Fatness 2 Fitness

Friday, February 24, 2006

Long Time, No Blog

It's been far too long since the last posting...but I'm here to rectify the situation. Both Carrie and I are still pushing forward in Krav Maga, with our Orange Belt testing coming up in a few weeks. Basically this elevates us to another level of practice that most choose to avoid. Daily sparring, groundwork and more intense routines are mandatory. Originally we intended this to be a fitness focused activity...but lately it's become more a way of life...something we ritually do between 4 and 5 days a week. Our home is becoming filled with practice instruments, from Muay Thai pads to rubber training knifes, we've got it. We're actually now to the point that we can start instructing people outside of class with the basic movements, using our pads, gloves, and experiences. It's been an interesting journey....and when we go to Israel in August to train...it's going to be even more intense.

Now to explain the picture. The bald guy is Mike Zambidis, from Greece...and he's an incredible fighter. Why do I tell you this? Well....three of our Greek friends are now studying Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) here in NYC where there are several great Muay Thai gyms. I figured that "Iron Mike" Zambidis can be their inspiration to knock people's heads off. In a nice way of course. The benefit of Muay Thai, and boxing in general, is that it is an incredible cardio workout and also beneficial to self defense. I'm into studying this as well...but for the time being my free time and willingness to throw down $150 a month on top of my Krav Maga bill are holding me back. Things may change in May...but until then I'll take Krav Maga which blends the arts of Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, Judo and even boxing into one simplified form. Beware however that outside of our facility in New York City...there are plenty of Krav Maga studios teaching an aggressive form of Tae Bo, disguised as real Krav Maga. It's a good workout...but not the real thing.

Aside from the Krav Maga however...watching another year pass, knowing that the metobolism is progressively slowing and feeling the aches of hard training slightly more have inspired me to trust in supplements, mulitvitamins and the importance of getting off my ass when I most would like to lie on the couch and watch TV. If we see me in this position between the hours of 9:00am and 9:00pm on any given day...feel free to question me about my training and be sure to pinch my belly fat as a reminder. Thanks.