With all this incredible excitement about the 49er’s being in the Super Bowl this Sunday, I thought it only appropriate to provide a link to my article about Ricky Jean Francios.
As I write in my article, Ricky states that his martial arts training in boxing has helped him with some many aspects of his game on the field.
Some of the high lights from the article are the following:
“Ricky has been seriously training in boxing to help him as a professional athlete. While boxing may not seem like the usual martial art per se, it absolutely requires tremendous martial skill to be a boxer on any level. When Ricky and I talked, I asked him about this. He laughed and said that when he began learning about boxing, “I ran out of breath the first minute of the three minute round.” He continued by saying that going for eight three-minute rounds [a traditional number of training rounds] required a great amount of discipline so he could have correct breath control. Besides breath, he said he had to learn to blend breath with his footwork and body movements. He noted that it was a combination of all those skills that helps him on the field.”
The article continues:
“We also discussed the use of vision. He said that the eyes need to be relaxed, but focused. “Breath and eyes working together,” I asked? “Yeah, that’s right. They’ve got to be together.” Ricky also says that boxing gives him agility, a quickness that is a real competitive edge. He said he doesn’t have to time to pause and gather his thoughts during a game. What he does must be embodied. Ricky noted that this is a vital extra that allows him to move quickly and powerfully. When I used the words "moving from the center," he readily agreed that that he what he does.”
The number of times Ricky’s name comes up on plays attests to his high skill level as a professional athlete. Congratulations to Ricky who is a martial artist making a difference.
And best of luck to the 49er’s this Sunday in the Super Bowl.
The link to the full article can be found here.