Category Archives: Equipment

Tools for training

Feel the Burn!

Here’s a quick review of the Burn Machine Speed Bag. Popularized in MMA by Anderson Silva and Brock Lesnar, this spinnymajig is made of steel and chrome and comes in weights between 4, 8, and 12 pounds. Here’s a compilation … Continue reading

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DIY Sandbag Trap Bar

Here’s a quick twist on working out with an old toy. I repurposed my heavy sandbag into a trap bar for deadlifts and shrugs. First, I used some old ratchet straps from the wing chun dummy I made a few … Continue reading

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Black Friday 2011

Well, the holiday shopping season is upon us again, and even the most dedicated martial artists can be distracted by the deals.  I prefer Cyber Monday to Black Friday, but if you feel like putting your training to good use, … Continue reading

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Back to School Shopping!

So I meant to post this a lot sooner (hence the September-y title) but was delayed by the opening of Gracie Farmington Valley. You’d be surprised of all the stuff you need to start a karate program from scratch! Here’s … Continue reading

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As I mentioned in my last post, I’m in the very beginning stages of creating a home dojo.  If you’re just starting out like me, or if you’re already running an established school, you may want to check out Zengu, a … Continue reading

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Home Dojo on a Dime

I’ve been thinking about this project for awhile.  I’m starting to offer private karate and fitness classes at home, and some of my buddies like to come and roll.  So I guess now there’s good reason to finally finish my … Continue reading

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Super Summer Shorts Shootout!

It’s on!  Four pairs of grappling shorts enter, one pair leaves.  I recently tested shorts from Jaco, Sprawl, Revgear, and ClinchGear.  Let’s see which ones are hottest! Jaco USA Resurgence Fight Shorts These are the first pair I tested.  They … Continue reading

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DIY Deadlifting Kit

I’ve been focusing more on training strength and power since winter–especially exercises requiring multiple muscle groups like squats and bench press.  As athletes improve these movements, they often need to use pretty heavy weights.  But having big dumbbells, Olympic bars, … Continue reading

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Merrell Trail Glove Review

I may not have mentioned this before.  Unless otherwise noted, all products reviewed on this blog are purchased outright and are not provided by a manufacturer or retailer. The Merrell Trail Gloves are no exception.  I researched these shoes on … Continue reading

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Dumpster UBE Machine

I went for a bike ride today, and, as usual, my legs were completely fried. I often work some reps with light weight to even out the workout, or I do some pullups and dips. This time I tried something … Continue reading

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