My coaches…as manga characters?

As thanks for putting up with my shenanigans and turning me into the kickboxing-obsessed otaku that I am now, I decided to ask good ol’ lenejenius to whip me up a piece.

From left: Coaches Caine Gayle, Artem Sharoshkin, Joshua Vongsvirates, Shannon Gugerty, and Jessica Lopez. I'm the one that's beaten up.

From left: Coaches Caine Gayle, Artem Sharoshkin, Joshua Vongsvirates, Shannon Gugerty, and Jessica Lopez.
I’m the one that’s beaten up.

So if you’ve been wondering who’s responsible for what you see today, look no further.  It’ll be even better if you join the boxing club.  Serious.  Tell them I sent you.  And that you saw the picture.

 

OtakuFighter: Twitch X Training Mask

I did adopt this mask.  I wasn't born into it.  That would be weird.

I did adopt this mask. I wasn’t born into it. That would be weird.

After seeing the ads at numerous UFC events, and eyeing the stand conveniently placed by OTM Fight Shop’s cash register, I decided to get myself a Training Mask.  Why?  Last week, I wasn’t able to train for most of the week, and I felt bad.  I figured that I had to throw myself back into the swing of things, and this was the best way to do it.  By simulating training at altitude.

Original image at trainingmask.com

I’ll let the training mask description do the job of explaining what it is.  I’m actually pretty winded.

Training Mask will make your workout so efficient, you can actually cut the amount of time spent in training by as much as two-thirds. Simply strap it on and begin your normal work out. Within days, you’ll see the difference!

It’s really simple science. By conditioning your lungs and creating pulmonary resistance, your diaphragm is strengthened, thereby making your lungs work harder. When lungs work harder, the surface area and elasticity in the alveoli is increased, thus increasing your stamina and ability to go harder at your sport – or simply have increased energy for daily living.

Our multi-level resistance system uses our patented (PAT.8.590.533 B2) “Resistance Training Device” flux valve system, forcing you to inhale fuller, deep breaths. While your body adapts, your lungs will be trained to take deeper breaths and use the available oxygen more efficiently. Increasing your alveoli’s surface area will transport more oxygen via your red blood cells and carry it to the extremities.

I’ve been using it since yesterday, and I can say that training with it is pretty damn tough.  The training mask makes you take really deep breaths when you train, and anything less than that doesn’t go through.  So if you have a habit of hyperventilating when you train, this might be the cure for it.  Or it’ll kill you.

In my next entry, I’ll do a follow-up on this training mask, with a more indepth look at the individual components that make it up, and how it can simulate breathing at 18,000 feet.  Not that you would.  Or maybe.

 

OtakuFIGHTER: Fight Night Spring 2014!! (Part 1)

Yesterday marked the first Fight Night event at The Boxing Club, and naturally, I was on hand to take pictures.  And that I did.

Mind you, I’m still getting used to this whole camera thing, so my pictures didn’t turn out so well.  Oh well, practice is practice.  I’m going to put a few of my fave pictures here, and at the end, there’s gonna be a dropbox link for the entire picture dump, so you can post the pics wherever you want, just as long as you keep the SSB logo intact.  Don’t be a dick and crop it out.

And in a few more days, Brian’s gonna have his pics from the event up, and they’re better than mine. 😛

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The entire dump can be found here MAKE WITH THE CLICKING FOR GREAT JUSTICE!  DO IT NOW!! 

Big ups to TBC for putting together an awesome show, and even bigger ups to the people that participated.  I’ll be joining you guys soon enough.

 

-Francis

#otakuFIGHTER No. 2 – Training for a Joe Higashi cosplay.

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Currently, I’m trying to burn off the fat and build some muscle for next year’s comic con.  I’m gonna be cosplaying as Joe Higashi from the Fatal Fury/KOF series.  Just in case you needed a quick reminder:

And since this requires me to be shirtless, I’ve gotta do this right.  I’ve already increased the intensity of my training sessions at The Boxing Club.  I train for 4 days a week, and this is how it usually goes down:

My training sessions at The Boxing Club usually come in 3 parts.

Part 1. Muay Thai – As I’m training in the art of Muay Thai, class becomes really important.  My coaches and training partners all help to improve our technique, speed, and strength.  The conditioning drills and workouts are very intense and challenging.  Sparring…is a whole other beast.

Part 2: Running – Coach Caine (featured in the previous entry) makes me run an additional 30 minutes after EVERY CLASS I take.  The run is done at a medium-to-high pace, and serves as my stamina/cardio training.  This is the hardest part of my training sessions, and it usually leaves me pretty winded.

Part 3: Weights.  I use the various exercise machines to build muscle strength.  Depending on the day, I work on different muscle groups.

I aim to take at least 3-4 weekday trips to the gym.  My Saturday workouts are different.

Part 1: Spin.  My spin coach is a beast.  Taking a spin class should not be taken lightly.

Part 2: Power Kickboxing/Bagwork.  The Boxing Club’s power kickboxing classes are a fun combination of aerobic exercise and striking technique.  I use this class as a means to fine-tune my striking combinations and distance judging abilities.

Part 3: Weights.  Again.

Diet?  I’ll cover that in the next entry.  For now, enjoy this video of Joe beating Shin Akuma in CVS2.

#otakuFIGHTER No. 1. Yours truly.

From its inception, SSB existed as a geek anomaly.  Refusing to be tied down to the constraints that held down normal geeks, SSB was a webcomic, then a geek website, and now, an all-encompassing site that covers not only geek shit, but other subjects as well.

And so I ask you, what defines a geek?  A obsession with certain types of fandom that borders on the insane?  I’d say so.  That doesn’t necessarily mean that a geek has to be physically weak (contrary to popular belief).

With that in mind, I present to you the newest segment of SSB, #otakuFIGHTER.  Every month, SSB will feature an #otakuFIGHTER in their element.  Be it Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kyokushin Karate, Krav Maga, Boxing, or even Taekwondo, #otakuFIGHTER will bring you the hardest hitting, the fastest punching, and the geekiest fighters we can find.  And who better to start this all off…than yours truly.

As some of you may already know, I’ve been practicing Muay Thai on and off for the past year or so.  This year…I’ve been taking it up a few notches.  What you’ll see in the gallery is a glimpse of how I spend my Friday afternoons.  I usually have a padwork session with Coach Caine Gayle of The Boxing Club, in La Jolla.  That’s followed by a Muay Thai class, and usually a run immediately afterwards.  The other days are spent in much the same fashion, afternoons training…until traffic dies down and I can go home.

I’m still very much a geek, and everyone can attest to that.  Like I said, being a geek/otaku doesn’t automatically mean you have to be fat.  Because fuck that.  I ain’t about that fat life.

Salam Alchi, our gym’s manager and the rest of the staff are also making sure I eat right and not get too crazy.  It’s working…I think.

So before I go any further, I’d like to thank my coaches Caine Gayle, Artem Sharoshkin, Shannon Gugerty, Jessica Lopez, Brian Blake, and Joshua Vongsvirates.  Salam, Tiffany, and Anthony all get special mentions for keeping The Boxing Club running smoothly :).  Also, a special shoutout to my #otakuFIGHTER crew, Brian Bacsal and Ivan Li for the pics and for watching me get my ass kicked.

 

The Boxing Club’s July Fight Night and UFC 162. WTF.

This afternoon, I was able to spend some time with my homies at The Boxing Club during their Fight Night.  I caught some good matches, especially my own Coach, Coach Jessica.  She launched a superman punch during her exhibition match with one of our own muay thai students.  It was awesome.

UFC 162 did not disappoint either.  Cub Swanson did work, Mark Muñoz did work, Tim Kennedy did too…but Chris Weidman…holy fuck.

WHAT THE FUCK ANDERSON.  REALLY. (props to Sherdog for the picture, I'm just hosting my own copy so I don't steal their bandwidth)

WHAT THE FUCK ANDERSON. REALLY.
(props to Sherdog for the picture, I’m just hosting my own copy so I don’t steal their bandwidth)

I expected a KO, but not like this.  Anderson spent the better part of the two rounds taunting Chris Weidman, trying to get a rise out of him.  Weidman did not fall into Anderson’s web, and instead, became the rain that washed the spider out.  The rain being Weidman’s fists.  He punched Silva right in the face, then as Silva hit the mat, Weidman followed up with some strikes to the face, one of which knocked out Silva cold.  I saw it.  COLD.

I was watching the event with my coaches at TBC, and one of ’em had some words for me.

Truth.

Truth.

With that, Chris Weidman is now the UFC Middleweight Champion.  Anderson Silva held that belt for six years, eight months and 22 days.  Can Chris Weidman match that?  I doubt it, but it would be great if he did.  Also…the UFC middleweight division is going to be a lot more hectic now.  So…fight fans, what matches would you like to see?  A rubber match, perhaps?  Silva pretty much said that he’s done fightin’ for the belt so….

Mark Muñoz?

SSB vs. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu #3

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Yep. Completely wiped, sweaty, and confused. Welcome to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

I don’t even know where to begin.  Other than the fact that I almost creaked my neck during rolling warm-ups, I think I’m slowly getting the hang of BJJ.  I’m doing a lot of rolling with the other students, and they’ve all got a ton of experience.  It really feels like I’ve gotta catch up to everyone else, but Coach Shannon says that I’ve gotta take it easy, step by step.

Though the last few minutes of class really wore me out.  “Rolling” is what BJJ students call sparring.  I did a bit of that, and I’m proud of my closed guard.  It’s really hard for people to escape out of it, but I’m still learning what to do, so I can’t really do anything else.

We went over their “clinch”, a sweep into a takedown, and then an ankle lock.  Goodness, that hold was scary.  The more I learn about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the more I start to fear it.  I’m beginning to understand just how dangerous the art is, and the magnitude of the damage you can cause using it.

That’s why I’ve gotta be careful and considerate of my training partners.  I know that they’re doing the same for me.

Gi: BadBoy
Rash Guard: Fuji