Can you last 30 seconds?

Yesterday's kickboxing was pretty intense. It was conditioning day so the theme was pushing our bodies to the limit. The session started with warm up with punching targets 50 times each hand with various combo punches and kicks, incorporating jab, crosses, hooks and upper cuts. This alone left our arms sore and weak. Next up, we were given 30 seconds to unleash all the combos we previously practised on the punching bag, full power, non stop. A typical round of boxing, or kick boxing for that matter only lasts around 3 minutes. This was just 30 seconds you might think... but non stop action means that you can see and feel your arms getting heavier, punches getting slower towards the end of the 30 seconds. Of course, the idea is to reach a level where one can last 30 seconds without any performance drop, but I don't see that happening for me anytime soon... In real life, you probably don't have to punch that many times in a real fight as one or two punches to the face is probably all it takes to knock out a person. This is more for competition boxing/kickboxing. To end the session we had to put on 2 layers of Taekwondo body armour and were given 5 punches each left and right to each other's bodies. This is to condition ourselves so that we can take repeated blows to our abdomens. An untrained person would be winded at first punch, without the body armour and even us trained persons felt the punches, especially the one to the "solar plexus" which is the weak spot for even the most trained of people. I dread the day that we will have to go down to one body armour and eventually no body armour!! :s

The session pretty much ended with that and we all went home feeling like Jean Claude Van Dam from the film "Kickboxer" hehehe... I managed to take 3 videos of our punching bag session. Didn't have time to take any footage of the other drills. There were only 3 of us there. Me, Joe and an 11 year old Egyptian-American. Only managed to take the final 10 seconds or so of Joe's 2nd go at the bag (we had to go 3 times) so he was starting to get slow. Next class is tomorrow! Enjoy the vids!




Your's truely giving it my best. You can see that the punches get slower and weaker towards the end...



Joe's final 9 seconds, didn't get the bit when he was punching harder...



Egyptian kid's 2nd attempt at the bag. Giving it his best but kid, you gotta keep the guard up even when you punch!