Just like old school...
I remember being a little kid and watching boxing matches on TV. They would have the heavyweight championships on at night, and usually they went for 15 three minute rounds. These fights typically ended sooner, but on occasion they would go for the full 15. By then the fighters were usually just laying on each other and nothing was happening. Back to this in a moment.
I had a rotten day yesterday for a variety of reasons. I was tired, and not really interested in going to the gym, but I dragged my butt in there. I am glad I did. About 20 minutes into my strength circuit, all of the stress and sh1t of the day started to melt away. As I was huffing and puffing, my mind became clear and was working on the task at hand. It was really amazing. If you don't currently exercise, you should start - it will help you with a lot of things. But enough preaching.
Afterward there was a smattering of fighters looking for training. There was an odd man out so I stepped in for some body boxing. I clashed knees with a guy and OUCH did that hurt. It put both of us down for a minute. I am none the worse for wear though. I just figured it was a continuation of my crappy day. Then I received instructions to hold pads for one of our pro MT fighters. We only have a couple pro MT guys. It was great. We went 5 three minute rounds. Then I held for an amateur for four rounds, a different amateur for three and then a pro for four. A total of 15 three minute rounds holding pads, and I took one round off somewhere in the middle as a break. I was pretty damned tired. Everyone was very complimentary of my pad holding. It is clear that I am the very best in the gym holding pads. I haven't seen what other gyms have going on, but I would wager that I am one of the best pad holders in the state at this point. I should video one of my sessions sometime.
In curriculum, we are going through a mind bending blizzard of combos and techniques and I am not fully grasping them all. The only good news is that I am not the only one. The stuff we are doing is very advanced - and I hear this from guys that have been at the gym much longer than myself. I still am TOO TIGHT - I need to relax a lot more when sparring and running my techniques. That is the magic pill - the correct balance between strength and technique. I am still too afraid of getting hit and need to work on my techniques more. I should just let my defenses come instead of getting so tightly wound. It will happen.