The two weeks of our Muay Thai Training are coming to and end and after being put into a ring for some sparring, I am not in a good mood. Have I told you I hate sparring?
Kicking I like, sparring, not so much. Can’t I just do some drills and kick and punch the trainers pads?
I guess not.
Sparring it is. He throws a punch my way, so I throw one at him. He dances around and waits for me to do something. I am supposed to start punching or kicking back?Each time I have had to spar, I am confused and the trainers don’t seem to notice. Even when I tell them “I’m confused” 😕
The problem is that haven’t mastered the art of sparring. Do I aim for the face? Do I aim for his gloves? Do I just start kicking and punching at anything until my hearts content? Am I supposed to put full force in it? I don’t know, he’s not talking. I ask what am I supposed to do, but I guess he doesn’t understand. So I throw a few more punches and laugh nervously.
What made me think I would enjoy punching someone in a Muay Thai ring anyway? It looked cool when Jack Osbourne did it on Adrenaline Junkie.
Dave Likes it Though
Dave says that he has excellent trainers who showed him how to spar a couple of days ago. They took their time and showed him how to protect himself, how to properly block, where to look and where to punch! He’s having a grand old time.
That just added to my frustration.
Instead, I spent 5 rounds wondering what was going on. Dave was in the same ring as me during one particular session and had to deal with my anger in between rounds. Every break I complained to him I was upset. He told me to settle down and tell the guy to slow down. I whined, “I did,” “I told him I didn’t know what was doing and he ignored me.” So Dave had to listen to me complain in between all 5 rounds instead of getting a chance to catch his breath.
Needless to say I was so happy for class to be over.
That afternoon, I went to class and snuck out half way through. As I explained in an earlier post, the grappling and clinching (neck wrestling and pulling your opponent to the ground) weren’t for me and that was what was on the schedule today. Knowing what was in store, I opted out. Instead I went an got my camera to take some photographs.
Hehm, the head trainer was very disappointed in me. “Aren’t you training today?” He said. “I have to take some pictures.” I said.” “We need some photos for our blog posts and we don’t have many. I need to do this for our travel blog.” I feebly replied and then snuck away to take some photographs in the corner.
Dave Soldiered On
The travel blog comes in handy sometimes. I could use the excuse of doing it for the job and taking one for the team. I had to duck out of valuable training to get that all important shot. Forget that I managed to workout and manage to capture images at the same time the rest of the week. I’d jump out between rounds or snap a shot during a quick break the other days. Today, I’m taking the rest of the class off and I’m hiding behind the lens.
It’s terrible, but I admit it. I will never clinch, grapple or spar again. Dave on the other hand is ready to sign up for another round!!!
More posts on Muay Thai Training:
- Wai Kru Ceremony
- Muay Thai Week Two, Will We Make it?
- Hot and Sweaty at Rawai Muay Thai
- Muay Thai, It’s Getting Harder
- Kickboxing With Rawai Muay Thai
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