By Anne B
Hi love, are you doing ok?
I’ve learned that in Liverpool, when Scousers (as the people of Liverpool are called, or also Liverpudlians) ask you “are you doing ok?”, it’s not because they think something is wrong. This catchphrase is actually how you will be greeted and it is their way of asking “how are you doing?” I definitely stared blankly for a few seconds the first time a Scouser asked me that haha, but after being asked the same thing a few more times, it finally hit me.
Anyways, this blog post is not about Liverpool; it is about kickboxing! I was supposed to write this blog last week to go with Bailey’s summer workout blog, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Between work and some work events, getting ready for the conference in Liverpool (where I am now), getting ready for Vietnam, and 10 or so meltdowns, I didn’t have time to write it up. However, since I owe it to you guys and since this will be my last blog post until sometime in July after I’m back from Vietnam, I figured I would write this blog so that it could be released on a Thursday, just like the good ol’ days!
Enough with the rambling, let’s talk about kickboxing!!
As most of you probably know from past blog posts or podcasts, I have been taking a kickboxing class since January. The class occurs twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is not a kickboxing class with punching bags, but one where you pair up with someone else. When you pair up, one person will be wearing punch mitts and the other will wear their boxing gloves. Whether you are boxing with bags or against another person, you should definitely wrap your hands! There are some great YouTube tutorials out there (click here for the one I followed). Not only will the wraps help prevent injuries and help you deliver a more solid punch, but they also look BADASS (hehe, priorities).
I had never done a kickboxing class where I had to partner up before, so I was very nervous in January. Honestly, though, after one or two classes, you get used to it. Plus, most of the time the other people in your class will probably be really nice. They might pack a hard punch and drop kick, but they will still be helpful and kind. Plus, after a few classes, you’ll probably start pairing up with the same person! This could be because you started talking and getting to know each other, or simply because you have similar kickboxing levels or height and weight that make you two a good kickboxing pair.
I had a different partner for the first and second classes. For my third class, I paired up once again with a new partner. This time, though, she was about my height and weight, and we had a similar kickboxing rhythm that made it pretty easy to keep up - whether we were holding the punch mitts or doing the punching/kicking! Immediately after that first class together, we started chatting and it also turned out that we lived close to each other so we walked back together. We’ve been friends and kickboxing partners ever since (except for the times when one of us can’t make it, usually me oops).
Being able to partner up with people in my kickboxing class has definitely been a lot of fun because it allows me to meet and talk to people more easily. Even though you can talk to people during a kickboxing class with bags, it’s usually before or after class, and sometimes you just want to get out of there, it seems like everyone else is already there with a friend, or you have to force yourself to break the ice a little.
As much as I like being able to pair up, sometimes there definitely are cons to kickboxing with a partner. For example, whenever we are odd-numbered, one person has to shadow and do the moves without a partner; and then, we rotate so that each round it’s a different person shadowing. Another con is that sometimes you will be partnered with someone who isn’t at the same kickboxing level as you, whether they are more or less experienced, it can be difficult. If they are more experienced, they might have higher expectations. If they are less experience or beginning, they might have trouble keeping up, especially when you are punching/kicking and they are holding the punch mitts. This can sometimes get frustrating as you end up spending your time showing them what to do instead of getting your workout in. When that happens, you just have to take a deep breath and remember that if you don’t help them, they’ll never learn. More importantly, everyone has to start somewhere. Sure, for some people it might come naturally, but we were all beginners once!
Anyways, I already have so many fond memories from the five months of kickboxing I’ve done. I won’t be going to classes in June since I’m traveling the whole time and the Sifu (or Shifu) will be on vacation during July and August, but whenever kickboxing starts again, you can bet your wraps I will be going back!
I hope you all liked hearing about my kickboxing experience so far! Let me know if you do any kickboxing, boxing or any kind of martial arts!
Until July, ramble on and cheers loves!