Thurday night at my Krav Maga class we practiced rolls and breakfalls. Now, most of the things we do in class are either new to me, or so different to my previous martial arts experience that my old habits just mess me up.
But breakfalls and rolls? Yep: can do those. Granted, it's been about ten years -- but I took a semester of Judo, and two semesters of Aikido -- and all you do in those styles are throw and be thrown. So, a fair amount of practice. :)
We started out by doing rear breakfalls -- like these:
And we spent 10-15 minutes doing them.
My hands were getting kinda sore -- but I kept going. They were especially sore around here:
Then, the next thing we did in class was practicing escapes from wrist grabs. But the funny thing was, I couldn't grip with any strength with my right hand! The pad of my hand -- the circled part -- is basically the thumb muscle. So I could grab with my fingers -- but not my thumb.
It felt better the next day, though -- and by Sunday it felt fine.
But today is Monday -- and for some reason I was looking down at my hands at work, and I noticed this weird bruise:
(It was difficulty to get a good photograph of it. It's more obvious in person.)
I don't think I've ever had a bruise like that. Also, a little weird: the **palm** of my hand was sore -- and yet the "web" gets the bruise. Kinda like bumping your nose, and then ending up with a black eye.