Faith the Sparrer

So I did something I haven’t done in well over a year…..

I sparred……

I am very gung ho “let me at em!” and mean mug the biggest person in class to make him my b!@#$ in Krav… but when it comes to sparring in thai I yawn and move onto something else… It’s probably the most crucial thing I’ve been avoiding all year long…. Most of the classes I take are geared towards conditioning. The few classes they offer for sparring are late at night.

My kids are amazing sparrers. My oldest has won trophies…

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He is my kamikaze. He goes in with no fear and gives off this “I’m crazy and I know it” vibe… Sparring is where he shines.

My daughter isn’t one to mess with either….

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She is a fierce little firecracker that waits for just the right openings.. and at her age, it’s easy pickings.

But myself….I suck…

No really.. suckity suck suck

First off….. I don’t like getting hit in the face….It’s not fun and despite blocking numerous hits it’s inevitable that you will get hit…I don’t mind being hit.. just not in the face! I don’t have the prettiest face by any means… but I like it the way it is….

Secondly… I don’t like headpieces on my face… I feel like my chipmunk cheeks are being smothered….

Especially when I have my mouth guard in…I can never yell at my son for chewing on his mouth guard ever again. Chewing on it was the only way I could breathe…Chomping down so much made my jaw sore and I ended up with a slight head ache…the hits to the head probably didn’t help the situation..

My friend R has taken it upon himself to by my personal trainer.. I actually learned a lot in the two sessions we had. Kyoshi let us spar during the black belt candidacy training and then during the youth/adult karate class.

I had this huge inability to keep my hands up.. which since I love my face so much you’d think this would have been more of a priority.. I was also “too nice” and mostly defensive..

Krav Faith and Thai Faith need to meet up and level each other out a bit..

As much as I suck at it…I will keep at it.I will have to spar during my black belt testing. I also promised my friend that we’d enter the tournament together this March. Whether she keeps up with the bargain or not I plan on at least getting out of my comfort zone and making the attempt.

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