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.
So how does your martial art training improve your life off the mats?
There are the obvious answers like improved confidence and self esteem, getting fitter and healthier but they sort of happen by default for most people, just keep turning up and they happen.
Lets look deeper and life hack the martial arts
I’ll start with a story that most of us can relate too.
On the mats wrestling/grappling/kickboxing whatever is your thing ok. So its pressure testing sparring time and theres the dude that gets mad all the time, gets mad when he gets dominated, gets mad when he doesn’t get his way, gets mad when things don’t work. He spits his dummy out and sometimes storms off, makes excuses and moans alot, he’s in a heavy learning stage, he will with good coaching and a good crew eventually work out his frustrations, calm done and start to see the light.
Overtime with coaching he develops his game and creates a plan of attack, as he trains more and becomes more intelligent with his approach he creates an A game and a B game and even maybe a C game plan. So now when he enters into the game he follows a plan and if it goes wrong he has a back up and then aims to get back on track with a tried and tested approach.
Lets look at the Hack
Im going to use an example we have either all experienced or know someone who has.
WORK, that bloody awful job.
I have friends that have worked in jobs they hate for over 20 years and its something i hear all the time from people “I hate my job” they’ll post about it on Facebook they’ll moan about it in the pub, they moan when it doesn’t go their way, moan when they have to go that extra mile, moan they know better than the boss (if thats true do his job then) and on and on.
So on the mats when you didn’t like your situation you worked out how to improve it, you created a plan and stuck to it, tweeked it when needed and worked hard to break free from the moaning grumpy mardy bum you were into someone now enjoying the situation.
PLAN IT PLAN IT PLAN IT
Create a plan if you don’t like your job, write down a plan to escape the hold it has on you. Thats your moan, keep it to yourself, basically suck it up and work on your plan. Dont go on Facebook or to the pub bringing the world down to a depressing level of moody mardy moan. (TOUGH LOVE)
Your plan can be huge or small, it can be simple or fancy ( i like simple) but you must have one.
Simply put next time you find yourself moaning, look at your plan. If you don’t have one then you have no right to moan, your like Homer Simpson prodding his tooth and crying over and over and over again. Make a plan to get to the bloody dentist ya nutter.
Ive seen this a lot over the years, new member joins the gym and picks stuff up so fast. All the other members are blown away and impressed by the seemingly effortless talent. I immediately think, “slightly higher maintenance relationship”
Now thats not a negative thing to say, its my job to notice these things and deliver the required coaching.
So heres how its played out so many times over the years, and i hope this resonates with some of you.
The ones who pick it up quick often get bored quicker or lose interest quicker and go looking for alternative stimuli. While their away missing a class or 2, i mean a class or 2 is no big deal right?
Well during those classes the tortoise gets the basics drilled and drilled and the tortoise never misses a class and stays consistent. The tortoise gets 10 reps in to every 8 of the hare, now that might not sound a lot but that means the what the hare does in 4 years the tortoise does in 3, thats a whole year of extra training and thats without missing any classes. Just attending the same classes and getting in 2 extra reps with a methodical consistent approach can make all the difference.
Now what happens is the hare returns to class after flying their remote control plane at the local model plane club where their also regarded as talented and the swimming club and the football club and the, yeah you get it talented at everything they touch club.
So they return to the martial arts club and they grapple with the tortoise, but now the tortoise is in control and the talent isn’t cutting it. They now feel frustrated and de moralised, i mean this just doesn’t happen at the other clubs (YET) they are the kiddy the gifted but now the scrawny little kids are all over them.
They go home deflated and now miss a few more classes, i mean why would you want to go to a class and be dominated and lose against tortoises?
And here lies the vicious circle of unfocused talent.
Consistency and focus are not just important for martial arts but in many areas of your life.
Wherever you are, be all there and be there often as hard work will almost always beat talent.