26 Day Red Belt Challenge



Welcome to my Red Belt Challenge!

Recently, I wrote an article, Training Off The Mats, where I talked about pushing limits, physically and mentally. This month, February 2018, I will put my words into action. Today, I start a 26 day Red Belt Challenge.

What prompted this Red Belt Challenge?

I train in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. Currently, I am a red belt preparing to rank. In red belt we learn fire type responses, this includes preemptive techniques, using dynamic energy, and perseverance. Think of it this way; you learn to blaze a path through your attacker or attackers using powerful energy and timing.

By nature, red belt tests are hard, physically and mentally. Having spent extra time (3 additional months) in red belt due to injuries and other circumstances, I desire to not only pass my rank test but to excel. I have 26 days to reach my goals.

The point is to push harder and further than ever before.

With that in mind, I have come up with my own Red Belt Challenge. What do I want to achieve in the next month?

  • Drop at least 10 pounds.
  • Increase my strength both muscular and cardiovascular.
  • Improve my endurance and recovery time.


How will I achieve this?

  • I will push my limits physically during my daily commute to and from school.
  • At home in the evening work on core strength with free weights, resistance training, and stairs.
  • Use intermittent fasting: during the week following an 18/6 eating schedule, Saturday free and Sunday 36 hour fast.
  • Train in red belt material six days a week, including kicks and punching drills as well as ukemi.
  • After training for my test, I will help my partner with his material.
  • Get enough sleep.


Join me in my quest.

  • What can you do throughout the day to make a difference in your training?
  • Share with us your plan to make that push to advance your training.


Thank you for reading.

J. R. Lowe

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