I’ve posted this question on the forum aswell, but I thought I’d also write about it here.
You know, over the years combat has been progressively getting harder, I know if I look at good ol’ BC15 (the release I started on) the intensity is way way beyond what we did then, when we used to do those little muay thai knees in Shake. I remember when I first started, nearly wanting to throw up while doing those knees and how it was the instructor who really spurred me to push on.
Then when I reached the peak of my fitness in the 30’s – around BC 30-34……….I was teaching attack, combat, pump and balance. Sometimes doing 5 classes in one day, regularly teaching a BP/BA/BB triple. I used to be “proud” of how combat was giving attack a run for it’s money on the “intensity” level. Although admittedly after a BA/BC double, BC always felt like a “rest” after BA. I wouldn’t sneeze at doing say, BP/BA/BB in the morning and then teaching BP and BC in the evening. Crazy days.
Now, 2 years and a baby later, back problems after falling down the stairs twice (while holding the baby), extremely cold weather aggrivating my old injuries plus the stress of trying to cope in a foreign country. I’ve gone from super fit to a fat lump. Where I used to think combat rising in intensity was awesome, now I wonder if it’s getting too hard for new members?
I ask this question because, I have discovered that with this extra fat unfit body I’m carting around, that even BA is achievable if you take the options, but now when I do BC with the newer release, sometimes it just gets almost too difficult, and with not a lot of alternatives. I’m thinking in particular of the tracks with the new esquiva. I know it’s an awesome strengthening move, but to someone very unfit and lacking strength like me, it’s just TOO HARD. After doing both Stamp (BC37) and No Good (BC38) at the Dutch Dally on the weekend, I can say that if I was a new member I’m really not sure if I would keep giving it a go. As a determined instructor who’s “been there before” it’s different for me, I will keep going………..but it begs the question?