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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Article: High Tension Techniques


Secrets to boost your heavy lifts.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Post Fight Recap

Had my pankration fight today and my opponent bowed out at 175lb advanced class. So I ended up fighting a really big 187lb fighter. I weighed in at 172.5 so there was nearly a 15lb weight difference!
The head of the competition offered me a refund or he said I could fight this guy. I didn't go there to lose.
This was a true test for me. (note: advanced means that you have been doing pankration for at least 24months--I started in march of this year)
Right from the start I asserted myself landing a lot of quick switch kicks and ended up putting him to the ground with a couple of brutal clinch knees (the referee should have given me a TKO right then but instead gave the guy about 30 seconds to recover). My opponent was definitely physically intimidating at his size (Taller and more muscular) but I was physically dominant during the fight and my clinch was very strong. To his credit he was a great wrestler and took me down a few times but I was able to reverse him powerfully (I credit strong hip and core strength).
In the end I had done a lot more damage and the final straw was throwing him into the judges table and landing a solid kick to his ribs while he was down. Ultimately I am grateful for the mishap because I was more challenged fighting a bigger, faster opponent.
I think my strength and conditioning played a huge part in my victory.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Fight Details: August 22nd

The National Guard Armory
7401 Mesa College Dr.
San Diego, Ca 92111
From 6:00 AM To 8:00 AM

I'll be doing the advanced Pankration tournament at noon. Come check it out, should be a good time.
Nothing worthy of posting regarding training. Mostly resting and hitting the pads/heavy bag lightly along with some mobility and Z drills, don't want to burn out before fight.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Lots of mobility and Z drills today

Box jumps @ 40" x 8 x 3 sets

Goblet Squat @ 24kg superset with corrective drills and hip flexor stretch.

Burpee+Pullup Combo x 100
I started with 5 on the minute and then pushed a little harder toward the end to finish in a little under 18 minutes.
This sucked.

Later in the day ran sprints barefoot
10 x 80m
then Hit the heavy bag for 30 minutes
Good day, going to take the lifting easy tomorrow and focus on striking.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The necessity of relaxation.
I've been training hard for a while for all of my athletic endeavors and it's important to recognize when you need a break. Physically and mentally.
So that's what I've been doing this past week. Nothing crazy but I've been eating whatever I want (nothing too bad) and exercising how I want. Mostly just playing. Don't get complacent, but don't overstress yourself, it's counterproductive.
I also notched a deck of casino cards, never done that before. Looks like a shark bite to me.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Taking the week off...sort of.

This week is a good off week, but I wanted to make sure I use my time wisely..
Here's what I've been doing...
Airborne Lunges (essentially a single leg squat with non-working leg behind you.
Z drills, Joint mobility
KB swings
Hitting the heavy bag
Next week I'll ramp back up again, but this is a great place to be during my rest week.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Fight Recap

I won my fight on friday night. Here's how it went down...
The commission was an hour and a half late so there was a delay--no big deal.
My opponent, after watching me warm up, requested that the rules be changed to allow headgear and shin guards. --I was not happy about this.
I protested but the athletic commission cannot force a fighter to fight even if he had agreed beforehand. So I was forced to wear headgear but not shinguards--he wore both. There was fear in his eyes.
The fight begins and I throw a knee to the chest and we clinch up and trade a few knees. I nearly throw him out-of-bounds trying to throw a slingshot knee. My opponent throws a few kicks at my head that I block with my elbow. A minute and 10 seconds in to the fight he throws a right kick that I check with my shin and immediately follow with a left kick to his body, right cross, left hook angled upward and knock him out. With headgear. Everything feels good and I'm looking forward to fighting again.
I feel like my conditioning was good although the fight wasn't long enough for it to be truly tested. Taking the week "off" but I'll do some light kettlebell work.