Well to teach Circuits and general fitness classes in London, most employers want to see YMCA qualifications. Another friend of mine who also did the course gave me the title one of the text books that had to be studied. I can only remember it as having a red cover with graphics in the Olympic manner. I also have a copy somewhere (I have 100s of books) so I'll see if I can dig it out.
Originally Posted by TheRuss
You can't just rock up to a fitness club in London and tell them you've certain qualifications without providing the evidence. For example, I recall seeing one of my Tai Chi teachers having Trad JJ 2nd Dan cert on top of other certs - this was inadvertent of him and he wasn't aware that I saw it. I knew him to claim Shotokan 4th Dan under Enoeda and Trad JJ 3rd Dan (I was 1st Kyu at that time). He was also a qualifed DiveMaster and a bit of a cotnrolling arsehole but that's another story...sorry for the digression.
Anyway, re the original point, I shall see if I can find the textbook and let you know. Re the Circuits instructor, I'm quite happy he gave me good advice. I did Circuits for 12-15 years and knew him through that period and others.
When it comes to training BJJ/MMA, it's my ego and the fact that I don't want person x to beat me in front of my instructors and the other students.
On my own, it's the thought of the guy who will win the next tournament in my place if I gas out. Some nameless, faceless jerkoff who doesn't deserve my gold medal.
Originally Posted by Eddie Hardon
I just remind myself that I started training to STOP being a little bitch. There's also that benefit of knowing you got your **** done even though it hurt/you're tired/whatever.
I just use steam power strateigy(yes I made that up).
I do everything to the point where it becomes natural. And when I get tired I know that next time around I can push myself past the limits from before.
i curse at myself(you bitch,you *****)when alone,and get guys i train with to yell at me when they're there.
Thanks for the reminder (I've been distracted lately) so hope to check it soon.
Originally Posted by TheRuss
Might be a little off topic,
I was walking home from Jiu Jitsu when one of the guys who came to check out the school offered me a lift home. Usually I wouldn't take the lift, however this guy fought professional K1 and I was quite keen on talking to him about it.
While we were talking and he gave me this advice,
A professional fighter needs to have two things, discipline and heart.
So that you can negate your natural inadequacies,
So that you can keep training when you lose confidence in yourself,
So that you can train harder, longer and smarter than the other guy,
Heart, speaks for itself.
So that you can come back after being smashed or after being injured,
So that you can keep going even when you feel like you can’t,
So that you can keep training even when you can’t see results,
So that you can push yourself even when you don’t really want to.
This is some of the best advice I have ever received, I thought it was worth sharing with you guys.
As one of the senior students in my class, my motivation is to try to be a perfect example to everyone else. If I slack off, then they may think it is ok to.
If I'm working out with a group it's easy. I'm competitive as hell.
If I'm by myself I just look in the mirror I use for shadowboxing and see my gut. Problem solved.
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