Outside the box (awareness pt2)

Well, I’m pleased to say last week saw me pick training up a little more than the week before so slowly but surely it’s heading back in the right direction. Which of course, is always a good thing. The past couple of months has felt like an uphill slog to get training back on track but I guess there has been a lot of distractions.

I’m doing my best to get back to a place where it’s something I do without thinking rather than having my mulling it over days. Lucky the latter is falling away, and I think things are balancing themselves out rather than fall into the mists of should of, could of, would of and besides I went running yesterday. It was tough, but as always that as well was awesome.

Training overall last week was pretty good, sparring as always is a good push and reflecting on last week’s blog I think when it comes to being aware I don’t think a tunnel vision mentality is a bad thing. I even find myself faking a little bit sparring to try and open the other person up a little. It doesn’t happen that much but when it does it seems to work. I guess that’s an ongoing area to develop like everything else.

I’ve noticed my defense has got a lot better and I’m moving more than I have previously. Slowly but surely I’m looking for my shots a little more than before but also keep still keep the pressure on too.

I’m enjoying mixing up training a little and some of the time I spend training self defense as well as the usual is keeping me on my toes. It’s got me thinking  outside the ring as well as keeping me focused in general. Besides, thinking ‘outside the box’ is always a good thing.


Real world situations are very different from anything that happens in a ring but I guess just like a competition all it is, is simply a situation and just like with fighting Thai it’s about how you respond rather than how you react. Of course, like with fighting in a ring there’s always going to be an element of fight or flight. Maybe that’s a subject for another day and I’m no self defense guru.

Last year I read a good article on situational awareness. Being aware of your surroundings and what’s happening   is something I think is important inside and outside the ring.  Inside the ring it’s almost a no- brainer but the reality is it’s very easy to freeze especially when your under pressure and shut down. Especially if the punches, kicks, knees or whatever is thrown at you never stop coming. ( We’ve all had those duck and cover moments. )

“Absorbing information about your surroundings so you can make rapid, logical decisions is a great gift” and it’s something I’ve noticed that training in general will help with. It really goes back to focus and if your out and about I’ve found that staying “in the now” is something that always helps. I wrote a couple of pieces about this in particular last year, but maybe make Google your friend if you want to find out a little more. It’s amazing what you notice when you keep your mind empty. Now that one in particular is a work in progress. 😉

When it comes down to responding instead of reacting we spend time drilling fast responses to kicks, punches and anything else thrown at us in training. If you practice something enough it’s there when you need it the most and really boils down to muscle memory. I can remember when I first started fighting, falling asleep after a heavy training session would sometimes find me trying to left round house the bed sheets..I think I even did it on the way to a show once after dozing off in the car due to an early start, much to the amusement of everyone else. Something that made me smile but also made me realize I’d been working hard. I need to get to back to that place.

So although this week’s blog has arrived fashionably late, for now that’s really all she wrote. Training yesterday wasn’t too bad at all and I’m sure tonight as always is going to be more than worth my time. I’ll catch up with you again  sooner rather than later. In the meantime, have a good week train hard, and just like the last time.. I’ll see you on that road.

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