Blocking versus Evading

Whether it’s Muay Thai or any other martial art, most beginners are taught to emphasize defense and survival skills. It makes sense, as when you are just starting out it’s more important to be able to stay in the fight until you can get away or help arrives than to “win the fight” which becomes the mindset with more skill and experience.

However, defensive techniques aren’t all the same, and some are more difficult than others in different ways. They can be divided a variety of ways but the two basic categories are blocking and evading.

Blocking: Any technique where you’re putting something between the opponent and the target, usually something hard and durable like a shin or forearm. The advantage of blocks is that they are usually subtle movements that require less speed and reflexes than evading. Beginners usually learn blocks first before they learn evading techniques. The disadvantage is that it’s difficult to attack and block at the same time, so if the opponent can keep the pressure on and keep you blocking they can build momentum. Also, seasoned opponents will still do damage even if their strikes are blocked – even a shin or forearm can only take so much punishment.

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Evading: Evading is usually taught a little further down the line after a beginner has learned the fundamentals of blocking. Evading has several advantages over blocks. First, making an opponent miss with their strikes will tire them out more quickly. Second, if you can evade well then you’ll sustain much less damage overall. The disadvantage is that evading oftern has a much higher “cost of failure” than blocking. If you’re slow to block and only partially shield yourself, you’ll still reduce the damage done. If you try to evade and fail, you’re more likely to take the full force of the blow. Evading techniques must be done quickly and with excellent timing.

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There are always exceptions to the rules and in some cases blocking or evading may be the best way to defend against a given technique whether you are a beginner or not. It is important to always come back to the basics and then work on what style suits you best later on.

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5 Top Tips For Building Your Six Pack

abs-torso_2605017-792814Many people do a lot of abdominal crunches yet complain of no results.  Little do they know that spot reduction does not exist and crunches may in fact do very little to help.  Following five easier steps to getting six pack abs may be more useful in this regard.

Mike Geary’s Truth About Abs is the program that makes it easy to begin taking the right steps almost immediately.

Number-1-iconNutrition – Start eating whole and naturally and stop eating low nutrient and high calorie foods like cakes and sodas.  Eat more vegetables and fruits and add in complex carbohydrates found in oatmeal, whole wheat bread and pastas.  Mix in a lot of protein from chicken and tuna and healthy fats from salmon, avocado and olive oil.

Number-2-iconWorkout routine – Use workouts with compound movements and those that give core training.  Examples of these exercises are squats, dead lifts, presses, planks and hanging leg raises.  Try to avoid isolation exercises such as crunches as it does not burn as much fats as compound exercises. This is where your Muay Thai training comes in.

Number-3-iconConsistency – your nutrition and workout program should be consistent and maintained. Do not get discouraged if you do not see results right away. Stick to your strict diet and workout routine and over time you will see great results. Be sure to share you goal with someone trusted like your instructor.  Once it’s out there it’ll help keep you motivated.

Number-4-iconBody fat percentage – Adjust your body fat percentage accordingly and try to lessen this every week by proper monitoring and adjust your exercise routines accordingly.  The average healthy man should have a body fat % between 11-22% and 23-35% for women… but if you want o see those abs it has to be at the bottom of those ranges.

Number-5-iconRest – overtraining is never good.  Your body needs rest to repair itself and muscles to grow.  Take one day out of the week for complete rest and recuperation. Take this day to pamper yourself and not do anything physical. After a while of working out you will really miss it and will really want to get back at it after a day off.

Truth About Abs also helps you to maintain proper health. I strongly believe that you can’t look good for long if you don’t watch your health properly. I believe that Mike Geary places an emphasis on correct nutrition for this reason which is why his program works so well.

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