I remember telling you that I had recruited a few friends from my Jiu Jitsu class to spar Muay Thai with me. That was a while ago, so I feel it’s time for an update.
Well, I’m here to report that it’s going extremely well. So well, in fact, we now have six guys who meet every Tuesday and Thursday night for about an hour right after Jiu Jitsu class.
I would say we began this whole thing about two months ago. At first, I put the idea out there that I wanted to train Muay Thai – two guys bit. We practiced a few times and I showed them the basics from my very limited knowledge. After that, two more guys started showing some interest. Then, one more. Fairly consistently, we’ve been training with six guys and I have a feeling that more are on the way. There’s no better way to describe it than the way my Jiu Jitsu instructor did…”This is something these guys put together by themselves and it’s been growing completely organically.” I love that.
I think I’ve been doing a fairly decent job at keeping people in line. Although, we are beginning to migrate towards a place many men find themselves once they put on sparring gear – a place where punches are thrown and where adrenaline takes over. I’ve been seeing this creep in a bit here and a bit there, and if you’ve ever trained in any type of sparring, you know that it’s a very natural tendency.
So, I told the guys I have a plan to deal with this. Since I didn’t really give all too much instruction on technique and since my memory fails quite easily, I decided to buy a book to remind me of what’s going on. It’s going to give me a clear plan for each class, so I can actually help these guys out and in turn, help myself out. We have a few new guys and we are going to start back at the beginning. Each class, I’ll cover some technique and then we’ll spar. It’ll be fun.
So, what did I buy? “Muay Thai Unleashed – Learn Technique and Strategy From Thailand’s Warrior Elite” by Erich Krauss and Glen Cordoza. The book ranked pretty well on Amazon and it was like $12. Not bad
From what I’ve seen from just quickly flipping through the book, I’d say it really good. It covers footwork, stance, kicks, punches, combos, etc… It’s going to help immensely.
Muay Thai Unleashed – Learn Technique and Strategy From Thailand’s Warrior Elite by Erich Krauss and Glen Cordoza