Monday, March 31, 2014

Samurai Girl's guide to the Martial Arts: Humble Pie - Asking for support for advanced train...

Samurai Girl's guide to the Martial Arts: Humble Pie - Asking for support for advanced train...: Wow. I can't believe it's been almost a year since I last posted. I can't even begin to explain how many things have changed. ...





Support Tiffani! She is working hard to be great and I personally think that we should always support these kinds of aspirations.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Starting up my posts again

Okay, I have not been posting consistently but I am trying to get back in the habit. So, I will start again with my most recent workout.

Tabata x3

Warm up - Some jumping jacks, incline pushups, etc...

Pushups - 20 seconds of pushups as fast as I can do them and still be in good form followed by 10 seconds of rest for a total of 8 rounds.
Squats - Same.
Situps - Same.

Cool down - A few Kata and walking for about 5 to 10 minutes. 

I have started working on a few projects again also... a fictional story, again on my martial arts book, and also on some things for work and personal development. This is just to name a few of my projects. I will try to post my progress on those things as well. Although to be truly successful I feel like I should cut my projects down to only one or two at a time. Too many at once and I may never get anything done.

If you get a chance to try the workout listed above, I would love to hear your feedback.  Good or bad.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Axistence Athletics

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Borrowed from Axistence Athletics. Click to check them out!


Okay, I am finally back on the wagon. That is to say, I am working out again. I admit I took a break to re-evaluate a few things but Tiffani found a gym here in Denver that is second to none.

Axistence Athletics is an amazing place run by two of the best trainers I have worked with in a long time. Ryan and Dan have both got a wealth of knowledge from a lifetime dedicated to movement.  I think between the two of them they have something like 50 years of knowledge in the subject of exercise science. That includes personal experience and the trial and error needed to really know what it is to take care of their students.

To get more details about what they teach, their certifications, etc...go to their website and take a look. It will do a great job of telling you all about their focus and backgrounds.  Axistence Athletics


A key experience so for me so far: I have always had a real problem with Deadlifts. This is an exercise that is best explained by someone other than myself. Squats I can teach. Deadlifts are something I have never done right. In the high school weight room I am sure the coach was just trying to make sure that the boys in his class were not going to kill themselves. In the Crossfit gyms I have attended, one coach thought it was more of a social hour and another always gave vague and unhelpful advise. All of these left me with a pain in my lower back that was enough to keep me from working out for days if not weeks.  My mistakes have always been left uncorrected.

As an example of how great it is to work with these guys. I went in for our workout yesterday. Dan was our coach and one of the exercises for the day was Deadlift. Immediately I thought. Erg, I am not good at those. But having faith in the gym and in Tiffani's recommendation I gave it my all anyway. But again I asked questions. Because this gym is different, I got a different response than I was expecting. I was lead step by step through the Deadlift. Not just the proper posture but also which muscles that should be engaged.

When I told Dan that I am still feeling a lot of weight in my lower back (which is not comfortable and also not an uncommon mistake.) Dan had us set our weights aside for a moment and perform another exercise that put emphasis on the Gluteus Maximus. (The muscles that make up your behind, in case you didn't know.) With the emphasis placed on the correct muscle groups we went back to the Deadlift and it was a night and day difference. That is the first time I have ever done a Deadlift with little to no tension in my low back. It was AMAZING! Perhaps this sounds like a simple thing to fix to most of you but if so, how come in 40 years of trying to be fit I have never had anyone help me and within minutes fix a problem I have had wrong for a lifetime?

This is what these guys do. If you have a problem, they will walk you through the fix. Their focus on safety, functionality, and steady improvement to performance is exactly what I have been looking for in a gym.



Whether you are already athletic and want to take you workout to the next level, have never been fit,   or if you have had a long break from fitness and need to get back into things this is the best place to go. Do not waste your time with the other gyms in Denver.

And on top of everything else, these guys just like to get moving. They have a snow shoeing class this weekend that I for one have wanted to do that for years. I will not be able to make this one but I will be watching closely for the next. They run a variety of fun activities throughout the year, including prep classes for things like the Tough Mudder and other obstacle course type races.

Check out their website. I hope I see you in class soon.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Joint Lock DVD by Rory Miller

Rory Miller and I had a discussion about joint locks and how to teach them in a manner better done than the mainstream does now. I have taught joint locks for many years and the material he presented in the seminar demonstrated a much more efficient method of conveying joint lock application. People with little or no experience with joint locks were reproducing joint locks without direction (and considered advanced by some schools) within an hour or the beginning of the session.

It was very impressive and because it was all done in a safe, "martial playtime" environment I am certain that the people in the seminar came away with a glimpse into knowledge that took me years to learn. (Totally not fair by the way...)

This is the material covered during that seminar and although I have not viewed the DVD material yet myself Rory Miller has my utmost respect and I strongly recommend this DVD to everyone that wishes to learn or improve their joint lock techniques.

Joint Locks by Rory Miller

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

My Day (May 14th)

I have decided I am going to post some of my workouts. They will not seem terribly hard much of time but with a busy schedule and limited time to actually workout I am just happy I am getting any time in at all.

Today I started my morning with this workout:

  • 50 sword cuts with a Suburito (heavy practice sword)
  • Pinan Shodan x5
  • Line Drills
    • Round house kick x50
    • Front kick x50
    • Side kick x50
    • Lunge punches x30
    • Down blocks x30
    • Knife hand strike x30
  • Tetsubo Yokomenuchi x20 (16# bar)
This evening I will be teaching class for two hours.  The first hour is helping some students work on some self defense techniques for another school.  The second hour I will be working with my students to drill some techniques in preparation for testing.  Don't tell any of them.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Studying Kung Fu in Shanghai

I would like to thank the Longwu Kung Fu school for allowing me to come in a study in their classes during my recent visit to Shanghai. A small fee to come try a class and I was able to participate in a Wushu and a Wing Chun class. 

The instructors were very knowledgeable and both seemed to be really good with their students. Having something of a familiarity with the martial arts I can tell when someone is teaching garbage and both of the gentlemen I worked with knew their material VERY well.

I will be honest, I did not explain my martial arts background.  Partially because I am very out of practice but also because I didn't want them treating me like anything but a beginner.  (Which in those two arts I am anyway.)

Anyway it was great fun and if I am ever on a job back in Shanghai I will definitely be going back to the school to continue my study.  I apologize for not getting my instructors names, it didn't occur to me till later than I should do that.  I did manage to get one picture with the Wing Chun instructor but missed the opportunity to get one with the Wushu instructor.


Monday, April 15, 2013

Joint Manipulation Video

Okay, well it is made.  I dislike seeing myself on video but it was for fun and hopefully as we practice we will get better at putting this kind of video together.

Gotta start somewhere I guess.

Anyway, enjoy.

Youtube Video Link