Sticks And Stones
I think I’ve used this title before, but it always seems appropriate after blocking kicks for a few hours.
The essence of these classes being that the best block is not being there or, at the very least, stopping it before it comes to full fruition. This is all and good, but I’m not Mr. Speedy so my ability to read a kick is really important.
The ability to read anything is tremendously important of course, but the kick I have really bad problems with is the outside crescent (or the axe kick). When the kick initiates it totally looks like a front snap kick and then I fall for the lower block and end wearing foot sunglasses.
Last night we pretty much reviewed all the kicks and all the potential blocks at infinitum, but I had to admit my pleasure in that I was gaining in flexibility and control. Normally, my back will let me know if I’m pushing it with it tail tell pull across the lumbar, but for whatever reason by the time we got to high, fast kicks my body was fairly ready to go. However, I’m very sore today and getting fairly stiff as the day goes on. Unfortunately, I’ve got legs day at the gym tonight. Ugh.