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Mondays at WGMA HQ

Here’s a video clip of Marcello C Monteiro and Denver Amaral.

Marcello is one of the finest BJJ coaches in the world today but he’s also very particular about who he gives his name to.

As a result there is only one man in Europe allowed to teach his style of BJJ.
That man is now teaching every monday at our Dublin City centre HQ.
If you want to learn BJJ correctly, or just want to up your game for upcoming MMA events, come down to Mariusz’ class.

More details will be up on www.wildgeesema.com shortly.

Regards

Wild Geese
every cause but our own
www.wildgeesema.com

Fitness Instructor Follies

There’s a young fella recently started training with us, he joined the Kettlebell fitness session and as far as I can tell he’s having fun (difficult to discern between a grimace and a smile.)

His goals are simple, get fit and then get strong.

His past experience in a gym is what I really want to talk about though.

On his first session with me we went through the usual screening process where we discovered he had damaged his SI joint. Naturally I asked how.
It turns out the poor fella had been a member at one of the larger commercial gyms in Dublin. He’d asked his fitness instructor for a program and also bought some weights so he could also train at home. This lad is serious about improving his condition and as a result we’re behind him 100%.

One of the things he asked was how to deadlift. It seems our boy had done his homework on proper strength training and wanted to learn probably one of the most valuable lifts in the strength arsenal.

His gym assigned fitness instructor replied “No, I can’t teach you that, it’s too dangerous”

So naturally, our curious fella did some research and started to deadlift on his own at home. Inevitably,he got injured. If only he’d asked a genuine trainer instead of some idiot fitness instructor.

Since then I’ve showed him how to deadlift and how to safely increase the intensity and he’s doing very well.

This story is, unfortunately, typical of the attitude of the modern gym and it’s staff. So called dangerous lifts are discouraged in favour of machine based training. In my mind this serves only to reduce the gym’s overheads and the clients results.
Machine based exercises require less supervision and therefore less staff while the so called “dangerous lifts” probably incur a higher insurance cost. So in short it seems gyms are putting their bank balance before their clients. Either that or they just employ idiots.

If you really want to get strong, you’ll be hard pushed to find a more conclusive lift then the deadlift. It works the majority of the body and can seriously reduce the incidence of back pain and injury as well as improve posture and core strength.

There really is no substitute for it.

However you must get good instruction. Talk to someone who deadlifts regular and ask them to take you through the finer points. Start light and build slowly.
If you can’t find a body to ask buy a book entitled “Power To The People” by Pavel.
I know how cheesy the tittle sounds but my dog eared copy has been a mine of useful info as well as a detailed text on how to correctly and safely build a solid deadlift.

Just don’t do it like our boy and go it alone. He did well but the risks just aren’t worth it. Wherever possible seek out qualified instruction.
Any lift done with poor form is dangerous, even on a machine. But few lifts are as functional, effective and simple as the good ole Dead.

Get out there and learn it.

All the best

Wild Geese
every cause but our own
www.wildgeesema.com

Fitness Instructor Follies

There’s a young fella recently started training with us, he joined the Kettlebell fitness session and as far as I can tell he’s having fun (difficult to discern between a grimace and a smile.)

His goals are simple, get fit and then get strong.

His past experience in a gym is what I really want to talk about though.

On his first session with me we went through the usual screening process where we discovered he had damaged his SI joint. Naturally I asked how.
It turns out the poor fella had been a member at one of the larger commercial gyms in Dublin. He’d asked his fitness instructor for a program and also bought some weights so he could also train at home. This lad is serious about improving his condition and as a result we’re behind him 100%.

One of the things he asked was how to deadlift. It seems our boy had done his homework on proper strength training and wanted to learn probably one of the most valuable lifts in the strength arsenal.

His gym assigned fitness instructor replied “No, I can’t teach you that, it’s too dangerous”

So naturally, our curious fella did some research and started to deadlift on his own at home. Inevitably,he got injured. If only he’d asked a genuine trainer instead of some idiot fitness instructor.

Since then I’ve showed him how to deadlift and how to safely increase the intensity and he’s doing very well.

This story is, unfortunately, typical of the attitude of the modern gym and it’s staff. So called dangerous lifts are discouraged in favour of machine based training. In my mind this serves only to reduce the gym’s overheads and the clients results.
Machine based exercises require less supervision and therefore less staff while the so called “dangerous lifts” probably incur a higher insurance cost. So in short it seems gyms are putting their bank balance before their clients. Either that or they just employ idiots.

If you really want to get strong, you’ll be hard pushed to find a more conclusive lift then the deadlift. It works the majority of the body and can seriously reduce the incidence of back pain and injury as well as improve posture and core strength.

There really is no substitute for it.

However you must get good instruction. Talk to someone who deadlifts regular and ask them to take you through the finer points. Start light and build slowly.
If you can’t find a body to ask buy a book entitled “Power To The People” by Pavel.
I know how cheesy the tittle sounds but my dog eared copy has been a mine of useful info as well as a detailed text on how to correctly and safely build a solid deadlift.

Just don’t do it like our boy and go it alone. He did well but the risks just aren’t worth it. Wherever possible seek out qualified instruction.
Any lift done with poor form is dangerous, even on a machine. But few lifts are as functional, effective and simple as the good ole Dead.

Get out there and learn it.

All the best

Wild Geese
every cause but our own
www.wildgeesema.com

Online Personal Training

Right, we’re all skint and in a panic over the economy.

Does this mean we should let out health slide?
Absolutely no!!

As personal training is expensive (€50 or more per hour), we’ve launched an online alternative.
Imaginatively titled “Online Personal Training”.
Yeah, we thought long and hard about that one……

Here’s why it works:
1 – You are a motivated individual, or you wouldn’t be training in the first place.
2 – You need a proper programme, based on you to get the results you want. The spotty kid in your local gym just isn’t cutting it, so you turn to people who’ve been training since before he went to school….
3 – You fill out a questionnaire to give us your goals, lifestyle, injury, mobility, availability of equipment etc. Basically everything we need to now to provide you the means to train whether you do it at home, on the road or in the gym.
4 – Every week you email us you filled in training log, along with comments and questions. We reply personally.
5 – You get our phone number.
6 – Every few weeks your training is updated to ensure you get progress.

All you have to do, is do it.

Whats the kicker?

You get a months Online PT for the same as you get an hour of 1 to 1, ie €50.

For students at the Wild Geese HQ, Dublin, you get an even better deal, instead of online, you come into the club and talk to us face to face as well as via email and phone.
Plus you can come in anytime we are open and do your own solo training, a mere €5 per visit (thats less than the YMCA….)

So have a think, are you serious about getting in better shape but don’t want to waste money with a gym or second rate trainer?

Let us know.

Regards

Wild Geese
every cause but our own

www.wildgeesema.com

Online Personal Training

Right, we’re all skint and in a panic over the economy.

Does this mean we should let out health slide?
Absolutely no!!

As personal training is expensive (€50 or more per hour), we’ve launched an online alternative.
Imaginatively titled “Online Personal Training”.
Yeah, we thought long and hard about that one……

Here’s why it works:
1 – You are a motivated individual, or you wouldn’t be training in the first place.
2 – You need a proper programme, based on you to get the results you want. The spotty kid in your local gym just isn’t cutting it, so you turn to people who’ve been training since before he went to school….
3 – You fill out a questionnaire to give us your goals, lifestyle, injury, mobility, availability of equipment etc. Basically everything we need to now to provide you the means to train whether you do it at home, on the road or in the gym.
4 – Every week you email us you filled in training log, along with comments and questions. We reply personally.
5 – You get our phone number.
6 – Every few weeks your training is updated to ensure you get progress.

All you have to do, is do it.

Whats the kicker?

You get a months Online PT for the same as you get an hour of 1 to 1, ie €50.

For students at the Wild Geese HQ, Dublin, you get an even better deal, instead of online, you come into the club and talk to us face to face as well as via email and phone.
Plus you can come in anytime we are open and do your own solo training, a mere €5 per visit (thats less than the YMCA….)

So have a think, are you serious about getting in better shape but don’t want to waste money with a gym or second rate trainer?

Let us know.

Regards

Wild Geese
every cause but our own

www.wildgeesema.com

Bold new commuter plans

Now, before I start, I only read the headline of this story, but I think it’s a bold idea and should be supported.

The Irish government wants to see 150,000 people commuting by bicycle.
How cool is that.

Now I know the politicians are thinking about congestion, parking, pollution and all the boring stuff. Here’s what I think:
-no fuel cost
-no paying for parking
replacement for that boring cardio at the gym
-fresh air, exercise and transport
-cycling to work in the morning can wake up the body and mind ready for the day, cycling home can help you unwind and relax.

We just need to ensure that the employers/council provide secure locking areas and some where to shower and change. Then we’re laughing. If you live within a 5mile radius of the job, get on the ol‘ iron horse, no excuses.

If your new to exercise or unfamiliar with cycling, it’s best to take things slow, get a lightweight bike that’s the correct size for you. Forget about these cheap suspension set ups, unless you’re forking out (no pun intended) €600+ for a hardtail (suspension at the front) or €1000+ for a full sus, it’s not worth it. Get a quality rigid and it’ll last you years (if maintained)
Have the bike set up by a pro. Having the seat and bars at the wrong height can wreak havoc on the old knees and back. Have the hand controls angled correctly to protect the wrists and keep everything in easy reach.
Brakes are vital, V-brakes and hydraulic disks are mint, but look after them, especially in the wet.
Tyres, unless you’re off roading forget about the wide knobblies, they’ll just slow you down. While I like a bigger tyre for it’s shock absorption and durability you don’t need to go huge. Get good road tyres, if in any doubt, ask a courier what he’s running.

The next thing is safety. I’m going to be controversial here, lights, reflectors and luminous jackets are of limited use! You and you alone are responsible for your own safety, you equipped with eyes and ears, use ’em.
However get some decent lights, big enough to be seen, the rear light is the most important and is often obscured by coattails and bags.
The best reflectors are the bands that wrap around the low leg/ankle. Because they are constantly moving up and down they attract the eye better, plus they’re less likely to be obscured.
Look after your back and hamstrings, kettlebell swings should take care of that for you.

One more thing, you are going to fall off at some point, accept this inevitability. Get down to your local martial arts instructor (specifically jujitsu/judo/aikido or similar) and ask to learn to breakfall.
In my 20 years martial arts training, the skill of breakfalling is the one thing that I can say has truly saved my life. I commute by bike, and have done for years, I enjoyed mountain biking and hill running almost daily in the Lake District, England, plus time snowboarding and other silly things all showed me the value of learning to fall.
Many of my friends have been broken up after a crash, while I’ve had similar crashes and simply walked away.

So, on yer bike

Dave

Wild Geese
www.wildgeesema.com
every cause but our own

Bold new commuter plans

Now, before I start, I only read the headline of this story, but I think it’s a bold idea and should be supported.

The Irish government wants to see 150,000 people commuting by bicycle.
How cool is that.

Now I know the politicians are thinking about congestion, parking, pollution and all the boring stuff. Here’s what I think:
-no fuel cost
-no paying for parking
replacement for that boring cardio at the gym
-fresh air, exercise and transport
-cycling to work in the morning can wake up the body and mind ready for the day, cycling home can help you unwind and relax.

We just need to ensure that the employers/council provide secure locking areas and some where to shower and change. Then we’re laughing. If you live within a 5mile radius of the job, get on the ol‘ iron horse, no excuses.

If your new to exercise or unfamiliar with cycling, it’s best to take things slow, get a lightweight bike that’s the correct size for you. Forget about these cheap suspension set ups, unless you’re forking out (no pun intended) €600+ for a hardtail (suspension at the front) or €1000+ for a full sus, it’s not worth it. Get a quality rigid and it’ll last you years (if maintained)
Have the bike set up by a pro. Having the seat and bars at the wrong height can wreak havoc on the old knees and back. Have the hand controls angled correctly to protect the wrists and keep everything in easy reach.
Brakes are vital, V-brakes and hydraulic disks are mint, but look after them, especially in the wet.
Tyres, unless you’re off roading forget about the wide knobblies, they’ll just slow you down. While I like a bigger tyre for it’s shock absorption and durability you don’t need to go huge. Get good road tyres, if in any doubt, ask a courier what he’s running.

The next thing is safety. I’m going to be controversial here, lights, reflectors and luminous jackets are of limited use! You and you alone are responsible for your own safety, you equipped with eyes and ears, use ’em.
However get some decent lights, big enough to be seen, the rear light is the most important and is often obscured by coattails and bags.
The best reflectors are the bands that wrap around the low leg/ankle. Because they are constantly moving up and down they attract the eye better, plus they’re less likely to be obscured.
Look after your back and hamstrings, kettlebell swings should take care of that for you.

One more thing, you are going to fall off at some point, accept this inevitability. Get down to your local martial arts instructor (specifically jujitsu/judo/aikido or similar) and ask to learn to breakfall.
In my 20 years martial arts training, the skill of breakfalling is the one thing that I can say has truly saved my life. I commute by bike, and have done for years, I enjoyed mountain biking and hill running almost daily in the Lake District, England, plus time snowboarding and other silly things all showed me the value of learning to fall.
Many of my friends have been broken up after a crash, while I’ve had similar crashes and simply walked away.

So, on yer bike

Dave

Wild Geese
www.wildgeesema.com
every cause but our own

The complete martial arts venue

For years the Wild Geese dreamed of having a complete martial arts center.

The dream has become a reality, thanks to the help of some of Irelands best talent.

We are proud to boast that we cannot possibly teach everything there is to know in the martial arts, something few instructors would admit. So instead we have gathered together instructors, many of whom are internationally ranked, to teach the things we cant.

Just a sample of the offerings at our Dublin HQ is:

Richie Carton – Kickboxing. A man who is among the first generation of Irish kickboxers and has produced many champions and fughters including the current super welterweight world champion, Ronan McSweeney
Dave Gordon – Regularly travels to Thailand to train and fight, only come back to Ireland so he can rest up and teach his beloved Muay Thai
Mariusz – A former member of the polish national jujitsu team, now a professional Brazilian Jujitsu coach with several MMA competitors under his wing, all of whom are doing exceptionally well in the local scene.

Of coures there is more, the Wusu and the Iaido as well as our own Kenpo and FMA classes, these all come together to allow students experience the traditional and the modern, the street combatives and the ring sports, ground fighting to weapon work.

All ranges, all environments, truly a Mixed Martial Arts Academy.

Wild Geese
www.wildgeesema.com
every cause but our own