New Zealand Nationals are being held in Wellington at the Westpac Stadium (or as we call it, The Cake Tin). We’ve been so lucky to have an awesome fight trainer at our Dojo who’s been training us over the past 6 weeks and we’re still 8 weeks out. As we get closer to the tournament date, I’ll start posting our training regime starting with week one. As much as I would love to share our training secrets now, it’s best we keep it under the covers.
P.S. I would love to stream the Nationals LIVE on Youtube. I’ll keep you updated.
Firstly, apologies for not posting lately, I’ll be posting more often especially now that we’re so close to tournament. Some of the post will be written with some pics incorporated and some will be Vlogs with our first vlog coming tomorrow!
Training has been going really well, we’re all looking really fit and strong for the up and coming Nationals.
Most people at the Dojo have had the flu at some stage because its winter here in NZ. I’ve finally got the flu, had it for nearly a week now and only gone to 2 training sessions. I’m praying I’ll get over the worst of it by Saturdays session. If not then I’ll still be going to that session.
Keep an eye out for tomorrows light training session with the Seido lot.
All fighters are looking good, healthy, focused and confident.
I sparred with D again tonight, he’s picked up on my mid right mawashi and starting to dodge it unless he thinks I’m going for the head. We’re reading each other so well now so I think our fight trainer will most likely stop pairing us up soon.
So we tapped one of our sessions and I was so annoyed at myself. My kicking has become powerful and I like that but the technique is really bad. I use to have really nice technique, lost a little power but I was fine with that, it looked “flash” and in Seido, that’s good I guess.
For the next 3 weeks, I’m going to really concentrate on stretching and work on my technique… I’ll lose a little power but yea…
Anyways, I hope your all training hard and staying healthy…
We’re 6 days out from Nationals and we’ve been told not to go to the gym or do anything this week. I’m already starting to get board! I really want to go for a run and a light weights session but cant do anything.
Not too sure what we’re doing at class tonight. I was told we might only do 1 hour of training then teach the kids class.
Any way, I’ve bought a new camera and hopefully it’ll be in soon so we can take some shots of the tournament.
Here’s another angle on Garry ONeill fight in New Zealand. The great thing about this angle is you can use it to help yourself train by analysing Garry’s stance, blocking, kicking, punching (especially his powerful reverse punch where the body is aligned for it)… Make sure you check out Jamie’s openings and why ONeill was able to get those beautiful kicks to his head.
Such an important Kata that every belt level must learn and understand fully including it’s ‘Yang’ brother.
‘Tensho’ means ‘rolling hands’ but it also shares the same meaning as Sanchin, ‘three battles’. We all understand the basic 3 meanings of Sanchin. 1. The mind, body and technique, 2. Internal organs, blood circulation and nervous system. 3. Tento, hara and tan dan.
But I also taught that the ‘3 battles’ had more to do with our own internal battle. The mind, body and spirit. Take this for an example. Some days your body can feel energised and wanting to train yet your mind cant be bother. Isn’t this a type of internal battle? Or when you’re in your grading and you’ve been told to do 100 push ups. You’re mind starts telling you, you need a break, your body is exhausted but you must fight these emotions with your spirit so you Kia though even single press up because it’s your spirit that will fight off the minds tricks and the bodies weakness.
We use to preform Tensho to soothing music in the dark and concentrate on our breathing and technique while understanding the true meaning of Tensho.
I encourage you to do the same no matter where you are. Turn off the lights, switch on the above music, be patient and preform Tensho.
So tomorrow afternoon will be my second fight as a Kyokushin-kai. The fight rules are pretty simple.
1 match fight, 3 rounds, 2 min each with 30 second break in between… Regardless, I’m still nervous.
My fighter, someone my hight and weight (171 cm, 87 kg), he’s an ‘international’ fighter which could mean anything and a green belt…
I’ve never been so nervous for ONE fight… Any way, I’ll be posting the fight on here and YouTube and comparing my ‘National’ fight to this one because I’ve become much more comfortable in my new ‘Kyokushin’ fighting stance…
We’ll find out if I’ve sweat and bleed more in training in 24 hours!