Martial arts are a variety of different sports that contain codified systems of combat. Originating in Asia and particularly prominent in China, Korea and Japan, the sport was practised to teach self-defence. As time has progressed it is used for military and law enforcement, mental and spiritual development and, most importantly for us, sport.
A lot of the techniques learned in one martial art can be transferrable with another, and there are no two more transferrable than kickboxing to taekwondo. Kickboxing is martial art that combines boxing with elements of karate, in particular, barefoot kicking. Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that emphasises kicking; this can be head height kicks, spinning-kicks, as well as other fast-kicking techniques.
PACE News caught up with Ian Brown as he was about to embark on his first ‘Ultra Marathon’. While a seasoned runner himself, this gruelling 57km endurance race was nothing like he had ever done before. Watch below to find out why he decided to test himself, and what tips he would give to anybody thinking the same.
Roller derby is a contact sport that originated out of America and now has roots worldwide. A typical ‘bout’ consists of two teams of up to 15, with 5 on the oval track at any given point – 1 ‘jammer’ (identified by a star on their helmet) and 4 ‘blockers’. A jammers job is to lap members of the opposition team and will score points in the process, whereas, as the name suggests, it is the duty of the blockers to prevent that.
With rollerblading an activity many people grew up with, it’s surprising that a competitive sport such as roller derby hasn’t had much exposure or attention. But here at PACE News, we caught up with the team at Scottish Roller Derby to find out more!
Grant Sheldon is a 24-year-old professional triathlete from Hamilton, Scotland. Taking up the sport around 10 years ago, he has since podiumed at European and World Cups, as well as ranking 4thin Edmonton at the World Triathlon Series; the top level of triathlon racing.
Towards the end of 2015, Grant decided to make a change which he hoped would positively affect his performances in these races: he became vegan.
The process of becoming fully vegan took him around one year. “I started reading to find out if food could enhance athletic performance and gradually discovered that ditching animal products might work,” he said. “I started off with cow’s milk- something I used to drink a lot of.”
For most runners, the 26.2 miles (42.2km) of a marathon is the pinnacle of running achievements. It takes months of hard work, dedications and sacrifice. But for a few extreme individuals, a marathon is only seen as a warm up.
When living back in his native Australia, Patrick Tongue had a picture of the start line to the Ultra-Trail Du Mont Blanc (UTMB) race sat on his desk. Since moving to Germany and working in Switzerland, the start line is practically a stone throw away. PACE News got chatting to him to see what exactly it takes – mentally and physically – to prepare yourself and to compete in these sort of endurance events.
A swim, cycle and marathon run all combined into one event; the ultimate test of endurance and mental strength. With the Ironman World Championships just around the corner, USA athlete Shannon Scovel gave us an exclusive insight into the world of Ironman and discussed her love of the sport and her preparation for the world championships.
The idyllic Hawaiian city of Kailua plays host to the 40th Ironman World Championships this year on the 13th of October. Athletes will swim, cycle and run their way around the picturesque setting facing high temperatures and strong winds. Labelled as ‘the most prestigious endurance race in the world’, Shannon is looking forward to taking part and is excited by “the thrill and honour of representing her country.”