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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Talent Vs Hard Work

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The Hare and the tortoise.

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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. 

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Interclub April 2015

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Well done all, you did so well.

Vipers were amazing, some wonderful attitude and technique, very proud indeed. It was so difficult to decide on a winner as the skill levels were so well matched.

Cadets, wow girl power in the arena, again fantastic attitude and effort giving the boys a hard time but great skill and sportsmanship from all.

Adults, some big steps taken for a few today, some lovely technical skill on display and some heart.

There was a few tears as expected, its a contact sport but the objectives were met and were so proud of you all. The purpose was purely to build confidence and i know you all felt the pressure, even the guys who have competed at larger shows admitted this afterwards.

I could hear the breathing from the stress and the emotions in the eyes, this is what its all about, pushing each other to places in the mind and body that most people will never experience.

Its character building stuff and will pay dividends over the years and throughout your life. It toughens the mind and body and it strengthens the mind body connection, and you cannot put a price on that.

I know as parents if your child’s out there it can be uncomfortable, it should be unless your a bit of a monster. We understand this and we value the responsibility you put in us as professionals to make sure your children are looked after and safe. They are in good hands and we would never let anything go on that was negative to anyones growth as a human, its all about team and sportsmanship and today it was abundant, not just from the competitors but the parents and others watching the event.

We salute you all.

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Street Fighting Cage monster

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OOOOHHHHH

Its cold out, i’ll stay in tonight

Going out to all martial artists all over the world, except maybe California.

I was off to Nottingham the other night, i know i’m crazy me.

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On my way in to the city around 8pm dark cold and drizzling with icy cold rain i watched the playing fields flood lit up filled with youngsters playing rugby and football.

Running around in the rain with shorts on, diving into the mud and loving it.

It’s easy to choose the sofa and cake especially after a hard days work when its dark and cold out, but get your behind off that sofa.

We need to keep up the tough guy/girl image and we cant do it on our own.

See you on the soft warm mats soon.

PEACE

 

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Comp team

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Bringing Home The Medals

Oh! and a disqualification

Well another great outing for the team.

Dom took the gold in the strike and grapple

Rob took silver in the strike and grapple

Mike took Bronze in the strike and grapple

Alfie got DQ’d in the kickboxing, unfortunately Alfie kicked his opponent’s legs after a warning.

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So a nice range of medals all the way to a DQ,

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One Stage Of Learning The Arts

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It’s All Working Fine

Oh Hang On, Its Not Working Against Beginners

PANIC!!!!!!!!!

So depending where you are on your journey that headline will or might not make sense.

I’m going to talk to you as if you have experienced this feeling and if you haven’t then keep reading it will help when the moment arrives, and it will.

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It goes like this, training is going well, you feel like your getting to grips with it and like you can get some of it to work with your training partners. In sparring/grappling your finding your thing and you keep getting a few of your mates with it, happy days.

Then one day a complete newbie comes in, can’t tie his/her laces, got the Gi on back to front and put the focus pads on their feet, ok you get my point. So you partner up with them and the usual timings and energy your used too all of a sudden feel awful, you cant seem to hit the pads well and even worse in sparring you can’t do your thing. To add insult to injury the new dude has caught you twice or pinned you and you cant escape and now your ego hurts.

Then you start to question.

  • Can i really make this work?
  • Maybe it only works because my partners train like me
  • If it doesn’t work on a beginner how can it work on someone in the street in self defence?
  • If it only works on people who train then what?
  • He doesn’t do what he should do , oh dear.

IT’S OK

We all feel this at some point in our journey, it’s normal.

Think of it like this.

If you were in a car race and the guy in the car next to you is a newbie, he’s had 2 classes, he can’t take corners well, didn’t know how to control the clutch for an optimum start, was cluncking through the gears (yep this is a retro VW Golf MK 1 race day) he even turns around and goes round the track the wrong way thinking he’s winning or out smarting you and so on, you get the idea yes?

So the race begins and you have been training for a year or more, how do you think you’ll do in reality against this zebra (got bored of guy, dude, man)

Well hopefully you’ll kick his arse, i mean be careful, not cocky and never under estimate your opponent and all that jazz but you should really have the advantage.

The Reality of the fight is not training

Now in the training arena all these things are hugely important, your partner needs good timing on the pads or in sparring. This helps you develop your skills to a higher level, i mean you get good by training with people better than you. Not training with people with no timing or co ordination and so on. Its sort of obvious but this point still eludes us when our ego takes a bashing.

The car racer that goes round the track the wrong way is the antelope your trying to do a technique to, who goes all limp and just lies flat and rolls onto his back.

They don’t quite get the game yet.

The energy, movement and game plan of a higher level monkey isn’t there yet so it all feels weird and awkward and your cool stuff isn’t working. He’s missing his gears and taking the corners wide, brake’s coming on hard on the bends and so on.

On the mats your sort of co-piloting, you need to make adjustments for them to help them grow.

But don’t get depressed or upset, it’s all part of the journey.

Train thousands of reps and train with people who have better timing, people who give you great energy and move to the next logical position/s,  and ok maybe some weird whacky unorthodox stuff from time to time. But that only really comes with the basics learnt well while keeping good posture and base all the time, they will help sharpen up your game no end.

But it’s important to train with the newbies, were all newbies to someone, i need someone to come down to my level to help me grow and the beat goes on.

Peace and training folks

 

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