Rowing Lake Windermere

A long time ago, some people promised to take me out on the River Thames and give me lessons in the sport of rowing. Sadly, however, it never came to be. Luckily, I happened to be in the Lake District over the weekend, so I decided to rent a rowing boat and row Lake Windermere...
Posted On 30 Aug 2012
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Swimming England’s Highest Lake

As part of my Gold Challenge, I had to do some form of swimming. However, figuring that anybody could just walk down to their local pool, jump in and splash around for a bit, I wanted to do something a bit more interesting. So I decided to do some open water swimming – to...
Posted On 29 Aug 2012
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Cycling 100 Miles.

Back when I started this challenge, I decided to cycle 100 miles for the cycling element. How hard could it be, right? So, I made a plan: Stage 1: Borrow a bike Stage 2: Borrow a helmet Stage 3: Put both in the garage, and leave to mature for 12 months Stage 4: Cycle 100 miles...
Posted On 26 Aug 2012
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Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast

At wrestling this evening, we worked on shooting for a double leg (a classic) and shooting a high crotch. A high crotch essentially involves going for a double leg takedown, with your head on your opponent’s hip, but shooting your arm high between their legs instead of to...
Posted On 21 Aug 2012
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Old Habits Die Hard

Last Monday and tonight make it three weeks back at boxing training for me, and I’m starting to get my eye in a little. There are a few old habits, however, that refuse to die. I blame them on wrestling. In wrestling, I stay low and circle my opponent, looking for a moment...
Posted On 20 Aug 2012
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Like Pain? Try Jumping.

Yesterday night, at pro wrestling training, I decided to test my vertical leap.  Well. I say “decided”…I actually ran at something and leapt onto it, then didn’t quite believe I had done it, so tested it again. Then Matt joined in and it became a challenge...
Posted On 20 Aug 2012
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Wrestling: Three Moves from a Single Leg

After boxing on Monday night, I decided to spend Tuesday freestyle wrestling at Genesis Gym in Marlow. Although they have had their wrestling class running since early in the year, I haven’t been able to attend very often because the class has been on a Friday night. Now,...
Posted On 14 Aug 2012
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Basics of Jiu Jitsu

The day after boxing, Simon and I returned to the same club for Jiu Jitsu. Not having Gis, our training was slightly different from the rest of the class.  Luckily, however, it involved learning a basic escape from a full mount, which will prove very useful in lots of types of...
Posted On 08 Aug 2012
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Back to Boxing

This month, the other half of the Murderbeers Fight Team, Simon ‘Bunn Slayer’ Lowe, is back in the local area. As such, it makes perfect sense for us to brush up on our combat skills at some of the local classes. Having decided to document some of these classes, I...
Posted On 08 Aug 2012
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A Little Determination

Getting back into shape is not going well, friends. Having quit my job and turned freelance, I technically have more time available to get to the gym, go fighting and perform great deeds. However, it just doesn’t seem to be working out that way. In fact, I seem to be in...
Posted On 04 Aug 2012
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