Friday, July 27, 2007

I hate my ISP.

My internet has been down for almost two weeks! I'm freaking out. I'm making this post from my mother's house, just to let you guys know I'm not dead. Rest assured, I'll make up for the fact that I haven't been online with a nice big post. I'm also designing training programs to put up on the site for you guys. Believe me, I'm working on it!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Dragonball Training Manual- Part VI

I've been working some more on the website and it's a little more frustrating than I anticipated. I'll make sure that it gets done in a timely manner. Here's some more training for you guys.

NAMEK OR BUST AND THE FREIZA SAGA


After beating Nappa and Vegeta, Goku and the gang decided to head off to Namek to search for some more dragonballs in order to restore Piccolo’s and most of the guys-we-didn’t-learn-anything-new-from’s lives. Unfortunately, very little training went on for most of the people on the way to Namek. Mainly, Goku’s the only one who trained, but we do get to see some stuff from Piccolo and the rest of the dead guys on Kaio-sama’s planet. Everybody else just fought a lot. So, I guess we’ll just stick with what’s been good so far:

Goku

Here, we really get to see some of the coolest training sequences yet in DBZ. Goku does an incredible amount of training in six days and makes himself completely awesome… but he also had a gravity machine and a bag full of senzu. So, once again, since we’re going for realism, let’s break this down.

Bodyweight Exercises

These may not seem like much, but you’d be surprised how simple little exercises like the push-up can tear you up. Goku didn’t just stop there, though. He cranked out 10,000 reps consistently on each of these things in up to 100Gs but I don’t expect you to do 10,000 reps of anything, so don’t worry too much.
These aren’t in any particular order-
  • One-armed Push-ups- This is very hard to do. I recommend doing normal push-ups first, in case you can’t do these. Your legs will be wider in the one-armed version so as to keep your balance.
  • Handstand Push-ups- Goku balanced a barbell on his feet while doing these… don’t do that. It didn’t end well for him and it will end even less well for you. Initially, do these up against a wall until your balance improves. Practice free handstands and handstand push-ups against the wall and you should be doing free standing handstand push-ups in no time! Well… just keep trying.
  • Sit-ups- Simple, easy sit-ups. Keep your legs bent to spare your back and have fun! Don’t rock or use momentum to come up, pull yourself up.
  • Hanging Sit-ups- It’s like a sit-up, but upside down! There are a few ways to do this, each with varying degrees of safety. I’ll list them in order of safety preference. 1) Anti-Gravity boots: they’re those little things you clamp on your ankles that let you hang from a bar upside down. 2) Tying a rope to your ankles and then hanging from something. 3)Wrapping your legs around a tree limb (I’d rather you didn’t do it this way). It’s important to have full range of motion, that means all the way from the hanging position to as far as you can curl up. If it gets easy… if it gets easy, you can hold some five or ten pound dumbbells in your hands while you do them.

Martial Exercises

  • Punching with weights- Don’t snap your arm out the entire way, because it’s bad for your joints. Pull it at the last second. I recommend starting with just 2 to 5 pounds. Don’t overdo it either. You can stand in a horse stance and punch or you can work boxing-type punches like the jab and cross.
  • Shadow sparring- You imagine an opponent and you fight him! That simple. Keep in mind your form and remember to move! Since he’s imaginary, you can use whatever technique you like. Just don’t lose, because that’s just embarrassing.
Once again, have fun!

Friday, July 6, 2007

The Immediate Future

In the upcoming weeks, the Dragonball training will be coming, as will the Shura no Toki (Chiense's kind of busy ATM, but he should have it up soon), but what I'm most excited about is the posting of the "before" and "after" pictures of the first stages of the Dragonball training. Aside from that, I'm also excited about all the videos and podcasts on the way. I'm currently working on our website and will try to have it up and running as soon as possible. In the beginning, we will have our blog posts on it, any completed training manuals, and weekly updates of videos. But, believe me, there is so much more on the way.

Thanks for reading, guys.

Monday, July 2, 2007

No Time!

Sorry guys, it's taking a little bit longer than I thought to get the second part of the "Shura no Toki" training manual done. I should have it up at the soonest tomorrow and the latest by the 5th.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Dragonball Training Manual- Part V

Yet more training tips from the DB universe-

Piccolo and Gohan


I lumped these two together since they spent most of their time training together. Gohan’s early training very much simulates Goku’s training while looking for the dragonballs: a lot of running, swimming, and climbing. Since, we’ve covered that once, we’ll let it go this time.

Sparring For the Win!

This is pretty much all these two did, which is why it’s covered here, instead of earlier. There was sparring previously, but not to this extent. Piccolo beat the living hell out of Gohan during the time they trained together and Gohan tried to reciprocate. Thus, let’s discuss sparring.
First, I recommend you get some sparring gear. That means, at the very least, some gloves and a mouthpiece. Otherwise, you won’t be very pretty for very long and you might get seriously hurt while training, which is never good. You can get foot gear, shin guards, head gear, and body gear if you like, but it is not necessary.
When you’re ready and you have a willing training partner, you guys can start sparring, but that doesn’t mean you have to try to tear each other’s head off (at least, not all the time). Sometimes, light or mid-range sparring is good for developing confidence, skill, and bodily awareness. If you constantly get pummeled in sparring sessions, you’ll probably get frustrated and you won’t grow as fast. Also, try to spar with different people, so you don’t get used to fighting the same person. When you get good, maybe you can even fight two people. But only when you get good.

Tien, Krillin, Yamcha, and Chiaotzu

While waiting for the Saiyans to arrive on Earth, the rest of the gang went off to Kami’s to train the way Goku did way back when. So, unfortunately, we don’t get anything knew from the rest of our friends, here.