My current goal: tame the beast

Having recently completed the StrongFirst Lifter (SFL) certification and achieved “StrongFirst Elite” status I have set my sights on a new goal: Beast Tamer. I would say that it’s a goal for 2019 but it might take me til 2020 to actually achieve it!...

Beards without calluses…

I admit to being a dinosaur. I was born in 1968, have never cared about pop culture or the “cool” thing to do, and drove used diesel cars that ran on vegetable oil for over a decade. Let me tell you, nothing screams “hip” as much as a used...

Don’t train heavy too often

There is a fascination with going heavy in the weight room. It seems logical. If I lift heavy weight I will get stronger in less time than if I lift lighter weight, right? Wrong. While you will likely make some initial progress lifting heavy and often, you will...

Stay active!

We are a creature that is made to move. I am not the first to say this nor am I the first to lament the sedentary nature of most of the country’s population but have you ever noticed how great it feels to just go take a walk? This is not simply your body...

Have a focus when you train.

I am the kind of person who enjoys a lot of interests. I train and teach martial arts. I train and teach strength and conditioning. I love to cook. I am into traditional archery and hit the woods during hunting season with a longbow. (As if hunting with a compound bow...

What’s your goal this year?

January is as full of New Year’s resolutions as February is with folks who’ve already broken them, but please don’t let that stop you from making one! The new year is the perfect time to assess what you accomplished last year and plan your goals for...

Hand written notes or laptop files?

The pen is mighty indeed. Speaking for myself, writing notes by hand when I am studying for various certifications is much more helpful than typing on a keyboard. The convenience of the computer is hard to beat, but when it comes to recall, I definitely have had...

Sifu Francis Fong, Wing Chun today

Sifu Francis has been a pivotal part of my martial arts life for almost 20 years. His approach to Wing Chun is “traditional but not old fashioned.” It is not what you expect. Yes, he has fast hands. But he understands boxing, kicking, locking and weaponry....

Official Grand Opening – Saturday, Jan 27!

Please join us for our official grand opening! ‘ The date is Saturday, Jan 27 from 10AM – 4PM…or later! We will have a hydrostatic body fat test truck on hand! Book your appointment through bodyfattest.com. In addition to free hourly seminars on...

Start 2018 with a goal in mind!

New Year’s resolutions seem to have gone the way of the Do Do, but I strongly feel they are a terrific way to focus yourself on goals and make reaching them more of a reality. So what do you want to accomplish this year? Is it something in your career? Marriage?...

The importance of corrective exercises

Corrective exercises with the kettlebell allow us to address internal imbalances between right and left sides of the body as well as a general lack of mobility. After decades of martial arts training, one of the areas I needed the most work was in my T-spine. Simply...

#smallvictories

Training, like life, is full of challenges. Given the constant onslaught, I’m trying to reprogram myself to appreciate small victories as much as possible. Forget about hitting PRs, with a crazy schedule, just getting to train 2 or 3 times a week is a victory!...

Gracie GST

I was very lucky to be able to attend the Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) law enforcement workshop last week at the Gracie Jiu Jitsu headquarters in Torrance, CA. WOW, what a week! I’ve been around martial arts my whole life, I’ve been teaching for over 20...

Some 1-inch punch fun!

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...

First class!

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...

Eat right! …Or else!

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...

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