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Very awesome poem.
Climbing, Margaret Mair, original art
He was cast down
With the falling dark
But now dawn brings
Glimmers of light
And in the shadows
He sees a cliff
That must be climbed,
With ropy roots
Offering dubious handholds
And crumbling rocks
Where fingers fumble
For cracks and holds,
Where feet scrabble
For openings to rest in
And ledges to push from.
Grasp, pull, cling;
He must not look down
In his aching ascent
From shadow to light.
He has no wings
Nor wind to lift him
Only breath and body
And wish and will
And fading strength.
He keeps his eyes
On the bright patch
That looks like heaven,
Reaching for the next hold,
Struggling to lift himself
Into a new day.
Written by Margaret Mair
Picture, original art by Margaret Mair
Here are a few reasons why I do what I do.
Martial Arts increases your mind, body and spirit.
It promotes good health and nutrition, while giving you the means to defend yourself.
Muay Thai is known as the “Art of 8 Limbs”.
It is known as the “Art of 8 Limbs” because we use our 8 limbs (i.e. arms , legs, knees and Elbows) as weapons to attack our opponent.
Today, I will break down the Muay Thai slashing elbow or “Sok ti” in the Thai language.
The slashing elbow is a short range weapon.
By short range, I mean we have to be close to our opponent to utilize it.
For a better picture think:
Using an axe (short range).
Swinging a baseball bat (long range).
Throwing elbows can be dangerous and maybe for good reason.
Elbows are meant to draw blood or strike precisely to cause instantaneous knockouts!
In a professional Muay Thai fight, elbows can end a fight in an instant. That is what makes them so exciting.
In practice, we do not spar with elbows until after years of practice. Once a student is considered “advanced”, elbows can be used in practice. Even then, we usually use elbow pads for protection.
So, back to the slashing elbow.
The slashing elbow is executed quickly and efficiently.
While being on the receiving end may not be all smiles, throwing them can be fun.
You can ask any of my students that have done padwork with me.
Here is the breakdown of the the video shown above.
1. I make sure I am at the right distance to throw the elbow.
2. I bring my elbow up by my ear.
3. I chop it down to the pad and bring my hand back to my head.
There you have it.
That is all I have for now on the Muay Thai elbow.
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