On February 14th, Dan Edwardes, Stephane Vigroux, Chris Keighley, and Julie Angel came down to Central Park for a day-long workshop. Artem, Charlie and I showed up at Heckscher Park (an area in Central Park) around 10AM, and there were already a good 20 or 30 people there. We warmed up, did some small balance and precision drills for a while, until around 11. A group of four people walked up to us, and one spoke in a British accent "So.. are you guys Traceurs?"
After a (long) series of introductions, we hung around Heckscher for a bit longer, waiting for more people to show up, and then the day began.
We began with some light joint work: neck, shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle stretching. We then went for a short jog forwards, backwards, and to both sides. We slowed to a stop then Dan dropped to his hands and feet, and began to QM around the area we had just jogged. At about the halfway point, we continued QMing backwards.
Then we ran into our first problem. The Park Police decided that what we were doing 'could endanger the kids (of which there weren't any around...)' and 'adults weren't allowed to play in the park.' So we asked them nicely where we could train, and they directed us towards a baseball field. So we moved there.
After doing some (read: a lot) of squat work, we went back to some more QM. This time, we were doing a couple different levels of sideways QM. We started by just moving left and right in the QM position. We later incorporated leg lifts, both holding it still and moving the leg up and down, into the workout. About this time we ran into problem number 2. The Park Police came by and decided that we were "risking the children" again (keep in mind, this was a fenced in field, and there were no kids in sight, let alone on this side of the fence.)
On Kicking Thoughts
2014 is the year I will get my Black Belt in Tang Soo Do. It is also the year I will open my own Martial Arts School.
With these goals in mind, I know that I must remain consistent with my training regimen. For my schedule, I've come to realize that Tabata Style training gives me the best results for my time invested.
If you've never heard of Tabata, look it up. Specifically, look up Body Weight Tabata Exercises. You will be introduced to a wealth of exercises that do not require anything other than your own body.
I've moved into more advanced routines, incorporating weights and resistance bands into my training, but for the beginner, intermediate or even expert, these workouts are as demanding as you make them. You definitely get out of them, what you put in.
Give it a try! Skip going to the gym to pump iron and do the following routine. I dare you!