DAY 85: Muay Thai footwork

In every martial art, the first lesson that one has to go through is learning how to move one’s body with footwork. Great footwork gives one a huge advantage over his opponent; it allows one to dodge attacks as well as create angles to set up attacks.

Today in Muay Thai class, we focused mainly on footwork: shuffle back and side step. We spent quite a huge amount of time practicing footwork with our partners. One is to attack with push kicks while the other guy is to get out of the way by shuffling back and side stepping. After which, we picked up the thai pads and worked our combination.

Combination: shuffle back, side step, half turn, cross, left hook, right elbow, left elbow, left vertical elbow block, right vertical elbow block, left vertical elbow, shuffle back, front kick.

Round 1
Combinations for 1min at steady pace to get used to the movement
Combination for 3min with full power
Conditioning drill: 50 punches, 10 right roundhouse, 10 left roundhouse, 10 right elbow, 10 left elbow
1min rest
Combination for 3min with full power
Conditioning drill: 50 punches, 10 right roundhouse, 10 left roundhouse, 10 right elbow, 10 left elbow

Round 2
Combination for 3min with full power
Conditioning drill: 50 punches, 10 right roundhouse, 10 left roundhouse, 10 right elbow, 10 left elbow
1min rest
Combination for 3min with full power
Conditioning drill: 50 punches, 10 right roundhouse, 10 left roundhouse, 10 right elbow, 10 left elbow

Round 3
Combination for 3min with full power
Conditioning drill: 50 punches, 10 right roundhouse, 10 left roundhouse, 10 right elbow, 10 left elbow

It was a simple combination for today but the footwork and push kick is the one sapping a lot of energy from us.

We were supposed to do forearm conditioning to harden our forearms for the elbow blocks after class.

Daniel and I tried it for 20 times but it was too painful.

 

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