Saturday, December 13, 2008

MMA training

I started taking an MMA class at Steve Sohn's where Eason trains.

I was upset when they replaced their parent/child class, but I figure it's a good opportunity to practice.


After training in karate for almost 10 years, its been a solid five years since I've trained. I feel like I haven't lost that much, except for some cardio endurance.

The hard part is the things that I never really trained for, like slipping punches, and head movement in general. My previous dojo was relatively modern and functional for TMA, but this is far more practical.

This class in particular is a standup MMA class, but they have grappling MMA, jiu-jitsu, and krav maga, which is their specialty. Hopefully my schedule will eventually free up and I'll take more classes.

Eason comes with me and watches the class, or does an activity, and then he takes his class when mine is over. Hopefully its a good thing because he'll be sparring pretty soon himself.

Eventually I'll have to remember the limitations of a MMA training, like:
- only training for one opponent
- MMA rules limitations
- rounds, etc.

However, the class is very practical and Sensei Greg is a great instructor. We do drills and spar using protective gear when appropriate. This way we can actually practice throwing and avoiding head and leg shots, something I never did in karate. Hopefully I won't get too banged up.

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