We woke up at a decent time to train this morning, much to Roy’s dismay, but it felt good. Did a short and hard interval training session, just the way to start off the weekend. Also did a few “drills” that I haven’t done in a while, always good to go back to the basics of fighting.
After doing the class oriented training, went on to do some sparring. Due to my legs taking quite a beating from all of the sparring that I’ve been doing, I decided it would be best for me to just get some boxing rounds in. Sadly for me, only our 180lb friend Juan was around to spar with. Now I’m ~140lbs so that is a good 40 pound weight difference, not to mention he is very strong but is around my height. We let loose a bit, Juan definitely had me seeing stars a couple of times, but it’s best to get that out of the way before a fight. Only did 3×3 minute rounds with him but I still felt I had energy afterward. Dan, one of our trainers, pretty much made Juan clinch with me, as he seemed pretty spent as he has been away on work for a bit.
Clinching went well, definitely have to change my game plan when I’m clinching someone of Juan’s stature. He is so strong that he can just low-lock me all day if I let him. I think I held my own against Juan during clinching. Every time I clinch with Juan I seem to get a little bit better when I go to spar/clinch someone who is around my weight.
Doing all of this work makes me realize how much I’m going to be able to improve while I’m in Thailand. I already feel pretty sharp and on-point, despite the multiple ( took me 3 tries to spell that correctly ) blows to the head I’ve taken over the past week. Have very minimal/minor injuries that will get better with a little bit of RICE. Will definitely skip any sparring before we leave.
Everything is happening to fast right now, actually have plans to relocate myself pretty soon for a more permanent solution to what I’m doing. More on that when we get back…
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!