Tuesday, September 30, 2008

No blog on Thursday simply because we done exactly the same as on Tuesday but sparred a bit harder and done rounds rather than just play sparring for 20 mins.

Started training for my fight yesterday. We are going to be training an extra day for the next few weeks (Monday, Tuesday & Thursday) to get "warmed up" for training 5 days a week. Was tought pad word for the first hour then the second hour we worked on footwork and timing with teeps, kicks and knees. It was great but obviously fight training is gonna be much tougher.

One thing I'm getting a bit annoyed at is that I bruise like a peach. It doesn't hurt (aside from the bruise I got from a clash of knees!) but my legs are covered in yellowing blotches and that's while wearing two shin pads! Crazy.

For the next wee while it looks like I'll be following this schedule:

Monday - rest
Tuesday - training
Wednesday - cardio
Thursday - training
Friday - rest
Saturday - sparring/technique work
Sunday - rest

I'll have to amend things for gigs and practices though as I've got a gig this Saturday in Aberdeen and we will need to practice for that and Calum wants to try again with Welcome Home, Explorer so we will hopefully be practicing with him soon too!


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

At class tonight Graham and I were going over our respective gradings. I'm going to be doing my 6th (brown) whereas Graham will be sitting his 5th (blue and white). Graham has a slight niggling injury to both feet from trying to kick me outside of his range, so his toes and/or bridge of his feet hit me instead of his shin. This has built up over the past while and he has now decided to wear foot protection while doing everything as well as using his kicks sparingly for the moment.

With this in mind we were careful while practicing techniques for our respective gradings and tried to use the bag instead of the pads as much as we could with kick and knee techniques so we could avoid aggravating his feet/toes.

After this we had 15/20 mins left so we decided to do some play/technical sparring. I have been working on using my knee as a counter since my jab reach is about the same as the reach I have with my knee! I managed to get a few round knees into grahams ribs while evading his punches which I was proud of. I also got a bare knuckle punch to the bridge of my nose which was just a bit sore!

All in all, it was a good class since we got a good workout at the start and worked on movement and the technical aspect of our game (due to Graham's foot not being able to stand up to hard sparring). Next session is Thursday. As of next week I think Graham and I will be meeting with Colin once a week outside of class to start extra training for our fights. I'll write here if this gets arranged for next week.

Back Thursday :)

Fight arranged

Kru called the other day to offer me a fight on 14 December. I said yes obviously!

I'm going to try update every other day with training/meals etc.

Have started to keep a paper diary of what I am doing every day for training so I'll just make the transition to sticking it on here instead of in my diary :)