5 Rounds of Padwork with Den – Before Fight 47 – Lanna Muay Thai

Padwork – What I’m Trying to Accomplish Because my YouTube channel was founded on detailing the process of my training and has become a record of my fighting in...
Padwork – What I’m Trying to Accomplish

Because my YouTube channel was founded on detailing the process of my training and has become a record of my fighting in Muay Thai it’s good sometimes to just show the raw footage of my work. It’s bizarre to think that I’ve posted over 1,000 videos now on YouTube, many of them extended training sessions in my first years of learning under Master K, filled with my mistakes and his constant corrections. This footage from Friday is very much like that, a roughly 20-minute glimpse into what I do every day in the effort toward making myself better. Fatigue, flinches, off-balances, repetitions, moments of clarity or power… they are all part of it.  I’ve said from the beginning (which is five years now – crazy) that I’m not interested in creating or showing “highlight reels” of my work, but the struggles and difficulties and work of my work, because that’s what one learns from.

My padwork as of late has, for me, been a test in focusing on my energy.  Not energy like not gassing out, but energy as in the intention and force with which I face my opposition in the ring.  In padwork, Den is my opposition.  So if I miss a block or get teeped across the ring it’s a matter of coming back; it’s a challenge to always move forward.  I dinged my shin in my last two fights, so I’m not kicking with my left leg in any of these rounds, but Den decided in the morning session of this same training day that he wants me to be teeping with force and frequency.  So we’re doing that.  Den is doing it to me repeatedly in order to show me a) how to do it and b) when to do it.  He’s far more relaxed and fluid, so it’s at his disposal more often.  I’m getting there.

Normally at Lanna we do 5 minute rounds, but somehow most of these got shortened. We actually just bought a new round timer for the gym so that issue should be permanently resolved presently.
Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

 

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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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