Among the material covered in the clinic were eight essential defensive tactics like knee blocks, leg checks, parrying, pivoting, ‘hollowing-out’ and ‘fading’ or leaning back. Toward the end of the seminar Kru Mark had the participants drill something he calls the ‘Vegas Shuffle’ where one partner would ask the other for combinations of punches and kicks and then throw an attack towards them to get them to execute one of the essential defensive maneuvers covered earlier.
At the end of the clinic, Kru Mark had Coaches Connie and Mark demonstrate a short version of a ceremonial ritual called the ‘Wai Kru’ for the group. This is a traditional dance like routine to show respect to ones teacher and organization. When the demonstration was over Kru Mark promoted Coaches Connie and Mark to Blue Monkol (headband.) Kru Mark also asked them to accompany him on his next trip to Thailand in 2020!
Thanks to everyone who participated in this amazing training, and congratulations to Coaches Connie and Mark!