Jake Steinman Seminar and Final Week Before Stripe Testing

Jake Steinman Seminar

The highlight of my week was the Jake Steinman seminar Thursday night. Jake is a trainer out of the Boston area and is Master McShane’s Muay Thai instructor. The 2-hour seminar was focused on the kicks to the leg and kicks mid-body. We all learned several new drills to help with focussing on different parts of the kick. For example, one drill had us putting our right hand, assuming you kicked right, on the head of your partner and throwing a leg kick while keeping you hand on the head. It really forced you to focus on using just the hip to swing the leg around. Overall we learned four specific isolation drills that all combined make up a solid kick. I’m looking forward to the next time Jake does a guest seminar.

Training

It was a short week at ABD Norwich because of MLK on Monday and the Muay Thai seminar Thursday. Luckily I had loaded up on classes last week and taken a private class, so I actually started the week with all the classes I need to test next week.

Monday – 21 January 2013

I was quite surprised to see how much strength I lost on my pushups. The 3 sets of 25 were very taxing and my arms were really tired after them, but it also felt good to be doing them again. All the Muay Thai work was specifically for technique only. I’m trying not to learn too many bad habits that I’ll have to un-learn later.

  • Stretch
  • Convict Conditioning
    • Wall pushups (Planned: 30/30/30) Actual: 25/25/25
    • Knee Tucks (Planned: 20/20) Actual: 15/10
  • Muay Thai
    • Practice turning hip over.
    • Round kick practice (full step forward each time)
    • Punching technique jabs and crosses

Wednesday – 23 January 2013

I’m thinking of starting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and I started watching the basics videos that Sensei McShane post for us on the ABD Norwich digital dojo. Today I started incorporating what I can of those basics videos into my home workouts.

All the Muay Thai drills and kicks are specifically focussed on opening the hips and turning them over, same as Monday. I’ve definitely gotten stronger and was able to reach the progression standard for Convict Conditioning pull-ups and squats. Apparently I was a bit overzealous, the progression standard was 3×40 and I did 3×50. I also did the same thing with the vertical pull-ups. Guess that’s what happens when you try and over achieve Finally get to move on to step 2 in these.

  • Stretch
  • Convict Conditioning
    • Vertical Pulls
      • Goal: 50/50/50
      • Last: 25/25/25
      • Plan: 30/30/30
      • Actual: 50/50/50
    • Jackknife Squats
      • Goal: 50/50/50
      • Last: 25/25/25
      • Plan: 30/30/30
      • Actual: 50/50/50
  • Muay Thai
    • Turn over hip drills 20x each leg
    • Kicking practice (full step back then forward) 20x each leg
  • BJJ
    • Hip Heist Sweep (10x)

Thursday – 24 January 2013

Jake Steinman seminar.

Friday – 25 January 2013

Regular ABD class. This is the last week before stripe testing, so we cover the complete 1st half of this cycles curriculum. Which means being competent on two Krav Maga moves, front choke agains wall and rear choke against wall. Also covered the fist half of the Escrima stick routine.

I finally signed up for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Got my Gi and wan’t wait for Monday night.

Saturday – 26 January 2013

Sparred again to day, my second week. Went well. Worked on clinch and clinch defense. I think I’m getting a little less shocked when I get hit in the face, so that’s an improvement. Only had to ask one partner to ease up a bit. There’s so much to learn for sparring, but I think I’m staying too still and making for too much of an stationary target. Some thing I’ll try and work on next week.

Also squeezed in an afternoon workout at home:
I switched to the next Sit-up progression in Convict Conditioning. The fist one is a knee tuck, done seated, and I realized I was not able to sit back far enough to do them the way they are suppose to be done.

  • Stretch
  • Convict Conditioning
    • Wall pushups (PS: 50/50/50) (Planned: 30/30/30) Actual: 30/30/30
    • Flat Knee Raises (PS: 35/35/35) (Planned: 10/10) Actual: 10/6
  • Muay Thai
    • Jake Steinman hand on target / kick drill 20 each side
    • Right arm ripcord drill 20 each side