Month: January 2017

The best internet resources for kick boxing aficionados



If you don’t have time to go to the gym and pursue genuine kickboxing fitness programs, your only consolation is you are not alone. Plenty of people, myself included, can’t really spare the time to enrol in a full training class that will have to be attended regularly if it is to optimize kickboxing. Lucky for us, there is a number of kickboxing resource sites online that bridge the gap between time management and effectiveness of workouts.

For light kickboxing training, try Fitness Blender. Run by husband-and-wife team Daniel and Kelli, this YouTube channel features well-conceptualized videos that take you through fat-burning workouts that never stop from getting you moving completely. This is aside from workouts for metabolism boosting, total body strength training, stretching exercises and kickboxing routines as well. The Fitness Blender could very well serve as your exclusive workout resource.

Stuart Tomlinson produces videos primarily through his The Warrior Collective. Stuart offers an amazing collection of videos and tutorials that are quite authoritative considering how he travels around the world visiting the top trainers from various kinds of fight camps. In short, you get to learn specific drills or techniques by some of the greatest professional fighting practitioners in the world. If you are into Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Taekwondo, MMA, kickboxing, judo and more, this channel is definitely worth investing time in.

Amateur Muay Thai champion Sean Fagan offers a comprehensive video course he created together with Muay Thai athlete Paul Banasiak. The course is equipped with more than 50 videos that help sharpen your Muay Thai boxing technique. The videos include detailed instructions on the fundamentals of boxing, solo and partner drills, and Boxing vs. Kickboxing vs. Muay Thai stance breakdown, among many others.

At Lawrence Kenshin’s channel, you get to experience the expertise of Lawrence on breaking down combat sports. As a striking analyst, he delivers professional fight commentary focusing on fight game plan, strategy and technique. Samir Sandman Seif, who runs a security personnel business and who has fought professionally, produces world-class training videos on his own YouTube channel focusing on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai and Combatives. Calling himself the ‘Combat Guru’, Samir allows subscribers and viewers to learn about the best methods of self defense as well as defending friends and family through knockout, knockdown and submission, helping people achieve their martial arts goals.


Good training videos are also available at MidWest MMA. Actor, American kickboxer and martial arts choreographer Benny ‘The Jet’ Urquidez, who is credited for pioneering full-contact fighting in the US, has a collection of videos on his dedicated YouTube channel. As teacher beyond compare, Benny shows us why he remains a force to reckon with.

Home training may entail having a heavy bag or other piece of equipment for kickboxing, as well as a friend or training partner for assistance. If you visit the resources mentioned above and devote time to training, you may just be able to build a good knowledge base and develop athleticism pretty much on your own. The feedback you could get from an actual kickboxing instructor is invaluable, though, so if you could intersperse home training with a bit of gym training, it could all become more beneficial.

These three contact sports can get you injured


While I do have to agree and say that sports and exercise, in general, are two extremely healthy activities that everyone should engage in on a regular basis, some sports are more dangerous than others. I’ve always been a wrestling fan, for example, and I’ve watched it on TV with my father. However, the fact of the matter is that I don’t think that I would be capable of doing wrestling myself as it is particularly stressful and demanding.

So, one of the first contact sports that can get you injured is wrestling. Some of the typical injuries that you are likely to suffer from when practicing wrestling are in the face and head area, and those simply cannot be good for you. Some wrestlers place a lot of pressure on their knee caps due to their position while fighting their opponents, and this can lead to a tear in some of the most important ligaments in the area.

Everyone knows how tough rugby is, but in my opinion, it’s comparable to American football as the second somewhat originates in the first. The difference between these two sports consists of the fact that the field goal should be attempted by using a drop-kick when you play rugby. This obviously does not happen when playing football. Both of these two sports are somewhat risky because you have to do a lot of running and you might end up suffering from injuries such as tendinitis, for example. What’s more, many players may bump into each other by accident, which is quite common, actually. In fact, rugby players regularly suffer from concussions and broken noses.

Ice hockey is another sport that has high risks. I saw many games over the years and all I can say is that they are both dangerous and exciting, which makes this sport even more appealing to men. Pretty much anything can get you hurt when you are playing ice hockey, although the hockey sticks and pucks are ones that are commonly incriminated for injuries of various types.

Finally, I’d like to add that even soccer presents several risks that have to be taken into account. Sometimes, if you’ve caught the ball and don’t want to let it go, you might be so focused on what you are doing that you may or may not ignore the other players on the field. Obviously, this can’t be good and since penalties are quite important in soccer, you might not get as hurt as you would when playing other sports. Even so, it’s mostly risky for your tendons, muscles, and ligaments, because sometimes you might have to change direction too suddenly and your body can’t adjust to the command coming from your brain.