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Welcome to the latest Extreme Impact drill! This drill is from the forthcoming “Extreme Impact Unit 8: Confusion Drills” (to be released in Sept 2010). Confusion drills are ones that mess with the mind and body by never allowing you to “find your groove”. The drills involve variations in tempo, intensity and impact to keep you constantly outside of your comfort zone! I hope you “enjoy” making use of this drill in your training and teaching. We will be back with more samples and exclusive drills soon!
We’ve just added another totally new Extreme Impact video to this blog! This time it is the turn of Hooks and Uppercuts! The clip below is a sample from Extreme Impact 7 (coming out in Sept 2010) which includes a whole host of drills for hooks and uppercuts that develop all the associated attributes needed to deliver those techniques with knockout power!
This clip includes a brief piece of technical instruction from Steve on the mechanics of arching punches and a simple drill designed to develop explosiveness, power, footwork and aerobic fitness.
We hope you enjoy this sample of Unit 7 and that you’ll check out all the drills in the unit when it is released via iainabernethy.com in a few weeks time! Steve and I will be back with more sample drills soon.
I hope you enjoy making use of these drills in your training and teaching.
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Below is the introductory sequence from Extreme Impact Units 6 to 10! These units will be available in September 2010 and will cover footwork, angular punches, bag work, confusion drills and advanced fitness. It the run up to the launch, we’ll be bringing you a number of sample drills that you can make use of in your training and teaching.
The clip below is a sample from Extreme Impact 6 which will be available for download in September 2010. Unit 6 covers a host of gut-busting advanced fitness drills that are not for the fainthearted! We hope you enjoy this sample and that you’ll check out all the drills on Unit 6 when it is released via iainabernethy.com in a few weeks time! We will be back with more sample drills very soon!
Welcome to the longest podcast we have ever done! This month’s podcast follows on from last month’s on the grading system and the black belt. I received a lot of requests for more information on what I felt a syllabus should include and what a dan grade should be. So I picked up a copy of my syllabus and clicked the record icon on my laptop. The resulting “stream of consciousness” is this month’s podcast.
The podcast is split into two halves. In the first half, I discuss the topics that I feel a holistic and pragmatic syllabus should include and why they are so important. I think it would be fair to say that the majority of martial arts syllabuses omit these things so I hope it provides some food for thought. The second part of the podcast discusses how my personal syllabus (which I keep private) is set up and the podcast also breaks down what we do for 9th kyu and 1st dan; and a little bit of what we cover as students make their way from one to the other.
As I hope I made clear last month, I personally don’t believe that a universal and standardised criteria for dan grades is a good idea (listen to the podcast for the details of why I think that). So in that vein, I am not suggesting that what I do is what others must also do; nor am I suggesting that all syllabuses adopt the criteria I personally use. I do, however, hope that this discussion on what I personally do is helpful to you in structuring what you do.
I hope you enjoy the podcast and I’ll be back with a standard length podcast next month!
In this month’s podcast we discuss the always controversial subject of the grading system and the coveted black belt. On internet forums, message boards, and in the letters pages in the martial arts magazines we frequently find discussion on how standards are falling, the black belt does not mean what it once did and that there is no uniform standard anymore. So in this podcast I’d like to give my take on the black belt and the plusses and pitfalls associated with the grading system in general.
I cover the origins of the black belt; how the grading system can encourage the pursuit of things that have no bearing on combative function; how the grading system can both encourage and discourage the inappropriate rise of ego; what could happen if we got rid of the grading system; the lack of standardisation in grading criteria (which I think is a good thing); what grades are legitimate; and many more of the issues surrounding the grading system.
This podcast also has a little bit of information on some of the exciting changes that will be coming to iainabernethy.com in the next few weeks! I hope that you enjoy the podcast and I’ll be back with a new one next month!
All the best,
PS The picture associated with this podcast is drawn by Lauren Fast and is of myself strangling Scott Knowles (the “official uke” of my recent Canadian trip) using a technique from Pinan Yodan. I’ll share high resolution versions of these with you in coming weeks, because they are amazing works of art! Thanks to James Freeman for arranging these pictures, to Lauren for drawing them … and to Scott for being happily strangled for a fortnight!
A few weeks ago I added some videos to this section relating to the Crossing the Pod seminars in the UK and the USA in August! Well, I now have a new video from Nicholas Yang!
The first weekend of seminars will take place in Seattle in the USA (14th and 15th of August) and the second weekend will take place a week later in Coventry in the UK (21st and 22nd of August). Kris Wilder, Marc “Animal” MacYoung, Alan Peasland, Nicholas Yang and I will be the instructors with all five of us teaching both days!
As I have said before, these events present an amazing mix of the “traditional” and the “reality based” (not that I see a difference between the two terms) and I’m sure serious martial artists in Europe and USA will be very keen to be part of this history making event! So far the UK one has bookings from as far a field as Norway and Spain! This is going to be a very exciting international event. Any how, that’s enough from me, please checkout Nicholas’s new video below!
Here’s a quick clip from the filming of the first set of Extreme Impact Downloads. Those who have seen the downloads will know that Steve and I take turns when demonstrating and to explain each of the drills … well on this one I forgot it was my turn! Watch carefully for the shifty sideways glances from Steve and me! Thankfully, the editing removes all such cock-ups from the final program! Enjoy!
This month’s podcast is a cardiovascular martial arts workout! It’s been a while since we have done a workout podcast and I’d been receiving lots of requests for one. All you need for this one is a little space and some light dumbbells. You then play the podcast and work along with it for a 23 minute training session that involves various cardiovascular exercises, muscular endurance exercises, and various types of shadow fighting!
Before doing the workout, you should watch the video that goes with this podcast (found on the blog of iainabernethy.com if you are accessing this podcast via iTunes etc). This video has demonstrations of the key exercises and should make it clear what is required.
IMPORTANT: If you are unsure of how to perform any of the exercises safely, effectively and efficiently then do not attempt this workout without first seeking instruction from a suitably qualified and experienced person. Also be sure to work at a suitable pace and immediately stop if you feel any undue pain or discomfort.
The workout is cardiovascular and muscular endurance in nature and is time-based (i.e. each activity is engaged in for a given time). It is therefore important to work at a pace that allows you to keep moving for the duration of each section. If you find that you need to stop / take breaks because of exhaustion, then you need to reduce the pace at which you are working.
I hope you enjoy the workout and find it a useful addition to your training program. I’ll be back with a normal podcast in a few weeks!
All the best,
PS The bench press picture above has absolutely nothing to do with this workout!