Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ippo's Mountain Training Camp

Before the fight with Sendo, Ippo's training camp takes him not to the beach, but to a secluded cabin in the mountains of Japan. Here he trains to increase his power and deliver feints with sakki or "bloodthirst" to make them more realistic. The training he does for this week is simple, but very effective. The training camp is described as seeds that will grow until they blossom at the Sendo fight.

So, here's the workout.

Ippo's Mountain Training Camp

Morning
Run 3 Miles on Hilly Terrain. (Sprint up every hill, jog lightly down the other side, and run flat areas),
Woodchopping- 100 Downward Swings
Mitt Hitting- 3 x 3 Minutes
Woodchopping- 100 Downward Swings


Afternoon (4-6 hours later)
Run 3 Miles on Hilly Terrain. (Same as above.)
Woodchopping- 100 Downward Swings
Mitt Hitting- 3 x 3 Minutes
Woodchopping- 100 Downward Swings
Sparring- 3 x3 Minutes
Woodchopping- 100 Downward Swings
Mitt Hitting- 3 x 3 Minutes

Notes:
  • You're doing one of three things in this workout: Running, chopping wood, or punching something. It's basic, but that's the point.
  • Be careful about blisters on your hands if you are not used to chopping wood. You may wear gloves to keep them from forming.
  • When sparring, practice using feints with sakki. You need to make your opponent feel the pressure like a punch is really coming and, when he reacts, you do something entirely different. You normally don't use such a feint unless you are already in the midst of throwing punches. You would hardly lead with something like that.
  • If you are in the mountains for this workout, please be careful of wild animals. It is best you not go out alone and make sure you have some sort of protection if you do. I doubt you'll be able to KO a bear like Takamura.
That's all for today. Until next time, good luck and train hard!
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