Ninja Training

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diligent
[dil-i-juh nt]
adjective

1.constant in effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything.

2. done or pursued with persevering attention; painstaking.

Three weeks into my ninja training with my hand wraps and boxing gloves, I-am-a-machine! 

Ninja training? Boxing gloves?  Fist wraps?

It doesn’t match up.

Don’t ninja’s wear skin-tight black tights with Nunchaku’s for weapons?

Perhaps but for me, my Muay Thai class doubles as ninja training.  My yoga pants substitute for ninja tights and my fists are my defense!

The last few classes the focus has been on kicks.  I might not be so coordinated with my foot work and hands but by golly you don’t want to be at the receiving end of my kicks.

Tonight while working on jabs and kick combo’s, coach interrupted my sparring partner and I.

“DF,  you are being really diligent about keeping your gloves up to protect your face, but how about you drop them slightly,” and demonstrating, “like this.”

I do my best to mimic.

“Not quite like that, turn them slightly.”

I try to mimic again and from the look on his face, still not quite right.  At this point he left me with this new stance to work diligently at perfecting.

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