Nutrition for swordplay: training and competition

You wanna fight, you gotta eat. Swordplay is a power sport. You need to generate a ton of speed in very little time, and you need to do it again and again. One to three pounds of steel need to be accelerated to maximum speed…and then rapidly have the brakes put on so you can make a nimble change in direction mid-lunge or mid-cut. This takes some serious muscle, and some serious fuel. Your overall diet should be rich in nutrients. Strongly coloured veggies should be a staple of your diet. Every single meal should include something from kale to blueberries. Dark coloured, leafy. A variety is essential. Next on the list would be multiple sources of fats. Olive oil, fish, avacados, nuts, seeds, whole cream. Again, a variety is important. You want to aim for an equal balance of the three kinds of fats, and that can be tricky…

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Bounce A Little Higher: Moving Past The Squat

Bob Charron teaches some epic weekend workshops. It was at one of his workshops I was first introduced to the “Farmer Burns” workout. I loved it. It opened my eyes up to the value of old-fashioned calisthenics, and also got me into Catch Wrestling, which became a real love. The Farmer Burns workouts became a staple warmup for the classes I taught, and I shared them at workshops. When Devon and I start putting together the workouts for Academie Duello, there was never any question of the good old Burns being the staple. The squat is the key of the workout, and it’s a good exercise. If you’re a Western Martial Arts student, you’ve probably tasted the pain of a series of squats. I’m guessing most AD students can probably still do a minute worth of squats without any real effort. One of the problems of a squat, for students…

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Sunday Morning Reflections

Sunday mornings are lovely. Saturdays are usually a good workout day for me, so Sunday I get that extra restful feeling that comes from being a successful animal. I ate, I ran, I fought. A good Sunday is a time for being a more civilized animal. Reading for a few quiet hours. Watching the small creatures move around outside. Getting together with a friend and some swords, and doing some slow technical work together. Sunday morning can also be a bit of a bugger for me. I wake up, and have only a limited amount of free time before I start working an extended shift. Today it’s motivating me to focus more on my goal of quitting that job by September and moving back into being a full-time Palaestrics coach. I can’t control whether people come and give me money for my services, but I can control my own actions.…

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Wednesday WTF

Brought to you today by Yahoo! Catwoman New Batman movie coming out. And with it, a new Catwoman! Excellent. Tight black leather costume. Everyone will adore that, and rave about how good the actress, Anne Hathaway in this case, looks. We always do. And since it seems a lot of people hold themselves up to the physical ideals of what we see in a movie, what does it take to pull off the Catwoman look? Five hundred calories a day. WTF. “It dominated my year.” Want what you think is the ideal body? Live in the gym and eat nothing for a year. What does that get you? Accolades if you are an actor…that’s some serious dedication to craft! But for the rest of us? What it gets you is a year of living in the gym and eating nothing. Sounds like a lifetime goal right there. I can’t imagine…

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Introductory Class

Six Week Intro Class: June 30-Aug 04 Saturdays 10AM Locations TBA, $100/$150 Our first series of introductory classes will start June 30th. Classes will be an hour long. In these classes we will work on building a basic fitness platform for the next series of classes. Each class will consist of progressive workouts to build core strength, basic movement skills, and instruction in the 5X5 and 2×2 martial drill methods. The last class will be a fitness exam that students will need to pass in order to take further classes. Classes will be outdoor, rain or shine. A variety of Vancouver parks will be used, all will be chosen for ease of access by transit. Cost is $100 for six sessions. If you sign up before June 25th, for an extra $50 you will also receive a basic nutrition coaching package consisting of a basic diet and body composition analysis…

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Testing, testing…

Playing with facebook’s annoying feed restrictions. Sigh. If you can read this, can you do me a favour and click on the “like” button, so I can map out just how accurate their numbers are, and see how many people each post reaches. I’ve included a picture of me demonstrating good pushup form to help out. I’ll do one of those pushups for each like. …it might take a day or two… Thank you!

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