SW Portland Martial Arts Blog

Day 18 – Spinning Backfist, Grasshoppers, and Roundhouses

March 31st, 2020

Today in striking class, Dug throws the spinning backfist at you. Why? Because you deserve to learn an amazing strike and the spin backfist is that amazing strike for today.

For the kids? All the houses are round today – the punches, the kicks, and the creative obstacle course. Why wouldn’t all the houses be round?

The CrossFit workout today was a slow burner of a 12 min AMRAP. What’s an AMRAP? As Many Rounds As Possible. It’s definitely not as intense as yesterday, but it still hits harder than a cup of coffee (says the guy who drinks coffee once a week).

For the at home kata work… SHOW ME your creative form. Here’s mine. And if you’re not doing that, I hope you are getting your training in somehow.

Last, but not least, the at home grappling work is a hip heist? How the heck do you do a sweep without a partner? Watch and learn, friends. Also, visualize.

Day 17 – Headstands, Forward Rolls, and Ninja Swords

March 30th, 2020

Yes. Buried within today’s kid’s class is a secret ninja move. I mean, if you count me being stabbed by a foam ninja sword then that statement is true. But truly, the video is awesome.

I’m getting more good feedback! I need to post an “equipment list” before each workout. What will you need? Excellent. For this one, you’ll need a broomstick and quads of steel.

What’s the hardest thing you can do with kata? I don’t know but this drill is pretty hard. Do the form and then do the mirror image of the form. It hurts the brain, like playing the melody with your left and the chords with your right on the piano.

Sure, we all know the shrimp is fundamental to grappling but… wait… there’s a reverse shrimp? Yes. Learn it. Drill it.

Footwork is the key! In today’s striking video, I ask you to connect your combos to your feet because that’s the first step (pun intentional) towards getting your feet moving.

Day 16 – Bonus Video

March 29th, 2020

Probably, at this point in the stay at home party that is the corona virus crisis, you want to choke your kids anyway and maybe they want to choke you too! Well, what if I told you that you could channel that frustration into… martial arts training! Yay! Here’s a video that shows some very basic BJJ moves and games that you can play with your kid.

Day 15 – More Detailed Descriptions

March 28th, 2020

I tell you what! Doing new things means learning new things. Alli did a fabulous job coaching class today at 10am plus she pointed out to me that we should be adding more in-depth descriptions to our videos so when they are all stored in “the cloud” people can choose the workouts they want. ZAP! That’s learning! Coaches learning from coaches.

For the Noon striking class, I stole some footwork from a video that Jeremy showed on a video he posted, and then added my own fairly simple combo (slip, hook, retreat and jab). Punch it up!

Day 14 – Keep Moving

March 27th, 2020

We hope that we’re helping folks stay active! First off, we got the workout of the day. Having done the work myself, I’d give this one a 9 out of 10 on the intensity scale. It burned while doing it, and it will burn more tomorrow.

What did we do in kid’s class? Back rolls and donkey kicks! That’s right, we rolled around on the floor and kicked while we were down there. Good times.

Today was Jaydra’s internal martial arts class. Having trouble keeping calm? Breathe. Move. Do the class.

And finally, after doing the workout, I had enough energy to do exactly one YouTube video. The idea is simple enough – when you are doing shadow boxing, picture your opponent. When your brain gets tired of doing that, go fast and make yourself tired.