Archive | July, 2012

Today’s class

29 Jul
  • Straight punches
  • Low straight punches
  • Inside defense
  • Low inside defense
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Today’s classes

28 Jul

Krav maga

  • Elbow 2
  • Elbow 7
  • Choke from the front (arm up, turn, elbow 7, elbow 2, knee or kick)
  • Crowding in by multiple attackers with pads; sudden attack by one choker

KO Bag

  • Cross-jab
  • Hooks
  • Elbows
  • Round kicks
  • Front kicks
  • Back kicks

Today’s casualty: right shoulder. I think I hurt it last week doing hooks badly. In krav maga, we were just warming up with shoulder taps when I hurt it again. Right hooks were almost impossible for me today. Really need to work on my form and practice lots of reps at home.

Feels better now. Took a hot shower, put tiger balm on it, took a wee nap.

Today’s class

26 Jul
  • Groin kick
  • Elbow three
  • Headlock from the side (hand to groin, other hand to face, stand, hammer punch)

I’m not bad at release from headlock from the side. I think I get the body movements right, but what I don’t get right, which I didn’t know till this class, was my finger position under the person’s nose.

Let me explain. When you’re in the headlock, you let your body swing in the direction of wherever the person is headlocking you. If he’s on your left, you swing to the left. Then you swing your outside hand – in this case your right – in between your attacker’s legs, smacking him in the groin. Your left hand comes up in a sort of claw and grabs onto the attacker’s face. Then you stand, using the strength of your legs to bend his head back.

The position of your hand on the attacker’s face is important. Get your fingers on the mouth, and he could bite you. Your first finger not only has to be under his nose, it has to push at the right angle. Push back and it does nothing. Push up, and not much. You need to push at a 45 degree angle for it to hurt, and let me tell you: it does.

If someone is just pushing back or up, by the sheer force of their strength they could push your head back. But it doesn’t hurt. For someone like me, with not a lot of strength, I need that angle. Otherwise it’s impossible.

I need lots more practice. Need to imagine slicing the guy’s head open with my finger at that 45 degree angle.

Bane and Boxing

23 Jul

Over the weekend MB and I saw Dark Knight Rises. We had mixed feelings. Or rather, I had mixed feelings; MB pretty much hated it due to many insufferable plot holes. While there were a lot of things I liked about the movie (such as that kick-ass motorcycle), there were also many times I found myself thinking:

  • “Why did he. . .?”
  • “Why don’t they just. . .?”
  • “How come he/she/they isn’t/aren’t. . .?”
  • “How come he/she/they don’t. . .?”

It also seemed really long, and this from a person who at the end of each Lord of the Rings movie wanted more.

But overall I enjoyed it, especially Tom Hardy’s portrayal of the villain, Bane. True, he sounded like if Treebeard and Sean Connery had a baby (although Hardy says he based the voice on this Irish bare knuckle boxer), but he was still terrific, especially considering his face was covered the whole time.

In the one-on-one fighting scenes between Bane and Batman, MB didn’t think Batman fought very Batman-like (brute force rather than smarts and gadgets), and even I could spot the Dark Knight’s wind-up punches from a mile away, but Bane/Tom Hardy (or his stuntman) looked awesome.¬†During one scene, I noticed his major hip action. When you punch, you’re supposed swivel your hips, not just move your arms, using power from the sole of your foot through your entire body. I often forget the hip movement, so it was cool to see how it should be done.

I also liked that you could see the bruises on his knuckles in the scene in the stadium when he’s holding the mike. Just like me! Ha, yeah right.

I wanted to know how Hardy trained for the role, but I haven’t been able to find anything beyond the voice thing above, the fact that he gained a bunch of muscle and weight, and that he learned “various fighting styles.” But it looks like he’s already had training for other movies such as Bronson, about a prisoner who becomes a bareknuckle boxer, and Warrior, about mixed martial arts.

Tom Hardy in ‘Bronson’

I couldn’t find anything on how he trained for Bronson – just again how he gained weight and built up his muscles¬†(the formula is apparently the right exercises plus eating right; riiiight, no steroids involved at all) – but I found this one about Warrior.

Apparently, Hardy had no fighting background before this movie, while his co-star Joel Edgerton did karate for 10 years as a kid.

Training involved two hours of boxing, two hours of kick-boxing, two of muay thai, two of choreography, and two of lifting every day for several months. And I thought two hours of classes in one day was hard.

Now if only the Dark Knight Rises script were as tight as Hardy’s abs.

Today’s class

22 Jul
  • Elbow 3
  • Hammer punch (back)
  • Knee to groin (connected)
  • Choke from behind
    • Two-handed pluck with reach
    • Hand to groin
    • Elbow 3
    • Hammer punch (back)
    • Knee to groin (connected)

Today’s classes

21 Jul

Krav maga

  • Hammer punches (front)
  • Bladder kick
  • 360 defense

We practiced 360 defense today with focus mitts and without. I’ve been sparring with MB (my boyfriend) pretty regularly and we never use focus mitts, well, because we don’t have them. So I’m used to experiencing a bit of pain and bruising, as I did in a previous class with my partner.

A few people were totally wimpy about hurt wrists and forearms. Of course as a defender it doesn’t hurt, but when a strike comes down and the defender’s ulna bangs into your wrist, it hurts like a mofo. Hence, the effectiveness of the defense.

KO Bag

  • Straight punches
  • Hooks
  • Hammer punches
  • Elbows
  • Bob and weave
  • Roundhouse – back leg
  • Roundhouse – lead leg
  • Knees

Yes, I was crazy enough to take two classes today. It was my first time taking KO Bag, which is essentially combinations of the above interspersed with push-ups, sit-ups, and burpees. It kicked my ass. I was so tired, flushed, and sweaty by the end. But it was a great workout, and I loved having the chance to practice my punches and kicks on a heavy bag.

Casualty: “Bag burn” on my right knee from ill-placed knees into the bag.

Boxer Girl: 17-year old heads to the Olympics

20 Jul

Saw this on The Atlantic. Michigan native Claressa “T-Rex” Shields “is the youngest female boxer competing at the 2012 Olympics, which will feature women’s boxing for the first time in history.” Badass!