White Collar Boxing June 2017

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Boxing Charity Event

Huge Success

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

 

 

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Mediocrity Vs Mastery

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Time & Attitude 

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

Solution

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.

 

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Contenders 25-2-17

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Fight Team Out & About

2 Title Defences & A Debut

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

Want to be part of it?

Give us a bell, classes are getting full

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Cotton Wool Kids

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Are We Being Socially Controlled

Tut Tut You Let Them Out Alone?

“My child seems so mature and can walk herself to school because I let her walk herself to school”.

Joanna Williams

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.

My word I’m harsh eh,

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Fasting

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Circadian Rhythm 

Daily Fasting

So a little update on how my fasting is going

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

 

 

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Sugar Makes You Dumb

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OK Sugar May Not Make You Dumb

But Ants Like It And They Are Annoying When They Get In Your Pants

You should really check this video out, it’s not preachy, it’s serioulsy valuble information that will make a huge difference to your well being and therefore your life and therefore those around you.

They will feed off your new found zen like energy as you float around the hemisphere with a blissful karmic knowing that you could have felt worse, simply by eating lots of sugar.

Gary Taubes is the author of The Case Against Sugar, Why We Get Fat, Good Calories, Bad Calories, Bad Science, and Nobel Dreams.

Let us know what you think and if you take the step to cut out the drugsugar then we’d be interested in hearing how you get on

Revolution IS Internal

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Made any health changes yet

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Information Is Cool

Acting On It Is Cooler

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?
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Punch Power Seminar Feb 2017

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Punch Power Seminar

Saturday 4th March 2017





Matt Chapman returns to deliver his fantastic improve your punch power seminar

This time round we will be looking at

  • Improving your punch power standing
  • Improving your punch power on the ground

Seriously, last time Matt held this seminar at Function First we all stopped halfway through to wrap our hands from the heavy hitting, very cool indeed

Secure your place by paying below or see our lovely ladies on reception

NO PAY ON THE DAY – COMMIT OR QUIT

 





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K1 Amateur Title

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Recent K1 Title Win

Defending Them Soon

So we recently came home from Contenders fight show in Norwich with two amateur K1 titles.

Piotr and Dom have both been with us for a few years now and have been fantastic students. They listen and they simply apply the work we study and train in the FTX Kickboxing classes

They followed the Function First fight team process and it paid off, it truly was a team effort and the results speak for themselves

They both fought tough opponents and both matches went the full 3 rounds.

Contenders fight show as always was a well run professional affair with all fights streamed pay per view and everyone well looked after on the night.

Returning In February

So this Feb we are returning to defend the titles which means we are currently in fight camp mode which it tough and intense but necessary.

We also have Alfie Lewis making his debut on the next show which is Feb 25th so were all looking forward to that

So 2017 starts off with a bang and looks to be another exciting year

Remember the revolution is internal

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Beer at 9am

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My Triathlon Experience

(Well i only did the bikey bit)

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.

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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. 

All in all good fun and good company

 

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