The [Open European Championships] are closing in with at a tremendous pace – just 10 more days to go until weigh-in (oct. 26th), 12 until the fights (oct. 28th). Oddly enough, this was also what today’s training was all about – pace.
You see, I’m certainly not going to be the fastest guy in my weight division. Most of the upper-class fighters there will be far beyond me in terms of skill and experience. Also, I’ll probably suffer from a severe height disadvantage. Hence, I need to really take my strengths to a new level and excel in those areas where I can compete – namely, that’s conditioning (strength and endurance) and fighting spirit. Watching [the first ever UFC flyweight championship fight] did a lot for my motivation, too. So, after warming up with five 2-minute rounds of rope skipping, each of us (did I mention I was working out with Chris?) did four 3-minute rounds of padwork. Of course, Chris focused on semi-contact techniques (long straight punches and backfist strikes), as that’s the event he’ll compete in. Since I on the other hand will fight in the continous sparring event, it was all about combinations for me. As usual, I pursued a distinct technique goal:
- Long series of punches (although I doubt hooks and uppercuts will be allowed under [TKDI] rules)
- Counter blitz attacks with punches, finalize with a kick to the body
- Attack with a blitz attack, throw punches, finalize with a kick to the body
- Combine #2 and #3
So here’s the video footage on that session – Enjoy!