Category Archives: Tae kwon-do

GTI Fight Club/Squad Training/Competition Improvement?!

So I’ve been tasked with bringing back GTI (Global Taekwondo International) Fight Club/Squad Training/Competition Improvement – not sure what to call it yet as:

  • Fight Club sounds a bit thuggish (and cliche with that awesome film with Brad Pitt)
  • Squad Training sounds elitist and may intimidate others from training
  • Need something along the lines of what it is like Competition Improvement (but that sounds rubbish)… let me know if you have any ideas!
I’m a little apprehensive but excited at the prospect of heading it up and I’ve got the full backing of the committee which is great.  I guess it’ll be a good test for me to see if I can put on a quality sparring session with them all there and show them and everyone my vision for the team.

Losing weight

So the day if the PUMA Black Belt World Championships finally arrives…

Sparring has been scarce due to working in London and I think this has contributed to me not being able to cut weight as easily. I was at 83kg and only had to lose 2kg in 3weeks, which ive done more than before. I haven’t been able to this time so its resulted in a 24hr fast before weigh in. Man I’m hungry!

Just checked the scales and I’m 79.5kg, boo yeah! I wouldn’t recommend fasting, eating better and increasing the cardio is much healthier! My pee/urine is yellow and I do feel dehydrated. Oh well, since my division is not competing until tomorrow; its time to eat and drink lots :-)

Good luck to all that are fighting this weekend!

General Update & New Years Resolution

Apologies for leaving this blog unattended to – to be honest I had almost forgotten about it, but thanks to an interesting comment by Yakattack, I’ve made it my New Years Resolution to keep this updated more often.

Since my last update in October 2009, I was peer pressured into competing in a full contact kickboxing match for my university.  Having come back from four months in America (on a rubbish diet), I was a bit dubious.  To cut a long story short, three weeks is not enough time to prep for a fight, which resulted in me breaking my jaw.  
I didn’t realise my jaw was broken until four hours later when the adrenaline had died down and the pain started to kick in.  It turns out my jaw was fractured in three places, from just one punch!  I had surgery where two metal plates were put in and my teeth wired, to keep it all in place.  Three months later (~March 2010) there’s no cosmetic damage and I’m back in training :)

Soon after that I spent three months in Italy working as a graphic designer, unfortunately no training and an Italian high carb diet meant I started to gain the wrong kind of weight.  Following a few days back in the UK, I flew off to Mexico and travelled around Central America for two months (again, no training).

I’ve been back in the UK since September and have been training at my old Tae kwon-do club, where training seems to have gotten easier – I enjoy a session where I get to work up a good sweat!  I entered a few competitions in November, which showed me I had a long way to go to get back up to my “peak”.  

December/January is always a bit light on the training front, but rest assured I will be training hard once Christmas/New Year celebrations die away.

Martial Arts for Martial Artists

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.