I am sorry for not even writing a single blog while I have been here. I hope to sort of play catch up from now on. I have been here a month and basically training full time at Santai Muay Thai in Chiang Mai Thailand. When I had first arrived here and started training, it was very frustrating, everything was different. The stance, the way that you hold your hands, the way you kick, your foot positioning. It was a lot to take in at once, so the first 2 weeks was a serious ego check. Some days I did not feel like I was 1% better afterwards. However sessions like today I do feel much more improved, even after a 2 hour training session. I am understanding movement more, this is a big thing with Muay Thai, and keeping a defensive posture. With boxing you typically keep your hand covering your chin while you throw a punch, but with Muay Thai you must have your glove much higher because unlike boxing, you can throw elbows, and believe me, they hurt.
This is a boxing stance.
Shogun used a more traditional Muay Thai stance when he fought Machida for the first time. Notice his hand placement and how high they are.
Everyday now I am finding I am tweaking, something, getting better at something, it’s remarkable. If you do morning classes like I just did, you get lots of 1 on 1 time with the trainers. This is key for improvement. If you haven’t trained, it would be hard to understand how valuable 1 on 1 time is.
But I guess I will just detail quickly what I did this morning. I started off with a 5 km run, and what I thought was a slow pace, but I was told it was a decent pace, which is good. The soundtrack was obviously some trap music, I’ve really been feeling that shit lately. I was my soundtrack while I was in Bangkok. Then afterwards I wanted to spend some time closing the distance, and fighting close. Mostly elbows. I am not a very tall man, I am about 5 foot 9 inches, so in my opinion if I were to have success in a fight, it would be in close, instead of being on the outside. So that is what I was going today and honestly I feel like I easily 1% better. Setting up the elbow, and turning into is is basically what I went over for a good hour today. Simple stuff like grabbing the hand and then going overtop with an elbow to his face, his forehead, stuff like that. Sessions like this are exciting. I’m going to get some rest, I’ll be going back for the afternoon session.
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