Gift Vouchers

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Everything Function First

You can now purchase gift vouchers online and they can be used for anything Function First.

Gift yourself or someone, Cryotherapy, flotation, private lessons, a block of classes or use the vouchers in the shop for any of our equipment. One voucher, multiple options.

Follow this link to our flotation website for more information and vouchers
Follow this link for more information on our cryotherapy and online booking

Rememember these vouchers can be used for anything Function First

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Tom Barlow BJJ Seminar

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Tom Barlow BJJ GI Seminar

24th November at Function First Lincoln

£20 please book in advance,  non members welcome. This is a GI session.

Tom “the mighty Barlow” Barlow has been active in the UK BJJ scene and the international competitive jiu jitsu circuit for more than a decade. He received his black belt in 2011 from Braulio Estima, and has trained all over the world with greats like Eric Paulson, Andre Galvao, Rafa and Gui Mendes, and Otavio Sousa, among others.

Tom has been very successful in competitive BJJ as well. He is a three-time No-Gi World Champion at featherweight, European Champion, and has competed in a number of professional, submission-only events like the Polaris Pro and Tuff– you also might recognise him as a recurring commentator for Polaris.



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John Will Seminar

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At Function First Lincoln
Sunday June 14th
10am
£40

You know it makes sense

Train with one of the original dirty dozen

This is a Gi seminar with 5th Dan BJJ black belt John Will

All levels all clubs welcome,

Please book in advance via the following link, thanks and see you there.

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Cadet Class Assistants

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At the weekend we had the cadet class assistants in the academy for some tune ups.

WHY?

To create stand out students that will develop into stand out employees and maybe stand out employers

HOW?

So the cadet class assistant training aims to develop a can do attitude with organisational skills, taking the lead and picking up the slack when noticed, like a really good labourer on a building site. The tradesmen don’t ever have to ask for a mix or a stack of bricks, its always there, always ready. 

Team Work

We have all worked alongside people who sherk their responsibilities, mostly we moan and complain about these people and rightly so. My own experience with these people is “well if you won’t do it i will” If you have a half decent boss they will notice. 

Be that person and eventually invisible doors of opportunity open, that’s our aim with our students though the cadet assistants get these lessons and this mindset training in bucketloads with live experience to take the lead

PRICELESS

These skills and this attitude are priceless, developed at a young age sets you in good stead for the real world, there are plenty of people who will clock watch and get away with as little as possible. Don’t be that person, black belt mentality, black belt attitude. 

WIN WIN WIN

Everything we do we aim for win win win outcomes, you assist with us when you show the certain skills, and we train you to stand out.

At the last gradings three of our older assistants, fourteen years old, blew me away. Not only did they stand out, they shone, i was taken aback by the confidence and delivery of information. The projection of the voice, the control of the class, not easy with 35 little vipers on the mats. Many many adults with years of experience struggle with those numbers, yet these girls were in their element, completely at ease and leading like professionals.

All down to consistent training and assisting and some great coaching, sorry ego crept in.

So there you go and now you know, we are always thinking of developing our students, we are always developing various skills beyond the obvious kick punch elbow. 

Revolution Is Internal

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Fight Team Growing

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Fight Team Growing

Martial Arts Flow Drills

Cadet & Adult Fight Team Information

So we are getting a lot more of you asking about competing lately. So here hopefully, is everything you need to know, plus a few changes for the cadets (age 9-15) team

Cadet Team age 9-15

We have introduced a new format for the cadets making it easier for you all to compete and get the adequate training necessary for competing.

The minimum requirement to compete is two classes a week

Monday & Wednesday 5.30pm class for the fight team is now 1 hour

The first 35 minutes are regular technical classes followed by 25 minutes dedicated competition sparring

We also have an optional Saturday class at 2.30pm until 4pm 100% dedicated to competition training, this is for adults and cadets.

Of course the more work you put in the higher the skill level and increased ability in competition will be achieved. That being said, some children can lose the motivation and enthusiasm if they train too much so please bear that in mind, more is not always better.

If we think your child is doing too much we will reduce their package and limit their classes, no one wins if we allow children to burn out and lost their passion.

Adult Team

Adults, suck it up, you cannot overtrain on our timetable.

Minimum classes for adult competition are four classes a week. Two technical classes and two sparring. It’s in the sparring classes that we asses you all to see when you are ready, no sparring, no competitions.

Prices as usual, see Beckie on reception. More Is Better.

Our Commitment To You

We arrange the shows and we start with interclubs. These are friendly competitions set up for beginners often these events are in other clubs with multiple competitions going on at once, fairly relaxed and a family friendly atmosphere. They are not a brawl looking for knockouts. They are designed for people to get used to the competitive arena in a safe environment. They are a test of skill and technical ability. We make sure you are matched up fairly and we stop any competition if it looks mis matched or to intense.

Its common to have more than one competition in a day if you so wish, meaning you can gain invaluable experience.

We corner you, we look after you and we make sure its as enjoyable as possible.

If after several inter-club competitions you wish to continue your journey we offer additional free training for team members. We give back to those who commit to us.

Required Equipment

You will need your own training equipment and lads you will need a groin guard.

Uniform essential, it hurts a little when we travel to shows and corner someone in Tapout gear.

Interested?

Speak to one of the coaches if you have any questions and Beckie to get on the team package.

Then train hard and enjoy the ride

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Fight Team Leeds

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Fight Team Leeds

June 2018

Fight team leeds

Dom boxing bout

Fight Team Leeds 2018 June

We attended the Strike Series event K1 & Kickboxing show in Leeds this June. Nicely run show with the largest chandelier you’ve ever seen.

Four of the team were competing on the show and training camp was a gruelling 8 weeks that paid off.

Fight Team Leeds – Alfie

fight team leeds

Alfies knockout shot

Alfie Lewis – was first up for his second K1 kickboxing bout. Round 1 could have been scored either way, both fighters went 100% and it was hard to score.

For round 2 the corner crew gave Alfie some guidance, he went back in and knocked out his opponent with a round kick to the head. Watching him execute the knockout shot was no different than watching him in training. He simply applied the training drills and game plan and boooom.

Fight Team Leeds – Billy

Win for Billy

Billys second show, he fought a tough K1 Kickboxing fight. It went all three rounds though he dominated them all, it was a battle.

His opponent was up for a fight and he was no push over. But in the end the judges scored it a unanimous win for Billy. Heavy hits from both fighters.

Fight Team Leeds – Tom

fight team leeds

Loss for Tom

Tom fought a fantastic K1 Kickboxing fight, very technical and a great attitude. Sadly he got knocked out in the second round but overall Toms fight showed a great mix. Technique, posture, ring craft, aggression accuracy. It was all there and a true pleasure to watch.

He landed so many well timed shots, knees, kick punches. Everything set up, everything followed up.

Happy days, a fine loss

Fight Team Leeds – Dom

fight team leeds

Doms first boxing bout a draw

Well this was feisty and very exciting. Doms first boxing bout and what fun he had. Tough tough opponent, really swinging some bombs and taking some punishment well.

I’ll not mention the floss dancing Dom seemed to be doing.

All three rounds were like a Rocky movie, the crowd were going insane, the mix of technique and fight brawl mash up were such fun to watch.

The judges scored it a draw and we were all happy with the outcome.

SOME RAMBLINGS

 

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Martial Arts Breed Violence?

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Martial Arts Breed Violence?

Poppycock 

Martial Arts Breed Violence, this is something we hear a lot.

martial arts breed violence

Often dad brings the kids along and raises concerns that mum believes Martial Arts Breed Violence.

It’s simply not true, ok there might be a small percentage of children that confuse the message early on. Though with good coaching this will be dealt with quickly, and yes, of course, there is always the exception.

Psychopaths make up 1% of the population so knowing that, one in a hundred, well maybe Military school ASAP.

Martial Arts Breed Violence – Play Circuit

Dr. Jaak Panksepp, a neuroscientist, psychologist and psychobiologist has written extensively about the importance of play. He discovered the motivations that the play circuit develops in kids and adults.

Some believe this work to be so important a discovery that the Nobel prize is fitting.

Martial arts develops the play circuit in children and adults. Rough and tumble play clearly defines the differences between aggression and assertiveness. While playing, supervised as in a martial arts classroom setting. Or alone with friends, an extremely important distinction. Children learn what boundaries are acceptable to the group and what is aggression and what is assertiveness.

Martial Arts Breed Violence – Ethics

Play also develops ethics. Martial arts develops ethics and fair play. Games, the classroom, the dojo. Well, there are rules, mostly unspoken otherwise the academy would be wall to wall posters and rules and that’s not much fun for anyone.

Over time the rules of the group, the culture become clear. People that don’t abide by the rules or ethics generally are not accepted into the group. We do get a few of these in the club every now and then, they simply find another club where their behaviour is acceptable, and that’s how society functions.

From street gangs to Olympic teams, the culture of the group dictates.

Martial Arts Breed Violence – Nonsense

No, is basically the answer to “Do Martial Arts Breed Violence”?

But we get it, on the surface, it can appear as if it does.

Remember – It’s better to be a warrior in the garden than a gardener on the battlefield. 

MORE RAMBLINGS

 

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Muay Thai Seminar

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Muay Thai Seminar

Saturday 16th June 2.30pm

Matt Chapman is back to deliver his Muay Thai system

Those of you who attended his punch power seminar need no introduction.

Matt is a fantastic well rounded martial artist with knowledge beyond his years

  • The seminar is 2 hours
  • Seminar costs £20
  • Book your place in advance
  • No pay on the day


Matt has written books on MMA, Kickboxing and has a hugely popular online training course in the striking arts Mitt Master

muay thai seminar

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Martial Arts Flow Drills

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Martial Arts Flow Drills

Martial arts flow drills are but one way, there are multiple ways to train martial arts and over the next few weeks I’ll cover some of them.

All are useful, some you’ll prefer. But don’t just stick with the ones you like. Get out of your comfort zone and grind it out.

Martial Arts Flow Drills

Martial Arts Flow Drills – Tools to enhance

Flow drills can be used in all arts, kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu, Self defence and so on.

What I personally like about flow drills is once you have the drill memorised. You have the freedom to flow and see opportunities inside the work. When you are shown new work, techniques etc, you are too busy just trying to remember where your hands should be or remember to breathe. If you train you know what I mean eh.

Martial Arts Flow Drills – The basics

I’ll use a Self-defence MMA example here.

In pairs, it would go something like this. Strikes, takedown, ground position, counter, strikes on ground, submission, escape, back to feet. REPEAT left and right reference.

Now we have the flow we can begin to study

Martial Arts Flow Drills – Study time

Once the drill basics are memorised you are free to flow. Now once you are flowing you’ll see things appear. Your mind free’s up enabling you to see things you’d normally miss.

It’s a wonderful learning experience if you relax and go with it. Now finding a great training partner who’s not trying to crush you is the hardest bit.

Martial Arts Flow Drills – Royalise it all as my BJJ coach John Will says

We have the flow drill, we are finding things we couldn’t see before. Now what?

Now we take out one part of the drill, say an armbar. We work on the armbar until every detail is world class. We drill it in isolation thousands of times.

Then when its Olympic gold standard we drop it back into the flow drill. A wonderful thing now happens. The rest of the drill looks shabby in comparison. Like when you buy a new pair of shoes and your clothes look scruffy, the nightmare of many an old punk rocker. So what to do?

Royalise the lot, over time you make the flow drill world class, do that and hey presto you’re getting good.

MORE MUSINGS

Next week Chaos drills followed by shadow drills

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Hard Work Sweat And Tears

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Hard Work Sweat And Tears

A simple list of must-read books if you’re interested in performance and improvement for self and others.

By no means complete, there are many many others

Carol Dweck- Mindset

“Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.”

Matthew Syed – Bounce

‘I love this book. A must-read if you have ever wondered what sets the super-achievers and the rest of us apart – in any field, not just in sport. I only wish I had read it when I was fifteen.’ Gabby Logan, BBC presenter and former international gymnast

Daniel Coyle – The Talent Code

Talent. You’ve either got it or you haven’t.’ Not true, actually.

Daniel Coyle – The Little Book Of Talent

The Little Book of Talent” should be given to every graduate at commencement, every new parent in a delivery room, every executive on the first day of work. It is a guidebook–beautiful in its simplicity and backed by hard science–for nurturing excellence.”Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of “The Power of Habit”

Malcolm Gladwell – Outliers

Why do some people achieve so much more than others? Can they lie so far out of the ordinary? Malcolm Gladwell looks at everyone from rock stars to scientific geniuses to show that the story of success is far more surprising, and inspiring, than we ever imagined.

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