Hey everyone,

First of all, phenomenal turnout this morning for Kru Jordan’s push kick/teep workshop. We have a lot more planned for everyone in the future. Thank you for attending, your energetic participation, good question asking, and strong demonstration of what you’ve learned so far. Jordan was very complimentary of how far everyone has come. So, thanks for making me look good hahaha! More importantly, thank you for representing yourselves so well. 
I’ve said this before and it’s worth repeating, if you can take a couple gold nuggets out of what you experienced today, then it was totally worth your attendance. But remember, none of this has meaning if you don’t practice it on your own time. Showing up for class isn’t enough. If you want to get better, you must devote yourselves to practising this beautiful art that we all share a love for.
Devotion = transformation.
Now to the fun stuff. As Kru Jordan said, Samart Payakaroon (I know you were all wondering how it’s spelled), is a high level nak muay. I’ve attached a video from Lawrence Kenshin, one of my favourite video analysts. Start with this video, and then go down the rabbit hole. Send me some of the videos you’ve watched with any questions you have. There are no dumb questions! Don’t be afraid to ask. If I don’t have the answer, I will go in search of the best answer for you. 
Now, this first video shows off the Thai ‘side kick’ which is essentially a teep with a hip turn, or from a ‘bladed’ stance, which is a fancy way of saying that you’re standing sideways or ‘less squared up’ with your opponent. We didn’t cover this per se, but notice Samart`and his footwork. There is a ‘loading step’ which we practiced today. This is how you make the teep offensive. 
Do you see how many teeps Samart throws at once? It is a practical defensive/offensive weapon, for Muay Thai and self defense. The only thing that changes is the footwork being used. 

For those of you that like to box, this unique stance and footwork from the video is for you (I’m talking directly to you Davy!). It may seem a little advanced, but everything is hard when we first begin. We will add this to our toolbox in later classes. For now, I just want you to practice the application of the teep.
There isn’t a gigantic difference between this video, and what we practiced this week. Knowing the exact range of your teep is crucial. Wall teeps are a great way to learn your range and use them as a tool demonstrated by Samart.
Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice it until you can’t get it wrong! 
Ok, my fingers are tired. Enjoy the video. Watch more videos. Send your questions, or write them down and share them with me this week. 
one more below

Thank you all again for your participation in the workshop, and this growing program of ours. 
Enjoy the rest of the weekend! See you all next week