Learning weaknesses by the bruises you keep

Last night, I had one of the most incredible classes of my entire Krav Maga practice. My partners and I sparred and it was intense.

Today, my ears are sore, which is such a weird feeling. Bruised ears. Who knew?

When I’m sparring, there’s so much to remember. I’m still fairly new to it and I have a hard time not jutting my chin out, keeping my feet glued to the ground, and pinwheeling my arms Bugs Bunny style. I’ve been trying to focus on one thing at a time as I’m sparring.

It goes something like this:

  • Hands up. Check.
  • Chin tucked. Check.
  • Move feet to advance. Check.
  • Tuck that chin!
  • Try something besides an inside punch!
  • Tuck your chin.

This is what’s happening in my head when I’m sparring.

I didn’t realize I’m not doing a good job of blocking or getting out of the way of punches to my head. It shows how much adrenaline can carry you through an experience. Good information to have though. I guess it’s another thing to add to the list as I work on sparring.

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