Shadow Training Martial Arts

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Ways to train – Shadow Training Martial Arts

Shadow Training Martial Arts

Shadow Training Martial Arts – Introduction

Last week we discussed flow drills, this week we’ll look at shadow training. An important part of martial arts training, well not just martial arts. Many other sports and high achievers use this method of training. Some were doing so several hundred years ago.

If you’re interested in the history of martial arts and combat then check out this. Written by a Miyamoto Musashi who retreated to a cave in 1643 and wrote The Book of Five Rings, a manifesto on swordsmanship, strategy, and winning for his students and generations of samurai to come, he created one of the most perceptive and incisive texts on strategic thinking ever to come from Asia.

Its a wonderful timeless book and he incorporates shadow training into his regime. Now he won 400 or so sword fights so im trusting it as a valuable tool on that alone. But seriously, science has this backed up and well proven these days.

Shadow Training Martial Arts – Why we do

Shadow training develops the mind, you can shadow train calm, slow and methodical like a Tai Chi master. Or you can go full blown Tyson, who was incredibly intense with his shadow fighting.

Video linked below, i’ve linked a video of myself too so you can see my style of shadow training for self defence.

Your mind does not know the difference between shadow training and the real thing. You are building the neural pathways while doing so. Do this enough and do this well. Then come the fight or sparring session your brain thinks you have been there many times before.

Shadow Training Martial Arts – It’s not easy

Now if you are not such a visual person its not so easy but still worth while. Olympic athletes and professional sports people from bob sleigh to formula 1 use this method in their training. 

It’s a damn good work out too, no excuses either. No training partner? No problem, put a pad on one hand and a glove on the other and go mental for 2 minute rounds. You will be on your knees gasping for air if you give it all. 

 

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Kickboxing Fight Team

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Kickboxing Fight Team

Oh and grappling, we did that too, oh and MMA

Kickboxing Fight Team

Kickboxing Fight Team – Out In Leeds

Firstly thanks to Fightstar and thanks to all the opponents we matched up with.

The team were out at the weekend sporting the colours and representing well.

Six of the team competed in both K1, MMA and grappling

Ash, currently our youngest member had a great fight with a good matchup.

Kickboxing Fight Team – Mixed Martial Artists

Most of our team compete in various arts and Sunday was a great example of that.

Jumping from a Kickboxing K1 comp into an MMA comp or from a Grappling comp into a K1 comp is pretty normal for our crew.

The team were also willing to stand in at any opportunity for fighters that had no match ups which as a coach makes me very proud. Its all for the fun of the sport, no ego’s just fun and the pure enjoyment of combat and testing oneself.

Kickboxing Fight Team – Missed Opportunities

Think about it, your learning to fight and your in a room with 150 people looking to do the same.

If you get offered the opportunity why would you say no?

Of course, if you’re injured then take a seat. But if your fit and no excuses then take them when you can.

Were talking interclub level here, so the set up is geared towards learning and competing safely. These are not Rocky Balboa car crashes.

Kickboxing Fight Team – Sparring sessions

The interclubs we take our novice fighters to, like this one Fightstar, a well run show aimed at giving novices some experience. The idea is to build confidence and not destroy it on your first outing.

The interclubs are like sparring session that you would normally do in the club., But you are in a new town, new faces, a crowd and an opponent you have never met.

It’s all aimed at building you up

OTHER MUSINGS

 

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Function First Black Belts

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Function First Black Belts

We Reward Hard Work

Function First Black Belts – We Give Back

So if you’re a Black Belt with us you’ve been training for a few years

You have shown commitment and loyalty and we recognise how important that is in the world

Because we value these attributes we reward them

Function First Black Belts – Free Training

Once you receive your Black Belt you are invited to join our Black Belt club

We upgrade you for free to the BB Club

Now unlike most other clubs, this is not something we charge extra for, we do not ask you to pay when you have shown true commitment.

Saturdays are Black Belt training days. We meet at 2.30 pm and train until 4 pm

We upgrade you for free to the Black Belt Club, our gift to you for what we consider to be important values in the world. 

Function First Black Belts – Skill Development

We coach you how to develop your own work, a much-neglected area in the arts.

Learning how to create drills that flow logically and with natural progressive movement is an important skill that can be transferred to the rest of life

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Function First Black Belts – Invisible doors

We believe in life invisible doors open for those who act with passion and commitment. We believe that unless the organisation is corrupt this is an integral feature of the working world.

We are all surrounded by invisible doors, they open when least expected but there are factors at play that open them. People talk about you, people notice behaviours

 

These are the keys to the invisible doors

By rewarding hard work and certain behaviours we believe we are preparing people for the real world and sending a positive message to all involved, kids and adults.

Some Other Ramblings

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Stress Levels In Training

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Stress Levels In Training

Stress Levels In Training – A vital area to manage

Stress Levels In Training

 

Stress Levels In Training – An Overview

Stress has its uses in combat, unfortunately, stress has a bad rap these days.

Not enough stress can lead to underperformance in sport and in self-defence can lead to disaster.

Too much stress leads to a shut down of the senses and reflexes. So both ends of the scale are not helpful for combat.

As martial artists, we need to find the sweet spot and that lies around 140BPM heart rate.

Stress Levels In Training – Optimal training

Now if you were about to play Chopin on a piano you need a low heart rate. This is complex motor/muscle movements. You need to be very relaxed

If you were about to deadlift 200 KG you can be at the other end of the scale. This is a gross motor/muscle skill

As mentioned, we martial artists need to be in the middle for optimal performance. 

Stress Levels In Training – Controlling emotion

There are a few tools you can use to help control heart rate. Here are 2.

  1. Meditation – This can help to not get caught up in the emotion. Meditation is an amazing tool to develop mental strength. You see your thoughts and you recognise you are not thinking them. You then develop the skill to not attach to them. Stress levels can go through the roof when confronted by an opponent or a threat. To focus and calm the mind with skills developed through meditation gives you a huge advantage
  2. Sparring – This is sort of obvious though there are a few schools of thought on this. We basically work like this. 100 training sessions are light technical sparring and 1 session is tough intense sparring. So we operate a 100/1 ratio in our sparring classes. This helps develop the skills needed to spar safely and build confidence. After that its simply more time on the mats sparring, keeping that ego in check. Not getting too stressed and overwhelmed.

Stress Levels In Training

We hope this was helpful, in the end there are no shortcuts. More time on the mats surrounded by the right people builds confidence. This helps with stress levels and this improves not only combat but in all of life when mastered.

Other Ramblings you may like on our site

If you’d like a free trial in any of our classes give Paula a call on 01522 543 787

 

 

 

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MMA Lincoln

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MMA Lincoln

Function First

MMA Lincoln where the revolution is internal

MMA Lincoln 

In the late 1990’s I was cross training in kickboxing, traditional Jiu-Jitsu and Keysi Fighting method which on its own was a mixture of arts. I was introduced to something called Vale Tudo by my good friend Tony Davis who around that time was travelling far and wide to train with little-known fighters such Antônio Rogério Nogueira.

Since them what we now know as MMA has completely transformed and exploded into the mainstream with such epic theatrical productions such as the Connor McGregor vs Mayweather fight. This fight is reported to have generated around $400,000,000 that’s half a billion nearly which I hope you agree is insane.

MMA Lincoln Fight Team

At Function First MMA Lincoln we entered the arena in 2000 and had some fantastic fights. Stu Smith one of our coaches won his first amateur fight in Peterborough and the following few years we learnt some important lessons and gained some valuable experience.

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Stu after his first win

MMA Lincoln Journey

In our early days, we used to teach all the groundwork, takedown and striking in a one-hour class. But soon realised that regular students making it in two nights a week were struggling to pick up the work. So after some deliberation, we split classes into striking and grappling, MMA Lincoln.

It worked out better than we expected. Students that could only attend two nights a week could now train one hour in our striking class and one hour in our jiu MMA Lincoln class and the results spoke for themselves.

It also meant we had students who preferred the striking and those that enjoyed the grappling more. So we catered for those people also

MMA Lincoln Process

So within the first two years, our striking classes bred two K1 Titleholders and several solid fight team members. Starting at interclubs and working up to the bigger shows.

We are now building a solid fight team though it’s worth mentioning. We are not what I would call a fighters academy. Most of our students train for fun and fitness and the multiple benefits of martial arts. Both off the mats as on the mats.

Our fight team make up around 10% of our members. That seems a great balance at this point in time.

So hopefully be seeing you on those mats soon

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Kickboxing Classes Lincoln

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Kickboxing Classes Lincoln

Mixed Martial Arts

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Even before the UFC popularized footage of men using martial arts techniques to bloody their opponents, the idea that martial arts might promote violence has been a major concern for people looking to get involved in kickboxing. It made sense to believe that in educating their students on how to punch and kick effectively, martial arts instructors would be implicitly teaching that violent behavior is acceptable and that being skillful at hurting others is even praiseworthy. Some parents and teachers worry that children who train in martial arts will be encouraged to use the harmful techniques they learn to hurt and bully other children. This long-held belief has prompted multiple studies on the effect that training martial arts can have on the aggressiveness of young children, and the results of these studies may surprise you.

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Instead of showing martial arts to have a negative effect on the violent tendencies of children, studies have consistently pointed to a reduced, rather than a raised, level of violence among children who train in these kinds of combat sports. One of the first studies carried out on the effect that martial arts training has on aggression was performed in 1981 by Dr. Nosanchuk. This researcher found, much to his surprise, that the longer a person had been training martial arts, the less aggressive they tended to be towards others. [i] This study was followed in 1986 by a study entitled “Martial Arts Training: A Novel “Cure” for Juvenile Delinquency,” By Michael E Trulson. Which concluded that the traditional elements of the martial arts training, including meditation, philosophy, an emphasis on respect, and memorized forms called katas, had a positive effect on at-risk youth who might otherwise be prone to aggression.

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The study demonstrated, among other things, that students who participated in the traditional martial art of Taekwondo for six months showed “decreased aggressiveness, lowered anxiety, increased self-esteem, [and] increased social adroitness” in comparison with students who participated in a regular exercise program that did not include martial arts training. The students in the exercise program, in fact, showed no significant improvement when it came to reducing their aggressive behaviors or increasing their self-esteem and social skills.

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Based on the results of the aforementioned studies and multitude of other research papers on the topic, some elementary schools have recently attempted to implement martial arts training as part of their school curriculum to try and cut down on the amount of bullying among their students. A 2008 study analyzing the results of one such program confirmed some of the earlier conclusions made about martial arts classes in previous articles. This study, entitled, “Effects of Participation in a Martial Arts- Based Ant bullying Program,” showed that third to fifth-year boys who participated in more sessions of their schools’ martial arts-based anti-bullying program were reported to have a lower frequency of aggressive behaviour as well as a higher frequency of helpful behaviour towards victims of bullying. The study attributed this change in the boys’ behavior to the way these classes taught “empathy, self-control, and peaceful strategies to resolve conflicts.

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It is natural for young boys to exhibit an increased level of aggression as they get older, but martial arts can help eliminate some of the more negative forms of aggression by providing an appropriate outlet for the children’s anger and hostility. Instead of hitting classmates on the playground or getting into fights with their siblings, growing boys can redirect their feelings of aggression by hitting punching bags or sparring with classmates in a controlled manner. Sparring with other martial arts students may seem to encourage peer violence in an age group that is already prone to hostile behaviour, but according to Jamie Seabrook author of “Martial Arts Revealed, Benefits, Problems Solutions” “When an instructor emphasizes respect and courtesy towards his students, sparring actually teaches students self-control and humility. Students learn to not swing wildly but to hit with only limited contact.”

Awareness

In other words, martial arts helps students to become masters of their own natural aggressive tendencies by teaching them how to handle their bodies in a controlled manner. Having better body awareness and a sense of control over their own aggression helps students to eliminate inappropriate violence towards others.

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Kickboxing classes Lincoln can also help reduce violence among children by instilling a sense of confidence in them. Children often fight because they want to feel powerful or prove themselves in some way. Being able to command and manipulate other children through aggression and intimidation helps young boys especially to feel more in control of their surroundings when they are suffering from feeling helpless or weak. Very often, however, this kind of violent behavior only serves to decrease the confidence of the victim of the aggressive child without significantly increasing his own. Training in combat sports, on the other hand, increases a child’s level of confidence by increasing his awareness of his inner power and strength and providing him with skills that make him feel safer and more in control of his own person.

Empowerment

This prevents the child from feeling the need to get into fights with other children in order to mask an underlying sense of insecurity or powerlessness. When children gain empowerment through martial arts, they become better equipped to avoid their “tense, defensive reactions to pressure and conflict which so often only create more violence” and to walk away from conflict instead of further aggravating a situation. This renewed sense of self-control and confidence, therefore, decreases a child’s tendency towards violence and teaches him to step away from his habit of fighting to direct his energy towards more worthwhile pursuits.

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Hopefully, now that you have seen the evidence, you are convinced that martial arts training does not lead to the increased levels of aggression that some have mistakenly associated with it. But along with ensuring that your child does not hurt others, you also want to make sure that he is not going to hurt himself. A common misconception parents tend to have about martial arts classes is that they have a high rate of injury and are therefore dangerous for children to participate in. When parents envision children punching and hitting each other in class, it is understandable that they become worried about their children’s safety, but the reality is that children are much more likely to hurt themselves while rollerblading than they are by participating in a martial arts class. In 2003, the Scottish Medical Journal published an article in which they analyzed the number of sports injuries seen in children in the Accident & Emergency Department of a certain hospital over a three-month period of time.

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According to this article, a large majority of the sports injuries observed were obtained by children while playing football or rollerblading, with rugby, basketball, and school physical education also causing a fair amount of damage.[vi] Out of the two hundred thirty-eight sport-related injuries treated at the hospital during the time frame of the study, only two per cent were a result of martial arts training. This is less than half the amount of injuries that occurred as a result of ice skating or cycling, both of which are activities that most parents would feel completely comfortable allowing their children to participate in.

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Children training in organized martial arts programs are under the strict supervision of their sensei and his or her assistants, and in striking sports, they are usually required to wear protective gear that helps prevent injury. A retrospective study done on children and adolescents who participated in a karate class found that of the sixty-eight students surveyed, none had received injuries critical enough to inhibit their participation in the class for any period of time. Twenty-eight per cent of these students sustained some kind of minor injury while training, but these injuries consisted mostly of bruises with only a few students obtaining minor sprains and strains.[vii] The conclusion of this study was that karate is a safe sport for children to participate in as long as the proper protective equipment is worn and the children are adequately supervised.

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The perceived violence and danger of martial arts have also added to another misconception about the sport, which is that it is not an activity for girls. The idea is that because girls are not naturally as aggressive as boys, they will not be interested in a sport that involves punching, kicking, and wrestling. This mentality has unfortunately prevented many girls from becoming involved in an activity that has as many, if not more, benefits for them as it has for their male peers. Parents tend to enroll their sons in martial arts classes more frequently than their daughters, and even when girls do participate in combat

[i] Nosanchuk, T. A. (1981). The way of the warrior: The effects of traditional martial arts training on aggressiveness. Human Relations, 34, 435 – 444.

[ii] Trulson, M. E. (1986). Martial arts training: A novel “cure” for juvenile delinquency. Human Relations, 39, 1131 – 1140.

[iii] Twemlow, S., Biggs, B., Nelson, T., Vernberg, E., and Fonagy, P. (2008). Effects of participation in a martial arts–based antibullying program in elementary schools, Psychology in the Schools 45(10), 947-959.

[iv] Seabrook, Jamie A. Martial Arts Revealed: Benefits, Problems, and Solutions. New York: IUniverse, Inc, 2003.

[v] Aikido Association of America. “About Us.” 2010. http://www.aaa-aikido.com/aboutus.htm

[vi]Boyce, Stephan and Quigley, Micheal. “An Audit Of Sports Injuries In Children Attending An Accident & Emergency Department.” SMJ 2003 48(3): 88-90 http://smj.org.uk/0803/sport.htm

[vii] Zetaruk, M N, M A. Violan, D Zurakowski, and L J. Micheli. “Karate Injuries in Children and Adolescents.” Accident Analysis and Prevention. 32.3 (2000).

 

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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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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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Off The Mats As On

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On The Mats As Off The Mats

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

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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. 

HACK IT

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. 

Off The Mats As On The Mats
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