Valkyrie Women

The Valkyrie ladies are getting tired of beating up men in class. They have decided we needed to recruit more women, and our current method of reaching students doesn’t seem to be working. So, they put together this video in order to recruit more women to their cause. Please share it around.

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Where The Wild Things Are

At Valkyrie, our semi-official motto is “We Make Monsters.” “Monsters” means a few things to us. The obvious is that after almost a year of our unique physical training, we’ve made some impressive gains in athleticism and martial prowess. Shirts that were loose a year ago barely fit our shoulders now. I remember getting into an argument with someone alone who insisted that bodyweight training was useless for martial arts, compared to weight training. He argued that bodyweight training didn’t scale, that it was nothing but diminishing returns. He also said it was impossible to achieve hypertrophy (gain in muscle size) with bodyweight training, and felt that real strength training only came with weights. At the time, I argued for the superiority of bodyweight work based mostly on superior muscle activation over a broader range of motion. I felt that was all that was needed for the bodyweight training to…

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Hogwash and Bullshit

The internet has reached a point of being predictable. At least, in the comments sections of every website. I saw a post today regarding a huge storm about to hit Hong Kong, and I don’t need to read the comments. The same species of lame humour attempts will fill up most of the space, next to a few sporadic attempts to correct what was wrong with the original article, and maybe one or two hapless “oh, those poor people” posts. For the most part the comments are all going to be various attempts at being the class clown. Used to be one in every class, now it’s everyone in class. With martial artists, the new class clown is the Realism guy. This started with a few small voices in the nineties gaining prominence in the martial arts magazines. It was refreshing to hear people call out some obvious bullshit that…

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A Little More Film Fun

The new phone has a handy built-in video highlight feature. Just had to try it out in class last night, and share the results with you guys. A little swordplay: A smidge more of our workouts: And a little bit more of the whole class: Apparently the software uses some complexity juggling to stitch things together, and it’s tweakable with some work. I’ll be putting together some more video this weekend to explain what we do in class better, but I thought you all might enjoy the little robot-generated teasers first. If I can figure out a quick way to tweak them, I might make a habit of uploading highlight videos every few classes…probably to facebook, maybe google+. They sure are fun so far…

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A look behind the doors

If we had doors to hide behind, anyways… Putting together the first promo clip for the Valkyrie WMA Assembly was a bit of a challenge. Our camera has been busy. I leave it on a table at the side of class, and encourage students to take a few shots if they are sitting out or taking a break. Since December, I’ve downloaded over four thousand shots from the camera, and a few dozen videos. None of us are photographers, so it takes a few hundred shots to do what a pro could do in one or two… I still had to make some decisions about what to showcase. It would nice to share some of the workout. Lots of people ask about our boxing, and the 5×5 drill, so it would be nice to show that as well. I could show off the drills and detail work of the students,…

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Cascadia North 2012: Greatest Hits – The Rough Cut

I decided to bite the bullet and upload some footage from the 2012 edition of Cascadia North. I’ve been sitting on most of the footage while I looked for a chance to properly edit it down to a nice short catchy video. Free time seems to be lacking these days, so…here’s a wee peek! And do not take what you see as any sort of indication of anyone’s fighting level. I cherry picked things that I thought might be visually interesting. The attitude of almost every fighter at the event was one of earnest fun, not of trying to better someone else. Respect the fighters and the event before you make any comments…or better yet, show up next year and see what it’s all about.

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