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One Very Tough Conditioning Workout By The God Of Pro Wrestling

I believe that cross-training along with conditioning will make you a better athlete and martial artist.

Several years ago I stumbled across conditioning exercises that originated in India and that will make you gasp for air and what’s really cool, you don’t need any equipment or even a lot of space to do them.

Known in Japan as ‘The God Of Wrestling’, Karl Gotch incorporated a lot of these same exercises into
his incredibly rigorous training regimes, for himself and his students.

Born Karl Istaz in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1924, he later became famous as Karl Gotch.
He was an excellent amateur wrestler who even competed for Belgium at the 1948 Olympics in freestyle and Greco-Roman disciplines.

Gotch later wrestled in the United States and at the end of his illustrious career in Japan after which he went on to train other professional wrestlers.
His training in traditional Indian wrestling along with bodyweight calisthenic execerises contributed to his extraordinary leg endurance and strength.

Three exercises that stand out and together are considered “The Royal Court” are the following:
- Bridge, Hindu squats, and Hindu push-ups.

If you happen to have a deck of 52 playing cards, you are closer to having the Karl Gotch Bible than you think.
The conditioning workout that I found at SensibleBeing.com goes something like this:

Clubs: Double the value for Hindu Squats.
Spades: Double value for Hindu Jumper Squats.
Diamonds: Number value for Straight Pushups (or half moon pushups)
Hearts: Number value for Hindu Pushups.

Number Cards (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)= Given value.
Face cards (Jacks, Queens, Kings)= 10 value.
Aces= 11 value.
Jokers= 20 value.

Shuffle the deck well. Deal the top card. Do the number and exercise for that card. Then, without rest, deal the second card, and on and on until the entire deck is finished.

For example we will look at 10 random cards…

3 of Clubs= 6 squats
Jack of Spaids= 20 jumpers
King of Hearts= 10 hindu pushups
6 of Diamonds= 6 pushups
9 of spaids= 18 jumpers
King of Clubs= 20 squats
Joker= 40 squats or 20 hindu pushups
Jack of Diamonds= 10 pushups
Ace of Spaids= 22 jumpers
3 of Hearts= 3 hindu pushups

According to SensibleBeing.com, this workout done at a reasonable pace should take about 30 minutes.

And because visuals make it all easier to understand and to execute, here’s a video clip I found for you:


Glima – The Icelandic Art Of Wrestling Is Still Hot

I have been wanting to post something about Iceland for some time now. As I have written before, the Swiss, the Turks and many others have their own styles of wrestling.

So, why not the descendants of the Vikings?!

Known as a style of folk wrestling, Glima is considered a national sport.

Glima consists of  several elements that make it different from other styles of wrestling.

Opponents have to stand upright at all times.

It might look like they’re dancing, but opponents actually have to step clockwise around each other. That’s how they create openings for attack and counter-attack and it simply keeps things moving.

It’s frowned upon to fall down on your opponent or to even to shove him with force.

When wrestling, you’re supposed to look across your opponent’s shoulder, as the goal it to wrestle by touch and feel instead of by visuals.

Eight core techniques represent the basics for the approximately fifty ways to throw your opponent.

Fairness and respect for your training partner are considered a code of honor in Glima.

The Icelandic term Glima basically menas wrestling and in a broader sense means struggle.

Historically, Glima called for a fighting style that favored technique over brute force.

Both wrestlers wear a special belt around their waist. Further, belts are worn on the lower thighs of each leg, which connect to the main belt with vertical straps.

Further, a fixed grip is then taken with one hand in the belt and the other in the trousers at thigh height. From this position the Glima wrestler attempts to trip and throw his opponent.

 A thrown wrestler may attempt to land on his feet and hands and if he succeeds in doing so he has not lost the fall. The goal is to make the opponent touch the ground with an area of the body between the elbow and the knee.

Every year the best Glíma sportsmen and women compete for victory in the national tournament where they compete for the trophy “Grettisbelti”, which is the oldest and most prestigious trophy in Iceland.
The national tournament has taken place since 1906 and the winner of the tournament is awarded with the Grettisbelti trophy and the title “Icelandic King of Glíma”.
In the past decade, women have started to participate in a very impressive fashion. Their major tournament is known as “Freyjuglíma” and the winner is crowned as the “Queen of Glíma”.