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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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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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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Healthy Living Is Killing Us All

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Living Longer?

Is that the point?

Ok so given the choice most of us would like a few more years on the planet.

A recent conversation got me thinking about this and it seems its a common thought and almost a Nelson (Ha Ha Simpsons) style attitude towards those of us who choose a healthy lifestyle.

The conversation got round to “well you might eat healthy but a smoker might live longer than you” and on it went.

Well yes, i might die tomorrow, in fact while writing this i could die as could all of us, possibly die of boredom reading it too but hey that’s death for you.

So here’s why i do what i do and im not alone. I eat and live healthy because it makes me feel amazing, alert, engaged in life and full of passion for what i do. The quality of my life is as good as can be i rekon.

I experiment with food, last year i tried eating no carbs in the day and only a few in the evening, this year i had zero carbs 6 days a week and loaded on the 7th and currently im experimenting with eating eggs and going gluten free. Now i have not eaten eggs in 29 years and im finding it more difficult than i thought. Psychologically that is, i just find the idea repulsive but i will do it and in 3-4 moths time i will have lived on a gluten free diet that includes eggs.

Water is vital to your recovery from a martial arts workout

WHY?

Because i measure my performance, i monitor my ability to think and work on projects, i monitor how i feel when i wake up and how i sleep, do i need more or less sleep to operate at my best and so on. Can i work out harder and longer, how do i recover how do my muscles react and on and on.

Most people that enter into this conversation with “yeah but blah de blah” have usually eaten the same food they ate when they lived with mum, their diet is not really something they think about and they feel like they feel and dont know any different. This is how i feel now so this is how i will always feel.

SO, how did you feel when you were 15 years old? Remember the energy, remember the enthusiasm for life and pretty much everything? Ok some of us were moody teenage goths sat in dark rooms getting paler by the day but some will know what i mean.

Do you feel that same energy now? If not then why not?

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Have you experimented with any aspects of your diet and stuck with it to see how you feel?

I had to recently advise one of my coaches to stop drinking coffee and cut down on sugar. I could see the early warning signs of stress and anxiety, well in fact it was very clear to me what a toxic diet he was on and what it was doing to his well being. 2 weeks later and he looked and acted like a new man, felt great and hasnt touched the poison since.

I recently bumped into an old friend who stopped smoking and has taken up fitness, he was so happy. He told me how he now loves spending time with his kids and how he really wants to get up out of bed and get on it. Before he said it was all a drag, a stress and an inconvenience. Now thats a life changing experience for a a whole family because one man stopped drinking as much, stopped smoking and started getting fit. Thats pretty amazing.

So if i live a few extra years or die now, thats not really why i do it and neither should you. If we do live longer than great but we’ll never know why we did or if we did. Do it because you will live life fuller and with passion. Do it because your family deserves the best you that can be and because you deserve to be the best you that you can be.

Peace and all that jazz

 

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Recovering After your Martial Arts Workout

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Recovering After your Martial Arts Workout

A lot of time, effort, and study is put into how to perform during a martial arts class. This is definitely a good thing. You do want to be prepared and to be in great shape when you attend your classes. However, you also will be required to put some time into thinking about what to do after class. Even a moderately paced martial arts workout can be a little testing for the body. When you have finished with your session, you will need to do what is required to properly recover after the workout.

Invest in your Martial Arts workout recovery

Not everyone puts much thought into recovering from their workout. They simply just look forward to the next class. There is definitely nothing wrong with this attitude, but it is also well advised to also invest time in making sure you do what is required to aid in your body’s repair of muscle tissue and to replenish its lost nutrients.

Good nutrition helps recover from your Martial Arts workout

Good food = good martial artsNutrition should not be ignored after a Martial Arts workout. When you are investing time in a high intensity cardio workout, lot of vitamins and minerals will need to be replenished. There are quite a number of nonstimulant workout recovery drinks which can do this. Beware of the sugar content on some of those drinks though. You ideally would want to keep refined sugar low. Others may suggest going the natural route and simply eating an orange as this fruit is considered perfect for recovery. A bit of protein in the form of chicken or brown rice is helpful. The key here is you want to add some carbs to your system so you have energy and you need the protein to rebuild and repair the muscle tissue stressed during the class.

Water is vital to your Martial Arts workout recovery

Water is vital to your recovery from a martial arts workoutYou definitely will want to drink some water after having worked out quite intensely. Sweating means you will have lost quite a bit of water during your workout. Martial artists surely need to replenish that water or else you will end up feeling dehydrated. Then again, you won’t just feel dehydrated. You probably will be dehydrated.

Give your body ample rest after the workout to recover. Rushing into the next workout without taking time out to help your body heel a bit can be the path to injury. If you feel excessively sore, you are going to end up in even worse condition if you do not take time out before the next workout session.

Recovery is a very important component to your martial art training. Never skimp or avoid doing what is required to properly recovery from your workout session.

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Improving Your State of Mind Thanks to Training Martial Arts

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Training martial arts will improve your state of mind

Training martial arts will always have a number of positive benefits. Virtually everyone realises and agrees that training martial arts can be quite good for self defence. Others will be quick to point out that training martial arts will contribute to improvements in health and fitness. There is another area of improvement that can sometimes be overlooked. This would be the mental health benefits that can be gained from training martial arts.

Training martial arts can help relieve this feeling.

The notion training in MMA, kickboxing, or a traditional martial art could lead to improvements in mental health might seem more than a bit “out there”. It may be easy to assume someone is suggesting that studying a combat sport or learning self defence can easily replace serious therapy with a health care provider. No one is suggesting training martial arts are the sole way to treat a major psychological problem. However, the arts can be effectively used to create more peace of mind and enhance a positive mental state.

We know this because they have been doing so for centuries.

Training martial arts for stress relief

The easiest way this can be seen is how training martial arts can be a great stress releaser. No one likes to deal with pent up stress from work or other responsibilities.  Getting away from it all even if it is only for an hour or two can have a positive impact on your state of mind. Hitting a heavy bag or getting a really good workout in can definitely burn up a lot of stress in a good way. We all know that some of the ways people deal with stress are neither positive nor healthy, such as possibly drinking alcohol or smoking. Training martial arts offers a much better alternative.

Training martial arts takes your mind off things

The martial arts can also get your mind off of things that may be troubling you even after you leave the dojo. Thinking about your training or reading a book on the subject contribute to thinking about positive things. This would certainly be preferable to just wallowing on things that are neither positive nor helpful.

This is not to suggest the martial arts should be used for the purpose of permanent escapism. That would be a very self-defeating venture. At some point, you do have to take time out and deal with your responsibilities and sources of stress. Doing so at the proper time is recommended. Training martial arts can give you a reprieve until that time.

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Five Things to Think About When Wondering if MMA Lincoln is For You

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Is MMA Lincoln for you??

Has the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) bug bitten you? No, that question was not directed towards those interested in purchasing the next PPV (Pay Per View). It was directed to those wondering whether or not MMA Lincoln lessons are for them.

You might have watched an event and might be seriously wondering whether or not you should sign up for Mixed Martial Arts lessons. Thinking about taking lessons is certainly a good idea. It is also a good idea to read the following MMA facts because they might just help nudge you towards making the decision to sign up.

MMA Lincoln

#1 You do not have to compete to take part in MMA Lincoln classes.

As with any other martial art, you can train for fun and for hobby. If you do wish to compete, you can certainly follow the path towards doing so. However, if you are just looking for something fun to do, MMA classes can be worth investing time in.

#2 There is no age limit for taking MMA Lincoln lessons.

You might be over middle age and wondering whether or not MMA is for you. For high intensity competition based training, youth does play a major factor in whether or not you will be able to get the most out of your training. That said, for fun, hobby and fitness, you can be up there in age and still get a lot out of MMA training.

#3 MMA Lincoln is fine for kids as well.

MMA material is commonly weaved into a traditional kid’s martial arts program. That means the kids might end up training with the karate uniforms on and follow a traditional TKD (Tae Kwon Do) or Kempo program. Judo, BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) and kickboxing may be weaved into the program to help bring a little MMA to the traditional program kids enjoy.

#4 MMA Lincoln is great for weight loss and health.bjj to mma

You are performing quite a bit of cardiovascular work when you are engaging in an MMA class. This means you will burn a lot of calories and contribute to the burning of a great many unwanted calories. There is a reason why MMA fighters look lean and ripped. Their workouts lead to such results.

#5 Those interested in self-defense will find MMA Lincoln very helpful.

While MMA is a sportive endeavor, it also covers all manner of striking and grappling. This means it presents excellent tools for use in a self-defense scenario. It is strongly recommended to study personal protection and street self-defense so you can tweak your MMA training for reality based training.

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