This weekend was a wash, sick sick sick. Monday I made it to Muay Thai, and today I managed my first double – so, 4 miles of running/walking plus 60 minutes of Muay Thai and 60 minutes of no-gi grappling. And… I feel it much more than I would wish!
Muay Thai has been kicking, kicking, kicking for the last several classes- cut kicks, teeps, switch kicks, cut kicks to combos. At this gym, combo 1 is 1, combo 2 is 1-2, combo 3 is 1-2-3, and combo 4 is 1-2-3-2. I also learned teep parries, which was totally new.
I was the only woman in no-gi today, except for a staff member. I’m going to try to embed at least one video of a technique practiced in grappling after each class, for my own reference – to help me remember at least the gist of the techniques, since it seems like different teachers teach slightly different points. I did okay in class today I think; I had no rhythm during pummeling which was just stupid. And rolled for the first time, and felt stupid. But, I did learn! Today we worked mostly on submissions from side control – americana with legs, arm bar with legs, and then a choke where if our opponent tried to push up against our throats with his forearm we pushed his own arm against his throat, tightened down, and circled out around to the side on our toes.
Today’s new crop of bruises on top of my old layers of bruises combined with the warm weather has me thinking, summer and swimming and bikinis are coming, and while my body fat percentage has been dropping and my bigger pecs have been helping me fill out my shirts more, it’s tough to feel cute with giant blotches all over (hips, forearms, shins, thighs, sides)… do I:
A) Try to forget I have them, and when that fails wear them with pride?
Except: Most people viewing them will not understand that they are signs of hard training, but will instead think P. is beating me.
B) Invest in pretty cover-ups that really, really, cover up.
Except: Not confident it would really help that much; I mean, they’re most places now and I’m still “taking it easy” in training. I’ll wear the ones I have as much as I can stand it, just ’cause I burn like crazy.
C) Get large tattoos to cover up the bruises (a girl in no-gi jiu-jitsu class only half-joking was talking about this, you can only see bruises on one of her legs because she has bad-ass tattoos everywhere else).
Except: I’m not quite ready to be a walking piece of art yet. Expensive. Might get hip tattoos if I keep getting these huge nasty bruises on my hips though!
D) Ease off training before beach trips.
Except: I’d be miserable. So, um, no.