Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Daily Training- 2/29/2012

Ippo's Basic Training
-Pressed into the wall with my big toes during sit-ups.
-During push-ups, supported myself just the tips of my big toes.
-The run went pretty well, considering I ran the day before yesterday and did horse stance training and footwork practice yesterday.

I'm currently going through a modified Ippo's Training Schedule, but I'll be doing other Real Anime Training on two of my off days, because I get bored easy. :P

I'll keep you guys updated on my progress.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Daily Training 2/28/2012

  1. 1/2 Starting the Journey Level 1
  2. Pull-ups- 5, 7, 8, 7, 8
  3. 3 x3 Minutes Footwork Practice
  4. 1/2 Starting the Journey Level 1
  5. Balance Kicking- 20 Reps of Round, Front, and Side Kicks

  1. 90 Second Deep Horse Stance
  2. 30 Seconds Rest
  3. 45 Second Deep Horse Stance
  4. 30 Seconds Rest
  5. Slow Boxing Combination Work- 10 Combinations, each side
  6. 60 Second Deep Horse Stance
  7. 100 Ab Twists each side
  8. 30 Second Deep Horse Stance
  9. 30 Seconds Rest
  10. 45 Second Deep Horse Stance
  11. 30 Seconds Rest
  12. 30 Second Deep Horse Stance
  13. 30 Seconds Rest
  14. 15 Second Deep Horse Stance
  15. 30 Seconds Rest
  16. MAX Horse Stance-- 67 Seconds (After everything else, 67 seconds sucked)
  17. 10 Side Bends each side
All the horse stance training at the end of the day is more Avatar: The Last Airbender stuff.  I don't do stance training a lot, but it has its interesting moments. If you'll notice, today is revolving around staying on my feet and is pretty balance-oriented. The morning workout was about being mobile and maintaining balance, while the evening workout was about being "rooted." 

For the record, when I say "deep horse stance," I mean that the tops of my thighs are parallel with the ground. 

Real Anime Training Reviews: Calisthenics Kingz- HIT's Solution to Getting Killer Abs

This is the second DVD I've decided to review from Calisthenics Kingz since I purchased the DVD set a few months back (man, I need more time...). In general, I was impressed with the overall feel of the DVD and for a few good reasons:

  1. HIT doesn't sensationalize his stuff. He tells you up front that you're going to have to work for it. It means putting the time in for the workouts. He says this routine on this DVD should be completed 4 times a week in order to build your abdominal area and I gotta love him for that, because to get amazing results, you can't get by just being ordinary. 
  2. The exercises are simple and anyone can do them. Mind you, if you are enormously out of shape, you'll have to work up to a couple of the exercises, but none of the moves on this DVD are impossible by any stretch of the imagination. 
  3. If your cardio is not in the right place, the routine will kick your ass, because there is very little rest and he mixes up his ab exercises with intervals of jumping rope. 
  4. He tells you that you're going to need to watch your diet. And this makes sense, because you can have the toughest abs in the world and if they are covered with two inches of fat, they'll never see the light of day. 
All in all, I love HIT's no-nonsense attitude toward fitness and I also love the simplicity that he brings to the table with his bodyweight work. If you don't know who I'm talking about in this review, allow me the refresh your memory with this.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Super Saiyans are Real (ORIGINAL)

Dude's got some serious balls to post this video. I would urge our friend to start training with our workouts, just so he can get a handle on how much work it would take to become a Super Saiyan if he actually was a Saiyan. (Disclosure: Humans cannot actually go Super Saiyan. :D)

Daily Training 2/25/2012

1. Pull-ups: 5, 6, 8, 6, 8
2. 10 Punches to Wooden Post
3. Sit-ups: 30, 28, 32, 30, 28, 28 (Used big toes to hold self against the wall)
4. Play wrestling with Isaiah
5. Chambered Balance Kicking (each side)
-15 Round Kicks
-15 Front Kicks
-25 Round Kicks
-15 Front Kicks
6. Stair Climbing with Toes Only- 14 Steps
7. Footwork Practice- C-Stepping, V-Stepping, Outboxer Footwork
8. 30 Jabs (each side)
9. 10 Knuckle Push-ups
10. 30 Chuudan Seiken Zuki (each side)
11. Toe curls against fingers

Getting really bored with this randomness. I was using this style of training as an experiment and it's not really working out the way I would like it. I'll do some writing on it another time.

In other news, the consistent training I've been doing for my feet is actually coming along pretty nicely and I'm hoping to see some results of that training in the next few months with better weight-shifting and agility.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

10,000 Hours to Mastery

Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book (that I have yet to read... -_-) called "Outliers: The Story of Success" that shares a very interesting idea: with 10,000 hours of practice, it is possible to become an expert at something. He goes on to expound examples of prominent figures in different areas who achieved greatness and explained just how much time they put into their work. Obviously, some of this depends of genetic predisposition and social upbringing, but those merely serve as potential head starts for people's abilities. It's quite an interesting idea. Just so you have an idea of how much time that is, that is 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year, for 5 years. That's a lot of time.

When applied to the concept of martial arts, we find some truth to ideas of the weak beating the strong or, as Rock Lee puts it, that "with hard work, even a dropout can defeat a genius." That doesn't necessarily mean that 10,000 hours of mindless practice will get you anywhere. You need mindful practice. You need to make adjustments to form and correct yourself when you make mistakes (e.g.- getting hit while sparring). But, just because you put the time in, doesn't mean you'll be unbeatable. You can be limited by your strength or speed or even your style. If you haven't trained to deal with a particular scenario, it might well be impossible for you to handle it, should you be confronted with it. However, training all aspects of your art and focusing on quick-thinking will definitely be helpful to your adaptation to new situations.

Anyway-- The point is this! If you're upset because you aren't good at something, go practice!  Work individual techniques, shadowbox, spar, grapple, hit various bags and mitts, and improve your conditioning. If you put the time in and allow yourself the necessary time to recover, you will get better and that's all there is to it!

But it wouldn't be Real Anime Training if we didn't try to take it a step further. We can see various anime characters each logging the necessary time for mastery. Even fictional characters (well, most of them) know that you can't just automatically become an expert at something. If they are going to accomplish something quickly, they tend to "cheat" the system a little. For example:

  • The Room of Spirit and Time (The Hyperbolic Time Chamber) in Dragonball Z shrinks a year into a day, allowing the people inside to walk in normal one day and walk out badass the next, as long as they put in the time. 
  • Naruto used kagebunshin to divide the amount of time it took him to master certain skills and develop new techniques. (Side note: This was brilliant, but so cheap and broken.)
  • Ichigo stayed in the little world between Soul Society and the Real World before fighting Aizen so his dad could teach him the final Getsuga Tenshou.
It's not really fair. At some point, your body is not going to be able to train. You can only put in so many hours in a day without overtraining or injuring yourself. There has to be a way to cheat the system. Especially if you're going to school or working or anything else. How can you put more time into it?  I think a good answer for this question actually comes from Grappler Baki. 

Hanma Baki utilizes immense, immense powers of imagination to practice fighting against all manner of martial artists and creatures. In a sense, this is just really detail shadowboxing, but what we're after is the concept, not necessarily the exact method (although I urge you to really use good imagery while shadowboxing).  Actually, studies have shown that imagining an activity with as much detail as possible (that means, as much sensory data as you can manage: the feel of your muscles, skin and what not; the smell of the air; the color of the sky; etc) actually trains the brain to do those activities. Your brain doesn't realize that what you're imagining isn't real and the same parts of the brain that light up when you actually do those motions light up when you imagine doing them.  So, when our body is too damn tired to train anymore, or when we are recovering for a day or so, you can still log the time in your mind. 4 hours of week of this, 50 weeks out of the year, shaves 25 weeks off the 5 years it would take to get to 10,000 hours at 40 hours a week. This is a way, you can do a little bit more. You can practice to your heart's content or until you pass out into a coma of sleep and probably continue to dream about training!

10,000 hours to become an expert. How many hours have you put in? 

That's all for today, guys! Until next time, good luck and train hard!

Daily Training 2/21 and 2/22/2012

I forgot to post these, so I'll go ahead and make it up now.

-3 Mile Run, 7 Sprints Throughout
-265 Push-ups in Various Sets

-150 Jump Rope (very fast)
-1 Minute Handstand Practice
-15 Back Extensions
-1 Minute Handstand Practice
-50 Burpees
-"Art of the Stone Lock" Practice w/10# KB
-1 Minute Handstand Practice
-10 Side Bend w/35# Plate (each side)
-10 Single Arm Stiff Leg Deadlift w/35# Plate (each side)
-10 Side-to-Side Ab Twists w/35# Plate
-10 Diagonal Ab Twists w/35# Plate (each side)
-10 Behind the Head Plate Circles w/35# Plate (both directions)
-10 Back Extensions

I've been experimenting and playing around a lot recently with my workouts. Just trying to see where my body leads me during the workout. There are good days and bad. Will probably go back to using schedules here, shortly. I just threw this stuff in here to change it up a little.

Daily Training- 2/23/2012

Pull-ups- 4, 5, 8, 5, 6
25 Squats
1 Minute Shadowboxing
18 Hanging Leg Raises
1 Minute Shadowboxing
15 Burpees
1 Minute Shadowboxing
30 Diamond Push-ups
1 Minute Shadowboxing
3 Pull-ups
1 Minute Shadowboxing
40 Jumping Jacks
100 Meter Sprint
1 Minute Shadowboxing
 10 Squats
1 Minute Shadowboxing
200 Meter Sprint
1 Minute Shadowboxing
10 Burpees
2 Pull-ups to Chest
3 Minute Walk
400 Meter Run
3 Minute Walk

Today, as I was training, six little kids joined in. Apparently kids like doing sprints, push-ups, and burpees. :P


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Prince of Tennis- Kaidoh's Training

In Prince of Tennis, Kaidoh is a bit of an ill-tempered member of Seigaku's Tennis Club, but he's got serious skills and determination to match. His training schedule is shown to some first year students to show them the level of stamina necessary to compete in tennis, especially at an all-day tournament. Especially since the longest match in the history of tennis took 11 hours and 5 minutes over the course of three days. Talk about endurance! Kaidoh is aware of the need for endurance in tennis and his training reflects that.

Kaidoh's Training

-Run 10k (approx 6.2 miles)

Afternoon (4-6 hours later)
-Tennis Practice
-Run 10k
-3 x 50 Reps Back and Forth Shifts
-1500 Racket Swings

Evening (3-4 hours later)
-Run 10k


  • This is obviously a lot of running, so you'll need to work your way up to it. The manga said jog 10k, but I guess that just means a steady pace, honestly. This is a workout you'd be committing pretty much the whole of your day to accomplish, so be prepared. Maybe use the morning run as a way to loosen up, the afternoon run as a way to push yourself, and perhaps take it easy on the evening run, kind of using it as a recovery run. 
  • For "Tennis Practice" you can just play tennis if you like, but you could also practice hitting the tennis ball against a wall, practice serving the ball, or just play around with bouncing the tennis ball on the racket. In general, you just want to get comfortable handling the ball, if you are not already a tennis player. If you already play tennis, just go ahead and practice like normal. 
  • Back and Forth Shifts are simply standing with your feet a little wider than shoulder-width, knees slightly bent, maybe even a racket in your hands, and being poised to move either left or right. One rep is pushing off with one foot and shifting slightly in the opposite direction and then doing the same thing on the other side to get back in the original position. 
  • 1500 Racket Swings is obviously a lot, so I understand if you have to work up to it. You can practice your fore swing or back swing or over head swing or whichever swing you'd like. You can do it on both sides if you want, but do no more than 1500 total swings, whichever ones you choose. You don't need to only do one type of swing per your training session, so have fun practicing any of the swings you know. 
  • If you are thinking of using this workout to supplement your tennis training, please don't do this every day, because if you aren't use to it, you're likely to overtrain or injure yourself, which is not a road you want to go down. 

Hope you guys enjoyed this Prince of Tennis workout! I like to throw these workouts from sports anime in from time to time just for fun. :D

That's all for today! Until next time, good luck and train hard!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Daily Training

Pull-ups: 3, 4, 6, 3, 5
Shadowboxing: 5 x 5 Minute Rounds
400 Meter Run
Push-ups: 17, 18, 18, 19, 19, 21, 19, 19, 18, 18, 17, 17
Sit-ups: 26, 24, 30, 26, 26, 24

Shadowboxing today was an emphasis on footwork, lead-limb striking, and takedown defense. Experimenting with lots of different kinds of footwork from various sources. I've been playing with a couple of exercise apps from the Android Market. When I complete the programs from them, I'll let you know how they are.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Daily Training 02/16/12

Going to try to start doing these again for you guys!

I've done a bunch of push-ups, squats, and sit-ups this week. Pushed a sled yesterday, so that was fun! Also, did a nice little CrossFit variant with a kettlebell, some push-ups, and a one-two-front kick combo. Here's what I did today, though. Didn't have too much time, but I tired to make the best of it with higher intensity. This is the lightest day I've had this week. 

Morning: Did 16 Push-ups, because February is Push-ups Month on Bullshido. :P

  1. 2 Minutes Speed Bag Work
  2. 1 Minute Handstand Practice
  3. 1 Minute Light Shadowboxing
  4. 20 Knuckle Push-ups
  5. 20 Sit-ups
  1. 1 Minute Shadowboxing
  2. 30 Knuckle Push-ups
  3. 1 Minute Shadowboxing
  4. 30 Hindu Squats
  5. 1 Minute Shadowboxing
  6. 30 Sit-ups
  7. 1 Minute Shadowboxing
  8. 20 Back Extensions 
  9. 1 Minute Shadowboxing
  10. 10 Burpees
  11. 15 Jumping Jacks
  1. Climbed 14 Floors of Stairs
  2. 1 Minute Handstand Practice

Evening: 16 Knuckle Push-ups (because I'm a fan of Push-ups)

All in all, not too rough a day, but I'm a little sore from the rest of this week's training. Gonna try to stay a little more regular with these. On a side note, a friend of mine from college has a powerlifting blog. Check it out!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Nonito Donaire trains like in Dragon Ball Z

Hell. Yes.


In case you were wondering what exactly I'm doing for Avatar: The Last Airbender, I'm doing Earthbending. :P

Regular Earthbending is based on Hung Gar, but Toph's is Southern Praying Mantis, so I'll be looking into both of them for training purposes. And Toph is quite the badass, for the record.

Real Anime Training Reviews: Calisthenics Kingz- Power From Pushups, Strength of a Man

I purchased a bundle set of DVDs from Calisthenics Kingz during the Holiday Season and "Power From Push-ups, Strength of a Man" was my first endeavor into HITs super-powered training. I've been eager to explore it, since I first saw him online a couple of years ago. I've been amazed at his raw power, body control, and explosive movements.

The DVD is all about push-ups and the different ways to do them. It seems simple, but that's the beauty of it. It's a fantastic DVD and is full of demonstrations on how to to different types of push-ups. You'll be amazed at the results HIT touts from such a simple exercise that you can do anywhere. For people looking for something a little tougher, rest assured that HIT cranks up the difficulty with hand positioning, plyometrics, feet elevation, and his complete mastery of the handstand. I would recommend this DVD to beginners or anyone who is stuck in a rut with their training and looking for a way to change it up or challenge themselves. The strength and balance that HIT commands is testament to his training and is all the proof he needs that his methods work.

Here's just a sample of what you'll see in the DVD.

Enjoy guys!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Stephen "The Wonderboy" Thompson's UFC Debut

Props go out tonight to Stephen "The Wonderboy" Thompson of Upstate Karate in Simpsonville, South Carolina for his first UFC victory, via head kick.

I really had no doubt he would win, because he's got kickboxing skills from forever. Congratulations to him and everyone at Pitch Black MMA. All you guys' hard work for all this time is coming to fruition and I really look forward to Thompson's rise to the top of the Welterweight Division in the UFC.

It's nice to see your hometown get a little more put on the map. XD

Thursday, February 2, 2012


Just updated Takamura's Pre-Fight Blitz. Just realized I missed his speed bag training in the mix of everything.

I'll try not to overlook things like that in the future!!

Also, added sprints to Ippo's First Three Fights!

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