I’m back!

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!

Charity TV advert for Help for Heroes

A few posts a go, you may remember me mentioning a varsity charity kickboxing fight night (Bath VS Loughborough Uni). This post continues on from Being a star for a day, by showing you the final TV ad! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dStuXQoLZHE

They did shoot a lot more footage but things get cut, oh well I still get my two seconds of fame! I’m surprised by the amount of people who that quick glimpse! Watch out for it on all most TV channels (so far it has been seen on Sky One, BBC1, ITV, and Channel 4).

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.