Amy Vorphal, one of my students from 5 Star Martial Arts, contacted me the other day with a surprisingly specific martial arts question. I’m the only person she knows in martial arts and she needed to find someone who could teach the 1-inch punch to the hosts of “Mothership“, the show she works on for @nerdist. Talk about a small world. As luck would have it I started training with Guro Dan Inosanto in 1992 and taught at the Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts from 1995 – 2009, so I was pretty comfortable with teaching this technique.
“Birth of a Dragon” the most recent film about Bruce Lee, was about to open and Amy wanted me to teach the hosts of Mothership, Jessica Chobot and Hector Navarro, how to do this technique that Lee (and Wing Chun) was so famous for. It was a total blast working with these people, as the video below shows.
Well after a lot of construction delays (some still happening) we opened the doors last night for our first class! And what a great time was had by all! The martial arts curriculum focuses on the teachings of Guro Dan Inosanto and this month we are introducing the students to Filipino Martial Arts (Kali) and Jun Fan / Jeet Kune Do. While I knew returning to teaching all of the arts I know and love would be nice, I wasn’t prepared for just how great it would be!
In the era of the UFC, there’s something uniquely enjoyable about showing someone the intricacies of Kali for the first time and watching their eyes widen that this world even exists. And exists with soooooo much depth! What a blast! The JF/JKD was more easily digestible for the students, but similar to Kali, initial exposure to trapping hands is always a bit mind blowing. WHAT A GREAT NIGHT!!
You can work hard in the gym but if you eat crap, you will not progress. Period.
All performance and body composition goals, and the rate at which you achieve them are determined to a large degree by what you eat. Different goals require different types of caloric intake both in volume and macronutrient breakdown. So body builders will eat differently from marathoners and MMA fighters will eat differently from Olympic weightlifters. Changing one’s diet can be perceived as a personal invasion like few others in the fitness process. But don’t fool yourself, the hours you spend training in the gym will be less effective if you don’t take some time sure to figure out what type of diet will best serve your goals. To quote a kid’s show from my youth, “One of these things is not like the other…”
When it comes to making decisions that affect your long term goals. Choose wisely!