Thursday, 22 March 2007

No machines, no split routines, no focus on pecs and biceps!

Kettlebells, Barbells, Dumbbells,Medicine Balls, Rings, Parallettes, Sleds, Indian Clubs, Shot, Rocks, Rope, Sandbags, Sledgehammers.........

We're gonna be using all of the above!!

Pics, vids, articles, blood, sweat & tears!

Coming soon.....

Hey Petie, wanna get some vids of you on there with the ring HSPUs and some other ill sh*t

Kettlebell pressing part 2

Ok, I must apologise! SORRY! it's been a while in coming but here's the second part of the Kettlebell Pressing article.

We have looked at how to improve your press by swinging "heavy bells", Deadlifting barbells, grinding and we touched on tension techniques. There will be a few more helpful tips and many more in the future, all we want now is 1 full repetition with the bell just out of your pressing ability.

As KBs go up in rather large increments we have to be as creative as possible when aiming for that big press. Take a bell that you can press comfortably, warm yourself up and press it, make a mental note of the press and then make any corrections.

(1. are feet pushed firmly into the ground?, 2.are the knees and hips locked out (if pressing with one arm is the hip kicked out to the side?, are the glutes and abs tight?, have you applied power breathing?, have you applied a crush grip? )

go through the list and mentally tick them off one by one. Applying these techniques will automatically give you a strong press, the next step is progression and perfection. Practice, practice, practice! Or grease that groove baby!

Using press variations is a good way to make the press more difficult. A really good one is the SOTS press (google if you don't know) or full squat press, if you can press a bell comfortably then use this press to smoke the shoulders and the benefits outweigh the pain. The seated press ( no no no ) not a seated press a la bodybuilding community, but a floor seated press (no actual seat) when sitting on the floor and pressing we have to ensure that the full body remains tight so that we don't injure the back or any other muscles for that matter, be creative and listen to your body.

Stay fresh, tight and press frequently so as to train the CNS and not burn out, practice is the key.

I was going to include a routine for getting to that next press but guess what? I'm going to leave that to you.

You want to press heavy, then press heavy and press a lot, use Turkish get ups a couple of times a week, this will strengthen your shoulders and ensure they are more durable for the pressing ahead. Apply the tips in this and the first article, make sure your technique is perfect and enjoy.

One last super tip - rack the bell, take a wider than shoulder stance, press feet into ground and try to spread the ground beneath you <-------------> deep breath into abdomen tighten up expand the lats and obliques and press away. ( you should be shaking with tension and have maximum irradiation.)

Tuesday, 20 March 2007

Good shot from Leon- good shot by Hywel

Leon sends some power to the body, captured by the lens of Hywel Teague of F.O. mag

Sunday, 18 March 2007

Results from A's

Matt put on a superb display of Muay Thai technique against a much improved James Cahill. Cahill used his long front kick very well, but Matt was very measured, thinking his way through the fight, staying aggressive, and by the third round had figured Cahill out completely. He worked his attacks relentlessly, forcing him on to the back foot and leaving no doubt in the Judges minds - Unanimous decision for Inman.

Leon was very unlucky, in my opinion, to have the decision go against him. I was convinced he had done enough to take the win, having pressed the action and delivered some bombs that even made me wince. After slipping a couple of big, big right hands that sent his opponent crashing to the canvas with his own momentum, I had Leon up on style points as well as damage done. Unfortunately the Judges saw something that I missed and the decision went the other way.
Leon, to his credit, never uttered a word of complaint and just took it in his stride. Well done mate, a performance to be proud of.

Friday, 16 March 2007

Howay the lads!

It's Master A's show tomorrow, and as you already ought to know, Leon and Matty are fighting.
I thought 'The professional' was a decent nickname for Leon, assuming you are familiar with the Luc Besson movie. However, on Master A's site he's listed just as 'Leon'. Apparently he has risen to a level of superstardom where nicknames and even surnames are redundant, just like Madonna, or Cher.
Just when I got sick of making Zoolander references about Matty he went and showed up in a bin bag home-made sweatsuit. You know what that means, right? It's fabulous, it's 'Derelicte'!

Friday, 9 March 2007

Crezio De Souza vs. Dan Henderson

Here's a little clip from Crezio's fight with Pride Champion Dan Henderson. Historically interesting in that this was Hendersons first Vale Tudo fight, and Crezio's last, the fight ended controversially when the kickboxing referee waved the match off after Henderson threw down a flurry of punches at Crezio from inside the guard. Few of the punches actually connected, but in spite of much protest from Crezio and the jiu-jitsu supporters the fight was called. Crezio never got the rematch he so desperately wanted, as he was blinded in one eye during training and forced into retirement. Bear in mind that Crezio is a lightweight, so this double leg on U.S.A. Olympic wrestling team member Henderson is no mean feat.

Thursday, 8 March 2007

Here come the pain!

Josenator inspired workout. Dig deep, work hard

The Josenator

3 fights for time.

50 Swings (24 or 25 kg) or for kb novice (16kg kb or 15kg db)
30 Pull-ups
100 Squats
60 Tuck jumps

rest 1 min

100 Press-ups
30 Dips
50 Sit-ups
1minute double time (knees high and fast)

rest 1 min

20kg on a bar

30 Push Press
30 Front Squat
30 Sumo Deadlift High Pull
30 Burpees

Record time and beat it next time round.


Monday, 5 March 2007

Congratulations Craig Jose!

Craig was absolutely phenomenal last night. He had the hardest draw, facing Micheal Dicks in the first round they went toe to toe in what was universally acknowledged as the fight of the night. The whole arena was applauding as they slugged it out, the atmosphere was unbelievable.
He took Tim 'TNT' Thomas apart in the semi final, and went on to beat Belarussian Denis Versaxa in the final, after Versaxa had sailed through his earlier bouts.

Craig's performance was a total inspiration, he just dug a little deeper, then deeper again. It was a real honour to be part of the team.

Friday, 2 March 2007

Power Of Scotland 2 - 67kg eight man tournament

In case anyone doesn't already know, this Sunday is the Power of Scotland tournament. The way Craig has trained has been an example and an inspiration, and nobody in this tournament is more capable of, or more deserving to win this thing. They are only men Craig, but you Dragon!

Power of Scotland - 4th March 2007

Featured Fighters

8to1 lineup for PoS 2

Thursday, 1 March 2007

Want to train with Crezio?

Crezio De Souza - Jiu-Jitsu legend

So, airfares have gone crazy, and the planned trip to Rio De Janeiro has been postponed indefinitely. I spoke to Crezio, told him I couldn't come for a while, but he's happy to come over here for a couple of weeks. I miss Brazil, but if the mountain can come to Mohammed then that's the next best thing. It also means everyone could train with him.

In case I haven't told you about the guy - he was one of the original Carlson Black belts from the glory days of the Carlson Gracie team. He had over 250 jiu-jitsu matches in his career, wrestled for Brazil in the Pan-American games and fought some amazing Vale-Tudo matches against the likes of Johil de Oliveira and Dan Henderson, back in the day when it was bareknuckle, headbutts and all. The guy is an amazing technician, and he practically wrote the book on modern M.M.A. jiu-jitsu.

If you're interested in doing a couple of seminars and going for private classes with Crezio then we could all put together to finance it. Let me know what you think, e-mail me at if you're interested.

Thanks Hywel

Hywel Teague, check the Flickr account.

Thanks go out again to H.T. for another top notch session yesterday. Hope you can come back up again soon.

K.D. in F.O.

Check out the training zone this month, me and Craig are showing stand ups from guard and tie-ups for G'n'P defence, plus a whole load of other good stuff. Why don't you try buying it this time instead of twocing the one from the magazine shelf.

Issue 24 out today!

The World's Leading Mixed Martial Arts and Lifestyle magazine is out today, March 1st 2007

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* Bad Boys and Babes! Why Hot Chicks Love Fighters...
* A Day in the Life of: Michael Bisping
* Razor Rob McCullough tattoo profile
* UFC 67 review - Cro Cop, Jackson, Silva!
* Cage Rage 20 review - Butterbean, Thompson, Kerr
* The Trojan Army, England's top fight team
* MMA Babe: Cindy Bertinato
* Leading Figures of MMA: Ken Pavia, Jeff Sherwood, Loretta Hunt
* 11 page of cutting edge training tips
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