Saturday, June 16, 2012

VIDEO US Kyokushin Open 2012 Women's Heavyweight Championships

The big fight came and went, the last fight I get to have this fight season. It was a very tough won fight. Two extentions!!

Monday, May 28, 2012

10th Kyokushin US Open ~ My results

That time came and went again. The US Open championships the Kyokushin Karate. What a great tournament it turned out to be.

This year Maine Kyokushin Karate decided to have a little ninjas division. I was recruited to judge the Kata and fights for these little guys. Let me tell you there is nothing cuter than a 4 year old doing Kata. Then they fought. There rules were a bit different than mine. They wore chest protectors and were only allowed to hit and kick the protectors. First time I think I saw fighter smile while they were getting hit, so adorable.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Warrior Challenge ~ A Simple Deck Of Cards

For today's warrior challenge, Dawson had a doozie for us. He said I would hate him for it, and for a few minutes i did.

Get yourself a deck of cards.

Face cards are worth 10
Aces are worth 12

Hearts = Medicine ball slams
Clubs = Push-Ups
Spades = Squats
Diamonds = BURPEES!!!

Go through the whole deck, yeah the WHOLE deck. barf

I swear, Dawson stacked the deck with diamonds. About 10 cards in, I think we drew 4 diamonds. A face card, the ace, another face card and a 6. In my head I yelled "F#@$ You DAWSON!!", in reality, he could only make out the swear becasue I couldn't breath. I needed some water after that.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Kids Class Game: Snake Horse

I got to teach the kids class last week and they were so much fun. I was hoping for 10 kids to com, but I think I had close to 20. Oh My!! At  least I know them all, it makes it easier. I went in with a plan, but with my plan being for 10, the plan went out the window. One of the games I had in mind worked out very well. The kids loved it and when they saw me yesterday, three asked if we could play it again.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Warrior Challenge - Bag Work

Over at DW's Fitness Factory, today's warrior challenge had lots of bag work, my favorite.

warm-up 3 minutes jumprope

core  x 2

  • 100 bicycle crunches
  • 10 supermans
  • 10 pikes w/10 pound med ball
All rounds are 3 minutes long, 45 second rest

Friday, March 30, 2012

Conditioning Circuit Today

Conditioning circuit today at my gym:

  • 10 reps each of 
    • medicine ball slams
    • pushups
    • squats
    • burpees 

performed as for a many circuits as possible in 20 minutes then a wall sit as long as possible.

I did 9 sets and a wall sit for 1:20

What can you do?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Breaking Wood

The last time I went to Canada, the very nice people at Atlantic Canada Kyokushin-Kan Karate (ACKK) gave me three boards to break. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wednesday KickASSery!!!!

My trainer Rich has me on a weight program and I see him twice a week for that. It is assistant work that is very heavy weight, well heavy for me. In the middle of the week, he has me doing a javorek complex that he designed for me. The weight for the Javorek should be a medium weight for you.

Javorek is a olympic trainer who devised a cardio/weight program that has proven itself again and again. The method to the madness is that all exersices are done in a superset, one right after the other without a break. When the circuit is done, you rest for 30 seconds to a minute and attack it again 3 to 4 times.

Patty ‘Powerhouse’ Pittman’s
Home Routine

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Ligo Dojo Tournament March 10 2012 Durhan NC

Coming soon to North Carolina, the Ligo Dojo of Durham will be hosting their first tournament. It is slated as a beginners tournament. My dojo will be sending some fighters and I will be coming down to join them, but as support and a spectator.

Tidbits from their facebook page:

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Gauntlet of Links

Vacation week in Maine has been hectic to say the least. When you work at a ski mountain, the action is non-stop all week. Every morning I was fitting rental skis to guest. In the after noon I would take the guest on the ziplines. Finally at night, I sold tickets. 12 hour days all week.

Today is my day of rest so I caught up on all my favorite blogs and I am going to share the best with you.

Kuwait Karate Journal wants you to know how fit you really are. Take the US Army fitness test twice a year to gauge your fitness.

Over at ExploringKarate, Steve will take you through his planned workout with a free standing bag. He says, "You can feel and see when a technique connects well and work to improve it."

At the Knockdown Fighter board, join the discussion of you most favorite and least favorite techniques. My most favorite (today) is inside leg kick, my most hated, spinning hook kick. I just can't seem to get it.

Want a new workout gadget but don't want to spend the cash? How about a new TRX suspension trainer? the guys at Homemade Gym Stuff will show you how.

My favorite topic, food. So how does a fighter gain weight and build muscle? Mark Sisson will tell you how without all the white carbs that does your body no good.

Friday, February 3, 2012

What Tabata is Not

There are many names for it. Surge, Burst, HiiT, The Tabata Protocol, and my favorite, Four Minutes of Hell. No matter what you call it, the Tabata method of interval training is the most effective way to train both the aerobic and anaerobic metabolic pathways. It only takes four minutes, but those 8 sets of 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest, are the longest in your life if you do the protocol correctly. 

Tabata Myths

More is better : Tabata intervals are a an exercise where you work for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds for a total of 8 sets. Easy peasy, right?

Monday, January 30, 2012

One Thousand Challenge

Crystal Cipriani, over at Journey of the Primal Tribe has issued a challenge. The "One Thousand Challenge". In four months, she wants to transform her legs by May.
So here is my One Thousand Challenge. In the next four months I am challenging myself to do

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Being Published

GOOD NEW! GOOD NEWS!! I am a published author now!! Wrote about tabata intervals in Osu Magazine. download your copy for free. I had the copy on my desktop forever and didn't know I was in it. I was waiting for a magazine with a different name

Thursday, January 19, 2012

US Open Returns to Maine

Mark your calander. The US Open Kyokushin Tournament is returning to Maine this May 23rd at Sunday River Resort in Newry Maine. Stay tunes for more details or call 207.890.6724 or email

Here in Maine we have a lot to do before that tournament comes up. This month we are having an Inter-school tournament for beginners. This inter-school tourny will introduce newbies to the tournament edicuitte, what to expect when they get there, what the ref is saying, general rules of the fight.

In March we will be headed to North Carolina for a Tourament that is structured for New and Beginner fighters. (I think I will be coaching)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Zipping along with no snow

Last week i gave a zipline tour to a photographer and a reporter to the Portland Press herald. This past Sunday I was in the ourdoor section of the sunday paper. Pretty cool.

NEWRY - Frozen waterfalls, whispering brooks, and the distant hum of snow guns outside a quiet grove. These are some of the things that make zip line rides in winter so unique.
Thats me flying through the trees!
And that was the reason given by a family from Orlando, Fla., who decided to end a holiday week at Sunday River zipping on Friday.
"It's different," said Kevin Connell, moments after his 16-year-old son climbed off the zip tower first, and said the same thing.
"We didn't miss skiing. The kids love it. Maybe next time we'll get mom to do it, although she's afraid of heights."
Right now at ski areas statewide, any non-mountain fun is becoming more of an option as skiers and snowboarders wait for natural snow to fall.
Certainly with the cold weather that arrived last week, mountains are opening up more terrain. Even with no natural snow many mountains in Maine are doing just fine with man-made snow.
Shawnee Peak was 60 percent open as of Thursday, with more than 20 trails covered by the work of snow guns.
"Quite honestly, we like to be a ski resort and we are a ski area first and foremost. We concentrate our efforts on that," said Rachel Wilkinson, Shawnee Peak spokesperson. "Once we do the East Side trail next week, we're not that far from full capacity. We're behind (from last year), but I don't know how much."
And officials at Sunday River says they're not far off, either, even without nature's help.
"We have over 50 trails open, and we're making snow like mad," said Darcy Morse, the ski area's spokesperson.
Certainly, nobody like those in the ski industry knows how the weather in Maine can change in a second, and hope is always just around the corner.
"One big storm. It wouldn't take much to get us back on track," said Ethan Austin, Sugarloaf's spokesman.
Still, while Nordic centers wait desperately for a natural blanket of white to even open, most Alpine areas are pointing to other activities for snow sport fans to stay active and interested while everyone prays for snow.
They've got snowshoeing trails, tubing parks, and a few are lucky to have skating ponds open despite mild temps.
The Camden Snow Bowl has several nice trails for snowshoeing that make great hiking trails, although they are eager there for a dump so their first section of Nordic trails can open for good.
"We had them open for a day after that Thanksgiving storm. They're nice. I tried them out," said Snow Bowl Director Jeff Kuller.
Meanwhile, Sunday River moved its tubing operation closer to the main South Ridge Lodge and opened it at night for free.
Then there are the zip line tours, which were put in at Sugarloaf and Sunday River with just this idea: Add a little extra joy to the mountains in winter and the skiers will keep coming even when the snow isn't all there.
And new this year at Sunday River is the twin zips, the side-by-side zip run that leaves the woods and ferries riders over the slopes down to the lodge. It's a natural hit.
"We're going to do tricks" boasted Lauren Connell, 12, before she and her 10-year-old sister, Hannah, climbed up the zip tower.
The Connell family on Friday felt the seven line, high-wire action was the perfect ending to a rare winter holiday for their Florida clan. First, it's fast, and then there is the free-falling feeling gliding over the skiers at the base lodge.
The roughly 2-hour-long zip line tours at Sunday River and Sugarloaf were rolled out last summer and have been busy in the good weather.
But when the snow is not ideal -- or all there -- the zip lines have been a busy outdoor option.
"Wednesday when it rained, we had our biggest day. We normally have two tours. That day we had three tours," said Sunday River zip line pilot Patty Pittman.