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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!

Disclaimer

This website contains material derived in whole or in part from the teachings of Grand Master Michael De Alba, the International De Alba System Confederation™, Modern Farang Mu Sul ® and their students, instructors, and associates. International copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws protect these materials. Users, guests and visitors may not modify, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit or distribute in any way or in any form, any material from the Service including code and software. Users, visitors and guests may download material from the Service for personal, non-commercial use only, provided all copyright and other proprietary notices are clearly visible and intact. Commercial use, reference or linkage to the Service site, without the express written permission, of Michael De Alba or his assigns, by registered letter, is prohibited.Copyright 2001® DeAlba Productions

Fighting Fitness

Martial arts is an amazing sport and way of life.  It can teach balance, control, grace, and force.  However, to be truly good at martial arts you need to have a body that can support your training.  There are many different types of fitness, so how do you know which ones are right for Martial arts?

From my personal experience as an international competitor training and fighting with other top athletes, I have noticed a few similarities between all the greats.  Top martial artists have speed, agility, flexibility, and strength. The balance between those is tricky.  Beware of getting too distracted by strength training and muscle.  I made that mistake when I started training for the world championship.  I lifted weights because I was good at it, it felt good, and for me, it was easier than training cardio.  It’s not that I skipped cardio, I worked hard on that too.  I gained weight and bulked up for my competitions.  My hard work paid off and I won multiple world championship medals.  Later, when I got back I shifted my fitness training, slimmed down, and focused on my agility.  I’m now 30 lbs lighter than I was at my competition weight, but I am lifting more weights, running faster, and have far better flexibility.  A lot of fitness training is about working smarter instead of harder.

This is an example of what I mean.  These pictures are about a year apart.  The picture of me in the blue shirt is the more recent picture.  I can lift more weights in all areas, I can run longer and faster, recoveries are quick as well.  Having huge bulging muscles is beautiful in its own way.  They are great for powerlifting, for fighting the extra bulk zaps your energy and gets in the way.

Don’t forget nutrition has a big part to play in this balance as well.  That is why I have developed the Iron-Warrior System to help bring the three elements that make a good martial artist great to light.  Those elements are martial arts skills, fitness, and nutrition.  Check out the Iron-Warrior System page for great free resources.  In addition, be sure to follow our blog.  I will be posting my fitness tips, journey, and lessons I have learned from training my body to be the best tool I have for Martial Arts.

Be Sure to Support us on Social Media! #ironsidemedievalcombat

With all the exciting things happening this year, we would love to share this amazing training with our community to help inspire a love for martial arts.  You can help support these programs by following and sharing our various social media pages.  There is a Facebook Page, Instagram Account, and YouTube Channel dedicated to Ironside Medieval Combat.  Check out these pages, share them, talk about them, and together we can make Martial Arts an inspiration for generations yet to come.

Knightly: creed and way of life

What does it mean to live a knightly life? What does it mean to train as a knight? For anyone who believes martial arts, re-enactment, or even the gaming world is more than just a hobby will ask themselves these questions at some point in their journey.

For some, they are inspired by TV shows such as the “Vikings” or “Mandalorian.” Where being armed and dangerous is an almost religious experience for them. It connects them to an elemental and base instinct of survival that cannot be denied. It brings them strength and makes them feel empowered in an ever increasingly dangerous world.

For others, they are inspired by a love of history. The romantic eras where men were gallant defenders of women’s honor. They would train to bring fortune and honor to themselves and their futile lords. From a time in history where people were guided by their passion and thirst for life.

Yet others are more grounded in the here and now. They want practical skills in modern combat. The “John Wicks” of the world, who are slow to anger but fierce in their retribution.

No matter your reasons for training at some point your skills need to be contained within a creed or code of ethics. A guiding principle to temper and forge the true heart of a warrior. Without a creed or philosophy “martial arts would be like sailing on the ocean without a compass or charts” (De Alba). You become a victim of the currents, and what warrior wants to be a victim controlled by the whims of fate? “The martial arts lifestyle goes beyond the survival-oriented street fighters mentality into the philosophical, yet it can still maintain a fierce warrior’s attitude” (De Alba). With that in mind Ironside Medieval Combat has adopted the Modern Farang Mu Sul Creed:

Modern Farang Mu Sul Creed:

FMS-Int

Correctness in Attitude

Excellence in Training

Directness in Action

Effectiveness in Combat

Humility in Heart

Strength in Character

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Thirst in Knowledge

Power in Truth

Respect in Wisdom

Interactions on Social Media

We unfortunately live in a world where every aspect of our lives is put on public display. The display is an open door to ridicule, criticism, and negativity. In today’s world, there are staggering rates of anxiety, mental health struggles, and feelings of isolation. Now more than ever it is important to remember who we are and embrace our inner warrior. Respect and courtesy are my guiding principles, especially when it comes to interactions on Social Media. I also believe when good people do nothing and allow evil to happen, they are part of the problem. With that in mind I have established rules for interactions on my social media pages:

1. Stay positive with your interactions. If you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all. This goes back to “Strength in Character”

2. Constructive Feedback and open dialog are welcome. Keyboard warriors are not. “Thirst in Knowledge, Power in Truth, Respect in Wisdom” they are more than just words.

3. You are welcome to feel proud of your sport or style of martial arts. That does not give you the right to publicly bash, talk down on, or humiliate other groups. “Freedom of Expression” is tempered with “Humility in Heart”

I have an unorthodox approach to martial arts. I very much believe in cross training, understanding how the body works, and developing a framework for training. For my training methods and philosophy, you are welcome to check out my website, social media pages, and YouTube channel. I am constantly creating and sharing training information for free. I do this because I have a love for martial arts and want to help people become better warriors. If you choose to join me on this path walk with your head held high, treat others with respect and courtesy, and those things will be extended to you in return.

 

Farang!

Be sure to Support us on Social Media! #ironsidemedievalcombat

With all the exciting things happening this year, we would love to share this amazing training with our community to help inspire a love for martial arts.  You can help support these programs by following and sharing our various social media pages.  There is a Facebook Page, Instagram Account, and YouTube Channel dedicated to Ironside Medieval Combat.  Check out these pages, share them, talk about them, and together we can make Martial Arts an inspiration for generations yet to come.

Works Cited:

De Alba, Michael. “The De Alba System of Modern Farang Mu Sul.” Welcome to Modern Farang Mu Sul, 2001, http://www.farangmusul.com/philosophy.htm.

Disclaimer

This website contains material derived in whole or in part from the teachings of Grand Master Michael De Alba, the International De Alba System Confederation™, Modern Farang Mu Sul ® and their students, instructors, and associates. International copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws protect these materials. Users, guests and visitors may not modify, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit or distribute in any way or in any form, any material from the Service including code and software. Users, visitors and guests may download material from the Service for personal, non-commercial use only, provided all copyright and other proprietary notices are clearly visible and intact. Commercial use, reference or linkage to the Service site, without the express written permission, of Michael De Alba or his assigns, by registered letter, is prohibited.Copyright 2001® DeAlba Productions

 

 

Escrima to Sword and Shield

Now that instructors Janeal and Nicholas have developed a foundational understanding of Stockton Multi Style Escrima we worked on modifications. There are a lot of resources for Longsword with well developed curriculums and teaching methods. There isn’t nearly as much resources for learning and mastering sword and shield. Escrima has a unique history. It is a living fighting style that evolved from medieval sword fighting. We are taking the modern style and reverse engineering it to find new and better ways to fight with a sword and shield. Our goal was to address two issues. The first, what do these techniques look like when a right handed fighter faces a left handed fighter. This problem occurs often in medieval sword fighting communities. The second, how will these techniques work with longer sword and shield. We just worked on the first two techniques, out of the 115 Stockton has, for angle 1 in this video. Martial arts is always evolving. We learn from a wide variety of sources and instructors. That variety is what makes martial arts so special.

Ironside Medieval Combat and partnered with www.farang-alliance.org

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!