September 2007

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Strong Enough?

By Mark Rippetoe

In Powerlifting

September 01, 2007

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Strong people are harder to kill than weak people and more useful in general, Coach Mark Rippetoe of Wichita Falls Athletic Club/CrossFit Wichita Fallls writes in Strong Enough? an article that explores the relationship between strength and technique.

Strength is the ability to produce force. It is arguably the most important component in athletics. Strength is dependent on muscle mass, on the nerves that the muscles fire, and on the will of the athlete.

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Strength on the Mat

By Gant Grimes

In MMA

September 01, 2007

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Physical strength may or may not be the most important thing in life, as Rip says, but there is no questions that is vitally important in martial arts, especially judo. Judo, like any worthwhile sport, favors strong, fit athletes with good technique. While some martial arts, like Brazilian jiu-jitsu, are highly technique-driven, Judo requires strength, power, and conditioning--in addition to technique--to be successful.

Gerald Lafon, a United States Judo Association Master Coach, explains… Continue Reading

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Sokoudjou's Inside Trip

By Becca Borawski

In MMA

September 01, 2007

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A fighter out of Dan Henderson's Team Quest camp, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou was the undoubted underdog going into his February 2007 Pride fight against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, little brother of the famed heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Sokoudjou was unknown to most of the MMA world and had a 2-1 record in small shows. Not only did Sokoudjou surprise fans and critics everywhere by knocking Nogueira out, but he repeated… Continue Reading

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Ring Row Variations

By Tyler Hass

In Gymnastics/Tumbling

September 01, 2007

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In my last article (issue 58), I discussed the ring row. It is an excellent horizontal pulling exercise and great for correcting muscle imbalances common in a lot of lifters. This month, I have some fun variations on the ring row for you. They incorporate variations on the basic movement pattern, and some also require more stabilization across the body and rotational strength.

Reverse row

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A Large-Group Workout Solution

By Michael Rutherford

In Workouts

September 01, 2007

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The group workouts I offer have now taken on a life of their own. I'm frequently pulling in upward of 30 athletes in my 6:00am group. The more I say "Sorry, no more room," the greater the requests become. At the least, this has been an interesting sociology experience.

Before you spit up in your mouth or fly the bird at the page, thinking I'm honking my own coaching horn, let me explain. I tell you this because as… Continue Reading

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Human Weapon System

By Robert Smith M.D.

In ExPhysiology, LEO/Mil, Videos

September 01, 2007

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Robert Smith is an M.D. and the medical director of Direct Action Medical Network, a group of physicians providing medical training and support to organizations that work in high-risk, remote, and/or austere areas. In this video, he talks about the tactical and safety benefits that people working in such environments can gain from understanding the body as a human weapon system. There are significant advantages of training the whole human body… Continue Reading

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Close Quarter Form

By Tom Arcuri

In Combatives, Videos

September 01, 2007

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Tom Arcuri of Blauer Tactical Systems presents the Close Quarter Form (CQF), a sequence of moves that drills a set of biomechanically efficient and effective close-quarter combat tactics. It is part of their S.P.E.A.R. system, which teaches that the most efficient, effective moves you can use in a fight--and in training--are ones that leverage the body's natural, instinctual, unavoidable behaviors (such as the flinch reflex, for… Continue Reading

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In LEO/Mil

September 01, 2007

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After several years of providing CrossFit training to law enforcement personnel at varied stages in their careers, I have picked up a few things that might be beneficial to those among you preparing to do the same. I would like to share with you the process of CrossFit implementation, sustainability, and improvement that we use for training recruits at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Much of what I have to say may be what… Continue Reading

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