Archive | August, 2012

Today’s class

30 Aug

Krav maga

  • 360 defense
  • Inside defense
  • Choke from the side

It was good to practice defense as it’s one of my weaker areas. But I do think I’ve improved. MB’s “attacking” me periodically seems to be working!

I didn’t go to Conditioning today. I ran four miles before KM, and thought maybe I’d still go to Conditioning at the end of the night, but I was pretty tired, and I saw that the Conditioning class was packed as usual.

This long weekend my gym is closed Sunday and Monday. I thought it would only be closed on Monday. So I’ll get in just two KM classes this week, and just one KO Bag. At least that will give me the chance to do some more running, and possibly yoga on my own.

Next weekend my mother’s town and we’re going to my aunt’s shindig in San Jose so I’ll end up missing all my weekend classes. 😦 Kinda sucky right before the yellow belt test. I’m planning on going to KM Tuesday night, KO Bag Wednesday night, and KM plus possibly Conditioning Thursday night.

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On the yellow belt road: Punch Defenses

28 Aug

Holy shit, I just realized my yellow belt test is only two and a half weeks away!

I was very nervous about it when I first started thinking about taking it. Then an assistant instructor assured me I’d be fine and I wasn’t nervous. But now I’m nervous again. Anyway, today I’ll be talking about the Punch Defenses I’ll need to know.

360 Defense

360 Defense means defending yourself from outside punches in a circle (hence 360 degrees). There are seven positions, which took me a little while to memorize but after practicing them over and over at home in front of the mirror, I think I’ve got them.

Rather than describe each of them, I’ll let this video explain.

Four things to remember:

  1. Wrist to wrist
  2. Blade of your arm
  3. Bend in your elbow
  4. Attack the attack

I’m just okay at these. I suspect I don’t “attack the attack” enough.

Insides Defense against Straight Punches

While 360 defense protects against haymaker punches and strikes coming from the inside, Inside Defense protects against strikes coming straight at you, ie, your face.

I remember one of my teachers saying that the main obstacle with Inside Defense is getting over the fear that a punch is coming straight at you. My initial reaction is wanting to curl up in a ball and cower. I also have the problem of wanting to chop at the arms coming at me instead of angling the punch away.

MB practices this with me a lot. Out of nowhere he’ll come after me with straight punches (the most I get is a tap against the chest), much faster than we ever practice in class. He always corrects my movement, and he hasn’t in a while so maybe I’m getting better.

Insides Defense against Low Straight Punches

These defend against straight punches coming low, ie, at your stomach or even your groin.

I feel like I really suck at these. I do the chopping thing a lot. But the video’s explanation is actually good: lead a lot with the elbow, a little with the body, and “blade” the arm a little, which means aiming your forearm bone, not the meaty part, at whatever’s coming.

Inside and 360 Defense Combo

We don’t practice this too much in class, but MB certainly practices it with me at home! I try not to worry about how “perfect” my form is and just try to do something to ward off the attacks.

Next: Choke and Headlock Defenses.

Today’s classes

26 Aug

Krav maga

  • Straight punches
  • Elbow 5
  • Elbow 3
  • Elbow 6

Since the September yellow best is coming up (eek!), the instructor asked if anyone was testing. I was the only one, and requested elbows 5 and 6, since I’ve never learned those before.

Elbow 5 is like an upper cut with the elbow to someone behind you; elbow 6 is an uppercut to the front. You’re basically aiming for someone’s chin. It was good to learn the basics and practice a little, but I’ll have to practice a lot more on my own.

KO Bag

  • Straight punches
  • Hooks
  • Roundkicks
  • Knees
  • Bob and weave
  • Footwork

I wasn’t going to go to KO Bag originally since I was so pooped on Saturday and also felt like running. (My legs and hips are feeling chunky.) But as always, I felt like punching and kicking some more and so I stayed.

I was a lot more energetic today (maybe because I had more opportunity to rest with three of us on one bag), and was even able to run three miles on the treadmill after.

My left hip flexor is pretty sore, but I see that as a good thing because that means I’m using the right muscles to do roundkicks. And my inner thighs are still on freaking fire from Conditioning on Thursday – three days ago!

Today’s classes

25 Aug

Krav Maga

  • Hammer punches
  • Chops
  • Hammer punches and chops with movement
  • Roundkicks

Chops were brand new. Maybe I was doing them wrong, but they hurt my pinkies. A couple of my classmates were complaining about that too. Now my pinkies feel all weak.

I think my roundkicks are better (by the way, I fucking love roundkicks). I’m glad I got to practice them in KM. During a drill in which you fight off a bunch of people holding you down with kick shields, then jump up and do non-stop roundkicks all around, I felt like I was a in a kung fu movie.

KO Bag

  • Straight punches
  • Hooks
  • Roundkicks
  • Bladder kicks
  • Hammer punches

I was still sore and tired from Conditioning on Thursday so KO Bag was especially tough today. Also we had a small class so some of us had our own bags. Usually you share a bag, and take turns doing the combinations. One your own, you could just keep going, which was I did, forgetting to rest occasionally. No injuries though at least.

Today I apparently kept dropping my free hand as I hit with the other. I hate that! I try to so hard to always keep the other hand up. Maybe I was tired. Yeah, sure, that’s it.

Today’s classes

23 Aug

Krav maga

  • Groin kick
  • Bladder kick
  • Elbow 2
  • Choke from the front with a push (arm to ear, violent tun, grab hands, elbow 7, elbow 2)

Conditioning

  • Push-ups
  • Sit-ups
  • Bag work
  • Burpees
  • Squats
  • Running

It was my first time taking Conditioning, and it started out innocently enough. In fact, at first I wondered what the big deal was. And then I didn’t.

The only thing was it was so crowded, it wasn’t the most fun. But it was still a good workout.

Today’s classes

19 Aug

Krav maga

  • Elbow 1
  • Elbow 2
  • Elbow 4
  • Bladder kicks

KO Bag

  • Straight punches
  • Hooks
  • Roundkicks
  • Knees

That’s right, I went to KO Bag today although I told myself not to go for a whole week. My side felt good, I wanted more of a workout after krav maga, and the thought of running on the treadmill or riding the elliptical bored me to tears.

I didn’t go crazy with the roundkicks, and cheated and rested a lot during ab work. I might have overcompensated with other muscles – my back and outer obliques – but they’re just a little achy and stiff, nothing like last Sunday when I could barely move.

Today’s class

18 Aug

Krav maga

  • Straight punches
  • Straight punches with movement

Casualty update: My side felt a little sore, but not too bad. Still, I knew it was probably the adrenaline that was keeping me from feeling more pain so I skipped KO Bag (although I was jonesing to go) and went for a short run afterward, three miles with interval training.