Tonight I taught a junior lesson in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training and a senior lesson in Martial Arts Cross Training. The Muay Thai class focused on developing the long guard and the use of elbow strikes. The senior class worked across self-protection, Filipino stick-work and Muay Thai elbow strikes.
The junior lesson began with a revision on the Dracula guard, a cover variation on the long guard. We drilled jabbing and jab/crossing with this guard combining it with both low and mid-range round kicks as well as spear knees. I spent a little bit of time working on correct technique, explaining the importance of raising the supporting foot heel off the ground as well engaging the hips and maintaining a guard. This combination work was then taken on the focus mitts where I also brought in shin-checks as I had done in previous lessons. The Dracula guard was then used to introduce the horizontal elbow. We worked on keeping this tight and sharp rather than as a clubbing action. It was used as a jab and then in conjunction with a cross punch.
The senior lesson began with single stick-work. We went through a simple 12 angle series of strikes with the stick first. From here we began comparing their relationship with elbow strikes. This moved us onto more work with the horizontal elbow cover and the Dracula guard.