Fighters are some of the most well-conditioned and powerful athletes in the world. This is due, in part, to their striking training since punching and kicking with true power, speed and accuracy requires people to utilize their entire body from the ground up. As a consequence, striking is one of the most rudimentary and functional movements that involve the core.
Developed by Martial Arts Masters Hall-of-Fame inductee and SWAT team member, George Ryan, CrossFit Striking is designed to take both the skills and the benefits from a fighter’s striking training program and integrate them into CrossFit workouts. It is a program that is grounded in success since it has grown out of George’s system of striking and self-protection that he has been teaching to tactical operators and law enforcement personnel around the country for over twelve years.
After becoming CrossFit Level 1 and Kettlebell Level 1 Certified, George saw that adding striking techniques to CrossFit workouts is a natural fit - not only for tactical operators and law enforcement personnel training in CrossFit, but for all athletes as well. This is because striking workouts can provide all athletes with four major benefits: 1) You can achieve a fighter’s fitness level 2) You can increase your core strength, rotational speed and power 3) You can develop a sport specific movement and 4) You can learn a real self-protection skill-set. These benefits can make striking a valuable addition to every person’s CrossFit program.
With this in mind, the CrossFit Striking Trainer Course is designed to give participants the essential skills that will allow them to instruct athletes in the basic striking concepts of mixed martial arts, boxing and self-protection. Participants will be taught how to incorporate striking drills into CrossFit workouts so that overall fitness, core strength, rotational speed and power can be increased. In addition, the CrossFit Striking Trainer Course will teach participants to:
● Achieve a fighter’s fitness level
● Add variety to CrossFit workouts
● Be able to throw proper strikes and combinations, i.e. punch & kick
● Understand the role of the kinetic chain and the posterior chain that
support athletic performance and fighting
● Increase the speed and power of strikes, regardless of experience
● Be able to teach proper striking mechanics to clients
● Safely run a training session involving striking skills and drills
● Teach an essential self-protection skill-set to athletes
● Effectively utilize shadow boxing, focus mitts and a heavy bag
Frequently Asked Questions
#1: Is there any sparring involved in this course?
No. This is a non-contact course that focuses on proper technique by utilizing shadow boxing techniques, focus mitts, kick shields and a heavy bag.
#2: As a CrossFitter, how will this Trainer Course benefit me?
You will be able to teach athletes how to add striking drills and skills to their workouts in order to enhance their CrossFit programming. In turn, you’ll also be able to increase your own athletic performance level. Additionally, this Trainer Course will teach you the essential self-protection skill-set of striking. This knowledge also can be passed on to your clients.
#3: Is there a performance test?
Yes. There is a performance test that each participant must pass in order to receive a CrossFit Striking Level 1 Trainer Course certificate. If the participant doesn’t pass the test, remediation will be given and a second test will be administered. If the participant doesn’t pass the second performance test, they will be given 90 days to submit a video tape of their performance test. If the participant doesn’t pass, they will be given a certificate of attendance.
#4: Is there a written test?
Yes. There is a written test that each participant must pass in order to receive a CrossFit Striking Level 1 Trainer Course certificate.
#5: What do I need to bring?
You will need to bring a pair of quality MMA striking/bag gloves. These gloves can be purchased for a reasonable price at many sporting goods stores. Also, participants should wear athletic clothing and bring a pen and notebook.
#6: What course materials, if any, come with this Trainer Course?
All participants will be given a comprehensive manual that covers the course material and suggested striking workouts.
#7: Are there any pre-requisites for the course?
No. Anyone can attend; however, to receive a Trainer Certificate for the CrossFit Striking Trainer Course one must hold a valid and current CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate. If you attend and do not hold a valid and current CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate, you will be issued a Certificate of Attendance.
#8: What are the requirements for becoming a CrossFit Striking Trainer?
The requirements for this credential are stringent, primarily for your protection and the safety of those you train. They are:
1. Holding a valid and current CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate
2. 100% course attendance
3. 100% participation
#9: When will I receive my certificate?
You will receive your certificate at the completion of the seminar
#10: What is the order of events for this weekend?
Saturday Day 1
► 0800-0830 Registration
► 0830-0900 Introductions and Lecture
► 0900-1200 Instruction and Practice
► 1200-1300 Lunch
► 1300-1600 Instruction, Practice, Drills and Program Design
► 1600-1700 Workout and Q&A Period
Sunday Day 2
► 0830-1100 Review, Instruction and Practice
► 1100-1200 Heavy Bag Overview and Program Design
► 1300-1400 Power Development Instruction
► 1400-1500 Specialty Drills and Program Design
► 1500-1600 Group Instruction and Performance Exam
► 1600-1630 Written Exam and Course Critiques
► 1630-1700 Certificates, Final Q&A and Closing Remarks
price of this course is $595 USD. Please place a $250 deposit to
secure your space in the course.
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