Xmas Dragon

A nice finish to year with the die hard xmas fighters making the effort for one final scrap. Relatively quiet this year but lots of enthusiasm to learn some advanced fighting tricks. After a bash on the pads, we went through 5 different stop-hit type disruptions, different distance/psychological fighting tactics, a bit of stand-up grappling/pummelling and finished with a few pressure point attacks to break out of a tight Thai clinch. Then we did our usual closing ceremony where, like last year, everyone said 2 words: one to sum up 2013 and one for 2014. A hard and sweaty but great session to close the year. There was even a surprise appearance from a Dragon, which turned up unexpectedly to teach the last part of the class. Clearly the guys didn’t realise I rarely shy away from a bet and lost any sense of pride a long time ago. Xmas message and 2014 diary to follow soon!

Just the Basics

One of the quietest classes we’ve had all year so another great opportunity to work the pads with everyone. I’ll probably have a fat thigh from all the low kicks but some nice improvement on timing and depth. Amazing how the simple stuff can be the hardest. Bit of grading practise then groundwork to finish and roll the tummies out ready for turkey. Last session and Xmas meal on Thurs where we’ll have a blast!

Jab 1, Jab 2, Jab 3…

Really enjoyed the class tonight. A quieter class in the lead up to Xmas so a good chance to work on the jab and some combinations around it – angle punches, dropping in the cross or low kick and switch hitting. More importantly I got to partner up with everyone and pick through some of the bad habits. Some great skills but noted that the short jab and lack of head movement was the main short comings. Amazing how much you learn from teaching and how much more work we all have to do!