my shoulder.
Len Chuen Drills
- J CR, switch using Kali triangle footwork, J CR
- Jab counters – each of us came up with our own:
– Khun Henry: Pull, into RE LE RUE
– Khun Steve: Parry, LH CR LU
– Khun Pat: Parry (step off to outside of jab), SKN LE RDE
– Khun Thea: Parry (step off to outside of jab), LDW, 2x SDW
– Khun Clayton: Step off to inside, 2x J, RDW
– Me: Pull into 2x SKN, LSE
– One set alternating J CR one-for-one with partner
– Second set switching, J CR, switch J CR, J CR J CR, switch J CR J CR ..etc…
- Cross counters – come up with your own counter (at least three)
- Time sparring! Remember to go slow and make it a cooperative drill (no head gear)
After we finished the len chuen drills, we got into our conditioning which was pretty easy since we only did a little bit: 20 Thai sit ups and 10 body builders. I think what made them easy (or at least feel easy) for me is that I’ve kind of kept up my conditioning over the break. If I can keep this up throughout the rest of my test prep as well I think it can only get better / help me keep working where I’m at.