Hello, Josann! Always a pleasure.
First and foremost... Loren Christensen is the real deal. He is sport karate practitioner as well as LEO and RBSD expert. I've enjoyed reading books he has coauthored.
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: another magic pill
Hey... I can give him grief because I used the Clairol
magic pill to maintain hair color on top of my head (still have it) and the face. After my older son bitterly complained that his friends thought his father was a Mexican, I let Nature happen. Shaved the stash (good bye '80s), let the gray come out, and grew a goatee. Fortunately I'm a scientist, and gray hair gives us the illusion
In any case... Fun to poke at a fellow athlete - particularly when I've been there, done that.
Back to serious...
I was reading his routine, and noticed that his weight training is very bodybuilding oriented. I married a competitive bodybuilder while being influenced by UVa's strength coach (and former world heavyweight powerlifting champion). There are many venues in this whole weights thing. Bodybuilding is different from weight training (a means to an end) is different from Olympic lifting is different from Powerlifting is different from aerobics with weights is different from sports-specific training with weights (e.g. training Sanchin with jars).
With time I have learned to go very "old school" and tap into the lessons taught by Olympic weight lifting. I spend a lot less time worrying about how my biceps/triceps look (seen many professional athletes sporting massive guns???) and more time developing the entire body. Core strength and "essential synergy" are key concepts I work on, as well as the NEUROmuscular training you develop when triggering the dynamic stretch reflex (e.g. in clean-and-jerk). If you watch some of the MMA folks and the methods they're using, you see interesting exercises popping up like the Turkish get-up.
Plus... if that midsection isn't strong ALL the way around, then one small mistake can herniate a disc. That's the beginning of the end of a martial career. One of the key goals of weight training is to galvanize the body against injury. It's very similar to what we do when pounding forearms and legs. It keeps us training longer and relatively injury free. More time practicing means better martial arts and more fun to be had.
Otherwise... absolutely great article.
And there's absolutely *NO* harm in having some show with the go. If Loren is sporting big guns, well it may make the bad guy think twice, and the girls on the beach think thrice. And that's a very good thing.