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Workout Recap - Week of October 8, 2023

It was a very short week for me, since the gym was closed Monday for a statutory holiday, and then once again, something came up to keep me out of sparring (Friday afternoon instead of Thursday evening this time, though no less irritating for it).

 

Tuesday

Muay Thai class

This was a basic power shot class, and that's about as much as I can really say about it. The class itself was fine, don't get me wrong, but I was partnered with a newbie who seemed to just be going through the motions with no intent and no attention to advice, and that just sucked out my enthusiasm after the first couple of rounds. Granted, I did enjoy bullying them a bit when we did some practice on knee strikes, but otherwise? All I really learned was to avoid partnering with them in the future because they couldn't even be assed to do basic things like differentiate between straight punches and hook punches on either side of the pads, and I have no interest in ending up with a wrist injury from trying to squeeze diamonds out of a turd.


Wednesday

Muay Thai class


Attendance was very low today, so the kru had us do some variety work to approach things from different perspectives than usual. One of those was doing partnered round kicks on the heavy bags again, and I felt better about how I did this time since I had space to do my lead leg kicks without worrying about getting tangled up with someone else this time. Coincidentally enough, we also did a drill involving rear hook punches on the same day that Gabriel Varga released a video of boxing advice where he calls that the least utilized punch, though I've not had notable issues with it personally (my least utilized punch is probably my lead uppercut).


Thursday

Muay Thai class


This was a head-to-head defense drill day, which I always enjoy. I mostly worked with newbies, the experience of working with whom were generally much less frustrating than Tuesday had been, though I did mix in a few rounds with the competitive fighters. One of them even asked me go lighter for the first time; granted that they're pretty much the only adult fighter who's about the same natural weight as I am (judging from them competing at five to ten pounds less than my natural weight), but we've banged before without any such requests, so it was reassuring to get a clear sign of respect for my striking power development. And to be clear, I don't try to hit people as hard as I can in those classes, but I do tend to use somewhat more force than I default to in sparring since I think that's warranted when the limited scope of the drills makes defending what's coming easier.

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