Research of Martial Arts by Jonathan Bluestein isn't the type of book you read cover to cover (though you could). It's more akin to a reference manual in my opinion. Something you go back to time and again to refresh your memory on the many basic and advanced concepts he has discovered through his own studies and from other Masters.
I recommend the purchase of Jonathan Bluestein's book, Research of the Martial Arts.
Colorado Martial Arts Academy
"B-but what about my workouts?!" you say.
Fear not! Your body is your gym. Here's what you can do over the holidays in just 5 to 10 minutes to relieve stress and maintain all that hard work you've put into being in shape.
4 sets of the following exercises, with a 1 minute rest after each full set. Perform each exercise 25 times. If they're too easy, double the amount to 50!
- Air Squats
- Twisting Crunches
- Glute Bridge
- Knuckle Pushups
It was time for new sparing gear. In the past I had the typical entry level models and was interested in trying something that was a step up. My instructor recommended Whistlekick , so I gave it a shot.
The first thing I noticed...
The material seemed to have more bounce, while my old gear (even when new) seemed like a dead layer of foam to the touch. The new material felt cushier, not sure it would translate to better protection, but it felt like it.
But how did it perform?
Well, one curious thing I noticed, the boots had no strap on the bottom (beyond the elastic band holding it on), off putting at first, but it soon became clear that I had better traction on the floor . My old boot had an additional plastic strap that crossed partially under the ball of my foot, which I have slipped on many times!
Headgear Air flow was improved as well...
In the past, I have always wanted to get my helmet off as soon as possible. The sweat generated during a match just seemed to pool up. Perhaps it's just the shape of my noggin or maybe it is intentional? The helmet holds on at just a few key points and leaves a little room for air to pass everywhere else. A huge improvement over the past!
Over all, worth the investment and highly recommended!