|"You rise, you fall, you're down then you rise again|
What don't kill ya will make you more strong" ~ Metallica
It is now my 3rd week of Krav classes. I am beaten. I am torn. My body has let me know I am human and sustained an injury that is called an intercostal rib injury. That happened during week one during ground fighting when I got rolled over as per class instruction. The problem was the guy that rolled me was supposed have his forearms against me, but instead his protruding elbow dug into my right side rib cage as I got rolled. If you have ever had this injury or a turned rib, it is not pleasant. Every deep breath, every sneeze, every laugh, cough ANYTHING that cause you to take a breath lets you know "HEY! YOU! I am HERE!"
The smart thing to do when this injury is inflicted upon you is to rest. This is an 8 week injury that will eventually go back to normal. Unfortunately I don't have 8 weeks to heal. I am on a time schedule and that time schedule has me going hard and taking advantage of every damn class I can withstand at this Krav studio until I work from home. Then its no more Krav. At least in the studio form that is hence the reason I am keeping a journal. Keep in mind of what I have shared thus far. When going hard for 30 seconds with a 10 - 20 second breather before you go 30 seconds hard again you are gasping for so fucking much air that you feel that you can not get enough and may even feel as if you are suffocating. My point? I have an injury and I am taking as much air in as possible.
You can feel free to leave a comment on how I should stop or maybe I should take it easy. If you know me, I don't take it easy. Once I set my mind to something its not all or nothing, it is all and everything. I will post your comment should you try to write common sense into my brain, but I am telling you to save your keystrokes cause it aint gonna help. Besides my sister Pandora has already warned me in regards to "our bodies needing rest and time to heal". I get it and I respect Pandora a lot! She is highly revered in my book.
December 3, 2013 (3 hour ass kicker)
- Krav Maga Level I, 6 - 7:00pm
- Kettlebells, 7:15 - 8:00pm
- FTGU (From The Ground Up), 8 - 9:00pm
Krav Level I was a small class tonight. It started off with 2 and eventually became 3. It was a slow paced class this evening and we got a very in depth class of a myriad of techniques and their application.
- Sprawl - A person comes in at your waist to tackle you. You use this to your advantage by putting all your weight with your forearms down on their shoulder blades while kicking out your legs behind you and spreading them. You then take a hand and firmly push down on the back of their head controlling their face to the ground as you position yourself perpindicular to their body where you can hammer strike their neck, or knee their rib cage, or elbow strike or essentially "Go To Work"
- Cross face - Person comes in and tackles one leg, head is on the outside of the leg. The leg being attacked is the arm you use to essentially drive your forearm down and strike from their ear by your leg out across their face and simply push outward twisting their head away from you while pulling your grappled leg back.
- Inward Cross face - Person comes in and tackles one leg, except this time the head is on the inner side of the leg. Same premise applies as the Cross Face, but your position will be parallel to them once applied.
- Whizzer - Deviation to the Inward Cross Face in that you end up driving your arm down and producing somewhat of an arm bar that takes them to the mat quick. Realistically, out of the 3, the Cross Face is the easiest to pull off.
- Spear - Haymaker or a trunk tackle coming at you is met with and explosion of force by driving into the attacker by going for toward one of the shoulders. My elbows are out, hands open like making a triangle with my forearms. If I were going at your right shoulder, my right forearm would strike into the side of your neck and grab your lat at the same time while my left forearm blocks the arm swinging at me. The spear is VERY effective against a fist, knife or club as in the example of me going to your right, I simply drive the blade of my forearm into your attacking arm, then wrap my arm around yours, grab my shirt and now I have your arm firmly in my armpit and the groin strike happens followed by a series of other blows.
- O'Neil - Distance to attacker is about 5 feet. Attacker is spouting off and you simply bring both forearms up in front of you parallel to the ground with enough space between them to see the attacker but tuck your chin down and drive forward. As you explode to your target your forearms guard against attacks until you are very close to be devastating with blows.
- Marine Climb - Person has their guard up and this move has almost a music beat to it. Boom, Boom BAP. My right to their left, My left to their right and then a side strike to their neck/jaw. In real time motion my guard is up and I swat down their left, immediately swat down their right and strike. VERY effective.
- Chokes - Front choke you learn what is called plucking. My hands turn into curved rigid hooks as I reach into your forearms and pluck both hands and apply a groin kick. A deviation would be I pluck one hand and palm strike your throat to the back of your head. Side Choke is done a little different. My furthest away arm comes up and across my body and plucks the hand away that is on my throat. While doing this I squat and drive a side fist into the groin followed by and upward elbow to the underside of the chin, followed by an arm lock where my free hand goes to work as does my knee.
FTGU is where my intercostal injury finally reared its presence at the tail end of class and I sat out the last 10 minutes.
- We paired up and while standing we performed a move that when someone puts their hand on your shoulder, how you can simply take them for a ride. If you left hand goes to my right shoulder, my open right hand comes up on the inside as a sweeping outward motion. I then hook that arm and feed it downward to my left hand where I grab your tricep underneath and pull you past my left as I step right and then apply and elbow strike to the side of your face.
- Deviation to the move above is a counter move to that attack. As I go to pull your arm down the attacker would simply grab my underside of the tricep and pull me through to their side and strike.
- Falling down - How to properly fall down with one leg bent with that foot planted near my butt, while the other is up ready to kick if necessary.
- Falling down/kick/return to feet - fall down as stated before, I kick and with the opposite hand of the leg I kicked with I simply post, turn my hips inward toward that hand and bring the other leg that was planted back through under my body and stand into a fight stance. We practiced each leg 5 times.
- Mount with grapple - person lays on ground with legs wrapped around the other who is knelt in front of them. Top persons hands are on the defenders abdomen. Defender plucks hands out and at the same time pulls with their legs inward causing the person to come forward. My left arm goes out and around the persons arm and back in toward my chest and grabs my shirt while my other arms swings out and around their neck and brings their face over my right shoulder
- After doing the Mount with grapple, we began transitioning to what would lead us to what was called a Spider Guard. That is when my rib injury came back. Doing that much with my abdomen muscles inflamed the injury so I did the smart thing and called it. I still watched, but its not the same and I cannot really get the details.