Tae Bo

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  1. b0b

    b0b Banned Banned

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    I know...Go ahead and laugh... but how is Tae Bo? I do weight lifting 3x a week, I do Guerilla Cardio 3x a week, and I would like to throw something in to the mix. Has anyone used Tae Bo, and if so, how did you like it?
     
  2. Vilo Magee

    Vilo Magee Brown Belt Professional Fighter

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    I have occasionally used it and I think there is nothing wrong with doing it to break up the monotany of running or whatever. Alot depends on the intensity of the class. My suggestion is buy a tape of it off of Ebay and do it yourself at home when you may not have time to do something else or just to fuck around with
     
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    Fuck, you've done everything, yoga, pilates, triathalon etc.
     
  4. Vilo Magee

    Vilo Magee Brown Belt Professional Fighter

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    I try everything to figure out what will help me to become better. The only reaosn why I am interested in Triathalons right now is because my hand is injured and i wont be able to fight for 6 months or so.
     
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    I applaud your efforts! At least you keep an open mind!!
     
  6. Vilo Magee

    Vilo Magee Brown Belt Professional Fighter

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    I learned long ago that to be the best youhave to do things other people are unwilling to do.
    I actually started on Pilates because my wife was doing it and I was interested in the exercises, the yoga i started doing to relieve stress and the Tae-bo was because my wife had a tape and it was to rainy and cold to go outside to run so i popped in the tape. All the things like this help in one way or another if you are willing to try them.
     
  7. yannick

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    Funny people would laught at you for doing tae bo, the advance tape the last in the collection of Billy Blanks is one of the hardest thing out there.

    It will melt the fat off. I just started last week doing it want to lose 20 pounds and i already lost 5 without even changing my diet.

    Tae bo is really great.
     
  8. yannick

    yannick Guest

    Boomstick i would very much like to get back into yoga myself, i have back pain right now and my physio told me to wait til i drop some weight, a 200 pound guy doing the candle pose and the plow did really stick to him.

    Pilates is extreme has well and at some point me and my girlfriend would like to try it has well.
     
  9. twoblink

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    If you want to increase explosive power, try Plyometrics. Gets you the speed and strength really fast. But as always, start off easy, as plyometrics can lead to injuries (like everything else) if done incorrectly.

    The other item I'd recommend is Tai Chi. Yes, the slow stuff in the park with the old people. Tai Chi is practiced slow, but used fast. You'll be amazed how much you are sweating after a good Tai Chi form. It gets the heart rate up and gives you a lot of muscle control. Just be careful of you knees when doing Tai Chi. Knee past the toes is a no-no, it will lead to knee injuries. If the Tai Chi teacher doesn't address this, get a new one.

    Nothing wrong with Tae Bo at all if you want a good workout. The PROBLEM is people who think doing Tae Bo means they are now an MMA specialist..

    Tae Bo is an EXERCISE. If you use it as such, no problems.
     
  10. Urban

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    Get bas's tapes instead. And then find and beat the shit out of billy blanks. When he's not looking of course... I heard he's a black belt in Joe son do.
     
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    Ditto. Get Bas's MMA workout cd's. You're going to look and feel like a tool while doing Tae Bo.
     
  12. b0b

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    I skipped the BS and ended up finding a school that was close to me. The main factor was time. because I work a 40 hour week, and goto school 2x a week that is 35 miles away. This place is literally around the corner, and they off BJJ, Judo, Muay Thai, No-Gi, and MMA stuff. I went Monday and it kicked my ass harder than the Tai Bo I did for a couple of days.
     
  13. Chad Hamilton

    Chad Hamilton Amateur Fighter

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    yannick = billy blanks
     
  14. Sinister

    Sinister Doctor of Doom Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Actually if you've ever seen Billy fight, the man destroyed people in full-contact events and the only padding they wore back then were the foot-guards and those little gloves. Billy was no joke in his prime, 11-time National Champion, he used to compete alongside Tokey Hill, who was this year's Olympic Coach of the year (I think, either this year or last). Somewhere around here I have a tape with some of Billy's fights on it and there's some pretty funny shit. He knocks this one dude out, and I mean like dead-to-the-World out with one punch, a jab. He steps, fires the punch, and the dude goes Goodnight and Billy stands over him with his hand raised screaming. lol Plus he used to try crazy shit in the platform, like he was the only person in his day to do a flip-kick. He would flip forward and kick his heel right at your face. Seen him floor a couple of guys with it.

    He's also got a Brother, I think his name is Michael, who is a former World Champion himself.

    He's too old to fight anymore and I don't blame him for making the Tae Bo thing to make money. But make no mistake, he kickes serious ass when he was young. The tournaments he fought in were of the same structure as those that made Norris and Wallace famous.
     
  15. my big toe

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    Flip Kick!? I don't think I ever seen that...How do you land, on your butt? And does your rear leg come over the top while straight or do you tuck and then kick it out?
     
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    Sinister Doctor of Doom Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    He would land on his back. Unless he was blocked hardcore then he would almost land on his head. But the way he did it he would tuck his head, bend, tuck his legs, and actually his lead-leg (when standing) would whip around and come full-force at his opponent's face, lead-leg because it traveled the most distance and could build the most speed I imagine. And yeah it was his claim-to-fame when he was a fighter because no one else was even attempting anything like that on the platform.

    The thing about full-contact Karate tournaments at that time and still to this day (though most of them are point-sparring because people suck) is that it was very dis-organized when push came to shove. It would seem all their skill would go out-the-window and they'd just flip out and launch dis-organized kicks and punches in kind of a panic when someone would get close. Some people did this very effectively though. Billy was one, Tokey was another, and then there was Keith Hirabayashi (a.k.a. Keith Cooke, who you'll most remember as Reptile in the first Mortal Kombat movie and Sub Zero in the second one, where he fought J.J. Perry who playes Scorpion who was a real TKD Champ), Robin Shou was actually a pretty fierce Competitor before going into Film as well, he used to get DQ'ed a lot for being overly rough.

    But a lot of the best stuff from the 80's had long-since been forgotten. Though there were some really god fighters about, it's damn-near impossible to find the fights that went on now.
     
  17. my big toe

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    That's crazy, I would have liked to have seen that. I actually remember the old days, I grew up in LA and started training in the 70's. I saw a lot of the old timers fight, I remember Benny the Jet in his prime, saw Bill Wallace a couple of times. Yeah, the hands weren't the best, but the kicks were oh so good. Billy Banks must have come along after I stopped paying as close attention. Thanks for the info.
     
  18. Vilo Magee

    Vilo Magee Brown Belt Professional Fighter

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    Billy Blanks is a bad motha. I have a good friend who knows Billy pretty well and he says Blanks wasa fucking stud back when he was competing he was feared by other competitors because of his speed power and ferocity. He also said blanks is a humble guy and very rarely lets anyone know of the things he achieved as a full-contact karate fighter which is why alot of people just write him off as just a Tae bo faggie.
     

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