Showing posts from April, 2013

Sikorski's Prison Climb Workout (Grappler Baki)

The start of New Grappler Baki introduces us to some seriously dangerous convicts. They are immensely strong and kill without warning. All of them escape from Maximum Security Prisons and some of them even defy the Death Penalty. One inmate of particular interest is the Russian inmate, Sikorski, who possesses a finger strength and climbing ability that is likely unrivaled in the entire world. He used a single finger on each hand to scale the the nearly-smooth walls of a 100-Meter tall missile silo! This workout is going to focus on finger and arm strength and rock climbing ability.

Sikorski's Prison Climb Workout

Rock Climb 100 Meters
25 Pull-ups Rock Climb 100 Meters
10 Triangle Pull-ups 25 Pull-ups Rock Climb 100 Meters
10 Two Finger Pull-ups 10 Triangle Pull-ups 25 Pull-upsRock Climb 100 Meters
10 One Finger Pull-ups 10 Two Finger Pull-ups10 Triangle Pull-ups 25 Pull-upsRock Climb 100 Meters
5 One Arm Pull-ups (each…

Thor's Basic Training (Chiaki Yuma)

Chiaki Yuma, or Thor, is the Seventh Fist of Ragnarok and a user of Sumo. He's massive, powerful, and fights "for all the fat men of the world."

Sumo wrestlers go through some intense training. They live in "stables" with only other sumo practitioners, waking at 4 or 5 AM to train for several hours. Then, they eat a huge meal at around 11 AM or noon and then take a two hour nap before waking up to eat again and then going back to sleep. It's safe to say that the life of a sumo is 100% about the art. The training that these men undergo is all about building the raw strength, balance, and flexibility (yes, flexibility) to push another equally large man outside a ring.

Thor's Basic Training
Practice (You can find most of the exercises listed below here in PDF format.)
Kishizume no Kata (Concentration Exercises)Chirichouzu no Kata (Clapping and Rubbing the Palms)Shikono Kata (Stamping)Sliding PracticeShinkyaku no Kata (Leg Stretching)Matawari

Maito Gai's Handstand Training

Maito Gai is one of the strongest Jounin in Konoha. He imposes strict training on himself at all times and, if he fails at something, he pays for it by undergoing additional training. When he lost at Rock-Paper-Scissors to Kakashi, he said that he would walk around the village 500 times on his hands, because the training may help him not fail next time, whenever another challenge arises.

Sounds like a plan.

Maito Gai's Handstand Training
Phase 1: Walk 100 Meters on Hands in a 8 Hour PeriodPhase 2: Walk 500 Meters on Hands in a 8 Hour PeriodPhase 3: Walk 1,000 Meters on Hands in a 8 Hour PeriodPhase 4: Walk 2,500 Meters on Hands in a 8 Hour PeriodPhase 5: Walk 5,000 Meters on Hands in a 8 Hour Period

Walking on your hands is hard at first. You might not even be able to stay up long enough to move toward the beginning, so you'll just have to practice getting up into the handstand. You may need a mat or very soft grass to fall on during this time, so please be aware of that. …

Grappler Baki: Gaia's Basic Military Training

Gaia is a character with a split personality. His normal personality, Nomura, likes to kill, but he's not the strongest or the most skilled warrior. During combat, Nomura was captured and put in front of a firing squad. However, as fate would have it, he was rescued at the last second, but the rush of adrenaline and fear caused a split in his personality and all his hair fell out. As a result, whenever Nomura experiences an adrenaline rush, he switches to Gaia-- a warrior who controls the body's natural limit-breaker of adrenaline to push himself to whatever level of strength, speed, and awareness that the situation requires. His belief is that he does not need to put on the additional muscle mass in order to be stronger, because he can merely manipulate the level of adrenaline his body is putting out.

Baki, however, shows him the error of his ways by stomping a mud hole in the hairless Gaia. Score one for training! Nomura, at some point, would have had to undergo military PT …

Judo in Anime and Manga: Masahiko Kimura's Training

There aren't as many main characters in manga with judo backgrounds. There's Yawara (which is pretty awesome), but other than that, I've not come across too many judo manga. There are some judoka in Grappler Baki, Shamo, Holyland, and History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi; however, the judo players in these manga were secondary characters and are often taken out relatively early in whatever fight they are in. Poor Ukita in HSDK just gets the raw end of just about every deal he's involved in.

I think this is unfair. Judo is badass.

Look at current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey-- she's 11-0 in professional MMA and won a Bronze Medal in Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Judo is the precursor to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Helio Gracie, the founder of BJJ, was beaten by a judo player. However, to be fair, it took the one of the greatest fighters, if not the greatest fighter, in the world at that time: Masahiko Kimura, to accomplish that feat. This m…