It’s only been two days of training but the amount of soreness in my muscles and body cannot be fathomed. Usually the first two or three days of a camp or a course are the hardest ones. Regardless of how much you train in your every day life, most of us do not train 8-10 hours a day, with a partner, with an instructor, with a high level of intensity. It goes without saying that having a good instructor is important, but having and being a good training partner is equally important. Your instructor cannot push you every minute of your training, you need to push yourself and your partner will pick up the slack when you are unable to. Being a good partner is one of the most important things in this line of training, especially when you’re doing partner work or pad work.
Anyway, I digress. Today we were working on Expert-level material such as feints, trapping, controlling and other fun stuff that you don’t really get to work on, unless you are on that level or you have an instructor that implements it in your fighting/sparring sessions. When working with Jovan, he always finds a way to put your striking on the anvil, as I was writing about a little yesterday. He finds ways of improving your skills, using very simple excercises that are so difficult to perform. Which basically tells you that you need to work on your striking. We all need to do it, no exceptions. My takeaway from this is that you basically need to work on your striking every day. This doesn’t mean that you need to do a two hour heavy bag workout every day. But you need to keep working it. Be it foot work, timing, tactics, mentality, relaxation or coordination. There are a lot of more aspects to improving your striking. But most of us just see them as “techniques” that are part of a curriculum that you need to learn in order to advance to the next level. Honestly, outside of your regular weekly classes – how often do you work on your straight punch? And I don’t mean just hitting the heavy bag a couple of times with a half-assed intention of destroying it. I’m talking about really working on developing and strengthening your straight punch. All the time? Bollocks. We never do it. I’m not pointing any fingers here, I said we. But we should. We should work the hell out of our striking. Why? Because it’s our weapon. We need to make sure that our weapons are functional and effective in case we need to use them. Just something to think about next time when your instructor/training partner says that you’re going to work the pads for an hour. I’ll end this post, as yesterday with another quote from Jovan. He finished the day with this. It’s some damn powerful stuff when you think about it. Till the morrow, my friends. Stay strong.
“Never be afraid of being the weakest person in the (training) room, but always be the best that you can be”