So after 8 weeks of gruelling training, 40 fighters stepped into the ring and boxed it out for charity
This is our (Function First’s) seventh event working with the UWCB crew and as always it’s been an amazing experience
The event at Deans leisure centre on Monks Rd in Lincoln was, as always a sellout event and from 6 pm to 10 pm we had 20 fights. Some people had never put a pair of gloves on prior to training with us, which is a fantastic achievement.
This event the fighters raised nearly £10,000 for Cancer Research UK meaning UWCB is the largest donor to the charity. At Lincoln alone, we have raised over £50,000 in the last couple of years and nationwide over £8.000.000 YEP 8 Million pounds
The next UWCB event begins in July with fight night early September so get signed up if your interested
Massive respect to all those who took part, some life changing moments for sure
So it’s common to hear martial arts coaches to claim its more than punching and kicking and it is, of course true. Though the usual examples of weight loss, fitness, confidence and so on are really default benefits that happen regardless in most cases.
When we coach at Function First we have a philosophy of “Off The Mats As On The Mats”
Multidisciplinary Synthesis: Their thinking process involves linking different ideas from different disciplines. It’s valuable because most of today’s problems are solved by applying not only one branch of knowledge. A tip: read more to build a lattice work of mental models.
Now this is is a huge area so in this blog we will briefly cover our time and attitude coaching method
The Stuff Winners Are Made Of
So the average Function First Adult member trains 4 hours a week so let’s look at 1 class or 1 hour of training and break it down
Train passive pad feeding and your already down to 30 minutes training in that hour
Now add drink breaks, take off 5 minutes, now down to 25 minutes in that class
Now add changing pads and gloves over, another 5 minutes. Now down to 20 minutes
Now when coach says lets go, you smile and say a few words to your partner and another 5 mins of training gone chatting. Now down to 15 minutes
Toilet breaks, coaching talk time, arriving late and on we go
Add it all up and its scary, with a sloppy mindset in one hours training you could actually be doing 10 to 15 minutes actual hard work
With a fighters mindset you make every second count, that of an engineer building a bridge over a 1 mile river. You know, 1mm out at the start and by the time you reach the end you fall into the river.
Time management and attitude can mean more than you think.
Be that person who turns up early, starts hitting the pads immediately, pad feeds like you are fighting, and keep the mind in the arena.
This way you can treble what others in the same class are doing.
Thats the secret to getting ahead, you both travel to get there, you both spend the same time on the mats but one of you does 3 times the work.
Remember practice does not make perfect but perfect practice does
Now think this… They do 1 year’s training and with applied mind in the same time you do 3 years
Now think this… They do 10 years and in the same time you do 30 years
This is where mastery is hidden
This is how we teach our kids and adults to get ahead in the world, not just on the mats
Now Apply Off The Mats As On The Mats
Anything you care about or value, apply this mindset to it, kids, relationships, listening, finance, sport, nutrition, health and so on
You decide, leave this earth having given something your best shot.
So off to Norwich to the excellent run Contenders show we went
Dom & Piotr had to defend their K1 Titles and both fought with style and Alfie made his debut
Dom lost his fight, after 5 tough rounds it was a close call but his opponent managed to connect with a great head kick in round 4 that left Dom a bit wobbly and he couldn’t seem to get it back after that. His opponent landed some great kicks and dominated that area but Dom outclassed him with punches in the first 3 rounds.
Dom & His Opponent
Piotr won his belt back and fought so efficiently and precise over 5 rounds, a true pleasure to corner. After round 1 he came back to us with feedback and we gave him a plan and he executed it perfectly, fantastic communication and delivery. Piotr’s opponent seemed to be having fun, smiling and giving Piotr respect when he landed his spinning heel kicks and some serious punch combo counter punches.
Piotr Retained His Title Belt
Alfie won his fight, he clearly won all 3 rounds, his opponent was a great match and gave Alfie a hard time. At 15 Alfie has a long fight game ahead of him, exciting things to come
Alfie & His Opponent
So another great outing for the Function First fight team
“My child seems so mature and can walk herself to school because I let her walk herself to school”.
This woman is fascinating and touches upon some important social issues around children and education.
The reference about communist social control tactics sent a chill up my spine but we all resonate with different aspects, so see what makes your toes curl or inspires.
Once your child can do up their own laces or (BLANK FILL IN), that’s now their job for evermore. By stepping in, you are stealing from them, you are stealing responsibility, you are stealing work ethic, you are stealing so stop thief and allow them to suffer slightly.
It’s still early days but I feel great, I’m averaging 13-14 hours fasting from 7 pm to around 8.30am the next morning and this is what I have discovered so far.
See the pic below, I’ve been tracking my fasting with this great app, Zero
I rarely feel hungry which is not what I expected, now first thing in the morning I have adjusted to eating earlier than normal or I seem to have an energy crash so a couple of eggs, rye bread and spinach it is.
Later a shake with veg and lots of good fats followed by a light meal salad etc then my main meal by 7 pm.
All my meals are low carb lots of good fats, now Paula has been doing this with me and she is experiencing similar results especially the not being hungry bit.
I’ve dropped a few KG but that’s not why I did this and I’ve not really weighed myself but I know my body and my pants are looser.
Well that’s it for now, I’ll be sticking with it until summer and seeing how I feel so more later
So since listening to Dr Rhonda Patrick (Video attached) what changes have you made?
Me personally, I instantly switched to circadian rhythm restricted eating. My last meal 7 pm and breakfast at 8 pm so 13 hours fast.
4 days in and I feel great, I’ll update soon as its early days
I also purchased 1kg of broccoli seeds and began sprouting, I have 200g nearly ready to add to my shakes. 50g a day with my regular shake is my aim, again I will update as I’ve not yet started the sprouts, tomorrow maybe
I have also been looking into high-intensity intermittent training deeper after listening to a Tim Ferris podcast, with Dr Martin Gibala, very interesting indeed.
So I’m off to Colorado in April for around 45 hours on the slopes snowboarding. The next 8 weeks I will be working 3 sessions a week to see what condition I can get into for what will be a gruelling week on the slopes
Change Your Life and of those around you.
I will update on my progress and I’d be interested to hear yours, if you haven’t listened to the podcast then be sure to do so, it’s amazing. If you have listened but not made any changes yet, then what are you doing on this planet, you crazy person?
So i had 1 hours sleep in a tent and up at 5am to the start line with my team Bev & Steve
Steve was off first swimming at 7am in lovely UK brown water and then it was me to go. 26 miles of roadwork, weird bit was people clapping and cheering, i was merely riding my bike like i do for fun most weeks, but i waved back and pushed on.
Then Bev was off for her run so while she was off i went to get a can of stella from the car that i had brought to celebrate our effort. Now there was music playing and people cheering and the atmosphere was pretty cool so i cracked open my can and got a few weird looks, bugger you i thought, i earned this.
So i decided to call Paula and let her know how we were doing when i looked at my phone it was just 9am, there i was with my can of stella in my golf pants. Id completely forgot what time it was, so i decided to start stretching to blend in, then i realised i looked like some odd art installation, stella in hand upside down.
I was not wasting the stella, so gulped it down and went to the finish line. That was the best bit for me, watching people cross the line was emotional. from young to 70 years old, some looked like they were about to die, some looked blissed out, some cartwheeled and some collapsed with exhaustion.