|Newsletter | June 2008|
The 7th and 8th July was a red letter day for the fitness and training industry in Ireland. 7 times world Kettlebell lifting champion Vasily Ginko was over to teach a level one instructors course at John Kavanagh’s Straight Blast gym in the Long Mile Road. Attendance was limited; I think there were only 7 of us.
Most of you will know that I’m a big fan of kettlebell training, but when you’re in the company of somebody like Vasily, you are introduced to a whole new world!
Vasily is the 7 time world champion in kettlebell sports. That means he takes a 32kg kettlebell and snatches it to overhead, or takes two 32kg kettlebells and performs the clean and jerk, for 10 minutes straight. That’s right, over 200 snatches or 90+ clean and jerks with 32kg weights in 10 minutes. The women use 16kg’s but even that is superhuman.
Vasily took us through the correct performance of the competition lifts, which differ slightly from the strength training lifts in the fact that you must breathe right and maximise efficiency to maintain stamina. In terms of muscle and power endurance, I don’t think these athletes can be beaten. While Vasily is a big bloke, he is able to touch his toes and move fluidly, unlike most bodybuilders and gym bunny’s, the kettlebell method encourages the body to become athletic. That means strong, resilient and flexible, with the look and image to match.
He also showed training methods for strength and power endurance, body building and juggling.
That’s right, juggling. Take a kettlebell (we were using 16kg’s) and throw and catch it, passing it from hand to hand and spinning it in the air. While it is mostly done for show and a bit of fun, it can see how it benefits a fighter, hand-eye coordination, explosive power on the throw, absorption of power on the catch and a massive use of the grip. Fun but exhausting.
I’m hoping to have a full report on the websites soon; I’m waiting on the lads getting the photos back to me.
The seminar also had another function. To officially launch the All Ireland Kettlebell Lifting Federation (AIKLF) which is associated to the International Union of Kettlebell Lifting (www.giri-iukl.com), of which I am now a member. So remember, if you are looking to train with these fantastic tools look for members of the IUKL, AIKLF or RKC (Russian Kettlebell Challenge).
I will now be available for Personal Training in the Ballsbridge branch of Jackie Skelly Fitness, only this time I will be operating under the Optimum banner. Keep an eye open for upcoming classes and events in this gym.
But don’t worry, you will still find the Wild Geese at The Martial Arts Academy on Pearse Street, this is where we started and will continue to operate until in the future we have our own studio. So book your PT session, semi private classes or drop in any day (Sunday-Friday) between 4 and 8pm at the academy. Contact details are below, you know what to do.
Craig Ballantyne is recognised as one of the best trainers available today. His trademarked Turbulence Training method is very similar to methods I use, a combination of intense interval training, full body strength workouts and circuit training sessions that will blast away fat, build strength, stamina and promote muscle endurance.
Craig has allowed me to give away one of his books, the original Turbulence Training Bodyweight manual. Simply click on the link, or the image to begin the download.
Many of my clients have been asking me about training while away on holidays or on contract away from home; this book should go some way to answering these questions.
I’m also in the process of authoring a book dedicated to bodyweight training; hopefully it should be ready by next month. Any how, read through Craig’s work, he reveals some of the science behind the what myself and other trainers have known instinctively, why intervals are better for weight control than long cardio sessions, why supersets and circuits are more efficient than straight sets and why full body workouts are superior (to all but bodybuilders) to body part splits.
He has also written a fantastic new manual called the Big 5 Circuit, although he won’t allow me to give that away.
This July/August sees the biggest event of the year for Filipino Martial Artists, the world championships for WEKAF, Doce Pares and Padded Stick are all being held in Cebu within a couple of weeks of each other. Paul will be heading over to represent the Wild Geese.
Last year both us were out for the Padded Stick (Helmet and groin protection only, padded stick) where I came home with a Bronze in the open weight. This year, I have to sit out due to the imminent arrival of my first born.
If you visit http://www.wildgeesema.com/Articles/DoceparesHQ.htm you can read about our previous trip.
Paul was just over training in the Doce Pares HQ, Cebu in January of this year. While he was over, Master Val Pableo, Grand Master Kano Canete, GM’s Rudy and Albert as well as Grand Master Diony Canete all took their turns to teach their interpretations of the Doce Pares syllabus. Kano showed the whip that his father, Momo Canete specialised in, Val showed the close range “Corto” sparring while Rudy and Albert showed their unique methods of Espada y Daga.
Paul was one of the original eskrimador’s in Ireland and for many years held the highest grading. Since those days the groups have split and gone their separate ways branching into Sayoc Kali (Dave Joyce), Warriors Eskrima (Shane and the lads on Molesworth Street) and a few others. It is both good and bad that the FMA fraternity is split. It allows us to explore the arts in greater detail, but yet the same splits seem to prevent us all getting together to represent Irish FMA as a united front.
As a result Paul will be travelling solo to the tournaments. I hope he fights well and puts on a good showing, I feel he is representing the Wild Geese as well as Ireland, letting the Filipino’s know their art is alive and well in this country.
When he returns I will have him write up a full report for the website (www.wildgeesema.com)
That wraps it up for now.
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