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    Hey thanks, TheGrayLynx - I have subscribed and will be checking her work out! I think I've done a Sean Fagan routine in the past but will take another look now.

    I'll offer in return this chap, who is a trainer for Zhang Weili in MMA. I chanced upon his work while looking into taiji, which I understood to be involved with fascia in some way, and he has extracted some of that from taiji - and monetised it, let's be honest - for strength training. (I find it interesting, but I showed it to my taiji teacher and he was quite unimpressed as the school I attend follows a very (and rather self-consciously) traditional approach. You may find it interesting - or a horrifically long YouTube diversion! I think Zhang Weili was originally a kick boxer rather than a Muay Thai fighter - I am no expert. I notice that the elbow and knee strikes and some of the kicks in Darebee workouts seem to be derived from Muay Thai though - perhaps Damer can say.



    (I should be honest, I have mixed feelings about commerical martial arts contests - I worry about the contestants' health.)

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      Colin knee and elbow strikes in Darebee workouts come from Tae Kwon Do but, once it comes to combat moves biomechanical efficiency kicks in and stylistic differences disappear. So, there is virtually no difference between styles on such techniques because they are designed for combat as opposed to sparring.

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        CONTENT WARNING: DEATH, MOURNING, POLITICS.

        I managed my Muay Thai workout this morning. I modified a few press ups, but did a full 75 burpees! Yoiks!

        (Oh, yes, and my run this morning was on "minimalist" shoes - I wear Feiyue (Again, I'm not an expert, but I gather there is some controversy - more in the specialised martial arts world - about which versions of Feiyue shoes are "authentic" and made in the right factory, so I'm not swearing by this link! It looks legit to me!). I was pleased to do that. I'm trying to switch more to minimalist shoes and I'm also trying to go bare-foot whenever possible - particularly in nature where possible.)

        I really love this Muay Thai challenge and I seem to have found a good routine at the moment. It's having an effect too, and I am in danger of becoming vain!*

        I went to a shop we visit regularly on Saturday and saw the owner, who I would call a friend. His wife - who I would also call a friend - had died. Not directly of Covid, but of lung cancer, and in circumstances that were complicated by her belief that she had probably contracted Covid. He told me she died a week after the first tests.

        It has hit me rather hard. I am working on gratitudes and so on, though I don't currently record them, as recording can be a mixed bag for me. Today - and hopefully more often - I am grateful to be alive. Please take care lovely bees - life is precious, you are precious; and life is short and fragile.

        It looks likely that the UK - certainly England, I'm not sure what the plan is in Wales, I hope it will be more cautious - will remove all restrictions on July 19th. This is a political decision - made by a new health minister (a famous fan of Ayn Rand) after the previous one was removed after the strategic leaking of CCTV footage from within a government office to a Murdoch tabloid that showed he had been having an affair. I genuinely try to limit how much I talk about politics on Darebee, so I apologise for this. The pandemic has been very clarifying (and for me radicalising): we live in an economy, not a society. the Government has been a disaster area (entirely predictably - Johnson's history is well-known), yet continues to enjoy broad popularity while our hilariously corrupt media screams abuse at immigrants/China/trans people/black footballers/anti-racist campaigners/historians who attempt to study history/teachers/left-wing media (such as it is, and it isn't much) or whomever they decide might be due a two-minute hate. It's such classic divide-and-rule material it's almost insulting!

        What this - and the decision that we have to "live with Covid" will mean for people like me, who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, I'm not yet sure.

        I don't really welcome "debate" on this to be honest, but I needed a rant, and this is the forum I use the most.

        *Don't worry, I am already vain!**

        **Don't take me too seriously.

        Darebee forever! On we go. x

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          Nothing to say, but

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            Sorry to hear, my condolecences Stay strong and safe, i cant imagine how this situation as whole must feel :/ my best wishes to you sir!

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              I am sorry to hear about that loss. Wish I had more to offer!

              I think it's healthy to vent about politics (in measured doses). There's a ton I could write about my own city, so it's enlightening to read about someone's perspective regarding the UK's recent troubles, and know that we're in it together.

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                I'm sorry for your loss! Rant all you need to!

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                  Those types of situations are definitely a trigger for political rants for me, too. At least this is a safe forum. It’s your thread, so rant away. We’ve got your back

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                    My condolences for the loss of your friend.
                    As Dorothy said, it is your thread, so you should feel safe speaking your mind.

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                            Thank you everyone. x

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                              I'm sorry to hear about your friend Colin.

                              I feel in a similar boat with concern about the removal of restrictions and will continue wearing a mask, probably into next year. I hope Wales will be more sensible than Boris Johnson and Sajid Javid.

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