Wednesday, Sep 21 Did Karate for 90 min: Usual jog, high knee, skip, etc. Then pushups, jumping jacks, squats, etc. Drilled a lot of stance work, Seisan, Seiunchin, cat stance - transitions between them. Techniques you could do from these stances suggested by us students. Some interesting things. Other beginning student suggests blade of foot side kick, I suggest vertical backfist as next move - we drill this for a while. Other student suggests knee strike, I suggest elbow strike, followed by another knee strike. See how I revert to Muay Thai type stuff so easily? Did Seisan, Seuchian Kata for a while. Drilled a few tricky transitions a few times. Instructor said "be careful, we take injuries very seriously" and I thought oh, no worries I can do low stance to other low stance moves like this all day, no problem. --------------------------------------------------------- Thursdays, Muay Thai - 60 minutes. Jogging warmup and stuff. Then as a group did 10 X squats then 10 X calf raises over and over for a time. About 3 squats in, I knew my thoughts about low stances from yesterday was wrong. Had sharp knee pain below kneecap, I know this is not good. So from then on, I am watching this. I got in a group of 4 and did 5 X pushups with hand touches to team mates, and 10 X hand touches from pushup position over and over. Got with partner and drilled combos: 1)jab, cross, pushkick, superman elbow 2) Jab, cross, double roundkick, pushkick, superman elbow 3) jab, cross, jab, cross, hook, double roundkick, pushkick, superman elbow 4) jab,cross, jab,cross, hook, elbow, double roundkick, pushkick, superman elbow There were some conditioning punching/kicking bits in between those combos. Honestly holding pads for this was about as bad as doing the striking. Then did a few drills with checking round kicks. then multiple move combos. . Then some sparring. There was some conditioning. 20 sec in plank, 10 sec rest, 20 sec in side plank, 10 sec rest - all this X 4 Partner asked me about crazy reverse round kick I do, so I demonstrated a bit afterwards. Classmates and I discussed that the instructor who taught this move is basically unbeatable by us students.