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.
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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!
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!
At Ironside, we do not push anything that we ourselves do not believe in ourselves. That led us to a few of the tenants of our nutritional plan. Our guiding principle: fad diets rarely work and sugar is bad!
We hear about the fad diet of the month all of the time and they gain popularity very quickly in pop culture circles. While some of these have merits to them and if followed through some people can get the results they are looking for. The problem is that most of these diets take away a lot of the enjoyment we get from eating in general. This lack of enjoyment is part of what makes people want to drop off and not follow through with the program or cheat all the time. These actions lead to the diets not giving the results someone wants. Do not sacrifice the enjoyment of your meals it will make your fitness journey harder than it has to be, especially in the beginning.
Sugar. It’s everywhere, in so many food, drinks, sauces, and even in things most people don’t even realize. Cutting back or completely removing as much processed sugar from your diet is a staple for anyone trying to get in shape or be an athlete. Most know that things such as soda, candy, and other sweet things have a lot of sugars, but with sugar being so addictive its hard to just drop it. Dropping sugar is a huge step to having better nutrition. The second thing is to pay attention to some of the products that are labeled “low fat”, many of these products add sugars to make them taste better. Fat isn’t alway a bad thing, but the added sugars are.
Eggs are a great source of easy protein but can easily get boring really fast. Here is a recipe for “Earth Eggs” more commonly known as scotch eggs that is a nice way to change up your eggs. When I made these I was amazed at how filling they are and easy too!
1 lb lean ground beef
1 small onion, minced
2/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
1 egg, beaten
2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
Mix the ground beef, onions 1/3 cup of the bread crumbs, milk, salt, garlic powder and onion powder. Divide into six equal portions.
Form each portion over a hard-boiled egg so that the egg is completely covered.
Dip each into the beaten egg and roll in the remaining breadcrumbs.
Fry the eggs over medium heat until the meat is completely cooked and the crumbs are golden brown.
Remove from the pan and cut each egg into halves or thirds.
Remove excess oil from pan.
Mix the Worchestershire sauce and the ketchup into the frying pans and heat till warm throughout.
Return the egg to the pan and rotate them in the sauce until completely coated.
Source: A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook, by Patricia Telesco