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Working out at the Metro Fight Club, MMA Thai Boxing

Another great workout with Coach Saul Soliz at the Metro Fight Club. 

Since the summer started there are so many new faces.  Last week on Monday, there were so many people, Coach Rene took all the really new people to the back to work on punches at the wall mounted pads.  The rest of us were paired up with one other person and we got warmed up and continued the workout on the mats at the front of the gym.  I like the one on one workouts, as they are good training for sparring.

Last night, we started our workout at the back of the gym at the wall mounted pads.

one, two; one, two, three;, one, two, three, two

Standing in the boxing stance, chin down, hands up with my gloves touching my eyebrows in between each round of boxing.

As soon as I throw my first left punch, bring my left hand back to protect my face.  The more I practice, I understand that my speed improves the more I practice the punches.  Also focus on punching and bringing my hand back to protect my face as fast as possible.  Reaction time.

Always light on my feet, balls of my feet, transferring my weight back and forth between my left and right feet, no flat feet.

Next we went up front and were paired up.  Lately all the experienced people are paired up with new people.  So you don’t get the best workout possible, but sometimes it is your turn to help teach someone, as someone before taught me.

We went through the one, two;  one, two, three;  one, two, three, two.  Then we went to the bags and started practicing knees, push kicks and the combined push kick and then knee.  There were four people at each bag.  Then we worked on the left side:  left knee, left push kick, then combined left push kick and left knee.  When practicing the knees and push kicks, it is important to always keep both hands up to protect my face.  and when I throw the knee or push kick, I throw my hand down as a counter balance.  At the same time, keep the other hand up by my ear with my fingers relaxed.

It is important to keep the whole upper body relaxed while throwing the knees, push kicks and roundhouse kicks.  The more relaxed the upper body is, the more power there is available for the knee or kick.

When completing the push kick, kick the bag with the balls of the last three toes of the foot.  That is one new thing I learned last week.  bring the knee up to the chest and then kick the bag with the ball of the foot, especially the last three toes.

We partnered back up and practiced left punch, right knee, left, right punches, left knee.

At first we do each action separately, then put them together as we learn the next one.

First, we started with right knee, the partner using the mitts to catch the right knee.   Then we added left punch right knee.

Next left punch, right knee, left punch right punch.  And finally practiced left knee alone and then added it to the sequence.

I like the way Coach Saul teaches, always building one action onto the next, creating a sequence of punches and kicks.

Another great workout at the Metro Fight Club.

To your health!

Kate Hauer

MMA Fight Skinny



Made it to the boxing ring in MMA cardio Thai Boxing!

It has been my goal for a while now to get into the ring and train with the guys during Thai Boxing class.

Last night I trained in the ring at the Metro Fight Club.  It started like the normal Thai Boxing class:  jog for 3-5 minutes barefoot on the mats, complete the exercises we do every time to get our joints warmed up, then I went to the back of the gym and started with the warm up punching routine.  Punching the wall mounted punching pad.  One two, one two three, one two three two, then a combination of all three.  We do each sequence at least 12-15 times, repeat four times.

Last night I worked with Coach Adrian in the boxing ring.

I’ve worked in the boxing ring before on either Friday night or Saturday morning when the advanced fighting guys are not at the gym.  Mostly when there are not many people in class, we go into the ring and practice different moves.  During the normal weekday classes Monday thru Thursday, the guys who have been coming to class regularly and are in good shape go in the ring to practice.  I’ve always worked with the more beginner students.  It has been quite annoying because there will be a guy that shows up and after three weeks of punching with the more beginner students, boom, he is in the boxing ring working out.  These guys are all younger than I am.  There are a handful of girls in the ring.

I suppose Coach Saul is looking out for me.  I had asthma when I started cardio Thai Boxing in Houston.  If you have asthma, it is going to come out in Houston, guaranteed.  Houston is the asthma capital of the United States.  The air is heavy with humidity, pollution, and allergies.  After 7 months of MMA cardio Thai Boxing, my asthma has seemed to disappear.  I am very happy about this.

Last night in the boxing ring, Coach Adrian put a small tire out for me.  Everyone else had a dot as their center point of boxing.  He put the tire out and I had my left foot in the tire as we jabbed back and forth and kept turning and resetting our base to get back into the boxing stance.

Coach Adrian and I both had our boxing gloves on.  We practiced for two minutes and then break for 30 seconds.  There were about 20 rounds.  First, Coach Adrian was punching at me with his left boxing glove.  I was practicing blocking, both the Pary block, turn my glove around open fisted and catch the punch, or push the punch down.  Then we worked on both left chest punch and added stomach punch.  Coach Adrian showed me to block the stomach punches with my elbow, bring my right elbow in close to my body to block a left punch.  Next, we added the left hook.

In between every punch/block combination, we moved to the right in a tight circle.  Coach Adrian made me put my left foot in the small tire, to ensure that I would stay in the tight circle.  After the move to the right, it is important to regain my boxing stance left foot/hip forward, right foot/hip back, knees bent, looking straight at my partner with my chin tucked in, elbows close to my side ribs, and always on the balls of my feet, no flat feet.

The sparring was fun, not violent.  We were practicing punching and blocking.  First Coach Adrian throwing the punches at me, with me blocking them.  Then I was throwing the punches at Coach Adrian and he was blocking them.  Then we were both throwing punches and blocking punches.  No one was calling out the sequence.  It was spontaneous.  It was playful.  I can see how it could be more serious if I was working with someone who was more violent and not so fun.

I had a great time sparring with Coach Adrian!

To Your Health

Kate Hauer, MMA Thai Boxing

Jui Jitsu at Metro Fight Club with Coach Saul Soliz

The Art of Jui Jitsu

I am lucky to have the chance to learn Jui Jitsu from Coach Saul Soliz.  Jared is the usual coach.

A couple months ago, Coach Saul Soliz was giving Jui Jitsu classes for beginners right after the Saturday MMA Thai Boxing class.  I had the benefit of three of these classes.  Then I went on vacation and when I returned, these classes were not held anymore.

Jui Jitsu is a sequence of moves, using logic to maintain control.

I am starting my journey to learn all of the moves that I can to evade any move made by an opponent.  This opponent could even be a person that is attacking me, not a sport event.  Jui Jitsu started in Japan, now is popular in Brazil.  I need to read and learn more about the history of Jui Jitsu.  There is a lot of tradition associated with Jui Jitsu.

Last night there were three woman and a bunch of guys in the class.  The coach told us to pair up.  The two other women went together.  I was lucky to look at Jeff, the purple belt who helps with the class, and ask him to partner with me.  We started with the basic move.  Jeff sitting in my in my guard, I am on my back and Jeff is sitting in front of me, facing me.  I have my legs wrapped around him with my feet crossed.  Jeff is bending forward with his hands on the ground.  The first exercise roll onto my left elbow and reach with my right hand behind Jeff’s back and touch his belt, then I move to my right elbow, reach behind his back with my left hand and touch his belt on his lower left back.  We do this for a timed one minute.  But I swear it was two minutes.  I think the coach was playing a trick on us.  Great core work.

The beauty of a class with Coach Saul Soliz is everything is a sequence.  The first move, reaching behind the opponents back while he is in my guard, is the beginning of the second move taught.  The second move the opponent starts with his hands on my hips.  I bump up my hips a little and on the way down, I remove his hands from my hips and his hands hit the ground on either side of me.  Bumping up my hips just a little gives space for me to displace his hands.  Then I lean on my left elbow, reach around with my right arm, grab his right hand with my right hand, put his hand behind his back and grab my right wrist with my left hand.  Kimora.  To make it hurt, move the opponent’s arm away from his back, torque it.

After Coach shows us a move, then we practice it endlessly, or it seems like endlessly.  about 5 minutes each.  Which means we each do the move at least 20 times.  It gets ingrained in your head after you practice it many times in a row.  perfecting it.  Figuring out exactly what you are doing right and what you need to improve.