After graduating I immediately went on a family holiday – cruise around North Europe. They had a gym on board with head to toe windows covering one side of the wall, so the view was magnificent! Anyway although I hit the gym everyday with my brother, it was inevitable I would put weight on because we were eating five huge meals a day (that’s what all inclusive cruises do to you)!
When I came back to England I had a few days of hard training, but before I knew it I was offered a job as a fitness (and archery) instructor in America, working at a children’s summer camp. I took up this offer and spent the next two months, eating quite well and working out quite well. I was also on the whey protein, which is really cheap in wal-mart. I met some great guys at camp and we decided upon a road trip around America!
After ironing out a few problems, we were restricted to the west coast, which was still bloody amazing! But during our road trip we hit the gym twice in three weeks, but each session were long three hour sessions doing all over body work outs! It was the same deal when we returned the car and there was just two of us left backpacking.
So now I’m back in England and I’m finding it tough getting back into it. I went for a short run and was dead! I went back to my old long term club and was shattered after a short session and I can feel some of my old injuries coming back. Plus flexibility has gone down hill. With all these negative thoughts, it’s easy to give up but it’s tough to suck it up and put in even more effort to get back to the standard I was. I am determined to get there. I’ll keep you updated of how I progress!
In my opinion to become a great fighter (as well as building on the Triangle hypothesis: technique, power, and speed) you must be skilful in long , mid, and close-range combat and ground fighting.
By long combat I don’t mean metres away from you opponent using guns and ninja stars. Instead, I mean an adequate fighting distance, i.e. before someone invades your personal space. This often tends to be around two metres. Since, most people’s legs are longer than their arms, I suggest a kicking martial art (and obviously from my background), I recommend Tae kwon-do (TKD). One aspect of TKD is learning how to cover distance (by stepping behind, skipping, and jumping etc), which is ideal for long range combat.
For mid-range combat, legs may be ineffective, so I suggest the use of hands through Boxing. Boxing will not only improve your punching power, but agility and body movement.
My choice for close range is a mixture of Muay-Thai and Brazilian Ju Jitsu (BJJ). Once in your opponents comfort zone it’s important to strike as fast as possible without big lavish kicks and spins. Elbows and knees can be effective blunt tools of destruction. However, most close range fights get tied up in clinching or/and go to the floor. That is why I propose BJJ.
So to summarise, I recommend TKD, Boxing, Muay-Thai, and BJJ as key martial arts to learn in becoming a great all round fighter.
The physics behind three TKD kicks: side kick, back kick, and “tornado” kick.
A couple of weeks ago a bunch of friends and I were out for a mate’s birthday. We were talking about the gym (as alpha male guys do) and one guy said he could do 100 press ups, and still have energy to do more! Immediately I was sceptical and didn’t really believe it. He doesn’t have a bad physique but a 100 press ups is a lot! Anyway before we moved on to TGI Friday’s for our meal, he dropped down and started doing his “press ups”… as you can probably guess he had very bad form/technique. I can only describe what I saw as him “humping” the floor (to be fair if no-one has shown you the proper form how can you know what to do?). Anyway I stopped him and showed him the proper technique: arm’s locked, bum in line with your back, lowering yourself down to a fist’s height off the floor, back up to arm’s locked (and repeat).
During our meal the conversation carried on… he said that he could do 100 proper press ups before we broke up for Easter (three weeks away). I bet he couldn’t, so we agreed that if he did it, I would need to take my top off and do as many press ups as I could in the middle of our University campus during a peak time. If he failed, then he would need to do it.
There is one week to go, and from what I hear he is only managing 30 or so press ups 😀
Out of interest can any of you (the readers) do 100 press ups (keeping proper form)? I youTubed it and haven’t been too impressed.