M & M in MMA: Mixed Martial Arts

Yesterday, Micah and I decided to go to SM Mall of Asia to buy hand wraps for our MMA lessons on Friday. It will be our second class and we are looking forward to it. Friday seems more interesting than before!

Last September 7, we had our very first Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) lessons partially subsidized by the company. At 2:30, Micah and I went to the fifth level of our building wearing fancy [laughs] tights and cotton shirts, no shoes. 아자, 아자, 화이팅! (Aja, aja, hwaiting!)

We were greeted by a hot (seriously) room with men in MMA outfit. LOL. As expected, more men signed up for this activity and I think there were only six girls in there. Anyway, the room wasn’t really well ventilated at first and Micah even joked that one way to lose weight is in this sauna. Haha! Few minutes passed then the trainers arrived. Oh my. This is it!

We had a ten-minute streeeeeetching (I even stretched the word for you just to emphasized how “extended” I felt after that) followed by a 30-minute intense cardio exercise. Something expected happened after that, but I think it can be a topic of a future post. 🙂 After that, we had our water break then started our MMA lessons.

What is MMA or Mixed Martial Arts?

For those who aren’t familiar with Mixed Martial Arts, I have asked Wikipedia for you:

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports.

Most ‘traditional’ martial arts have a specific focus and these arts may be trained to improve in that area. Popular disciplines of each type include:

Stand-up: Various forms of Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, TaeKwonDo, and Karate are trained to improve footwork, elbowing, kicking, kneeing and punching.

Clinch: Freestyle, Greco-Roman wrestling, Sambo and Judo are trained to improve clinching, takedowns and throws, while Muay Thai is trained to improve the striking aspect of the clinch.

Ground: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Wrestling, shoot wrestling, catch wrestling, Judo and Sambo are trained to improve ground control and position, as well as to achieve submission holds, and defend against them.

So we continued in our lessons. Micah and I studied fighting stance, footwork, punching and kicking. It was a bit frustrating at first if we couldn’t follow what “master” told us to do. Example: forward, jab, straight. Forward, left hook. Backward, jab, straight, hook, hook. Or: push kick, side kick, back kick, thigh kick, roundhouse kick!

It was fun and stress-relieving at the same time. You can release your anger and frustration in those exercises I have mentioned above. Then at the end of the session, before the cool down, we had 500 counts of abs exercise. Argh~~ We all know the benefits that we can get for these, but it was really hard and painful as hell. T.T

So back to yesterday. We wanted to buy hand wraps for our classes. The last time we only borrowed ours and we thought it unhygienic not to have your own pair. Since the nearest mall doesn’t have this protective gear available, we went to Mall of Asia and searched the sports shops there.

For your curiosity, I googled hand wraps for you:

A hand wrap or a wrist wrap is a strip of cloth used by boxers (and participants in other combat sports) to protect the hand and wrist against injuries induced by punching. It is usually worn before the gloves.

handwrap, MMA, boxing

Anyway, so we hunted down different sports centers in the mall. As far as I know, there were ten shops that we could go to look for hand wraps. The shopping establishment is big, and we have to walk a lot. We looked so tired!

We went to three or four shops until we settled in Sportshouse. We bought our hand wraps only for P250 per pair! Cheap finds 🙂

handwrap, MMA, boxing

Book Hunting

What’s next? Of course, for Micah and I, a date won’t be completed without a trip to our favorite cheap bookshop, Book Sale. The branch in Mall of Asia is bigger and more spacious, so customers can move around freely, unlike in others where you will occasionally bump into someone whenever you reach or duck for those bookshelves.

We weren’t sure, but I think we spent more than an hour in there. I was disappointed because I couldn’t find any book that I haven’t read which could be worth my money, so Micah encouraged me to sit down with her and ransacked (exaggeration here) the shelves! We parked ourselves there on the cold tiled floor while laughing at some absurd titles of the books. I’m sorry, I am a bookworm/book lover but sometimes some books give me this crazy feeling whenever I read their titles or see their book covers. (I know, I know, don’t judge the book by its cover).

Moving forward, I bought only one book – an Oxford Classics of Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady while Maix had Anne Perry’s Traitor’s Gate and Caleb Carr’s The Angels of Darkness.

Hungry! That’s what we were feeling after we paid for our goods. But of course, we spent more than 20 minutes looking for a good restaurant to dine in until we decided to go to World of Chicken. I ordered grilled chicken with mushroom sauce and Asian noodles, while Maix had grilled chicken with gravy and Japanese rice. Then we stopped for ice cream at McD’s and went home. It was a perfect date – it ended up in ice cream! Let’s do it again, girl!

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