This entry is part 4 of 11 in the series Training challenges

Abs – that’s what everyone wants to show off these days. Haven’t we all wanted to walk out of the sea like Daniel Craig in Casino Royal or pound down the finishing straight like Jessica Ennis-Hill?

One instructors meeting (all right, lunch) we were discussing physique, male gymnasts in particular. The World Gymnastics Championships had just finished. Pommel silver medallist Louis Smith has the classic V-shape and rippling abs – and those shoulders!  Always impressive is that bit in the routines where the gymnast sits, lifts his straight legs back through his arms and goes into a handstand.

Now we do plenty of sit-ups and core strength in training, and were told that if you can do the sit-to-lift handstands then you have Ultimate Abs.  How hard can it be?  Instructor Adam Prout was (once again) our willing guinea pig. Read More

Introducing the 1958 Hong Kong Cha Cha Champion, Bruce Lee!  Now you’ll see his films in a new light. There isn’t much of a physical resemblance, but when Jack Lawrence, FWC Cambridge University student, had a go at competitive  Dancesport, he was surprised to find that his Kung Fu training gave him an unexpected edge.

“I’m standing in a decadent hall in Nottingham, surrounded by vibrant colours, excessive amounts of hair gel, wax and general ‘fabulousness’. The noise of over 700 people gathered in this illustrious ballroom pauses while the announcer calls out the numbers of those who made it to the final round of the beginners’ Jive.

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This entry is part 3 of 11 in the series Training challenges

 

If you read about FWC Instructor Adam’s attempt at Death by Burpees, then you know that he likes to do a bit more.  That was a bit easy, so instead of a bit of extreme training, how about a bit of extreme eating?  According to  Barbara Lewin, nutritionist, “one of the most common problems (endurance athletes) have is glycogen depletion – the result of not getting enough carbohydrates,”  Now you may not think that FWC Kung Fu is about endurance, but that kind of depends on how you’re doing it.  Ms Lewin was commenting on the reported competition training diet of Michael Phelps, the Olympic swimmer, in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games.  Next year is an Olympic year, so really we should be getting ready now.  Adam, how about eating like Michael Phelps for a day?  He did not need to be asked twice.   Read More

This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series Training challenges

FWC Instructor Adam Prout likes a bit of extreme sport – 70kph down a black run anyone?  So once in a while he feels the urge to do a smidgen more than his regular training.  Here’s what happened last time….

“How fit are you?

 

You train with your instructor twice a week, you can hold iron bridge for 2 minutes, you’ve even braved Sunday class and only needed to hold the bannister once when walking upstairs on Monday (maybe going downstairs you hold it all the way).

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This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series China Competitions 2015

Here is Alex Cole, who trains at FWC City & Islington, talking about how he got into training and what on earth induced him to go for a competition in China.

“I started practising Kung Fu almost exactly three and a half years ago – white crane to be precise.

On 3 November, I am flying to Fujian province in Southern China. If, and it’s a big if, I’m judged to be good enough, I’ll compete in two international Kung Fu competitions a week apart. Read More

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Red Sea Instructors 2015

And now it is FWC Cambridge and London North West Instructor, Karim Daoud’s turn to tell you what it was like for him….

“Five and a half hours!  An instructor is not meant to sit for five and a half hours. It should be made law that any flight that is over two hours should come with a good Kung Fu film! Read More

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Red Sea Instructors 2015

So now it’s the turn of FWC City & Islington Instructor, Dave Courtney Jones to tell his story.  Here goes: “Egypt. Home of the pyramids, the pharaohs, biblical tales, crocodiles, sun, sea and lots and lots of sand.

In recent years it has also become the home of our instructor training camps, escaping to the heat, the five star location, space away from normal life to have a week to just concentrate on training and refocus on strategy. Read More

FWC London South student, Stephen Haynes, talks about how his training helped him complete the 140km Velothon Wales – “When it really hurt and it was really tough, I dug deeper – because I am now able to.”

 

“I recently took part in the inaugural ‘Velothon Wales’ – a closed road cycling sportive that started and finished in Cardiff City centre. This was a UCI (cycling’s global governing body) sanctioned event, with the pros following 13,000 keen amateurs of varying ability make their way across 140km of really stunning (and really steep!) South Wales countryside. Read More