Archive | September, 2012

Today’s class: Krav maga 1 + KO Bag

30 Sep

Krav maga

  • Bladder kicks
  • Elbow 7
  • Knees (attached)
  • Choke from behind with a push (left foot forward/right arm up, turn violently to right, pivot around on forward foot/right arm elbow 7, knees + combatives)

KO Bag

  • Straight punches
  • Hooks
  • Upper cuts
  • Elbows
  • Round kicks
  • Front kicks
  • Knees
  • Bob and weave
  • Slip
  • Footwork
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Today’s class: Krav 1 + Krav 2

29 Sep

Krav maga 1

  • Straight punches
  • 360 defense

Krav maga 2

  • Variety of strikes
  • Variety of chokes
  • Chokes from opposite fighting stance
  • Chokes with one arm
  • Bear hugs

Yay, I finally went to Krav 2. It only took me two weeks after the test. 😛 I was overly worried about all the gear. I got shin pads, a mouth guard, and hand wraps. One of the assistant instructors today confirmed that I’d need 14 ounce boxing gloves. I already have two kinds of gloves for protection.

 

Today’s class: Conditioning

25 Sep
  • Jumping rope
  • Running
  • Running with kettle bell
  • Working the heavy bag
  • Burpees
  • Sit-ups
  • Sit-ups with weights
  • Push-ups into side plank with weights
  • Squatting and throwing and catching medicine ball
  • Handstands
  • Ape walk (don’t know what else to call it)
  • Bicycle sit-ups

This was the first time I did a handstand in many years. I was surprised that I could actually do it.

I almost didn’t go to class today. I was busy with work stuff all day, but I finished literally half an hour before this class. I felt like I needed to exercise (and get out of the house) so off I went.

Today’s classes: Krav maga + KO Bag

23 Sep

Krav maga

  • Straight punches
  • Hammer punches
  • Groin kicks

KO Bag

  • Straight punches
  • Hooks
  • Upper cuts
  • Round kicks
  • Front kicks
  • Footwork
  • Bob and weave
  • Side kicks

I never did side kicks before so mine were terrible. I’m sure we’ll learn it in level 2, which I totally plan on going to on Tuesday!

Today’s classes: Krav maga + KO Bag

22 Sep

Krav maga

  • Straight punches
  • Hammer punches
  • Groin kicks

This was still krav maga 1 by the way. I have yet to go to a krav maga 2 class because 1) I still have to get all the gear, and 2) I’m chicken-shit. Today’s class was full of newbies and so we all we did was combatives (no chokes), which was fun. However, I got impatient with my partner, who was brand new.

Normally I think I’m pretty patient because I was so nervous as a newbie, but she was really annoying me. She kept stopping me to adjust holding the pad, although I had shown her how to hold it, so that I got in fewer kicks. After the third time – the THIRD time – she stopped me, I didn’t even mask my impatience.

KO Bag

  • Straight punches
  • Hooks
  • Upper cuts
  • Elbows
  • Round kicks
  • Front kicks
  • Slips
  • Bob and weave
  • Footwork

Man, I missed KO Bag! I think my hooks have improved. The teacher said, “Very clean! You’ve been training!”

I got impatient with someone in this class too. When we were doing drills, I kept getting caught behind this woman who was really slow. Finally, I got too close to her and she stepped on my foot, which I don’t give a shit about (my bad), but she was like, “Oh my God, I’m so sorry!” I know, what a bitch for apologizing. But all I thought was, You’re wasting time!

“Don’t worry about it,” I snapped. “Just go.”

Must be PMS.

So tie-tie: Recovering from the test

20 Sep

It’s been almost five days since I took (and passed) the yellow belt test, and I’m still blah about working out.

The day after the test, Sunday, I thought I might have a short run and do yoga, but I only did yoga, which was tough but felt good. Monday morning I walked the two miles to the train station (which I usually do) and took the bus home. Tuesday I did 40 minutes on the elliptical, which I found absolutely exhausting. Wednesday the same as Monday, and today I had planned on running at the gym before meeting a friend for lunch, but right now I so don’t want to (though another round of yoga sounds good).

Is this normal? The couple of weeks before the test, I was working out quite a bit: krav maga and KO Bag two or three times during the week; krav maga, KO Bag, and even running on the weekends (well, one weekend). Maybe I just exhausted myself. Maybe it’s partly hormonal.

I do plan on doing my usual krav maga 1 + KO Bag on Saturday and Sunday. I know I should start going to krav maga 2, but a) I don’t have the gear yet, and b) I’m skerred! Hopefully by next week I’ll be brave enough to try it.

I passed the test!

16 Sep

It’s official: I’m a krav maga yellow belt. Yay!

The test was both harder and easier than I expected. Harder because it was so long and tiring, easier because we had a chance to review before the actual test, and could do the moves over and over, improving along the way.

But of course I didn’t know this beforehand so I was very nervous. I imagined getting grilled in front of everyone by some krav maga stranger rather than the friendly instructors I know. I imagined partner-rejection. I imagined having one chance to do choke from the side and completely blanking like I did during a drill one class. I imagined failing. But my worries were unfounded.

First off, I was glad to see the guys running the test were two instructors I knew, and before the test even began, they made sure everyone had partners. Mine was one of just four women in the class, including me, our of 14 test takers, and she was terrific. Tough and helpful with a good sense of humor.

The test was four and a half hours long. We started with an hour of cardio, which I was expecting. However, it went very fast. Running for an hour feels like forever, but doing a whole bunch of different cardio drills for the same amount of time felt like 15 minutes.

The next hour and a half was reviewing everything that we’ve learned. I wasn’t expecting this at all and was very relieved to have a chance to practice and ask questions before the test. My only question was about choke from behind with a push. I wasn’t sure what happened after getting out of the hold, and was reminded that if you’re far enough away, you’re basically set; if you’re still close to your attacker, you launch into combatives.

I’m also glad MB gave me a good practicing technique for all the choke holds. By late last week, I felt confident with my combatives but was worried about remembering some of the choke holds. I was just going to practice them off the top of my head, but MB suggested I make an index card for each hold, writing down, step by step, each move. Then he said I should practice with my eyes closed, say to myself, “Choke from the front,” or whatever, and very slowly but fluidly go through each step, gradually speeding up. Ten times for each choke hold.

I practiced it one night, then had class a couple of days later. We were practicing headlock from the side. The teacher said to start with our eyes closed, then open them as we went through the moves, but I had practiced with eyes closed so many times, I just kept them closed the whole time without even thinking.

Back to the test. After our review, we had a 15 minute break. I went through tons of water over the course of four and a half hours. I thought one 16 ounce bottle would be enough, but I refilled it three times from the water fountain. I thought the guys who had brought in gallon jugs of water were crazy, but they had the right idea.

Finally, the test began.

It was basically like the review, except with no instruction beyond, “Now do straight punches,” and with evaluation. All the groups did the same moves over and over while the instructors walked through evaluating. Then the partners would switch.

The testing part, which took about two hours, felt like an eternity. We were all very tired by then. The kicks and knees were especially exhausting. The instructors reminded us to stay aggressive and do each move like our lives depended on it. (To psyche myself up, I imagined myself as Buffy the vampire slayer, and that my partner was a demon or vampire. There, I said it.) Again I was glad to be able to do stuff again and again, to improve and practice along the way.

My partner was awesome. She bopped me a few times by mistake – once in the ear, once in the jaw, once in the crotch (!) – but those kind of hits only sting for a few seconds. She felt so bad each time, she’d hug me. I elbowed her in the ear once too by mistake.

The choke hold section took the longest while the ground work section was the shortest. We didn’t even use kick shields for ground work. We just shadow boxed movement and kicks, and did getting up once. What they did was go down the list and randomly call out our names, at which point we’d have to get up. I was toward the end, and was trying to hold my fight position the whole time. Well, I couldn’t. I’d rest my head as they called someone else’s name. Today, my lower back is pretty sore, but otherwise I feel okay.

They said we’d have three chances to get up, so I was surprised that once everyone had gotten up once, they said, “That’s it! You all passed.”

It was and is such a happy feeling. Everyone was elated. I know it’s only level 2 (and Googling “yellow belt martial arts” gives me lots of images of tiny kids getting their yellow belts), but it was my very first martial arts test, and I never thought I’d be the kind of person who’d do this kind of thing.

Now whether or not I’ll be testing for level three anytime soon is another story.