Beginnings–the struggle to bring public awareness to new types of training

“New” types of training are often ancient  methods re-merging after years of relative obscurity. That makes them new to the current culture.

People are often resistant to change and skeptical about things they are not familiar with.

Of course the same people probably would say, “Wow, I was there when that first started!” after it catches on years later, and they totally missed the opportunity.

I have been blessed to grab hold of several of these things over the years while they were in their infancy.

For instance, years  before UFC began, we were already doing full contact fighting at our dojo. I had notice this trend developing in L.A., NYC, and Miami and decided to bring it to our area. Was it a new idea? No, it had been done for thousands of years already. It was just new here and it caught on.

Around 2003 we first started training with kettlebells. No one in our area, that I knew of, was using them. We still use and  they have spread  all over the world. Kettlebells certainly weren’t a new type of training, just not know here.

In 2004, I found a radical type of training taking place in California. It was relatively unknown then, now you know it as CrossFit. We stayed with that type of training for 12 years.

In 2013, I first got my hands on steel clubs and maces, though I had started investigating them probably 8-10 years earlier. They are a big part of our training and we are expanding  Mace Fit® across the U.S.A. and beyond.

If I had waited for a “sure thing” or a perfect time to jump on these opportunities, I would have missed out on a lot.

None of these things were being used in my area when I started them.

I believe it is important to take action regardless of the current situation.

You can always clean up the mess later.

Published by ironcave1

I was the owner of the Cave, a strength-based, veteran-owned, unconventional coaching facility, which closed on May 31, 2022 after almost 12 years. My full focus is now on bringing our steelclub and mace training called Mace Fit out to the public. Follow us at and @2slingsteel.

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