“It is said that Master Yagyu once remarked, ‘I do not know the way to defeat others, but the way to defeat myself.’ Throughout your life advance daily, becoming more skillful than yesterday, more skillful than today. This is never-ending.” ~Hagakure (1716)
And now, well, we’ve reached 100 hundred weekly training blog posts and that’s a milestone for sure. What do you say — should we make this one a real doozie?
The Big 100: Training Involution #100
- 100 strikes/min (heavy bag for speed). Set timer for 3 rounds of 3:00/1:00. Strike heavy bag with hands and feet as fast as you can. Count strikes in the final round. If you don’t break 300 strikes (100 strikes/min.) try again tomorrow. Tip: count your strikes in sets of 10.
- 100 grappling moves. If you have a partner, pick one grappling move — maybe Single Leg, Ankle Pick, Drop Duck-under, Slip-by to take down, you name it — and do it 50 times each. If training solo do it 100 times. Either way, if you aren’t done in under 8 mins., you’re going way too slow. Try again tomorrow.
- 100 Calisthenics Half Pyramid. Squats, Jumping Jacks and Push-ups (beginners do Half Squats and/or Push-ups on knees, advanced folks, do Jump Squats and/or Clap Push-ups). Climb odd numbers only up to 19 for a total of 100 each (1 of each, then 3 of each, then 5,7,9,11,13,15,17 and 19). Get it done in under 13 mins or try again tomorrow.
- Journal review. Are you keeping up with your training journal? Are you logging all training sessions? Making regular diary entries? Noting your mood and any milestones? Establishing goals based on your progress? Spend a 10 minutes reading backwards in your journal. Are you satisfied with the frequency and quality of your entries? Are you happy with your progress in all four major dimensions — intellectually, emotionally, martially and spiritually? Record your thoughts and answers to these questions in your journal!