Discussions about endurance that involve a film, in our case a grappling one, which lends to comparisons in the block buster cinematic world are understandable and if done well, entertaining.

You could take several approaches in doing so.

The typical and most tempting one is to make comparisons to films that test the human soul, stretch the indomitable spirit, evoke emotional tear streams and spur deep thinking in the dark.

And you know what?

We’re not going to do that.

This is not one of those times because after all, the movie that we are reviewing in the female grappling world will surely go down as a Fight Pulse Classic, not because it was deep, but because it was just a lot of fun to watch.

fciwomenswrestling.com article, fightpulse.com photo

fciwomenswrestling.com article, fightpulse.com photo

And very different too.

So the comparison we will make to the major film industry is one that this writer absolutely enjoyed and found riveting but to my surprise, a respected movie reviewer didn’t see it quite the same way.

At the reliable entertainment description site IMDB explains the premise of the 2015 thriller starring Luke Wilson, No Escape. They share, “In their new overseas home, an American family soon finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape from an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed.”

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fciwomenswrestling.com article, the-weinstein-company, netflix-com photo credit

Wow. Talk about being on the edge of your seat. I was enthralled from start to finish. I mean, when the head guy of a region he governs gets’ cleverly murdered, even with the elite of body guards around, it’s time to sit up and take notice.

So when I went to my favorite movie review site, Rogerebert.com, I thought they would like it too.

Here is what I got instead, by Mr. Peter Sobczynski. “Trust me, films don’t get much dreggier than “No Escape,” a dreadful and creepily exploitative would-be thriller, low-grade trash that it is too silly and stupid to be as offensive as it frequently comes close to being throughout.

As it turns out, revolutionaries angered over the recent American takeover of their water plant have murdered the corrupt prime minister, overthrown the government and are now hell-bent on finding and murdering any and all foreigners stranded in the chaos.

In fact, it is the brainchild of fraternal filmmakers John Erick and Drew Dowdle, whose past collaborations, including the American version of “Quarantine,” “Devil” and “As Above, So Below,” have told stories about ordinary dopes struggling to escape from a confined space while being menaced by some terrifying menace or another.”

Hey Pete buddy? Lighten up please. It’s just entertainment. With the lights off, some buttered popcorn, a big screen television and some surround sound, man, I really got into it.

Oh well, it’s not Gone With The Wind.

It was just dog gone good.

Which now brings me to another endurance classic found at Fight Pulse.

At first glance I thought the concept was a little unusual but I find the Fem Competitor Jane to be absolutely gorgeous so I’m intrigued. Let’s listen in.

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fciwomenswrestling.com article, fightpulse.com photo

“This custom-request intense competitive female wrestling match between two lightweights, Jane (stats) and Pink Rose (stats), is our first match with endurance rules.

Endurance rules are simple – two competitors wrestle until one of them either cannot continue or verbally surrenders the match due to exhaustion. There are no breaks in the action, and the entire match is shot in one take (no cuts in the video). Body scissors are prohibited to make the match a little bit more difficult, more dynamic and tiring, which is why all of the points in this match come from either a pin or a variation of head scissors. There is a monetary bonus for the win, as well as a bonus for 15+ submissions, to motivate the wrestlers not to stall the action once they get tired.

FW-47 is our longest video released to date. It runs 64 minutes, 48 of which is continuous grueling competitive action. While both wrestlers try their best to win, one of them ends up dominating the match trying to get the 15+ points bonus. Can she make it?

Surrender comes 48 minutes into the match, and the winner, who is almost as exhausted, performs a schoolgirl pin bicep-flex followed by a standing foot-on-chest victory pose over her defeated opponent. FW-47 is a must-see title for fans of competitive F/F wrestling, as Jane and Pink Rose put out incredible effort to win (or survive) the endurance battle.”

Okay after reading that I decided to purchase.


And you know what?

I loved it. Massively.

Look, when it comes to a subject like endurance, I sense you expect a deeper yarn and its coming.

For the moment, even a subject like endurance can be, well……..fun.

Today since we’ve essentially pontificated about movies that featured running for your life like your hair is on fire and wrestling in bikinis until you practically pass out, we thought we would focus on endurance in terms of battle, on the mats in particular and we think that we have just the right guy.

Jane and Pink Rose probably wish that they would have read his article before they engaged.

Please enjoy.

Drills To Increase Your Fighting Endurance

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fciwomenswrestling.com article, fightpulse.com photo

By Forrest Caudill 

More than any other attribute endurance is probably the most important for a martial artist. The fact is that it’s EXTREMELY easy to gas out during a fight and the more stressful the situation, the more adrenaline is pumping through your body, the easier it will be to run out of steam. Your technique gets sloppy, you lose power, you drop your guard, your footwork slows, your will weakens, and you become more and more helpless with every exchange.

It is important to train to last in a fight. But this means knowing exactly HOW to train. There are different kinds of endurance and you need to know what they are and how to get them.

The different kinds of endurance are aerobic endurance, anaerobic endurance, and muscle endurance. Aerobic endurance is the kind of endurance needed by marathon runners. It’s the ability the last for a long time at a steady pace.

Anaerobic endurance is required for sprinting. It’s the kind of endurance that allows you to explode with all of your energy and last for longer than average as well as to recover quicker.

Muscle endurance is the ability your muscles have to continue a prolonged activity without failing. Remember doing wall sits in PE, feeling that burning through your legs? That takes muscle endurance to hold for very long.

As a martial arts athlete you will need all 3, though the most important will be your anaerobic endurance, followed by muscle endurance, and finally aerobic endurance. You need to be able to explode with combinations consistently throughout your fight, never tire of throwing punches and kicks, and last until the very end.

Basic exercises like running and weight lifting are obvious tools for developing these skills. But there are some unique drills that martial artists can use to develop all 3 and that relate specifically to the martial artist’s needs.

I will offer 3 drills you can add to your martial arts workout routine to start developing your fighting endurance. Just remember, endurance takes time to get and is easy to lose. So stay consistent, have fun with the drills, and change them up frequently to keep them fresh.

Drill #1: Punch-Out.

This drill requires a heavy bag or a partner holding a kicking shield. You’ll also need a clock with a very visible second hand or a partner with a stopwatch. Start with 3 3 min rounds. For 30 seconds you are going to punches on the heavy bag, going mostly for power. Keep the pace slower and alternate hands, putting your full body into every punch. After 30 seconds up the pace and go for more speed and less power. Do this for 20 seconds. Finally, after the 20 seconds has ended, finish with 10 seconds of full speed punching on the back. Don’t worry much about power. Just hit the bag as many times as you can in that 10 seconds. And remember to breathe. After the 10 seconds has ended go back to 30 seconds of power hitting. Complete the cycle 3 times for a 3 minute round.

You can also vary the times to make them 1 or 2 cycle rounds. For instance, a 1 cycle round would involve punching for 1 minute and 30 seconds, then 1 minute, then finish with 30 seconds. Also, as your skill increases you can up the length to 5 minute rounds or up the amount of rounds.

Drill #2: The Finisher.

This drill is done best with a partner to hold focus gloves or thai pads, but it can also be done on the heavy bag. Although you can substitute any punches, the combination I use is Straight, Cross, Lead Hook, Rear Hook, Lead Uppercut, Rear Uppercut. This drill is called The Finisher because your mindset in all of this has to be that you are going for a knockout with each and every punch. Full power, full speed. Start by throwing the combination one time. Take a brief break, just long enough to recover your breath. Then throw the combination twice without any break between the two. It should seem like one seamless 12 punch combination. Again, only a few seconds break. Then throw the combo 3 times, again as if it were one long combination. Do this all the way up to 5. Then pyramid them back down, from 5 back to 1.

The key is to really put everything you’ve got into every punch. To do this you could imagine that it’s the last 10 seconds of the final round and you’ve just stunned your opponent, with this last chance to put him away. Or you could imagine coming home to find an attacker assaulting your family. Whatever gets your blood pumping. You should be punching so violently that your partner is being forced backwards by your combinations.

You can change up the combination, go from 1 to a high number or from a high number down to 1 instead of pyramiding, or add a kick to the end of every series to change up the drill.

Drill #3: Kicking Chain.

This is a great drill if there are at least 4 of you and you’re feeling a little competitive. You and your partner both put on thai pads or focus gloves and stand across from each other. Begin by throwing a kicking combination to the pads (we vary the kicks up a lot, but a basic series might be Lead Front Kick, Lead Round Kick, Rear Round Kick, Side Kick, Spinning Back Kick). As soon as you finish you immediately set the pads for your partner, moving back to open the distance after every kick so that he has to constantly move forward and you are still moving between your kicking sets. The first training couple to complete the kicking chain 5 times each wins. Take a short break then repeat. Best 2 out of 3 or 3 out of 5 wins the whole thing.

You can increase the challenge of this drill not only by changing the type of kicks, the amount of kicks, or the amount of sets, but also by making some or all of the kicks body or head kicks.

Sifu Forrest

Sifu Forrest Caudill

Forrest is a certified instructor in two martial arts and runs the Austin Impact Jeet Kune Do School in Austin, Texas. For more resources and information check out his website at [http://martialartsaustintx.com]

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