Involving other sports in preparation period. This is my style 🙂 I am not talking about running or fitness 🙂 This is just necessity. I am talking about other fighting sports.
This “habbit” started many years ago. My coach invited a great boxing trainer to give us boxing classes once a week. I joined this and I loved this. One group training grew to two individual trainings plus a group training every week 🙂 To trainings that I waited so much from one side and was afraid so much from the other 🙂 Waited because of the feeling that they help me a lot, because of great trainer and good time. Why afraid? Because it was so hard! Ye, these were the trainings after which you feel dead 🙂
Why I did all this? Was it really useful? Yes, it was. Unbelievably useful. I was always the one who was moving during the fights more than others. After my few years boxing experience I started moving even more. I started feeling why, when and where to move. I understood better how important it is to work with your legs in order to have good punches. Before I had no idea what boxing is about. What it is about for me. Since then I love this sport 🙂
Next step – Muay thai trainings. I started this accidentally. Let’s say I met my Muay thai coach Zydrunas Jasiunas in the right place and at the right time 🙂 Few years ago I had a short break from competing in karate tournaments. So this was a good opportunity to try something new. This experiment lasts for already few years and I am sure will last much longer 🙂
Muay thai trainings at least two times a week became a normal routine. Group trainings normally and individual trainings before biggest tournaments. I am grateful for my coach that he spends so much time for me 🙂 Still, I show what I learn in karate tournaments, not in muay thai competitions 🙂
Ok, logical question – how muay thai is helpful for karate? To say everything it would take too much time, like about boxing. Shortly – depends on what you take from it 🙂 I got so much about strength of kicks and punches, different technique of basic (!) kicks like hiza geri or mawashi geri, elbows techniques, body power in kicks and punches, combinations and so on. Even this is so much while I said just few things.
What’s next? Ye, I would like to try so much! I have no doubt that Taekwondo could give as a lot, even wrestling or other sports too. And not because we don’t get enough skills and knowledge in karate trainings. We definitely do! Just in order to get even more and become more flexible as a fighter and get more knowledge as karateka 🙂 Karate was, is and will always be No 1 for me 🙂