Just my thoughts for the day:
Just spoke to a kettlebell instructor, who I'm going to be training with for the next couple of months or so. I'm looking to increase strength in extreme ranges of motion, so I'm look at this material.
Been using some westside concepts in my lifting, and I'm liking the benefits. Lifting tonight using a back/traps program that Chris Thibadeau from t-nation concocted a few years ago. I'm really looking forward to trying this out.
I'm going to switch to an s&c phase around june, focusing on kettlebells and westside, plus yoga and sprinting, bag work, bandwork, all the good stuff. But focusing on heavy lifting (on top of sparring, running classes, etc.).
Just read Chad Waterbury's article on MMA strength training. Lots of weights in there.
What utterly blows me away is that "the little dragon" was the FIRST to make weights a HUGE part of his training. Over 33 years ago, Bruce did roadwork, weights, heavy bag, focus mitts, sparring, making protein shakes, etc. to go beyond his peers. Lee was basically training like an MMA fighter way back in the late 60's-early 70's! And this was during the days when the black belt, forms, CHI POWER, point-fighting, calisthenics, and the kiai were absolute KING! No self-respecting martial artist (or boxer for that matter) would even consider using weights to build attributes for fighting. They felt it created clumsy, muscle-bound men who were all-show and no-go.
Now, you simply can't go without some form of weight training/conditioning training, if you're to consider MMA as a hobby or sport.
I'm not saying that MMA fighters are training this way now to imitate Bruce Lee. Of course not! BUT, I'm so utterly impressed by that fact that he had the keen awareness to know the TRUTH in conditioning, that he did not give in to the BS that was SO PREVALENT in his day. The man refused to wear uniforms, refused to do forms, refused point-sparring...and had the guts to commit himself to training that produced results.
It's unfortunate that the old nucleus chose to turn him into some feel-good icon, instead of emphasizing what he really was: the first martial artist to make physical conditioning synonymous with fighting prowess.