First off, I’ve seen some incredible stuff on the web this week that you just gotta see too:
- First, Jake Weidmann, Master Penman. This video is great, and so is his TEDx talk. Inconceivable! (and yes, I do know what that word means).
- Katie “the Smiling Assassin” Ledecky is a mermaid, a sea sprite, a daughter of Neptune. On the third day of the finals she broke her own world record in the 1500 meters. Then, after just a 30-minute break, she got back in the pool and qualified for the 200 meter final. The next day she won that too. How is this even possible?
- Hats off to the 1,000 Italian Foo Fighter Fans who lured the band to perform in their home town by videoing a cover of “Learn to Fly.” When we wanted the Foo Fighters to come to Richmond, we just sold imaginary tickets. We’ve officially been one-upped.
Now for your WOD:
A) Dumbbells: 5 x 10 of Plank Rows (on your knees if you have to), Goblet Squats, and Curl-ups.
B) 20 each of the following kicks, with good form (220 total):
- Snap Kick
- Side Kick
- Back Kick
- Crescent Kick
- Roundhouse Kick
- Hook Kick
- Coup de pied bas
- Coup d’Italien
- Chassé frontal high
- Chassé frontal low
C) Run or Bike AFAYC for 15 mins.
Craig Gemeiner of Gemeiner Academy of Savate and European Combat Arts has his videos on sale for 50% off over at Bootfighter.
Thanks to Gemeiner’s material (and to my friends who let me hit them with sticks — see below) I was able to learn how to wield a cane. His DVDs have solid production quality and A+ content. Sale lasts until August 22nd. In the words of the Turtleman, gitcha some!
Update 7/18/19: My club still uses the flag but we’re now called Cabal Fang Temple, and we’re a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational charity. Visit our website or purchase our 12-week personal growth program at Smashwords, Amazon, B&N, or wherever fine e-books are sold.
Yes, folks who practice Savate (a.k.a. French Boxing, French Foot-fighting) practice in shoes (males are called savateur, females savateuse).
Watch the video below and you’ll see how a champion savateur uses his hands and feet in unison, setting up punches with kicks and vice versa to create mind boggling combinations.
Many of the kicks of Savate are incorporated in Cabal Fang, and we’re practicing them this month at the Order of Seven Hills. If you want to move like the guy in this video you’re going to have to put in many hours of practice. And you could start by joining us.