Archive for the ‘development’ Category

Do YOU Have What it Takes? Maybe!

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

In 1993, I competed in my first World Games. It was quite intimidating to be among so many elite athletes, especially considering it was the Universiade: the Olympics for University athletes. I had trained like a madman, between 4-6 hours a day, had to drop 22lbs to meet my weight ...

Fitness vs. Tactical Conditioning?

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

One of our CST nation asked a great question which deserves repeating. "Hi. I've been watching with interest Coach Sonnon's TACFIT Groundfighter workout videos recently. Clearly they are an excellent resource, whether for follow-on by the gifted or adapted for mere mortals such as myself. However, I was wondering whether it ...

Happy New Decade: 10,000 Hours in 10 Years

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Finishing 10,000 hours of training in my 10 year goal today, I felt that I needed to share my reflections on the journey... Many of you know my story, and have read why I got started in martial arts and tactical fitness. I had amassed a great deal of guidance and ...

Why I Got Started in Martial Arts

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Doctors claimed my joint pain related to osteochondrosis, which basically means as I grew my connective tissue didn't adhere to my growth plates like normal children and causing conventional sports and athletics to shred me, requiring my mother to rub my joints with liniment nightly as I screamed through tears ...

The Orgasm of Fitness

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Now, I know what you're thinking. And you're probably not far from the truth. When we're talking about states of euphoria, the sexual orgasm lights up the brain's neural circuitry like a Christmas tree. The only endogenous (deriving from inside the body) phenomenon close to the sexual orgasm are the ...

Perfect Practice does NOT make Perfect!

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

You're often told that practice doesn't make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect. Unfortunately, this redundant cliche lacks meaning and guidance. Firstly, even if you could practice a perfect technique, the body always adapts neurologically, so technically... perfect practice would make perfect-er. But that's not the problem is it? The difficulty isn't ...

Peaking for Martial Arts: My Return to the Mat Representing USA!

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

How should you peak your conditioning for a martial arts competition? How does your practice change? How hard or light should you spar? I'll share with you my answers... and over the next 10 months, my schedule of programs, as I step back onto the mat for the honor of ...

Gained 33lbs of Athletic Muscle and 40 Years of Life!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

The 2 images on the left were from early November 2008, just about to depart for Italy. The 2 on the right were from last week. So, ten months. Not a ten weeks steroid induced swell, BUT I have better range of motion, mobility, functional power, flexibility, mental stamina and ...

POLL: How Well Do You Know… Your Development?

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Have you ever noticed that what you once valued falls out of attention, only to become valuable to you again? Ideas, trends, fashions, even beliefs... We seem to move from one aspect of practice to another, both in individual periods, and also to a degree, in collective periods. As your goals ...