Monday, September 21, 2015

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Fight camp 2: It's already over

I stick with the plan also this week... but there will be no fight. Sadly it seems the promoter was looking for more experienced fighters so after a week of silence and another week of procrastination we have been all cut. That was quick.

Any way tomorrow I'll step in to the gym again, grinding, kicking and punching. The old way.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

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Fight camp week 1

  • Strength and conditioning session: done
  • Kick boxing sessions: 2 in a week: I did not make it on Saturday afternoon
  • Running: 2 as planned... next week I will start with the hill sprints 
Overall: Good!

Friday, September 11, 2015

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Got a fight! A 30 day fight camp

My coach was able to find me a match in an international promotion.
I do not know yet who my opponent  will be but I have 30 days to prepare.
I 'm going to start in good shape: this summer I continued working out and a few weeks ago
I also started a strict diet. But first things first.
I'm trapped in the middle between two weight categories. The -70 KG and -74 KG. I weigh 72 KG.
Now the only time I tried to go below 70 was a massacre because from my 1.9 mt tall I'm  already at the limit with lean mass. The option is to become ...bigger. 
But develop two kilograms of muscle mass is not minor achievement . Especially if you are
38 years old and do not have time to go to the gym to lift weights. The original plan was to follow a 
"Bodyweight" program targeted muscle hypertrophy associated with a super "zone diet" of  17 blocks.
But now the plan has changed. I do not have time to grow: I have to focus on the cardio and
conditioning. Three kickboxing workouts per week, two running / hill sprints / tabata workouts and a
specific training and conditioning session. All with a specific program for static and dynamic stretching.
I realize that I'm putting a lot on the table, but this is also my first serious match and know that fights are won and lost
before they take place. I will report the progress with a weekly report
specific resources with the material found. Stay tuned! 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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Losing sucks.. maybe...

“If the systems involved in energy production can generate ATP (the fuel your muscles run on) fast enough and for long enough, then you have good conditioning. If they can’t…well then you gas out”
– Joel Jamieson, Ultimate MMA Conditioning

I decided to challenge myself by enrolling at the national championships. It was a decision which I thought long and hard. Then I discussed with my coach and he agreed that I was ready and I had some aces in my sleeve. I trained rigorously, both technically and in terms of fitness and nutrition. I must admit that the days before the match I was very anxious. Not afraid to lose, but to lose face, as Thais say. In fact I was eliminated in the first round. The match was three rounds. In the first round, by all accounts (even the coach of my opponents) have dominated. But midway through the second round I started not being able to pull shots clearly. In the third round I was a horrible moving target (and not so mobile). Going down the ring I felt terrible. I felt that I had let my coach, my friends and training partners. I could not, and still can not, understand how it happened. I devoted a significant part of my Strength training and conditioning with sprint hill twice a week. And progress has seemed remarkable. I did not imagine I could be more ready than that on the physical plane. But I was wrong. I will continue to think about what may have gone wrong, what I eat or not eat. The only consolation the guy who defeated me won the tournament: it is not the first time that happens. It 'a consolation and also my coach says that since I gave him a hard time for half of the match I would have been able to compete with opponents of the semifinals and the finals. A good aspect of martial arts you can lose against someone but from then on, your opponent is just another person with the same interests and then become his supporter. Would you want him to win, because if you have been defeated at least want to think it was the best of all to do so. So as I try to shed light on the reasons for this loss I also see that in the end I was not out of place. I belonged to that tournament. I have seen with the most talented and I come out after all head on. And this leads me only to do more. Not only in training but in all fields of life. Sure train more, but also work harder, study more, love more live longer.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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Stretching the hard way ( episode 1)

Courtesy of deviant art
This is part 1 of a serie of post about stretching.

Is stretching part of your workout program? You know Stretching is a fundamental part in the practice of martial arts?
Yes you know it, but let's face is: stretching is boring.
Almost all courses of Martial Arts and Combat Sports have parts dedicated to stretching.
Stretching it is an important work for any type of sport, from running to athletics, from team sports to individual ones essential for martial arts.
This discipline is basically defined as stretching:  the lengthening of muscles that allows us to achieve the important objectives,
including the prevention of injuries and tendon of the same muscles, thus avoiding strains and sprains (and kicking other people in the face).
Stretching actually gives us a good maintenance over time muscle work during training that we do every session in the gym, in a nutshell greatly improves the efficiency of the sport in general.
The work of muscle stretching helps us to relax the muscle fibers, consequently reduces general stress, improves our neuromuscular condition, relieves pains especially at the level of the spine, also increases the ability to manage your breathing, so you can use as cheaply and efficiently as possible.
A good practitioner, a good fighter must not neglect this aspect, indeed must put it on par with the work of strengthening and technique, since it is closely linked to them.
The techniques of "soft" martial arts require muscle elasticity that only with a good and continuous work of stretching can be achieved;
 in fact acting on the joints, improving the degree of mobility and range of motion thereby creating a situation of better dynamism that involve the whole body.
Pairing intense workouts and accurate stretching develops and improves flexibility, another key point for our beloved disciplines; flexibility and efficiency depends on the characteristics of each joint, the level of coordination and elastic capacity of the muscles ligaments and tendons.

Breathing also plays a fundamental role, but also to manage only a combination to hitting or packed even in the work for muscle stretching is important to control the mechanism of the same;
it is important to breathe slowly and in a relaxed way trying to exhale when the muscle is lengthening, the best way is to take air from the nose, expanding the abdomen through the diaphragm, holding the air for a few seconds, then exhale slowly through the nose and mouth.

During breathing the diaphragm should work without any particular effort, alternating a contraction phase to a phase of relaxation; this alternation allows both the parts necessary oxygen and carbon dioxide in order to carry out our training is a better blood circulation.
So to put it simple: don't hold your breath while you are stretching or you end up to hold your breath while sparring / fighting too!

In the next episode of " stretching the hard way": "Stretch the right muscles"

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