Ohana Warrior Update, Plus Sparring & Fighters

Hey gang, I hope everyone had a relaxing Memorial Day Weekend.  It’s time to get back to the studio and work out!

New student update: I welcome Big Mike who also has joined us at Ohana.  When are you coming?

People have asked about Ohana Warrior for sparring and fighters.  It’s a fabulous studio for that as you’ll learn below.  Keep the questions coming!

If you haven’t sparred, I invite you to give it a try.  And no, you won’t get hurt. You don’t play tennis if all you do is hit balls against a wall. Why similarly limit your kickboxing workout?  Here are a few benefits.

  • Learn real technique. Punching or kicking a bag is only half a workout.  It doesn’t help with defense.  You can’t practically use these techniques until you have a real opponent who moves, initiates action, and counters what you’re doing. When you spar you’ll see more and more satisfying progress in your abilities and confidence.
  • Be confident in self-defense.  Regular classes do a poor job of equipping you for real-life situations where you’re threatened or grabbed.  In the real world you have to deal with fear.  Your adrenaline surges, your endurance plummets, and your instinct is to flee, turn away or hide, scream, or blindly strike out.  Sparring teaches you to control yourself, your breathing, and your response so you can handle problems on the mat, in the ring, … and in regular life.
  • Be present and engage your mind. Classes where you have your own bag can be good for fitness and endurance.   But it doesn’t engage that squishy thing between your ears. Sparring forces you to be present, be humble, and think, adapt, and learn.
  • Take your cardio fitness to the next level.  If you’re already in great shape, sparring is the next step. Not only is it three minutes of high intensity work, it’s also doubly hard because you have to think and manage your breathing and adrenaline.
  • Start the next step in training.  Punches, kicks, blocks, slips, and movement are just the mechanics.  The next challenge is learning how, when, and why to use them all.  You can only integrate that in your training with sparring.

Sparring. Sparring class is Wednesday 7-8:30.  The class has a large mix with beginners, experienced students, and fighters, both guys and gals, of all sizes.  You rotate to a new partner every round so you get exposed to a wide variety of opponents.  There’s always someone new to match wits with and something new to learn!  If you’re with someone more experienced, your partner will take it easy and play mostly defense so you can focus on combinations to see what works.

After sparring, students circle up to give each other feedback. Mona, instructors, and other students commend you on your improvement and provide valuable tips you can learn for your next class.

Fighting.  Ohana is an excellent fighters gym.  In addition to sparring, Mona invites all fighters to  stay after class for advanced work.  Ohana participates in local sparring and fights and typically brings more fighters than other studios.  They brought several students and staff to the last US Muay Thai tournament.  Ohana fighters came home with multiple belts, including three first places, two for the women.

Join us!  Ohana Warrior 525 W. Arapaho Rd, Ste 18, Richardson (972) 968-7306 map. Try a free class.  Tell them you’re a Jay Hollywood Wilson Kickboxing student.

Train hard, Live Long, and Prosper,

Read previous posts:

  • Our initial recommendation, including an introduction to Mona, the owner, the facility, class schedule, and pricing.
  • Q&A on teaching technique, workouts, and more.




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