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13th Mar 2008, 21:46
Do any of you guys train in Martial arts or work hard at keeping in good shape?

I tend to do quite a bit as I think its important. However, I know its not everyone's cup of tea, but personally I think its just part of my life style these days.

Monday: Ninjutsu - 2 Hours
Tuesday: Body Pump Circuit in the gym (1 Hour)
Wednesday: I play Tabletennis in the local town leagues, along with my
two sons.
Thursday: Body Pump Circuit in the gym (1 Hour) follwed by 1 hour circuit training. (My busiest night)
Friday: I play table Tennis at another club, along with my two sons.
Friday night: 8:15pm onward, relax with my family and a few cold beers.
Saturday: Go to the Sauna if I have a hangover, if not then my wifes job list. On the night, we drink more beer.
Sunday morning: Body Pump Circuit (1 hour)

I used to drink a lot more years ago, but have eased off the throttle over the last year or so. My New Year's resolution was to make more friends in the gym and/or dojo than I would in the pub and its worked fine.

So do any of you guys do this type of stuff and if so how do you plan your weeks activities.

Also: I do know that work often gets in the way and its the same for me as sometimes I need to adjust my routine to meet the needs. ces't La Vie.



tony draper
13th Mar 2008, 22:27
Lot simpler to work on yer running away skills. :rolleyes:

13th Mar 2008, 23:17
Jeeeez Drapes - thass why we luv yer .....................

Feet - - cut - - right from under - - just a few words!!


13th Mar 2008, 23:23
Pal of mine teaches Krav maga. S'freakin evil:ouch: Me, I chase a rubber ball around a room with a glass wall & a feathery cock around a net. So what would I know:confused:

Solid Rust Twotter
14th Mar 2008, 11:04
What Drapes said. Avoid trouble or learn to run like a frightened rabbit.

14th Mar 2008, 11:22
I take it you havenīt quite gotten round to theīget fitī point on your īto doī list then Wholi? :E

Impressive stuff Mr Preece :ok: I am envious of your self discipline. ;)
Will post own schedule when more time, tad rushed at the moment.
(sweating out from an hour of row/ellipse/run b4 dashing into shower right now)

The rowdier airline pax get, the more I am inclined to take up some sort of self defense & "how to kick 3 types of sh!t out of big aggressive blokes while dressed in unpractical uniform and leather pumps" (me, not your passenger :rolleyes: )
That Krav Magna sounds very interesting; wonder if itīs taught here in the Frozen North?

tony draper
14th Mar 2008, 11:36
Think this pooch has the right idea re excercise. :E

Solid Rust Twotter
14th Mar 2008, 12:23
One has a small keyring one can send you if that would come in useful, Mme Juud.:E

14th Mar 2008, 16:55
Boxing 3 times a week,swimming twice week,jog every now en den ja.
My dame's a wise kid, more then once has he tried to lecture me about boxing not mixing well with my career.He is one big pus*y tho.

14th Mar 2008, 17:23
kyokushinkai karate,sat and sundays.

to kip fit i must say that 5 miles non-stop running shall make a hulk out of you.:sad:


kyokushinkai (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOouHofm30g), (a versus fight (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD2Nmk0JiFk))- The fightings have the same rule as MMA\k-1,no protection,every blow permitted excluding fist-to-head kicks.

Krav Magra looks interesting too.Want to know more about it.Anyone with nice demonstration videos?

tony draper
14th Mar 2008, 17:59
Tiz one's considered opinion that Samuel Colt rendered all forms of unarmed combat obsolete.

Lance Murdoch
14th Mar 2008, 19:16
I dont do any martial arts but I usually try to get in at least 5 sessions of hard exercise a week. A typical week is usually:-

Mondays - Run 4 miles
Tuesday - Up the climbing wall
Wednesday - Day off
Thursday - Weight training
Friday - Run 4 miles
Weekends - Quite often climbing and or hill walking

In the winter I tend to spend more time in the gymnasium.
Ive always liked being physically fit.

Pontius Navigator
14th Mar 2008, 19:34
OK, sensible answer then:

As Steven said, what is your routine?

The problem with aircrew, military or civilian, is that their routine rotates around the flying schedule which itself is not static.

It is acknowledged that exercise is best done to a routine - early morning run at the same time every day, swim same time etc.

Once, when I was usually free each evening I could manage a 6 mile run as it got cool. Once the flypro kicked in the routine is broken. When you are up at 0500, home at 2000 the last thing you want is a run. Then up next day at 0800, work at 1000 etc. The 1800 run is possible but the 0400 start the next day with rest etc are all put offers.

Once the routine is broken it is increasingly easy to skip a session and the next etc.

Before you jump in with an oh but, there are other life-support issues to consider. You need to organise your life - letters, bills, shopping, meals etc. The Mrs can only do so much if she isn't working.

15th Mar 2008, 10:48
Yes I appreciate that its never easy fitting in a fitness routine or spare time hobbies around a very busy job. However, it is best to try and keep your hand in with something even if its only a brisk walk every now and again.

Krav Maga is a good martial art and has many similarities to Ninjutsu, which is also ruthless and non competetive. I wrote about my journey into martial arts in my second autobiography. It was and still is a very interesting journey for me. Karate is also good, but it does play havoc with your back and joints after a few years.

I did box for a few years when I served in the military and undoubtedly the training was hard, hard work. I still work out a little on a punch bag, during the circuit training on a Thursday night.

I took up Ninjutsu to help me to control and move away from a very aggressive lifestyle that I'd become accustomed to during my time in the military. It was a sort of anger management thing, that I stumbled on unintentionally. In this art aggression is seen as a sign of weakness and the movements are based on a flow rather than strength.

Personally, I have respect for all martial arts as I was always taught that you can never underestimate anybody and it really is true.

I suppose compared to some I'm lucky to get the time to apply a lot of drive and determination into my busy training routine, but I really do enjoy it and get a lot from it.

However, its saturday to day and I'll be moving my focus towards the art of BEER.

All the very best


16th Mar 2008, 01:55
I started Ju-Jitsu nearly two years ago but have had a "slight" lull of non-attendance of almost 6 months. :* It's gonna take me ages getting back into shape and remember the moves etc. It's an excellent martial art, I really enjoy it. :)

My fitness routine since then has been sparse. Although, I have been doing warm ups and stretches in the morning just to keep somewhat flexible ...

I hope to get back into training over this spring/summer.

Ju-Jitsu at its finest (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjRpTNWv7dY) :ouch: :ok:

16th Mar 2008, 17:57
Willows: Set yourself a goal and a start date mate and go for it. before you bnow it you'll be back in the swing of things again.

Usually for me I go at it hammer and tong until soemthing goes, with injury.

In the Dojo:

Last year I suffered: Damage to my internal organs, caused by a kick.

My sensei dived into a roll and landed on top of my stomache with a back heel kick. The force of the roll and his bodyweight caused me a lot of pain. I took some time off and sought specialist help to put that one right.

Next I crushed a scaphoid bone on my right hand. I was teaching a student to roll and I was also teaching him how to put a lock on your hand. However, he got a little confused as he put a lock on my hand and dived into a roll. Thankfully I managed to reduce the damage that the technique would have casued and got away with a crished scaphoid bone. That one put me out for a while.

In the Gym:

Last year I sufferd Tennis Elbow, caused by working too hard with weights. This was corrected with sound treatment, although I managed to work around it in the gym.

Quite recently I sufferd severe headaches to a level that worried me. The headaches came on whilst bench pressing. I initially thought I'd damaged the nerves at the back of my head but later learned that I'd strained the muscles under my scalp. Again I took a few weeks of and as of last week and this week I'm training great again.

When I get these injuries I ask myself, WHY do I do this training and martial arts and everytime the answer is: Becasue I enjoy it.

All the very best

Steven Preece

17th Mar 2008, 00:25
Tony, I agree, however it's FAR easier to run away when your would-be assailant is lying in a crumpled heap on the floor, groaning gently!

As for the Krav Maga, sounds interesting, I like to sample new arts (and I've been a lazy fecker recently anyway). Anyone have any idea where I might find an instructor round the Bedfordshire area?

You want it when?
17th Mar 2008, 00:50
I'll bet my .45 against your JuJu hardened muscles anytime.

I've been interviewing recently for a couple of roles in a not so secret location. Every CV has had a tonne of fitness activties declared in the hobbies section - but they have all been er... fat, overweight and running to seed.

I'm no gods gift, but really if you're going to lie then make it something thst can't be found out...


17th Mar 2008, 09:22
you want it when?

I did a weekend course in self-defence once taken by an English guy. He had a huge beer belly but could he move. He was so light on his feet and so well trained that it would be a very foolish person to have taken him on.:ok:


Samuel Colt may have started something but the product in those early days was highly suspect. The early Navy revolvers had a habit of discharging all cylinders at once and without the top strap could also come apart. I much prefer John Moses Browning's products, in all their forms.:E


Ninjutsu is the more American name for Bujinkan. However, I didn't realise that it was similar to Krav Maga. I only did it for about a year when the sensei had a motorcycle accident and I then moved away. I was impressed by its non-sport orientation, emphasis mostly on defence and even the more offence moves were designed around removing an opponent who was armed and you were not, and its more free-style orientation of using basic moves and adapting to the situation. I want to go back to it when I can get to a dojo again.:ouch:

17th Mar 2008, 09:33
Yes fitting in the exercise can be challenging with different working hours but a while ago when on 5 days of earlies I decided to try a little experiment and go straight from work (finishing around 1600 after 0500 report) to the gym for a 45 miin/1 hour workout. I found it was well worth the effort and the exercise was a useful transition from work to home environment. At the end of the 5 day stint I definitely felt much less fatigued than usual!

Normally I am to get to the gym at least 3 times a week. I now have a personal trainer once a week which is well worth the money. It's a commitment I have to keep and he has taught me new things which have improved my general fitness level.

Years ago I was never into exercise - I was the proverbial couch potato - but regular exercise had changed my life for the better. I am quite into running and happily ran 12 km last week as I am aiming for the marathon before too long (did the half marathon a couple of years ago).

tony draper
17th Mar 2008, 10:27
When it comes to side arms one is a tad old fashioned Mr P, one still prefers the rotary to the reciprocating.

17th Mar 2008, 11:54
I've just installed a dartboard in me shed.

17th Mar 2008, 12:15
Dartboard in 'yer shed - how can you possibly have clear line of sight from t'oche to t'board?

17th Mar 2008, 13:37
Did Shotokan and a near derivative for about 20 years and loved it however when aged 40, the joints & back started voicing their displeasure as what I was doing to them, I stopped and now get by on a couple of gym sessions and runs each week. The worst of it was keeping the weight down although that may have also been related to age :-( :(

Charlie Foxtrot India
17th Mar 2008, 14:03
This thread reminds me of some of John Cooper Clarke's poems...Health Fanatic, Kung Fu International and (I've Got a Brand New) Track Suit....brilliant.

PS I also did Shotokan (and a bit of Wado Ryu) for years, the ol' joints won't let me go to dojo now without having to hobble for a week after but still do kata at home when no-one's looking. Stick to swimming every day and riding the deadly treadly three times a week.

17th Mar 2008, 19:38
This one is simple: When you interview them, tell them to get down on the Floor and knock out 20 or 30 pressups.

Job Done.



17th Mar 2008, 19:47
PLovett: Yes there are similarities to KRAV MAGA and there are to other arts too. Bujinkan isn't American. However, it is in America. Bujinkan is actually the organisation ran by our Grand Master: Masaaka Hatsumi. The man is Japan's only national living treasure. He really is somebody extremley special.

Ninjutsu for me is more or less a way of life these days. I train with some great people and really do get a lot from it.

There is lots of self defense, but the attacking side can also be extremely ruthless.

If you're thinking of going back, then do it as you seem to have enjoyed what you have learnt previously.

Some years back I also trained in Aikido, although no where near the level I have reached in Ninjutsu. Like Ninjutsu, this art seems to attract a good calibre of people who's hearts are in the right lace and who are indeed a pleasure to train with.

Best Regards


17th Mar 2008, 21:50
Taught my boys the "shove in chest and leg it smart like" method of self defense

tony draper
17th Mar 2008, 21:58
Of course at very close quarters the Byker Loaf should always be deployed,if some silly buggah comes up to you thrusts his face close to yours in a belligerant manner uttering things like "go on then I dare yer" or in the case of the Cousins,"yer wanna piece of me" they deserve nothing less.
Oddly enough in my street fighting days the lowing the brow on someones nasal organ was not considered dirty fighting whereas kicking was regarded as the lowest form of combat used only by sissies and skinny Chinamen.

18th Mar 2008, 22:04
Tony: Yes I know it well. Many years ago I was a bit of a handful with the nut myself. My colleagues in the Marines used to say that, if I had a boxing glove on my head and it was a recognised sport, I'd be world champion. However, these years on I tend to use it for its intended purpose, to think with and people tend to appreciate its use more.

I suppose the saying "Use Your Head In A Crisis" is open to interpretation.

All the very best