The clock is ticking down…….
I’ve got the final edit back of the long awaited eBook that is Fighting Back.
It’ll be officially released this Monday.
The whole thing started before christmas when one of my lads, a keen BJJ player and a dedicated lifter asked me why some of the lads were complaining of back ache.
This started a discussion involving the following diagrams being drawn on my mirrors:
Anyone who’s asked a good question at WG has at some point had diagrams drawn for them by me. And many of the blog posts on this site are essentially a transcription of these conversations.
When I sat down that evening to start the blog post on why BJJ players suffer back pain the article just kept getting longer and longer. Eventually we had to decide that it would be better suited to an eBook than a blog post.
The a-ha moment for Seb, who asked the question and for many that I’ve since spoken to and even the reviewers of the manual is the bottom left image on the mirror.
I found a better way to illustrate it:
Can you see how the picture of the office worker is almost identical to the posture of the BJJ player. In fact both players.
Now, the postural issues associated with sitting for hours have been well documented. But sitting is a passive activity, these guys are assuming very similar postures in a dynamic manner. They are doing hundreds of repetitions of crunches each time they roll with a partner. And the crunch is derided by strength coaches around the world.
A BJJ player goes through so much spinal flexion, very often under load and coupled with a rotation of some sort that it’s make Dr. Stuart McGills hair turn white!
In the eBook we discuss the potential consequences of this and also the methods I use to combat this and not just strengthen the back but to make the athlete as injury proof as possible.
This is a review I just got in from a very experienced and highly respected Combatives instructor, BJJ player and much, much more, a man named Cecil Burch,
“I have been intensely involved in the martial arts for over 34 years, and with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for 20. In that time, I have competed at more tournaments that I can remember, and have put in a lot of time on the mat. In doing so, I have done some damage to my body, both through the physical training as well as the wear and tear of life. I wish I would have had Dave Hedges’ book Fighting Back years ago. In simple language even someone like me can understand, he gives you the prescription not just to fix bad backs, but to make them better and stronger so you can keep training hard for years to come. I truly enjoyed this book and have already implemented his advice into my own personal training regimen. I heartily endorse this book, and look forward to more from Dave.
Cecil Burch, 1st degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu“
Learn more about Cecil at his website: www.iacombatives.com
Tom Furman, also a life time martial artist as well as one of the original RKC guys and a guy who I steal a good bit of info from simply wrote, “Really, really, really, good. I love the massive amount of drills and illustrations. This is world class!”
Tom’s known for speaking his mind, he’s not afraid to say what he thinks, so to have him say that is high praise indeed. You’ll read more about Tom at http://www.tomfurman.com
You’ll be able to purchase and read your copy from Monday.
In other news, remember me telling you about Maria who’s on an 1100km solo trip by bicycle stopping to run the Paris Marathon, the London Marathon and the Dublin half marathon, each on consecutive weekends.
Well she’d hitting London tomorrow, having run the Paris marathon in 4hrs 11min and cycling her way north over the subsequent 5 days.
If you haven’t donated to her fundraising effort, she’s doing this challenge for the Laura Lynne Childrens Hospital and Pieta House. You can donate HERE
See you Monday