Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live my friend. I am happy to see that you decided to stop by to visit with me. Earlier this evening I had a great work out on several heavy bags. As I have shared with you over time, I train in the martial arts. Although I have trained in various martial arts, during my life time, for the past 16 years I have sought to hone my skills in my primary martial art – Muay Thai.
If you are not familiar with Muay Thai, let me give you a brief introduction. Muay Thai is Thailand’s national sport. Muay Thai is referred to as “The Art of Eight Limbs” or “The Science of Eight Limbs”. The reason for this distinction is that Muay Thai uses punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes – thus using 8 points of contact instead of 2 points with punches or 4 points with punches and kicks.
Muay Thai uses a variety of punches, kicks, elbow and knee strikes in different combination’s.
When I began my training in Muay Thai I had no idea how to correctly punch, kick, knee or throw elbows. In my experience, I found that the process of learning to execute various punches, kicks, knees and elbows was a very slow process. In my experience, I found that teaching myself how to combine my eight limbs has been a slow process – but I am so glad that I did not give up on the process.
A friend of mine – who is a 7th degree black belt – encourages me to keep polishing my skills, as an artisan polishes a block of marble once the rough edges have been removed. With each work out, I work to polish my skills through endless drills. What once was very awkward now seems to flow more like water as I punch, kick, knee and elbow in my use of Muay Thai as I develop my own Jeet Kune Do
“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” Abraham Lincoln
“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times.” Bruce Lee
“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.” Bruce Lee
May you be encouraged to start on a new journey.
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