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Old 04-17-2008, 12:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lions Den Tryouts

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion%27...artial_arts%29

Have you guys ever heard of that? I dont that this is possible. I cant believe that anybody can do 700 push ups and all the other stuff. And that on one day. But I really like that kind of idea. An inhuman test to only chose the greatest.
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Old 04-17-2008, 12:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Lion's Den is known for its brutal try-outs because once accepted into the Den the members would live in Ken's home having their dinner provided by Shamrock. Ken needed to make sure only the best got through. The try out consisted of the following:
1000 squats
700 push ups
700 sit ups
2 mile run carrying a man of near equal weight on their back
Repeated runs up and down bleacher steps
Bear-crawls up steep hills, lugging heavy barrels of water and sand bags up steep hills


The candidates who were still left at this point would then go on to do as many pull-ups as they can without stopping. From there, the candidates went to the actual Lion's Den facility for several hours of sparring. Shamrock wanted fighters that could get through this ordeal without quitting, even after their body had failed on them. It was at this point, when the candidate was still trying even long after their muscles had failed, that Shamrock knew he had a Lion's Den member on his hands.

Wow, that is a sick routine right there. I would say you were worthy if you made it through that.
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Old 04-17-2008, 12:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah they're known for having some rough tryouts. Although I don't think Mezger runs his Lions Den anything like that here in Dallas. Anyway, if you're curious:

Lion's Den Tryouts:

Part 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0m7PFj6wyo
Part 3:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pjio3mLhGrU

It's rough.
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Old 04-18-2008, 11:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yha I think ken was more worried about your heart than anything else.

I think I remember him saying in his book or somewhere else. "I want the guys that have hart and never quit. I can teach you to fight but I cant give you heart."
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Old 04-18-2008, 04:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah they're known for having some rough tryouts. Although I don't think Mezger runs his Lions Den anything like that here in Dallas. Anyway, if you're curious:

Lion's Den Tryouts:

Part 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0m7PFj6wyo
Part 3:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pjio3mLhGrU

It's rough.
Holy crap. I wonder if the other camps make you go like that lol
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Old 04-18-2008, 06:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Holy crap. I wonder if the other camps make you go like that lol
no that is why the lions den is so famous
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1000 squats - possibly given I have the time
700 push ups - not on my best day 120 tops before i cannot support my body weight without a break, greatly weakened afterwards.
700 sit ups - Yea, if I had to I could do 700.
2 mile run carrying a man of near equal weight on their back - no time limit? yea i could do it over the span of a hour or two.
Repeated runs up and down bleacher steps - i do that already.
Bear-crawls up steep hills - bear crawls are easiest going up a hill, compared to bear crawls on flat ground.
lugging heavy barrels of water and sand bags up steep hills


But all in one day? No chance in hell. If you could do this, you have the heart of a lion, or your on he juice.
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I remember on TUF warmachine claimed he got into the lions den.. he didnt specify which one.
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Holy crap. I wonder if the other camps make you go like that lol
Nah most camps aren't even close to that to get a black belt in Muay Thai at Chute Boxe though you have to take one hell of an ass whipping.
http://www.ifighter.tv/video/85866-c...ixa-preta.html
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Yha I think ken was more worried about your heart than anything else.

I think I remember him saying in his book or somewhere else. "I want the guys that have hart and never quit. I can teach you to fight but I cant give you heart."
Exactly, It is designed to kill you but they are not expecting you to do them fairly easily but to see if you have the willpower to keep going and not give up.

I have done most of that stuff before anyway but its the massive amounts of push ups, sit ups and squats that would kill me.

From Ken Shamrock's site on Lions Den tryouts.

The first test consisted of doing bear crawls around the 20x30’ wrestling mat. Soon after, they had to do 200 push-ups, followed by 500 squats, and then 200 crunches. From here, they had to do a rotation of bags, grappling, and hitting focus pads for about 30 minutes. They then had to spar each other in ground and stand-up fights.
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