this is what we looked like after our first test, almost six weeks ago;
click here to see first test @ 95lbs
I like Tibetans. And Buddhism...
but here it is from his holiness;
The Olympics is one of the greatest events in the World, and we're lucky it happens at all, if only once every four years. Me and his holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama agree; let the kids have their games. We can complain about China any time.
On a related note;
for my judoka;
check out the Chinese National Team's digs!
Here's the local blackbelts! From left to right, Rick Hawn-Chuck Wall(host)-Handi-Leo Valda(Hantei Judo)-Chad Morrisson (Akari Judo)-?-Millie Osborne (Matriarch of the formidable Osborne clan)(Sport Judo)
I am right there in the middle, next to Matt, a student of Leo Valda's...
On the very far left is Jewel. Don't mess with her.
Rick speaks to me...
Watching a very cool turnover
One of the Sankaku into armbar set ups that Rick taught from the turnovers. Very cool. Nothing beats the triangle armbar for 'damned if you do, damned if you don't' efficiency!
All in all, it was a pretty great little seminar and workout. Made a lot of new friends.
And inflexible, as this power jerk deomonstrates...
Squatting heavy will definitely leave you thick, stumpy and well... squat
Forget about heavy presses!
Forget being lean, or attractive!
You can't lift heavy and still be mobile either!
And finally, you must never train again with any implement outside your specialization; it will only interfere with your sport specific training!
I thought this last picture was pretty cool... Often called a shaolin 'padlock', this kettlebell-like implement has been a popular strength and conditioning tool in Chinese martial arts for quite a while.
River City Physical Culture is celebrating a milestone this morning;
1000 Unique Visitors!
I want to thank everyone that has taken the time to stop in and check out the blog. I especially would like to thank those that have taken the time to enrich our project here by commenting.
That being said, I have one request to make... Comment! I am not sure what the usual ratio might have to be, say 100 visitors to one commenter... but with 1445 hits over the last 4-5 months, I have only 7 comments...
That's more like 206 to 1. So comment! Don't be afraid! I won't bite! I would love to start a conversation with you... got a question about a particular lift, or style of training or reasoning behind my madness, ask away. Doubt the validity of my training methods, call me out! Let's start talking, that's my idea of fun. When my friends and clients do ask questions, it gives me a better idea of what you guys are thinking, and what you really want to know. So fire away, I can't wait to hear what you're thinking.
I'd like to share with you a post from my favourite blog. It's here;
This is the blog of Ann Maria Rousey-DeMars, and the following is extracted from wikipedia.org;
DeMars earned her MBA in 1980. She missed the first women's world championships while in grad school, but in 1981 won bronze in the British Open and Tournoi d'Orleans. In 1982, she was ranked #1 in the USJI rankings and won the US Open. However, she did not contest the second women's world championships due to having a baby that year.
DeMars enjoyed more success in 1983, including the Pan American Games and US Senior Nationals, and in 1984, winning the Austrian Open, Canada Cup (now known as the "Rendezvous"), Senior Nationals and the World Championships.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Maria_Rousey_DeMars)
OHS for Reps Progress; 6 sets of 9 with 115lbs... that's 6210 pounds, in about 16 minutes. ~388lbs/min.
Friday calls for 10 sets of 8. That will be about 9200 pounds. Probably take about 90 seconds rest between sets, so I am guessing it will take about 23 minutes. It's about 400lbs/min.
There will be two more workouts, slightly less total volume, to taper up for another test next Friday. That will hopefully surpass 21 reps, and it will be time to start training with 135lbs.
I've also been working on building up the volume on the kipping pull ups following the same progression. The longest workouts have been 12 sets of 5 reps, or 60 in one sitting. That took about 20 minutes to finish, so not too earth shattering yet. There will be a retest coming up there as well.
Here are some highlights (Nage-Waza or 'Throwing Techniques') from 101 Ippons, a popular series of videos in Judo showcasing some of the best throws, chokes, pins and armbars that have ended competitions in recent years.
Hope you enjoy!
Just an update. Training called for the test today...
I hit 17 reps with 115lbs. Maybe I quit a little early. I had it in my mind that 17 was the minimum.
Two weeks, and I will break 21 reps and move up to 135lbs. Oh boy.
Included are some wonderful photos of IJF competition that someone made me aware recently. Please enjoy!
This is the sight of the Vienna cup this year
Frederique Jossinet, first winning, then celebrating (FR-48kg)
Russian President Vladimir Putin (with former Judo coach) taking in a match
Japan's Ishii (100+ kg). Having defeated Inoue, he may be considered the 'heavyweight champion of the world' of Judo.
Ronda and Gevrise in their final match at the 07 Worlds
Taking their place on the stand