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Farang Fitness

There just isn’t enough time in the day to squeeze in all the fitness and martial arts training that I want. It always feels like I am sacrificing one or the other. It’s one of the reasons why training smarter is so important.

Take tonight’s training schedule as an example. I worked all day, then taught an hour long belly dancing class, drove home, ate dinner, trained for another hour in martial arts, and worked on my business webpage. I got a ton done but always feel like it isn’t enough. I do meal prep on the weekends to save time during the week, but I still feel like I run out of day light and energy. That is why I have started combining my fitness training with martial arts practice.

Not all forms of martial arts practice is good for fitness. For example, if I am studying new material and going slow, then I still need to squeeze in a fitness workout. However, if I am drilling material I already know, then I can turn it into a great cardio workout.

Tonight I was practicing material from the Farang Mu Sul system. It is a Korean style of martial arts brought to the United States by Grand Master De Alba. I needed to drill these combinations, because in a street fight if I am defending myself I will not have time to check my notes. I will need to be able to respond quickly without thinking about the ”right move.” By increasing my speed and intensity with these drills I was able to get a great cardio burn in and lock down some much-needed practice time. A double win!

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Positive Self Talk – Why Train in Martial Arts

Positive self talk is so incredibly important. We all have an internal monologue as we go about our day. We think about the things we need to take care of, did you turn off the toaster, worry over your outfit making you look fat, did that cute guy really just flirt with me, and so much more. That internal voice is our constant companion. When it comes to working out, martial arts training, or really doing anything outside of your comfort zone it’s important to not talk yourself out of trying. You can look at a pile of weights and think there is no way you will ever be able to lift them. That line of thinking is crippling. Instead you can’t do a pull up YET but you are working on it. That shift in mindset will open doors for you. You will start to see things as opportunities and adventures waiting to happen. If you can harness the power of positive self talk the world will become a brighter place. You will be surprised at all the amazing things you can accomplish. Working out is hard enough as it is you don’t need the extra burden of your own mind tearing you down. Talk yourself up, be your own best cheerleader, and go out to conquer the world. You are capable of it!

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Break out of your Comfort Zone

The comfort zone is that warm and fuzzy place where everything is safe. We don’t grow in the comfort zone. Body positivity is establishing who we are and firmly rooting that image into our comfort zone. In itself, that isn’t a bad thing, but what happens if you want more? Complacency is the death of progress. No matter how much we wish it the world will not stand still for us. If we stop pushing, and the world keeps moving forward, then we fall behind. Fitness, martial arts, nutrition the same rule applies to them. A martial artist who doesn’t practice her skills will start to loose them. A healthy eater who doesn’t adjust their nutrition as she gets older will start to have problems. A fitness buff who does the same thing all the time will plateau. In order to grow we need training that is going to push us outside our comfort zones. For me high intensity is something outside of my comfort zone. No matter what sport I am in I’m always the slow and steady type. That style has served me well, after all I won a world championship undefeated in martial arts. However, complacency is the death of progress. To keep pushing and keep moving forward with my skills I need to train outside of my comfort zone. With both my fitness and martial arts training I’m working on increasing my intensity. After all I wouldn’t be much of a instructor if I can’t practice what I preach. What is your comfort zone and how are you pushing your limits? Give it a try and see how far you can go!

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What does it mean to be an Iron-Warrior?

When you sign up for classes you are not just getting your standard martial arts or sword fighting classes. Instead you are getting a complete package of training that encompasses martial arts, fitness, and nutrition integrated into a system we call Iron-Warrior.

The first pillar of the Iron-Warrior System is martial arts and skills training. We have one of the most varied and wide encompassing classes in the country. We have classes on longsword, polearm, weapon and shield, escrima, sword dancing, and Filipino boxing. Our instructors have both classical training and practical applications. The Iron-Warrior System has a foundational approach to teaching. The skills you learn will lay a strong foundation for specialization later. We feed into many different sword fighting leagues, all with different rule sets. Our style of teaching is compatible with them all.

The second pillar of the Iron-Warrior System is fitness. You can have all the skill in the world, however, without a fit body you will not reach your full potential. Our fitness program is written by a top ranked trainer. Duncan is an international sports Sciences Association Accredited Personal Trainer with a PN1 Nutrition Certification. Duncan has designed fitness programs for professional athletes around the world. He is also a nationally ranked athlete himself. Our fitness program is tailored made for medieval martial artists wanting to be the best version of themselves. The backbone of our fitness program is High Intensity Interval Training. This style of workout will give you strength, fast bursts of speed, quick recoveries, and the insurance needed for martial arts.

Our third pillar of the Iron-Warrior System is nutrition. With all the hard work you are putting into your training and fitness it is only natural to look at the quality of fuel you are using. To make a fitness program truly successful those battles are won and lost in the kitchen. Before you get worried our nutrition plan is not about starvation, or going without the foods you love. Instead it is about understanding how and when you eat effects you. We have a ton of yummy recipes, tips, and resources to help you make wise food choices as you begin your journey to becoming an Iron-Warrior.

No other martial arts school has this comprehensive of a training program. When you join the Ironside team you will gain a team of coaches who are dedicated to helping you become the best version of yourself. What are you waiting for? Come to Ironside Medieval Combat, give our classes a try, and become a member. Your future self will thank you!

Powerful Peanut Butter- April Nutrition

Sometime we have trouble figuring out what to eat when we have a really busy day or going on a long backpacking trip. You don’t want to try and pack a ton of food or something you have to cook right? You may have to eat on the go and need a nice kick of energy to boot!

Peanut butter is a good base for some quick energy, fats, oils and protein. When you are looking for something easy to use for a quick pick me up its a good place to start.

The ratios to this are really to taste and to purpose so adjust based on your wants and needs.

“Heat up a small pan and melt down some peanut butter, mix in honey, granola and a little bit of instant coffee. Dump it into a sandwich bag and put it in the fridge.”

Simple right? Credit for this goes to Instagram user edsmanifesto, who has used this to live off of for several days while in the field for his work.

Something like this is light and easy to store and pack, great for a long day of fighting where you don’t want to feel too heavy and need a pick me up!