Flowing Under Pressure (diary entry)

Knee strike to stomach whilst grappling (b)19.08.19

 

Reaching the fifth hour of my client’s first course on Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training it was important to bring in more resistance and to promote more fluidity between techniques. We worked on basic combinations, drawing connections between different techniques and also worked on close range fighting.

 

The lesson began with a warm-up on the agility ladders before we paired off for some punching practice. We built up the 4 punch combination with a careful examination on developing power. All of Muay Thai’s punches rely a lot on using the entire body. We also maintained defence throughout this part of the lesson, bringing in the helmet guard.

 

Next we added in the teep, spear and diagonal knee strikes to the body. We also brought in the long guard and the pawing cross, moving onto gripping with the rear hand to manoeuvre an opponent into knee strikes. Then we added round kicks to the punching combinations, bringing in the switch-kick for even number punches (two and four punch combinations).

 

The lesson finished with 3 x 3 minute rounds. The first two rounds had my client go through the various combinations taught, autonomously use the belly pad for knees and teeps, and also catch kicks, check kicks and use her guard against various punches. The final round was an introduction to free-sparring.

 

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