Karate is a path of self discovery

In this brief video, filmed in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada for The Active City TV show, you’ll learn what karate is and where is comes from.

Karate is one of the World’s most popular martial arts. Modern …

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Introducing Paige Etheridge to the OSU! MAGAZINE Team !

OSU! MAGAZINE would like to introduce Paige Etheridge to the OSU!MAGAZINE team.Paige saw a Martial Arts commercial when she was a kid and instantly wanted to be a black belt. Her mother brought her to a Villari’s dojo and she was hooked. She achieved black belt after five and half years of training in this mixed system before MMA became popular. The day she earned it was the most painful but empowering day of her life. She trained in U.S. Goju, Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, Krav Maga, and a few other systems . Now she wants to give back to the community that gave her strength to say no to nay sayers, defend herself as well as those she loves, and chase her dreams.

The Myth of PEDs

Substance abuse leads to broken spirits. Anderson Silva failed both his pre-fight and post-fight drug tests. Fans of “The Spider” heart’s shattered as they watched their hero’s continued downfall. But this theme is far from new. Professional Martial Arts has been tainted by PEDS for some time now. It’s just Silva’s unveiled drug use, being the super star he was, hit the problem closer to home. Now the question is, will this be a repeating problem in the fighting sports?

In times past, society looked up to mythical heroes like Achilles and Odysseus. While they had personality flaws, physically they were nearly perfectly; their athletic feats still impossible by today’s standards. There were no PEDs in these stories, just natural ability and help from the gods.

 

In the modern days, society still look for heroes but rarely in myth. Now, these heroes are real life celebrities and athletes. Fans cream athletes for their physical and personal imperfections; despite that the athlete is often closer to perfection than the fan. Yet these physical performers still strive for more whether for their fans, themselves, or both. Training better is the obvious answer but that’s never enough; training doesn’t give someone that extra pizazz. So some athletes have turned to drugs hoping to get the edge they crave.

In mythical stories, heroes would be overcome by the influence of the gods, thus performing amazing feats and tackling seemingly unmountable physical tasks. We can almost say this is the purpose of PEDs for athletes; to become possessed by a larger power in order to fight better.

 

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Should Martial Artists be turning to a higher power instead? Many athletes already do, since the sport at it’s very core is highly spiritual. Turning to a grander force is guilt free with no negative side effects. There’s no health consequences and no honor is lost.

However, there’s another way to look at it.

Fighters win fights when they channel the spirit which binds all through trusting themselves. Again, in the ancient stories of battles and warriors, there were no PEDS. These heroes were able to achieve amazing things through tuning to this higher powers through themselves. They trusted they could do these things and thus achieved them. There was never any doubt for them in that regard; even without the gods’ blessing. That’s a better edge than any drug can give you. While these stories are fictional they show this truth; it’s a myth that athletes need PEDs to be great. Many Martial Artists have won their battles through their faith in themselves. No drug will ever guarantee a win in the ring, but self trust will.

by Paige Etheridge

Suspension Training by Brian Fernie

Once thought of as just a set of Olympic rings for gymnist, suspension training has seen a huge demand recently especially amongest fighters.

Suspension systems are not new, they are not for the elite, with a bit of practice they can be mastered. There are various types of suspension systems around; my team have been using one format or another since 2005 to great success both with fighters and members.
You are probably asking what is suspension training and who can or how do I use it?

The modern term suspension training is coined from the company Fitness Anywhere who invented the TRX (Randy Hetrick a former US Navy seal is considered the originator of the TRX)however as we mentioned suspension training in the form of rope training and gymnastic rings have been around for 100’s of years.

Suspension training is a form of resistance training that also includes bodyweight exercises where the body is moved through a variety of multi-planar, compound exercises,. The aim is to develop strength, balance, flexibility, and joint stability simultaneously.

Suspension training does require a general level of fitness for anyone wishing to use and progress safely with these systems, as there is pressure placed on stabilizing muscle groups which tend to be ignored by the public in general.
Is suspension training good for fighters, YES! As a fighter suspension training should be incorporated into your training programme on a regular basis. Benefits of this type of training include

1. Improved coordination
2. Improved balance
3. Improved muscular strength
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5. Improved plyometrics
6. Improved power
7. Increase in energy levels
8. Improved flexibility
9. Improved body composition
10. Improved stability

What more could you ask for from one piece of equipment.
On the market you will find many different variations of suspension systems, the difficulty is in knowing which one is best for your needs.

Price wise there is not much difference between each of them, below is the three main types used at T.O.D Combat
Air Fit Trainer- possibly the best suspension system on the market, the easy to use sling straps allow for various level and body position changes without your hands or feet leaving the slings. The slings allow for kicks, punches, knees, clinches, throws, holds, core work, lateral, rotational movements and much more….. down side needs 10f height clearance for proper use. Suited for all types of user.

War Machine- popularized by crossfit users around the world, the war machine is another great system which allows for a full body functional workout, downside is that you need further attachments for certain types of work such as clinches, throws etc. this system is best suited for intermediate to advanced users.

TRX- another good system this time on a fixed mount whereas the others are on rational mounts. The TRX allows for a full body workout but is limited for stability and rotational usage owing to the fixed mount. The straps limit usage to certain foot sizes, 11 and above may struggle to use the straps, however the newer versions are supposed to have increased strap sizes to allow for bigger feet.

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Try out the following basic circuits on each of the systems; ensure an adequate warm up is completed prior to the start of any training.

Air Trainer
Met Con circuit 5 minute round 30 seconds on 15 rest, AMRAP (as many reps as possible)
1. Suspended GI rows
2. Squats
3. Crucifix press up
4. Single leg squat jumps
5. Knee tucks
6. Hamstring curls
7. Skiers
8. Hello dolly’s

Repeat as desired

War Machine

Ton up- 10 reps of each exercise= 100 reps 1 minute rest after the set is complete, then repeat
1. Chest press
2. Chest press with rotation
3. Power thrust
4. Power thrust and rotation
5. Inverted chest press
6. Flutter kicks
7. Suspended Crunch
8. Donkey Kick
9. Hanging climbers
10. Pull Ups (locked mode)

Repeat sets as desired

TRX
Tabbatta circuit- 4 minute round, 20 seconds on 10 seconds rest.
1. One leg burpees to jab cross (r)
2. Inverted v sits
3. One leg burpee to jab cross (l)
4. Seesaws
5. Single leg lunge to knee strike (r)
6. Stir the pot
7. Single leg lunge to knee strike (l)
8. Suspended hand clap press ups

Repeat sets as desired

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Some words from Tsukamoto Sensei 塚本徳臣

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When we reflect and fell down, the clouds around our hearts disappear.
When we trained too much and are in pain, we discover new techniques.
When we have muscle pain, our muscles are becoming bigger.

When ever we are growing, we are hurting in many ways. But it’s because we are hurting and suffering that we grow!

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It’s not about what you did.
It’s about FOR what you did it.
For what.

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Not people living their lives like looking down from a gentle slope.
But people who have decided to continue climbing a steep cliff through their lifetimes. This kind of people I want to produce in my dojo.

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Pictures by Kazuo Fukuchi

Collages by me

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European Shinkyokushin Karate Championships – UPDATE

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There will be online broadcasting: eurokaratechamps.eu/live/

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The great Olympic dream

The organizers of the 2015 European Shinkyokushin Karate Championships are members of the World Karate Organization (WKO). For many years, the WKO has been making strenuous efforts to include full contact karate as an olympic sport for the first time in history during the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

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Introducing Brian Fernie to the OSU! MAGAZINE Team

OSU! MAGAZINE would like to introduce Brian Fernie to the blog team.

Brian is a well respected coach, Master Trainer (BWK), Sports conditioning coach and MMA CSCC and educator within the fitness industry, he has trained everyone from busy mums to professional and elite athletes covering a wide variety of sports from running, football to MMA and more.

A former soldier, police officer, security contractor and a reasonable level athlete himself he understands the need for straight forward thinking and talking when it comes to delivering results, he has been involved in martial arts for a number of years from traditional karate to kickboxing.
His approach to training has seen a huge client base of athletes and celebrities stay with him for years,

he is the author of numerous articles which have been published in leading magazines and has written numerous books on fitness related matters.

Check out his other published books:

Run Coach (can be read as a stand alone book covering all aspects of running, specifically written to accompany the certified Run Coach course run by Brian) available on Kindle for Amazon

Kettlebell Instructor (can be read as a stand alone book for all levels, specifically written for the certified Kettlebell instructor course run by Brian ) available on Kindle for Amazon

Pre-hab for athletes – using tried and tested techniques this book covers prehabilitation utilising everyday balls such as Tennis, squash and golf balls for all levels of fitness. Available on Kindle for Amazon. (Soon)

Centurion Fit bodyweight warrior workouts for combat sports available direct from the author

Fitness fast– a book covering all levels of fitness and giving nutrition advice and detailed sessions. Available on kindle for Amazon (February 2015)

visit his websites:

www.tod-coaching.co.uk
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Strength and Movement for MMA by Brian Fernie

The word strength sends panic and fear into many an athlete and conjures up the stereotypical pumped up steroid junkie or strongman athlete.

This is far from what strength and conditioning really means and various people have quoted what it means, however lets break each of the two elements down

Strength or absolute strength–is the greatest amount of total force anyone individual can generate

Conditioning– can best be described as the specific demands of the sport which in turn refers to the S.A.I.D principal Specific adaptations to imposed demands

So what is movement ?

quite simply

Movement – The ability to move the body through the pillars of movement in a multi directional plane

It is important that you as a fighter understand the needs of strength in your movement patterns, this will ensure that you are prepared for any situation thrown at you.

Let’s have a quick look at the five pillars of functional human movement which is a natural thing for anyone.

Pull – the ability to pull something towards yourself
Push – the ability to push something away from you
Level change – squats, get ups, get downs, drop,
Locomotion – crawl, walk, run, swim
Rotation- swing, strike (any form of twisting action)

In order to achieve greater strength in movement of any type we need to add a variable such as a weight to ensure that we have some form of resistance to work against

We have found a sandbag is one of the best counter balance for promoting strength and movement functionally.

Sandbags come in various forms and have a variety of names and range in prices and weights.

Powerbags
Bison bags
X bags
Battle bags
Bulgarian bags
DVRT sandbags

1. Clean and press 2.over head squat
3. Rotational lunges 4. snatches
5. Slams 6. Squat jumps
7. Bent over row 8. anyhow get ups

Try the exercises along with a power matrix set which will add in power endurance to the workout.

Brian is a well respected coach, Master Trainer (BWK), Sports conditioning coach and MMA CSCC and educator within the fitness industry, he has trained everyone from busy mums to professional and elite athletes covering a wide variety of sports from running, football to MMA and more.

A former soldier, police officer, security contractor and a reasonable level athlete himself he understands the need for straight forward thinking and talking when it comes to delivering results, he has been involved in martial arts for a number of years from traditional karate to kickboxing.
His approach to training has seen a huge client base of athletes and celebrities stay with him for years,

he is the author of numerous articles which have been published in leading magazines and has written numerous books on fitness related matters.

Check out his other published books

Run Coach (can be read as a stand alone book covering all aspects of running, specifically written to accompany the certified Run Coach course run by Brian) available on Kindle for Amazon

Kettlebell Instructor (can be read as a stand alone book for all levels, specifically written for the certified Kettlebell instructor course run by Brian ) available on Kindle for Amazon

Pre-hab for athletes – using tried and tested techniques this book covers prehabilitation utilising everyday balls such as Tennis, squash and golf balls for all levels of fitness. Available on Kindle for Amazon. (Soon)

Centurion Fit- bodyweight warrior workouts for combat sports available direct from the author

Fitness fast- a book covering all levels of fitness and giving nutrition advice and detailed sessions. Available on kindle for Amazon (February 2015)

visit his websites

www.tod-coaching.co.uk
www.todcombat.com