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No Pain No Gain is Still Sometimes True

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

Weightlifting HamsterI totally live by the mantra, “No brain, no gain”, because, “No pain, no gain”, is essentially a counterproductive philosophy. It is one in which you could easily end up sick, injured, or worse. On recent occasion though, I have found it necessary to dig back into my, “No pain, no gain”, mindset in thai kickboxing class.

The reason I say this, is because there does indeed seem to be a problem with my lungs. I still think they might be damaged from some blood clots a couple years back. The thing is though, is if I push myself, how much bad can actually come of it?

My lungs could get stronger. They could be forced to repair damaged tissue. Maybe I really am just straight up out of shape. Well no matter, because when I feel like it’s time to throw in the towel and huddle in a corner gasping for breath, I just repeat to myself, “No pain, no gain”, because this is how I will make it through the workout… this is how I will force my body to adapt and get stronger.

Thai Kickboxing

In the last 4 days I have attended 2 kickboxing classes and I have completed 6 sets of 10 pull-ups. Today I am sore. Kickboxing seems to be getting better after my month layoff. I am feeling stronger and faster during each class. I do feel like my lungs are working better sometimes, but then other times I find myself gasping, taking 1/2 breaths. For now I’ll just keep pushing it.

Pull Ups

The 10 reps on pull-ups makes me feel OK. At least I’m not a complete sissy anymore. My general goal is to hit a set of pull-ups each morning and each evening, nearly every day of the week. On each set I will maintain strict form, and will always try to get one more rep than I did previously. Right now I’ve been stuck at 10 reps for a couple days, but I intend to hit an 11 rep set on Mother’s Day.

Soon it shall be time for me to start working towards my 10 week, 300 Workout Challenge goal. Once again, the 300 Workout isn’t something that we do every day. It is more of a training goal. You train your body for conditioning, endurance, and a small amount of strength, then at the end of your 10-12 week session, the 300 Workout is a test that you can use to gauge just how successful your training went.

That’s it for today… bring on Mother’s Day!

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NH Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Cage Fight – Free Ticket Giveaway

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

If you have ever heard of the UFC, then you know about MMA cage fighting. At Tokyo Joe’s in Hooksett, NH we have a team of amateur and professional MMA fighters. The team is Team Woo, and their current record (as of 3/16/08) is 19-4. Not too shabby. Roger Woo of Team Woo is promoting his company’s first ever cage fight promotion. You should come!

Black and Blue Entertainment, LLC presents its first ever cage fight mixed martial arts (MMA) event!

MMA Cage Fight
Saturday – May 17th, 2008
Venue:
The Wayfarer Inn Convention Center
121 South River Rd.
Bedford, NH
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Directions to The Wayfarer Inn Convention Center

Doors open at 6:30pm, fights start at 8:00pm.
All Ages Show * Food & Alcohol Served
Door prizes * Raffle
15 Full Contact Pro MMA Fights!

Official Fight Card (last update 3/14/08):

  1. Chris Plourde – Team Valor vs. Paul George – Premier Martial Arts 155#
  2. Dennis Pignataro – Close Range Combat vs. Anthony Pina – East West Kenpo Karate 205#
  3. Matt Lee – Bombsquad vs. Brendan Hoxie – Shikaku Ryu Jiu-Jitsu 170#
  4. Chris Correia – Team Kaze vs. Mike Tierney – MMA of Southern ME 145#
  5. Jon Jones – Bombsquad vs. Nate Woodger – Team Link 205#
  6. Pat Audinwood – Bombsqaud vs. Fabio Serrao – Team Link 155#
  7. Ed Carr – Team Woo vs. TBA Heavyweight Fight
  8. Dan Keefe – Team Aldo Batista vs. Tom Moreau – Team Valor 180#
  9. Joey Woo-Team Mayhem vs. Bobby Brown – Team Fury 170#
  10. Chris Martin – Premier Martial Arts vs. Ricky Hines – Team Fury 155#
  11. Aaron Shultz – Team Aldo Batista vs. Jeff Soucie – Team Fury 170#
  12. Matt Kinberger – Team Woo vs. Travis Lerchen – Team Dogpound 170#
Main Event:
Karn Gregorian – Team Link (Extreme Fighting International Champion) 5-0
vs.
Mandela Kpouno – Dragons Lair, 13-4 185#

*Stay tuned, more fights to be announced shortly!
Fight card subject to change wthout notice.

Free Ticket Giveaway Contest. Enter to win 2 FREE Tickets!

Drawing held 5/10/08.


Go here to win tickets: Black and Blue Entertainment, LLC MMA Cage Fight Events
Go here to buy tickets: Buy Tickets to the MMA Event
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If you live anywhere in or near southern NH and you enjoy MMA, Cage Fights, or UFC, please attend this event to help establish a new following. There will be many more events like this to come so help us generate some momentum for our sport!

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The Benefits of Thai Kickboxing

Monday, February 18th, 2008

I’ll start off by saying that I never thought I would be writing an article touting the benefits of a Cardio Kickboxing class. On a similar level as cardio kickboxing, one might think that a class called Thai Kickboxing is targeted towards overweight women. Not true. The class I’m in is one of the best conditioning programs I have ever been involved with, aside from some stair-running/jump-roping drills I used to do back in college in the stairwell of the dormitory, and a heck of a lot more motivatingly diverse.

Right around the end of January I visited my local Tokyo Joe’s School of Self Defense in Hooksett, NH. They specialize in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, and Thai Kickboxing. Now, like I said, my particular class is more about conditioning, but we do learn and practice some Muay Thai combinations. We frequently put together combinations with moves such as jab, hook, cross, thai kick, knee kick, and elbows. For an hour straight we pretty much push it without more than a 1 minute break for air and water. Leg day is pretty fun too, as we get to complete a circuit of squats on the toes, duck walks, 1/2 bottom squats on the toes, duck walks, 1/3 bottom squats on the toes, duck walks, lunges of some sort, and finally lying leg presses with your partner lying on your legs. It’s great stuff.

If you are bored with your current conditioning program, or maybe you are just getting back into fitness after a layoff, or perhaps you have some other reason not to hit the weight room; give Thai Kickboxing a try. At the very least it will cut down on your body fat ratio while strengthening your lungs, heart, muscles, and joints.

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