Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Kettlebell Class Starting soon in Richmond

RiverCity Physical Culture and Crossfit RVA are teaming up to offer another 6 week course in kettlebell lifting for beginners.

I am always asked, "what will we learn?"

Well, here's a quick preview:

There will of course be plenty more, but rest assured, if you come in a beginner you will leave with excellent technique in all of the basics, especially the swing, clean and jerk, press and windmill! More than enough to send you well on your way to becoming an unstoppable killing machine. Just like Fedor.

Monday, February 25, 2008

The Snatch

Please enjoy some of the greatest moments in Snatch History;

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Clean and Jerk

From 'LiftUp'. A little view of some of the best Clean and Jerks from World competitions. Be Sure to view Naim Suleymanoglu's (often known as 'pocket hercules') 1988 Gold Medal and World Record taking 190kg Clean and Jerk at a bodyweight of 60kg. Not only is that over 3 times bodyweight, that's about 420lbs overhead at about 132lbs. Not bad...

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Coming Soon!

Kettlebell basics!

Another six week course covering the following, in excruciating (you'll love it, or love to hate it) detail:

the Swing

the Clean

the Jerk

the Snatch

the Front Squat

The Windmill and the Turkish Get up!

Come in a total beginner, and walk out a stud. I promise!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Another Ronda Post!

The following are some recent highlights from Ronda Rousey (USA 70kg) in major competitions. Many of my readers are most likely involved primarily with BJJ, and may not be that familiar with IJF style judo. I will try to add a few notes.

This link is the finals of the World Championships. First, an American woman hasn't really been in the finals of the worlds in a LONG time, so that alone is noteworthy. After taking the silver at the World's, Ronda became the 3rd or 4th ranked female in the world in the 70kg (under 154lbs) weight class. Her opponent Gevrise Emaine is also very highly ranked. It is a long match, going to decision. Gevrise scores on Ronda early, and Ronda is forced to press an attack she struggles to make the entire remaining 4 minutes. In the final minute, and especially 30 seconds, it becomes clear that Emaine is simply running from Ronda to ensure she wins by the substantial points lead she has gained (2 yukos, one koka... minor scores) She is penalized for doing so, but not enough to give Ronda any chance of winning.

here again, Ronda loses by a minor score in decision. This time, in Japan, amongst a clearly enthusiastic (for their home-town girl) crowd, and perhaps biased judges, she loses to a very questionable o uchi gari that has her landing on her shoulder and chest.

at the junior worlds, her skill amongst a slightly lower echelon of competitors is starkly clear. That's Jimmy Pedro's o uchi maki komi, and it works! 4 seconds to win the title of best under 18 in the world. Not long after she placed 9th in the 2004 Olmypics, at 17 whopping years of age.

One of my favourites... Kayla Harrison in Dallas doesn't want any of Rousey's groundwork. Well, Ronda doesn't really offer a choice.

Bitter sweet, as all my judo friends have always cheered for Kristen Allan, daughter of Maurice Allan, first and Ronda second. Here they are in one of their last battles for supremacy of the 63kg class. Kristen could never quite catch her. Here Ronda rolls Kristen into an amazing transition and juji gatame, something of a family tradition at this point.