For a place in the final!

Nancy tells us about the evolution of her championship …

«Back on the qualifying tournament for the French Elite Championship of French Boxing Savate, which was held on February 16 and 17 in Marseille.

In the previous topic I exposed you the modalities of the trainings to prepare this deadline. In addition to the training itself, there are other essential elements in the competitive objective. I am going to talk to you about an essential point, weighing!

Indeed, in combat sports such as this, we register for competitions in a weight class (Rooster for me from 48 to 52 kilo). Food is in essence a factor of performance as in any sport, here is added another imperative. The competitor has the obligation to maintain weight! It is not possible to take part to the competition if it is below or above the weight of the category. So, the first step to go before getting into the ring is the balance. All competitors are weighed before the fighting. If the boxer is above the weight, he has one hour to lose the “surplus” and be entitled to a second weigh, after this time, if it is not the weight, it is disqualification.

Once this step is over, comes the time of the medical check. After that, we wait for the gates of passage, that is, the order of the fights and the name of our opponents. All these waiting moments do experience your patience, but it’s part of the game …

There, we can begin to plan the warm-up (C.f. course of Mr. Cramet on the multiple interests of the warm-up). It is necessary to find the right measure, not to warm up too much that is to say, not to have burned all its energy ahead of the combat but also, to be ready in time in case the order of the fights is modified due to KO. This issue of warm-up and recovery is crucial in tournaments because we have to play several fights in the weekend. I was in a pool of four, I had two fights on Saturday and one on Sunday. I needed at least two victories to qualify.

The first fight was intense. My opponent had a very offensive boxing. In French boxing the shots are very codified and the notion of distance is fundamental. The kicks are said to be “armed” and must respect this famous “distance” in particular not to hit with the shin but only with the foot. I boxed against, or by letting it begin to develop its attacks to use against it by stopping with punches in fists and feet. I won this first fight.

I had almost three hours to prepare the next one. I used it in four steps: Active recovery at low intensity; Maximum re-hydration because you lose a lot of water and nutrients in these intense efforts and take a small snack but not more, because you have to take into account the digestion time to optimize the next effort; Total rest including massage; Warming up.

The second fight was very engaged. My opponent had a good English, that is to say that she knew how to use her fist techniques. We can say that we had a “beautiful war”. I made the difference thanks to the fist combinations. I won this second fight.

After this victorious day, I was qualified for the 1/2 final. Sunday’s fight was not optional but would determine my place in the pool and the opponent I meet in 1/2. So, despite the satisfaction of the victories there was no question of relaxing. After the “return to calm”, the ice bath was necessary to leave as “fresh” as possible the next morning, then stretching and relaxing massage.

Sunday morning, third fight. My opponent, she is not yet qualified for the 1/2. This fight was very disputed. My opponent finished trade better than me. On the “to you to me”, once in three she has put the shot over. She wins this last fight.

The 1/2 will take place on rounds of five times two minutes of work with always a minute of rest between rounds. The preparation was therefore different from that of the tournament. The strategy has taken more space. The work of power and undermining will be more fruitful with the lengthening of the number of rounds.

To be continued…