AuthorSam Gilbert

Sam Gilbert is a registered physiotherapist with the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy from Latrobe university (Melbourne, Australia) and a master’s degree in Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning) from Edith Cowan University (Perth, Australia). A 3rd Dan black belt in Shinkyokushinkai Karate under the World Karate Organisation (WKO), Sam participated for over 20 years in full contact competition, winning multiple state and national titles, and culminating in a 4th place in the heavyweight division of the Shinkyokushinkai World Cup in 2009. As the co-founder and clinical director of Club 360, the premier multi-disciplinary health and fitness center in Tokyo, Japan, Sam has combined his practical experience with an in-depth study of sports performance in relation to combat sports, and strives to help other combat athletes reach their full competitive potential, whilst at the same time decreasing injury risk and increasing competition and training potential.

The Right Leg’s Connected to the … Left Leg?

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The Right Leg’s Connected to the … Left Leg? Rehabilitation of any injury or condition is a multifaceted process that requires attention to every aspect related to a successful recovery. One of the factors often overlooked is the maintenance of conditioning on the non-affected side. What many individuals, including coaches and clinicians, often fail to appreciate is the fact that training the non...

What the Heck is Sciatic Anyway?

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What the Heck is Sciatica Anyway? Almost everyone reading this will have experienced or know someone who has experienced the strange phenomenon commonly referred to as “sciatica”, where pain magically travels from the back, down through the sciatic nerve, into the leg, calf and sometimes even the foot. These symptoms can affect different people to differing degrees, with some people complaining...

Executive Fight Night Testing – Part 2

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The 9th Tokyo Executive Fight Night (EFN)  was held on May 31st at the Roppongi Grand Hyatt ballroom and was a massive success, raising 21 million for the Shine on Kids charity supporting kids with cancer. All the participants acquitted themselves well and showed the fruits of their labour. At the start of the EFN training camp we detailed a battery of physical assessments that we performed to...

Surgery Cancelled :)

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So those of you who know me well know that issues with my right knee have plagued me ever since my first ACL rupture in 2002. After a re-rupture and subsequent revision reconstruction 18 months later, I carried on competing at the highest level, constantly pushing the knee to its limits of function. Although the ACL graft has always remained intact, I started having some joint issues towards the...

Basic method of testing and comparing athletes – Executive Fight Night

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The highlight of Tokyo’s social calendar is undoubtably Executive Fight night (EFN), a white collar boxing event held annually by the Ginja Ninjas (www.executivefightnight.com). At Club 360 we get to see the see the participants as they go through their gruelling 3-month training camp in preparation for the event. This year we thought we would do something a little different and put the...

Neck Strength Basics – Part 3

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In the previous post we provided examples of basic exercises to active the neck muscles in the form of isometric holds (). The load with these exercises may be progressed in the form of the cervical bridges featured below. Once the athlete is comfortable bridging from the knees, the exercises may be progressed to the feet to increase the relative load. In the the last post we will discuss provide...

Neck Strength Basics – Part 2

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In the previous post we discussed the basic actions of the neck muscles when absorbing force in the form of a punch or kick (). In the next 3 sections we will provide some examples of basic introductory neck strength exercises. Too often we see strength training for the cervical spine progressed too quickly, which may lead to overload and injury. A simple way to begin neck training is in the form...

Neck Strength Basics – Part 4

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In previous posts we have discussed the basics of neck strength training and provided examples of introductory exercises (). This final post will discuss how we can train the neck in multiple directions as well as reacting to external stimuli. In previous posts we have discussed the basics of neck strength training and provided examples of introductory exercises. We can progress the cable...

Neck Strength Basics – Part 1

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Neck Training for Stand-up Combat Specific training for the neck has long been a part of training regimes for stand up combat athletes and, obviously, the most common scenario where gross neck strength and stability is called upon is during a blow to the head. Trauma to the brain is a result of the amount of movement of the head secondary to the blow and the amount of head movement is partially...

Three Simple Core Exercises for Karate Classes

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In a previous post on the biomechanics of striking, we described how the abdominals should be utilised as an area of force transfer between the upper and lower body (). As such, the majority of our abdominal training should be performed as isometric holds, teaching the body to resist excessive movement at the lower back. Whilst a gym setting allows us to utilise whatever equipment we have at our...

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