Thursday, December 10, 2009

Student profile: Cobi Swanepoel


Why you started martial arts?
Fascinated with martial arts since very young, but horses took over my life as I trained 7 days a week for endurance rides.
Main reason to eventually start was self-defence, now, of course, it turned into another addictive sport!

How often do you train?
Trying for 2 – 3 times per week

Do you do any extra supplementary training or conditioning?
Picking fights with guys in bars....

Do you participate in other sports or activities?
Jogging, horse riding, snorkelling, body surfing and walking with a 51kg German Shepherd

Favourite technique:
Any kinda choke!

Rolling style: anaconda or squirrel monkey?
Whatever works....

What do you appreciate most about the SBGi/Functional martial arts curriculum?
It is not boring. It really is functional and realistic.

Advice for beginners:
Relax!

Who would win: Spiderman vs. the Hulk?
Catwoman!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Student profile: Zack Wright


...a.k.a. The Squirminator / Captain Kick-Ass


Why you started martial arts?...
I kept climbing out the cot as a baby, so my parents flipped it upside-down...destroying my prison was a natural progression. I also distinctly remember that punching 'Bobo the clown' wasn't good enough to keep him down (those bottom-weighted inflatable-punchbags are so cool!) so I improvised with increasingly insane attacks. There is no limit to one's imagination with regards to fight scenes!


How often do you train?

Whenever I can...about 4 actual classes a week and play-fights with gangs of little kids as often as possible (I baby sit/child mind, in case you were wondering!)

Do you do any extra supplementary training or conditioning?

I eat a lot to strengthen my jaw so I don't get knocked out so easily...chubby-bunny once a week...oh and I head-bang all day which helps my neck deal with most chokes.

Do you participate in other sports or activities?
I do any and all extreme sports when my budget and timetable allow, but go climbing/do parkour about once a week.

Favourite technique:

Whatever one makes me laugh at my confused/tapping-out opponent...otherwise flying knees and hammer-fists!

Rolling style: anaconda or squirrel monkey?
Squirrel-monkey who believes its an anaconda

What do you appreciate most about the SBGi/Functional martial arts curriculum?
its just AWESOME!!! Variety..functionality...immediately applicable - don't have to develop reflexes and timing over years of experience...simple and effective techniques.......great exercise...mentally and physically challenging...I'm a complete MMA geek!
Advice for beginners:It's fun...keep it that way..take it or youself too seriously and it will lose some of it's magic!

Who would win: Spiderman vs. the Hulk?
Spidey..duh! Hulk's roid-rage aint nuthin against Spidey agility and snappy 1-liners!