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#419833 - 06/01/09 07:06 PM Back in the saddle
Cord Offline

Registered: 01/13/05
Posts: 11399
Loc: Cambridge UK.
Anyone who knows me on this site knows two things: 1. I have an opinion on everything, and 2. I have not been actively involved in MA training for the best part of 2 years.

Well, without boring all with the trials and tribulations of my life, sufficeth to say that recent events in the family have led me to realise that life is too short to put off things that you want to do, and you should make the most of oportunity while you are able.

Such homespun philosophy is what pushed my a$$ through the door of my Savate club tonight for the first time in too long.

The reaction was one of suprise from those who remembered me ('I thought you must have relocated/died/went to jail'), but all seemed happy to see me.

Differences were apparent within the 1st 10 minutes of the class. With the club having become more involved in competition, the atmosphere was more focussed- still friendly, but more intense, and much more contact, even in drills. Suits me Encouragingly, even with the layoff, my conditioning stood me in good stead, and I was feeling pretty good during the 1st 3/4 of the class, cocky, even, as I was experiencing a wave of 'like riding a bike' style recall, and techniques were flowing better than they had a right to.

What changed in the final 1/4 of the class? A bloke called Raffa, thats what. I got paired up with him, and was casualy informed by our instructor that he was 2 weeks away from competing at the Savate 'combat' (full contact,no protective gear) world championships in Serbia.
I was advised to ask him to ease up if he was too heavy handed/footed.

'fair enough' I thought, and we got stuck in - this was still not full sparring, rather response drills with controlled contact, and thank goodness for that!! We had a blast (great guy), and trying to raise my game even enough to be of some use as a training partner for him really pushed me harder than I had been pushed in any previous savate class.
Out of my depth, and loving it

So here I sit, with bruises everywhere, DOMS already assaulting every muscle in my body, and ears buzzing from a very good kick to the head.

Its good to be back
Don't let the door hit ya' where the good lord split ya'

#419834 - 06/01/09 08:37 PM Re: Back in the saddle [Re: Cord]
MattJ Offline
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Registered: 11/25/04
Posts: 15634
Loc: York PA. USA
Excellent, my man. Nothing like going out of the frying pan and into the fire - championship competition! Being out of the element is a terrifying feeling, but knowing that you got through it? Priceless.

"In case you ever wondered what it's like to be knocked out, it's like waking up from a nightmare only to discover it wasn't a dream." -Forrest Griffin

#419835 - 06/01/09 10:20 PM Re: Back in the saddle [Re: MattJ]
TheCrab Offline

Registered: 03/14/08
Posts: 467
Loc: QLD Australia
its great isnt it?

Strange as it is, theres nothing better than getting the sh*t kicked out of you at training I reckon. As long as its fun

#419836 - 06/01/09 11:09 PM Re: Back in the saddle [Re: TheCrab]
Taison Offline
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Registered: 09/06/05
Posts: 3629
Loc: BKK, Thailand
Welcome back Cord,

I'm coming back soon too! Just got this project to finish, and here I come gym and MA world again.

~Donnie out
I got two fists.. Don't make me use my head as well!

#419837 - 06/02/09 09:18 AM Re: Back in the saddle [Re: Taison]
matt_mcg Offline

Registered: 03/08/06
Posts: 113
Nice one cord.

[I've fought the same chap in assaut competition. No idea if he reads this forum, but hi Raf (if he does)]

#419838 - 06/02/09 10:26 AM Re: Back in the saddle [Re: matt_mcg]
bo-ken Offline

Registered: 06/07/04
Posts: 1228
Loc: beaver falls, PA, beaver
Feels good to get back in the gym doesn't it. There is a fighter there competing in World Championships? Must be a great gym. I would love to here more about the training.

#419839 - 06/02/09 10:40 AM Re: Back in the saddle [Re: bo-ken]
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Registered: 03/08/06
Posts: 113

Nearly all of the UK clubs have people competing in the assaut (controlled contact) competitions at World level. I think in recent years (and I'm not an expert) quite a few of them have done pretty well, too.

Combat (full-contact savate) isn't big in the UK, though, generally. I don't think there's a huge list of people clamouring to do it, either!

#419840 - 06/02/09 03:36 PM Re: Back in the saddle [Re: matt_mcg]
Cord Offline

Registered: 01/13/05
Posts: 11399
Loc: Cambridge UK.

Combat (full-contact savate) isn't big in the UK, though, generally. I don't think there's a huge list of people clamouring to do it, either!

No, and I think you would have to be out of your tiny mind to let anyone kick you full force in the head with those damned boots!!

We had a chap a few years ago, who was an english champ in Muay Thai, who crosstrained and went to the world Savate champs. in France, to compete in 'combat'. He was TKO'd in the 2nd round, as his lead leg just stopped working completely! All that Muay Thai conditioning could do nothing to prevent the horrible soft tissue damage to the inside and outside of the knee by hardened boots.

Re. Raf, that is the first time I have met, or partnered with him, but he was mustard by my standards - fantastic footwork, and some real power. I think he has the tools to do the business, and I sure as hell dont want to play with the guy who kicks his a$$ if it happens
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