I'm getting back into training after a long child rearing hiatus. Yesterday I went to my first sparring session at the Muay Thai club I've joined. It was great fun, the guys were friendly and took it easy on my out of shape carcass. I think I acquitted myself well, but two things struck me that were interesting. 1. It's funny what habits stick with you through years of inactivity. I kept wanting to spinning kick people, an old habit from my Taekwondo training. I also kept dropping my lead hand to block leg kicks a la Shotokan. This is funny because the last art I trained regularly was kungfu where I replaced both those habits, but it was the shortest training period of the three. The spinning back kicks were fairly effective at least. 2. Thai boxers creep up on you and I'm not used to dealing with that in gloved sparring. Because of the slow creeping advance it can be very hard to get them to over-extend or chase and so the fight ends up up close and brutal very often. At least when the fighter is a similar size as me. There were not many distance manipulation opportunities with the bigger guys. I wonder if with gloves the threat of injury is less of a deterrent or if it's just the Thai way to keep moving forward. Anyway, there's not really a question here, but any comments or advice are welcome. Any other getting back to training stories, or fight habit observations too.