Training Vids, Two Days Before 25th Fight [vid]

  My next fight is on a Tuesday, which is quite a change from my usual Friday schedule.  That means training on Sunday as my final full day and,...

 

My next fight is on a Tuesday, which is quite a change from my usual Friday schedule.  That means training on Sunday as my final full day and, since that’s usually a rest day for normal folks, the gym is pretty empty.  I did an hour in the ring with my husband Kevin and then went to work on the bag and some shadow.  Some clips of that here:

 

Andy told me he wants me to start hitting the heavy bag with bag gloves (small, minimally padded 4 oz gloves), so I went out and got some.  The idea is to build more strength through the impact of hitting a heavy bag with less cushion and it definitely calcifies the hands – you can see how bare-knuckle fighters hit a bag and it looks like it will split.  I don’t feel a huge difference in hitting the bag with my regular 8 oz gloves versus the bag gloves, but I do like how snappy and fast my punches feel with them.  We’ll see if my shoulders get more solid after a few weeks with the bag gloves.

Bagwork with Heaphones

 

Another round of bagwork:

Bagwork from the back

 

I don’t really lift weights.  At times I’ve integrated dead lifts and side presses, and recently I started doing some squats to protect my knees after a tweak – but I fight so often that I only get about 5 days of weights before having to break for a fight (the gym doesn’t like fighters to lift weights the week of a fight).  But pull ups and push ups are an any time, every time kind of deal.  I do 10 pushups between rounds in the ring and sometimes also between every round of bagwork and shadow (those are rough days) and then finish up afternoon sessions with 5 sets of towel pull ups and push ups.  I use a towel because it builds grip strength, which makes my punches feel more… deliberate.

Pull Up, Push Up

 

That big mirror is a magnet when there are more people around.  I tend not to face it too often, only using it to check angles on knees or height on a kick, whether my hand stayed up high enough on a  kick, etc.  I must be annoying when other people are around because I’m basically swimming linear while everyone else is going in one direction, but I love taking up all this space when it’s just me.  And repeat teeps on the bag are a drill I finish each session with.  My balance on the teeps where I don’t land my foot down in between is still spotty, but I’ll get there.

Shadow and Teeps on Bag

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Chiang MaiLanna Muay Thai

A 100 lb. (46 kg) female Muay Thai fighter. Originally I trained under Kumron Vaitayanon (Master K) and Kaensak sor. Ploenjit in New Jersey. I then moved to Thailand to train and fight full time in April of 2012, devoting myself to fighting 100 Thai fights, as well as blogging full time. Having surpassed 100, and then 200, becoming the westerner with the most fights in Thailand, in history, my new goal is to fight an impossible 471 times, the historical record for the greatest number of documented professional fights (see western boxer Len Wickwar, circa 1940), and along the way to continue documenting the Muay Thai of Thailand in the Muay Thai Library project: see patreon.com/sylviemuay

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