Bottom line- keep at it. You’ll progress, even if it’s slowly, and you’ll be a better fighter for it.
That’s my take, to slowly re program my fighting skills, the trainer is not really too patient, he keeps yelling “That’s all bad, NO NO!”.
I am being as humble as I can but I do feel like saying sometimes, “Give me a god damn break numbnuts! I am working hard to change don’t you see?”
Funny enough, I am regarded as a good fighter, I’ve had a few sparring sessions with the top fighters at the gym and they want to put me in the tournament team, which is an honor to me, they do show me the patience and respect I would expect from a serious fighter.
BTW not al those hand blocks are useless, 95% defense is evation, sometimes I feel that if I keep clinching my arms I’ll get pounded, which is fine with gloves, but bear nuckles and you are in for a world of hurt.
Thank you for the shadowboxing tip.
I think you should give that defense system the benefit of the doubt. Getting hit on the outside of your arm or elbow can hurt, yes, but is far better than dropping your guard in order to block.
I’m sorry. I don’t mean to come out hard against the blocking system, but I really hated the low blocks that goju-ryu taught. Some of their slap blocks and quicker middle blocks worked well.
As far as low blocks, though, I’d rather drop my elbow and try to break the guys hand, then have my hand in a quick position to get up to my chin instead of doing the big sweeping movement that is the low block and then having the other guy go high on me.[/quote]
You mean Gedan Uke? Totally useless, I only see it fit as against crotch kicks or to get out of a quick lock.
Yet Uchi Uke I think it’s called, the totally vertical one with the palm of the hand is very useful on real life situations, it enables you on a instant power position towering the other dude, plus it’s scary to see someone handle your punch like that.
I am totally off point now, to get back, Muay Thai rocks, I just want to do it well.