Chris and I today…
Brutal hot in the palaestra today. our ancient metal box fan with whirling metal blades and no grill was working overtime to keep us cool. It didn’t do much but somehow the sound of a fan seems to help.
2 rounds shadow boxing
3 rounds focus gloves
2 rounds 3 count sparring cadence drill
1 round boxing (with lead foot in a tire! Been really wanting to try this, was not disappointing in the least…brutal is a good descriptor for this.)
2 rounds partnered footwork drills
We then worked on some entries to gain the distance…lead leg fouette to the shin followed by a jab, overhand feint into a body clinch or kneeblock takedown mixed with overhanded followed by lead hook, off target jab to front chancery as taught by Oz at the IPS back in May, last one a forearm crash into a clinch or chancery followed up with either elbows to the face or punches depending on the range.
We ended the session with some work converting the Footpad and Cane material to use with a short stick or in this case a collapsible baton. We had already done this using the traditional Irish short stick called a kippen so it was an easy transition. We also worked some of the grappling with the stick aspects in that we had worked on last week. Chris struggled with some of this last time but this week it all clicked and he looked like he had been doing these tricks for as long as me:)
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