Started the class with the Mo Teague pad drill which we haven’t done in many years now. It is surprisingly tough and leads you into a false sense of security with the first 3 minutes being practice. But then the 2nd and 3rd three minute bouts are much harder and faster and random on the last one which puts you to the test. As I said though, try to maintain good techniques ALL the way through so if you are performing a cross then I want to see you roll your shoulder into it and extend through the range. Same goes for the hook which I want tight and accurate again turning on the heel. And of course the salutes need to be fast and tight to the head. But obviously as the pressure increases and your fitness takes a nose dive, this does drop a little. Although this is the point and to maintain technique under pressure.
Moved on after this to 5 for 5 hubud. I love this drill as you really can feel the energy of your opponent and as I put can see with your hands and respond. Working through a vertical fist (Chung Choy) and aiming for the chin is important. But also not to add speed and hide any mistakes which could be masked by adding speed. It’s the intricate little details which are important and which make the bigger picture. This is the case especially when we started stepping up using ‘paglibut’ and ‘pa-awas’ but we will continue this next week as it does take a while to drill in. When it is drilled in though, it really flows and is great fun. Here is me and another student back in the day going through 5 for 5:
Have a great week and weekend people and will see you next Tuesday. Ouss…