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  1. You wouldn't like to come and hold a similar event in the UK would you?! Wishing you every bit of good fortune with this venture.
  2. Is there anyone in the UK within reasonable travelling distance of Bath/Bristol up for some sparring? I'm really keen to find someone round about my own weight and height to have some sessions with (currently work with someone a lot taller and somewhat heavier, with miles more reach than me!) I'm 72kg and 163cm. Hope someone can help!
  3. Sounds like a lot of injuries there, both of you! I would imagine that the occasional concussion/injury would occur in training simply by a bit of bad luck - but I agree with Kaitlinerose - 5 in a short time sounds like something is Not Right, unless there has been a run of genuine mistakes and bad luck (just as in any vigorous sport, however well regulated, there's always going to be the occasional statistical blip where there is a run of people getting hurt). Take care.
  4. NCK: Yes, your trainer is the one who knows stuff and when you're ready - but you're the one paying for the classes, you've raised the question of your unease over clinch, but he doesn't appear to be addressing it. So I would say ask him again - he may say to leave the whole issue alone for a bit until he considers you more ready for it (or he has a suitable partner for you, whatever) - but at least then you'll know where you are. It may be that if the whole class is novice then your trainer wants to wait until everyone is ready for clinch work, but that still won't address your issues of feeling uncomfortable with the whole getting in close bit. And if nothing else, you want help with your knee strikes, as your first post suggested that you're not comfortable getting in close enough for them either (although God knows, you can learn to do that horrible knee kick where you spring in from miles off - my trainer got me with that just recently when sparring!) You can learn knee kicks on the heavy bag, but you want practise with a real opponent. Ask again!
  5. Kaitlinrose: ok, yes, good points. I'm pretty rubbish at clinch, and in an effort to improve I've recently taking to chanting as I go in: " Hand SNAKE, Head UP, chin DOWN, hips IN, KNEE". Obvs this only works when practicing and not actually sparring...!!! But it does help to remind me not to make certain errors. It would be lovely to be able to have a go with someone more my own height.
  6. I must admit I can't see how one can learn clinch with another novice unless you have a trainer standing over the pair of you directing things.
  7. Explain to your trainer that you find the whole clinch concept difficult, then get him/her to have a one-one-one session with you where you just do clinch work. You won't have to worry then about standing away and avoiding it - they'll come into you and start it! It is weird at first, but once you've started you will quickly forget about how you are disagreeably close to someone and just concentrate on getting in the moves, especially once you start being able to snake in, grab your opponent and get in a sneaky knee - it's very satisfying and that will definitely help you overcome your dislike of the close contact. I think you do need to know how to cope with clinch though, even if you choose never to use it yourself; if nothing else you need to know how a) avoid a clinch attack and b) get out of one if you are caught up. I'm not mad on clinch because my trainer is a lot taller, stronger and obviously more competent than me, and I find it very hard to judge when I can get in with it; but nevertheless I now quite enjoy making an attack with it when I do manage to work it out!
  8. Oops, sorry, forgot to come back to this (Christmas!) - I asked my own surgeon (colorectal consultant) and he said assuming it's just a quick two stitch hernia repair with no mesh etc then he would reckon leaving it a month before even thinking about re-starting MT exercise - and that means a month NOT doing exercise at all, to let it really heal properly. However, if it ends up needing a mesh, or more than a poke-it-back-put-in-a-stitch then it will be correspondingly longer without exercise. He knows I get kicked/punched in the gut (he's seen the bruises!) so he does understand what is involved - and he took my part about restarting MT against the pelvic floor rehab person (who had the screaming heebiejeebies when she realised what core exercises MT practitioners do and said I shouldn't do them), so he's pretty cool. He says a fortnight is definitely not long enough; a month should be ok. 2-3 weeks is generally considered ok to then restart 'ordinary' activities. Hardcore activities need longer. But of course, one never knows quite what will happen in surgery, or how one's body will react to the op. Hope this helps.
  9. If you like I can ask one of our consultant general surgeons when I'm at work on Friday, and post back on Saturday. They're used to me asking questions about getting back into MT after hurting myself, and they know what I get up to with it, so they should be reasonably helpful. Your main problem will probably revolve around the risk of getting kicked or punched right in your newly repaired belly button!
  10. They probably mean that there is muscle tension in your shoulders and hips. Best way of seeing what they mean is to film yourself in training/sparring and watch it with them so they can point it out; or watch someone else with the same problem when they are training. It is surprisingly easy to see what other people are 'doing wrong' and it's a light bulb moment as a result to actually see and realise what your error is. I've experienced this when horse riding - when I used to assist my instructor when she was teaching other people I could see exactly what she meant by comments like 'Your elbows are tight, that's causing the horse to do whatever' because I could see the other rider's tension and the effect it had on the horse. Before I would think 'My elbows feel fine' and not really understand. Muscle tension means your movements won't flow as easily and won't have as much control or power as they could. I notice a huge difference, especially when I'm kicking - if my shoulders, stomach etc stay nice and relaxed then the kick is way faster and more powerful (and more accurate) than if they are at all tense.
  11. I asked two orthopaedic surgeons: they both said to continue exercising (movement is good) but if doing something ia painful, then don't do what causes pain. Rest is not generally helpful. Best thing is to do the specific exercises as recommended by your physiotherapist who has examined you. Some people with SI pain go on to develop sciatica, which is not good. One of them said he has SI pain too, and it's rotten.
  12. I can ask for you when I'm back at work (trauma theatre) if you like. When is it most painful? Has it been officially diagnosed as a sacro-iliac problem?
  13. Anything I especially struggled with? No, not really. It all seems a natural part of MT sparring.
  14. Marvin: I only did TKD for a few months, and it was a long time ago. A friend's club entered me into a tournament with them a couple of years ago; I had a couple of crash sessions on how-to-spar-TKD (and, indeed, remembering how to kick as of course it's a different style) - the biggest problem then was overcoming the urge to punch my opponent when the chance arose! So, to answer your question: no, I didn't find it a challenge! I did find it hard trying TKD and kickboxing (last year) after MT as I wanted to kick with my shin and found it hard to use my feet instead. It's academic now as since I've had several bad foot injuries I'm sticking to MT.
  15. Martin: About 15 years ago I did taekwondo for less than a year... that's it for martial arts until I accidently started MT a few years ago. During our sessions my trainer sometimes puts in purely boxing rounds to help me concentrate on specific aspects. I've been trying to join a boxing club but there's quite a lot of difficulties involved (erratic shift work, travel time, not much money, other life things).
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