The 1978 video below shows a group of wrestlers training at the New Japan Pro Wrestling Kaminoge Dojo. Several popular wrestlers from the 1970s are seen within the clip, including Antonio Inoki who is well known for his match with Muhammad Ali. Inoki is also known for wrestling against and later learning from the legendary Karl Gotch. It should come as no surprise that the low-tech training style seen within this video is similar to the regimen encouraged by Gotch.
If you aren’t familiar with Karl Gotch, refer to this previous entry.
What you will also notice within the video is the use of a deck of cards. Such routines have been discussed on this site several times before. NFL legend Ray Lewis is one of many athletes who grew up training with a deck of cards. A related entry can be found here.
A common theme that connects the video above with the previous Lewis and Gotch entries is the low-tech nature of the routines. These individuals got themselves into tremendous condition with minimal equipment. The old school approach certainly lacked flash but always delivered results. Mental toughness was also imperative. You’ll notice that the wrestlers above are pushing themselves to exhaustion in a gym that is over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Ironically, many modern trainers who diss such methods would struggle to last a day in one of these old school gyms. Don’t be fooled to believe that today’s athletes are the first to achieve peak physical condition. There is always something to learn from earlier generations. Many of the athletes who thrived in previous eras were as well conditioned as anyone you’ll find today.
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