Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Random Training with James Shiba- Workout #1

In History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi, the boxer character, Takeda, trains with the Master of Practical Boxing, James Shiba. In a conversation between Shiba and Akisame (the Jujitsu Master), Akisame remarks how random Shiba's training methods are. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though, because he sculpts Takeda into one of the strongest fighters in the Shinpaku Alliance.

The training methods in these workout are from old-time boxers conditioning routines such as Jack Dempsey, Jack Johnson, and Freddie Welsh and from modern boxers, such as Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.  I imagine Shiba would be versed in a variety of training methods and takes great pleasure in beating them into Takeda's body. These workouts can be very, very difficult and I would recommend scaling them down as necessary (1/4, 1/2, or 3/4 of prescribed).

Random Training with James Shiba- Workout #1 (Calisthenics and Skill Work)


  • Run 5 Miles (squeezing tennis ball in each hand or holding a brick in each hand)
3-4 Hours Later
  1. 50 Pull-ups
  2. 100 Push-ups
  3. 200 Sit-ups
  4. 300 Hindu Squats
  5. 3 Minute Neck Bridge
  6. 20 Minutes Jumping Rope
  7. 3 x 3 Minutes Shadowboxing
  8. 3 x 3 Minutes Heavy Bag Work
  9. 3 x 3 Minutes Speed Bag Work
  10. 3 x 3 Minutes Mitt Work
  11. 3 x 3 Minutes Footwork Practice
  12. 3 x 3 Minutes Sparring 
  13. 500 Crunches or Bicycle Crunches
  • Keep in mind that practical boxing is boxing with no rules. You can hit your opponent anywhere, as long as it's with your knuckles, so practice with that in mind. It's boxing for real fighting. However, when you are sparring, it's probably best if you don't hit your partner in the groin or the spine or things like that. 
That's all for today. Until next time, good luck and train hard!

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