Training The Mind

WHD originated from the mind world. So, it is important to understand our mind world and mind power, as this is the eternal world and impacts our daily life and outcome.

A long time ago, I asked Great Grandmaster Han a question. “What can I do if someone in front of me is attempting to shoot me with a gun?”

He answered

“Change his mind.”

At that moment, I realized that we are actually able to use our mind power to change someone’s mind.

I remember when I was training in Korea years ago, visualization was my main method to practice WHD. There were many people in the WHD centre. We were busy so it was very hard for all of us to come together for actual training.

So, what we did was to use visualization in our own time. While meditating, I would focus and visualize myself in my mind training as if in the dojang with others. I could vividly see and feel the movements as real.

I realized that whatever I visualize in my mind had the same effect as the real physical training.

I was fascinated by this. I remember that I was in my car waiting for somebody one day. I was bored so I visualized myself fighting with 20 opponents in my mind. After a while, I was sweating.

Our subconscious mind doesn’t know whether something is real or imagined. Whatever we imagine and visualize is observed as a real happening in our subconscious mind and our body responds accordingly.

A scientific experiment was undertaking of athletes who were asked to visualize the race in detail. The electrical output of their muscles measured the same as if they had physically run the race. This opens up a whole new paradigm in thinking.

Therefore, you can actually train WHD at any time at any place in your mind through this powerful visualization.

I have been developing some meditations to enhance the ability to visualize, and to strengthen our mind power. They will be available to buy in the products page, if that is something that you are interested in.

Paleo For 40 Days

On Saturday Feb 16th, our Northpoint neighbours Cafe Blasta will launch their Paleo menu options with an event entitled “Paleo Living – The Healthy Option”. This event will feature free paleo food samples and 2 guest speakers to give infomative talks on the Paleo lifestyle.

Rachel Macmanus of SwingFit is dedicated Paleo practitioner, a competitive athlete and a seasoned fitness professional. She will talk on how Paleo can help with sports performance and energy levels.

Louise O’Mahony is a Nutritional Scientist who will highlight the benefits of following a primal eating pattern and answer questions you may have regarding the nutritional pros and cons.


On the strength of this event, we are posing a challenge for everyone out there to take on. 40 days starting from Monday 18th Feb (which takes you up to Easter weekend) of Paleo food, regular exercise classes and records of your progress. Everyone who completes the challenge will be entered in a draw for €200 of Shopping Vouchers because if you stick to the challenge, you’re gonna need some smaller clothes ;-)

Here are the rules:

Rule 1: 40 days of Paleo eating*. That means no grains, no dairy and no processed sugar. In order to prove that you’re being good, we need you to post regular food diaries on the “40 day Paleo fitness Challenge” Facebook Group Page. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, just a quick snap of your meals and a brief description.

Rule 2: Regular Exercise Classes. You will be required to do 2 exercises classes per week at K2C. There are over 140 classes per week on the K2C Schedule so no excuses – there’s something for everyone. There will be a list of challenge participants at reception and a member of K2C will tick you off each time you train. 2 classes per week for the 40 days satisfies rule 2.

Rule 3: Before & After Report. On completion of the challenge, we’d like you to post a before and after report. A before and after pic with approx 50 words describing how the challenge was for you and what you achieved.

111*The Paleo diet consists of vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, spices, herbs, meat and fish. The strict paleo does not allow root vegetables but we allow these in the variation we call “The Irish Paleo” (we can’t do without potatoes). Excluded are grain, processed carbohydrates including breads, pastas and cereals, Refined sugars found in confectionary, yogurts, soft drinks and energy drinks and lastly dairy products.

You are allowed 1 “cheat meal” per week in which you can eat whatever you like. Bear in mind, it’s one meal and not a whole day of pigging out. Be wise with your choices!

Other than that… Enjoy!

White Colar Boxing

On December 8th last, K2C/Fermoy Boxing Club held it’s first White Collar Boxing event in aid of charity. In all, approximately 25 beginner boxers stepped up in September to take on the White Collar Challenge – some with the intention of fighting on the show, others just for the training experience.

Over a 12 week period, under the supervision of coaches Paul Buttimer, Paul Griffin, Tomas Jacobs and John Bowes, the squad was trained up in boxing fundamentals including bag work, pad work, technique and sparring. Pairs of fighters were matched according to age, weight and ability and a date was set for a final showdown.

On the night there were 12 match ups ranging from total novices to fighters who boxed in their youth and some fighters from other disciplines such as Muay Thai, Karate, Taekwondo, MMA or Krav Maga trying out boxing rules for a night. All fighters wore 16oz sparring gloves and head gear and were closely monitored by both the referee and ringside medic for any discomfort or danger to their safety.

A healthy crowd of approx 200 spectators enjoyed an electric atmosphere spurred on by a live DJ and a full bar in the fantastic Commons Inn Conference Venue.


The boxer of the night (Anthony Robinson) was awarded with the Tomo Griffin Perpetual Trophy – a trophy in memory of the late Tomo Griffin (father of Paul Griffin) who also was the inspiration behind one of the charities for the event – Our Lady’s Hospice – Harold’s Cross. The other charity was Headway – a Cork-based brain injury rehabilitation association.

The climax of the show was an exhibition match between two of the coaches – Paul Buttimer & Tomas Jacobs – a fitting conclusion to a great night of pugilistic performances.

So the question is – Have you got what it takes?

The next White Collar Boxing show is schedule for April 2013 and we are now signing up new recruits.

One of the K2C Directors - Jimmy White - taking to the ring as a first time boxer at the event.

Train twice per week for 12 weeks with a superb team of boxing coaches to get into the shape of your life. At the end of the program, you can have the chance to be matched with somebody of similar size and experience level to fight 3 x 1.5 minute rounds with 16oz gloves and head gear. Whether you’re a total beginner, you’ve boxed for a bit when you were younger or even if you’ve been doing a different sport, White Collar Boxing is the most accessible way for people from all walks of life to experience the lime light and glory of the boxing arena.

Boxing training includes skipping, circuit training, jogging, padwork, bagwork, partner drills and sparring and all aspects of the training will challenge you physically and mentally.

If you’re interested, call down to K2C or give us a call at 021 4309693 or check us out on Facebook. We’ll give you the grand tour and help you get started. Boxing Classes are on weekday evenings, mornings, afternoons and even at the weekend so we’ve got classes to suit your schedule.