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Martial Arts • Ferus Fitness Fight Club • Strength, Conditioning, Kickboxing & Self Defense

15.May.21 - Prague · Karel Ferus & Gabriel Dusil (technique w. mitts, thumbnail)
Welcome to our diverse training regime at Ferus Fitness Fight Club in Prague, Czech Republic. The first video shows our strength and conditioning routine. Training sessions range between one to two hours long. We use basic tools such as kettlebells, Exercise balls, rubber resistance bands, Punching bag, and fitness balls (5kg, sand filled). Circuit training consists of one or two minute intervals with twenty to sixty second breaks to prepare for the next exercise.

 13 minutes 19 seconds

This next video is a private  session focusing on various kickboxing combinations. Attention is given to balance, technique, and speed, in order to reach maximize achievable power. Each student works towards reaching that maximum power within their own physiology – body weight, height, and gender.

 12 minutes 40 seconds

The third session focuses on training younger children on various kickboxing and self defense techniques. In this session we concentrate on fighting stance, balance, as well as punching and kicking techniques. Training can begin as young as six years old.

 16 minutes 49 seconds

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Martial Arts • Fighting Science • Fighter’s Curve

Graphic - Martial Arts, Fighting Science (smaller)• In this Martial Arts • Fighting Science paper we will discuss the psychology and physiology of fighters in combat. This first article investigates the changes in entropy when two opponents fight. Entropy is the measure of “order” in a particular system. In the context of fighting, low entropy means a high level of control. High entropy means low control or high disorder. The exchange between two fighters can be a series of punches, kicks, elbows, knee strikes or even grappling on the ground.

Portfolio - Fighting Science, Fighter's Curve_i. Figher's Curve• During a fight the level of entropy increases. In an exchange each opponent has their own “fighter’s curve”. We can visualize this curve in a graph where the y-axis represents entropy, and on the x-axis is time. The longer it takes for an exchange to take place between two opponents the higher the entropy. In other words, both fighters lose some level of control in an exchange. But the rate at which the fighter loses control depends on their experience, technique, “heart”, strength and conditioning.

Portfolio - Fighting Science, Fighter's Curve_ii. Experienced vs. Novice Fighter• Novice fighters are very uncomfortable at high entropy. Martial artists that focus on self-defense also have little tolerance for high entropy. In self defense disciplines, the defender wants to block and strike the attacker. Once that has occurred then they anticipate the end of the fight. Their entropy curve is sharp because a long exchange of strikes is not desirable. Kickboxers or boxers, on the other hand, have a shallow fighter’s curve. They are comfortable with a flurry of combinations, and will even stay in striking range for long periods of time while simultaneously blocking, moving, and counter-striking.

Portfolio - Fighting Science, Fighter's Curve_ii. Chaos Zone• The problem escalates when a fighter’s curve passes a threshold where they no longer know what’s going on. This is called the “chaos threshold.” High entropy can eventually lead to chaos – especially for inexperienced fighters. In this zone a fighter has lost complete control and tries to survive mainly through instinctive reactions. Once the fighter passes the “chaos threshold” they enter the “chaos zone“. In the chaos zone the fighter is most susceptible to a knockout or sever injury because they’re no longer completely aware of their surroundings. Fear easily takes over in this zone, resulting in the fighter closing their eyes and cover their face. In the chaos zone technique, timing, and power are significantly compromised. With the onset of panic the fighter may “turtle” (enter a fetal position).

• Fear also causes a fighter to hold their breath – either when being attacked, and even when attacking. This accelerates exhaustion because the lungs and muscles are deprived of oxygen during the exact moment when needed the most. I often tell students that if they hold their breath during a fight they will succumb to exhaustion four times faster than if they breathed during each exchange. The physiological reaction of holding your breath results in a sharper fighter’s curve and a quick entry into the chaos zone. When the muscles are starved of oxygen then exhaustion is accelerated and the body becomes paralyzed to attempt any counter attack.

• Experienced fighters learn to keep their eyes open even in the most fierce circumstances. Eyes need to stay open during an attack because the fighter has the best chance of survival if they see all strikes coming. Many knockouts occur because the opponent didn’t see the attack. If their eyes are open, then the body instinctively prepares for impact. Learning to keep your eyes open while being attacked help to create a shallow fighter’s curve.

Portfolio - Fighting Science, Fighter's Curve_iv. Fight Progression• A fight is typically a cyclical series of exchanges: movement, exchange, separate, movement, exchange, separate, and repeat. These exchanges may be on the feet. Or on the ground where attacks involve breaking a limb or cutting off oxygen or blood to the brain. Once this happens then the opponent goes “to sleep” (Fight-speak meaning that the brain is deprived of oxygen resulting in the fighter going unconscious). A fight could very well finish on the first exchange.

• At the beginning of a match the fighter’s curve is zero. Throughout a fight the entropy level will never completely return to the same point as the beginning of a fight. This is due to the increased heart rate and less oxygen supplied to muscles as a fight progresses. Exhaustion also leads to a decrease in reaction time to an attack, as well as when attacking. Fear and panic also can contribute to preventing a return to low entropy. Strength, conditioning, technique, experience, and the fighter’s “heart” all help the fighter’s quick recovery to low entropy. Two fighters with equal talent and experience will be differentiated by “heart”. The fighter that has a higher determination to win will have the a psychological advantage.

Portfolio - Fighting Science, Fighter's Curve_v. Fighting Advantage• Furthermore, a fighter that keeps their cool in an exchange can capitalize on an opponent that has lost their senses (because they have transitioned into the chaos zone), and has begun to panic. Once an opponent enters their chaos zone, then they are the most vulnerable, and a quick finish could be imminent.

Portfolio - Fighting Science, Fighter's Curve_vi. Recovery Advantage• Recovery from high entropy (or from the chaos zone), is for the exchange to finish so that the fighter can regroup and collect their senses. This returns the fighter’s curve to near their starting point and more importantly takes the fighter out of the chaos zone. The trick is to have a fighter’s curve that is gradual on the exchange and then sharp on the recovery. If the fighter feels comfortable during an exchange then they will remain technical in their offense and defense while simultaneously keeping their composure. Recovery from high entropy is quicker if the fighter is conditioned. If the fighter is not in shape then recovery to a lower controlled state is much slower as the heart rate struggles to return to normal and oxygen is replenished in the muscles. There is an added benefit for experienced fighters: Quick recovery to low entropy is more efficient since there is a much smaller recovery delta, when compared to an inexperienced fighter.

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About the Author

Home - Signature, Gabriel Dusil ('12, shadow, teal)Gabriel Dusil has been a practitioner of Martial Arts for over twenty years. Originally he trained in the traditional style of Shotokan Karate. Gabriel has also trained under the expertise of Sensei Martin “Sonic” Langley in the United Kingdom. More recently he has focused on circuit training, conditioning, Brazilian jiu jitsu and kickboxing. Gabriel teaches both children and adults at the Ferus Fitness Fight Club, fffc.cz.

Martial Arts • Kickboxing at TapouT • 3 • Alica & Gabriel

14.Aug - Burlington, Tapout Kickboxing (title)

• In December of 2014 I surprised my sister by coming home for Christmas. While in Burlington, Ontario, Canada I had the privilege to train with Alica at the local TapouT MMA gym, Tapoutburlington.com. This is the third of four workouts we had together. In this session we worked on some kicking drills, spinning back-fist, and weight distribution. We added in strength & conditioning, core strength, and cardio exercises for good measure. Check out the video below.

• I love my sister, and I’m very proud of her. She is an accomplished artist, and has her own company offering Landscape Design & Horticulture services, you can find her website here: DusilDesign.com. I love you, Ali 🙂

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• 7 minute 55 seconds

 

• Ferus Fitness Fight Club in Burlington, Ontario, Canada

• This training methodology is straight from the workout sessions of Karel Ferus, who runs his own fitness club in Prague. Details can be found at fffc.cz or https://www.facebook.com/www.ferus.cz.   If you live in Prague, or plan to visit sometime in the future, feel free to come and train with us. If you are interested in strength & conditioningcore strength, improving your cardio, or just want to learn some self defense, then come by.  For more details then feel free to leave me a comment below.

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14.Dec - Burlington, Tapout Kickboxing (Alica & Gabriel, Day 3, premiere pro)

 

Martial Arts • Kickboxing at TapouT • 2 • Alica & Gabriel

14.Aug - Burlington, Tapout Kickboxing (title)

• In December, I surprised my sister by coming home for Christmas. While in Burlington, Ontario, Canada I had the privilege to train with Alica at the local TapouT MMA gym, Tapoutburlington.com. This is the second of four workouts we had together. On this day we did some strength and conditioning, then we worked on a lot of sparing techniques, and had some fun with Jiu Jitsu. We also did loads of strength & conditioning with a lot of emphasis on core strength. Check out the video below.

• I love my sister, and I’m very proud of her. She is an accomplished artist, and has her own company offering Landscape Design & Horticulture services, you can find her website DusilDesign.comhere. I love you, Ali 🙂

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• 22 minute 34 seconds

 

• Ferus Fitness Fight Club in Burlington, Ontario, Canada

• These workouts are straight from the training sessions of Karel Ferus, who runs his own fitness club in Prague. Details can be found at fffc.cz.   If you live in Prague, or plan to visit sometime in the future, feel free to come and train with us.  If you are interested in  strength & conditioning, improving your core strength and cardio, or just want to learn some self defense, then come by for a lesson.  For more details feel free to leave me a comment below.

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14.Dec - Burlington, Tapout Kickboxing (Alica & Gabriel, Day 2, premiere pro)


 

Martial Arts • Kickboxing at TapouT • 1 • Alica & Gabriel

14.Aug - Burlington, Tapout Kickboxing (title)

• Last month I surprised my sister by coming home for Christmas.  While in Burlington, Ontario, Canada I had the privilege to train with Alica at the local TapouT MMA gym, Tapoutburlington.com. This is the first of four workouts we had together.  On this day we did some strength & conditioning, then we worked on kickboxing footwork, kicking techniques, and the hook punches. Check out the video below.

• I love my sister, and I’m very proud of her.  She is an accomplished artist, and has her own company offering Landscape Design & Horticulture services, you can find her website DusilDesign.com here. I love you, Ali 🙂

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• 15 minute 40 seconds

 

• Bringing Ferus Fitness Fight Club to Burlington, Ontario, Canada

• These workouts are straight from the training sessions of Karel Ferus, who runs his own fitness club in Prague. Details can be found at fffc.cz or https://www.facebook.com/www.ferus.cz.   If you live in Prague, or plan to visit sometime in the future, feel free to come and train with us.  If you are interested in  strength & conditioningcore strength, improving your cardio, or just want to learn some self defense, then come by.  For more details then feel free to leave me a comment below.

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14.Dec - Burlington, Tapout Kickboxing (Alica & Gabriel, Day 1, premiere pro)

Martial Arts • Ferus Fitness Fight Club • Dragon Flag

15.Jan.12 - Prague · Ferus Fitness Fight Club, Gabriel Dusil (Dragon Flags)
15.Jan.12 – Prague · Ferus Fitness Fight Club, Gabriel Dusil (Dragon Flags)

• Dragon Flag

In the video below you’ll find an advanced core strength drill called the “Dragon Flag”. This exercise was originally popularized by Bruce Lee. It uses muscles from the entire torso, but mainly the core muscles in the lower back and abdominals are working. At Ferus Fitness Fight Club we train a lot on core strength, although no muscles are left behind – we run circuit training drills covering most muscle groups – from the head down to your feet.  There is also plenty of cardio training (so bring lots of water, so that you stay hydrated!).  For those interested in sparing, there is plenty of that as well.

• 1 minute 45 seconds

Our training philosophy is to leave your ego at the door.  Our main goal is to stay healthy, strong, and in-shape.  There is no room for tough guys at this gym.  We’re all about learning from each other, building confidence, and having a strong balance between the mind and body. The training team currently consists of men and women ranging in ages from 16 up to 46 years old. But all ages are welcome. If you’re interested,then training schedule can be found here. Private lessons outside of these hours are also available upon request.  Our trainer, Karel Ferus and I have over 40 years of combined martial arts experience. So we bring a wealth of knowledge to the students. For those that want to learn Karate, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, or just self defense basics, there is something for everyone. It’s also about learning from each other, no matter what level you’re at – everyone has something to contribute.

Pricing for sessions at the Prague training facility are very reasonable.  More details can be found at fffc.cz, or feel free to contact me by leaving a comment below. If you need martial arts equipment, then Karel Ferus has negotiated discounts at the leading martial arts stores in Prague, so we’ve got that covered.

For those interested in something more intense, there is also a full day training camp every three to four months in Žabonosy, Czech Republic – about a one hour drive outside of Prague. Training varies at the camp but normally there are 3 two hour sessions.  Lunch and dinner is included in the camp fee.

I would like to dedicate this blog post to my cousin, Richard Kende, who is a black belt in Judo and Jiu Jitsu.  He was also a champion judoka in Czechoslovakia throughout the 1980’s. I love him like a brother, and I respect him as an athlete, friend, and entrepreneur. If you’re ever in Sydney, Australia, then take a trip up to The Entrance and stay at the Jetty Motel, which he owns with his wife Martina. The accommodations are awesome, and they consistently get great reviews on TripAdvisor.com.  If you want to relax, then Richard is also a professional masseuse! Alternatively, if you’re looking for something more unique, you may be able to convince him to teach you a few martial arts secrets 🙂

 

13.Sep - Kosice, Richard Kende, Gabriel Dusil, Csaba's 80th bday (119, crop)

13.Sep - Kosice, Richard Kende, Gabriel Dusil, Csaba's 80th bday (87, crop)

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For readers snickering at the Dragon Flag as a relatively easy stunt, keep in mind that Bruce Lee did this exercise when he was 135lbs (61kg), and in his early 30’s. Now try it when you’re 200lbs (91kg), and 46 years old 😉

You’re As Young As You Feel

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Martial Arts • Kickboxing at Tapout in Burlington, Ontario, Canada

14.Aug - Burlington, Tapout Kickboxing (title)

• Last month I was on vacation in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, and had the privilege of training with my sister, Alica, at the local TapouT MMA gym: Tapoutburlington.com.

• It was awesome to train beside my sister, and teach her a few things that I have learned over the years. Here is a video diary from our training sessions across five days. I can’t wait until we train together again! Love you, Ali 🙂

• I’d like to give a shoutout to my trainer in Prague, Karel Ferus.  If you live here, or are visiting Prague sometime in the future, feel free to come by and train with us.  If you are interested in strength and conditioning, cardio training, or want to learn how to fight, then come by.  If you want to train with us, then feel free to leave me a comment below, or visit these sites for more information:

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14.Aug - Burlington, Tapout Kickboxing

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Kickboxing at Delroy’s Gym, Prague, Czech Republic – with Ferus Fitness Fight Club, and Father’s Martial Arts

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