NZ Glen : BodyCombat fanatic


Posted on: February 24, 2009

Had workshop on the weekend – the official release of BODYCOMBAT 39 – the quarterly was HUUUGE! Absolutely loved it. I’ve done BODYCOMBAT 39 a fair few times now and feel I’m in a position to give it a decent review – so here goes.

As discussed in my first post after the filming, the theme for this release is Ultimate Fighting (UFC). At the filming I noted that the complexity of the release was way down (little note here: this depends on how you define “complexity” – Andreas makes some good points in the comments below). What I mean by that is that almost all of the “advanced” moves were gone; no gingas, no esquivas, no evasive sidekicks, no jump knees. To be honest, I wasn’t too excited about it. Especially after attending the BC40 filming – I enjoyed that release a lot more. BUT (yes there is a but!) – in the DVD Dan & Rach explain they purposely did this based on the releases theme. That is, they dropped the complexity down, dropped the lateral movement down and concentrated on repetition and double combos because that fits with the UFC. Am I buying that? Well, nah. But (again with the but) having done the release many more times now I do have to say I like it much more than my initial impression. Here’s a track by track play for ya:

Warmup: The One & Only (Topmodelz Radio Cut) – Mario Lopez/ Calling All Lovers – Rogue Traders

Okay – mega mega cheesey warmup. The One & Only has gotta be one of the least “combaty” tracks ever released! (yes I did just make that word up…) However, much as I hate to say it but I like it! It’s a nice happy, cheery start to the workout and that’s what you want before jumping into the heavier stuff. To be fair, my favourite warmup ever is Amazed from BC35 so maybe I’m a big cheese fan πŸ™‚ Not too much more you can say about this track. Couple of interesting points – there’s cross-jacks in the first half where we’d normally have the ol’ scissor, and the reps on the left and right differ during the upper body warm up which makes life interesting – but yeah, much as I hate to admit it I do like it! As for the lower body warm up – well, hmmm, yes, not a big Rogue Traders fan actually. Last seen in both BC36 and BC37 we did get a single release away from them before they’re back. Happy to report no sign of them in BC40 πŸ™‚

Combat 1: Cum On Feel The Noise – Group X

Okay, truth time. I HATED this track at the filming. Not a fan of the song (at all) and I recall being suitably unimpressed. However, I really like it now! Great combos (there’s two of them as per usual) and it’s quickly become one of my favourite track 2’s of recent times. First combo is simple, builds to back knee, front kick, cross, jab, cross – the second combo is better, double front hook , body rip, jab, body rip, round house. We have a lower block front kick to the side in betwen the right hand and left hand halves.Β  Bit of a performance opportunity in the second half “c’mon – ROCK IT!” and a great track to have a bit of competitiveness between the males vs the females in the class.

Power training 1: Come With Me (Unique Mix) – Styles & Breeze

Not to be confused with the Power training 1 track of the same name from BC28 (completely different song!) this track builds into what has got to be one of the longest combos in combat history. Two sets double uppers, 8 jab cross, two sets double jabs and eight scissors. Certainly it takes the participants a couple of sets to get it right – but once they do it’s awesome! Builds into a fantastic peak which has participants wooping and working their guts out. Great song, great progression, great track!

Combat 2: Jump That Rock (Whatever You Want) – Scooter vs. Status Quo

I LOVE this track. The music is awesome and it has a fantastic powerful backfist – side kick combo that you can really sink your teeth into. I mean you can really just launch into the move with a massive “aarrgg!!!”. Tonnes of knees also as well as the obligatory track four jump kick. Awesome awesome track – with the exception of the muay thai for me this is the highlight of the workout.

Power training 2: Johnny B. Goode – The Undertow

Still haven’t been able to find this track on youtube but it is very true to the original. Again, truth time – much like “Cum on feel the noise” I did not like this track based on the music alone. But it is a really fun track and has a “new” move – the jump squat. It’s essentially exactly as it sounds, you jump out on a 45 degree angle into a squat position (on the 3rd set each side there’s an optional jump instead). Now I did this track twice on Saturday, once on Sunday and also yesterday (it’s Tuesday today) and boy do my quads hurt this morning – it works! The chorry for the track is very fast, loads of double jab-cross sets, speed balls and running on the spot. Again, surprisingly this track has grown on me!

Combat 2: So What – Pink

Nice to have a break from the esquiva in this release before we have it again in BODYCOMBAT 40 (if you didn’t know that you read about it here). My first impressions of this track stand. After the filming I wrote: “Track 6 (So What by Pink) had simple but effective chorry – double uppers, hook-hook, back kick, double knee, front kick. I found myself getting into a really good rhythm coming from the back kick into the knees and really enjoyed this track.” – and that’s exactly how I feel now. Pink as a track 6 is nothing new to combat (U + UR Hand and Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely)) so really no surprises – solid “active recovery” and nice nice break before all hell breaks lose in the Muay Thai!

Muay Thai: Hardcore Angel – Nick Skitz

Okay – this track is for me possibly the best Muay Thai ever! I absolutely love it. The music is perfect, and the new move – the ‘step over cross’ is awesome for building a tonne of power and then really launching into your “opponent”. Loads of treble elbows, loads of knees and loads of step over crosses. A huge amount of attitude from Nick Skitz – the words areΒ  “HYPER HYPER!!” before launching into a massive combo. I can’t say enough about this track. The final phase (just when you think the track is over) has another massive burst of knees – that’s especially great since at the quarterly jump knees were added (my favourite!) – perfect!! If you haven’t done it yet you’re gonna love it!

Power training 3: Cry For You (Weaver Remix) – September

Okay, this track is a fricken marathon. It is officially the LONGEST TRACK 8 EVER at 6:45. It just goes on and on (and on and on…). Starts with four body rips, two hooks – building into a full combo with the addition of 8 jab-crosses. Three sets of those in total with a set of three jabs two hooks to the left and right in between (all on the same arm just to really hammer the shoulders). It’s a great track – possibly a little too long? Each time I’ve taught it the class have literally breathed a sigh of relief at the end – it really is marathon! Great finish to the workout though; not quite a “What Hurts the Most” but a solid track 8.

Conditioning: I Won’t Be Crying – Infernal

Good track – no situps nor crunches. Loads of hovers (or planks if you prefer) and also side planks for the obliques. Loads of press ups too. Makes a nice change actually (mind you there’s no situps or crunches in BC40 either so if you don’t mix you’re going 6 months without any!)

Cooldown: It’s All Coming Back To Me Now – Meat Loaf feat. Marion Raven

Not my favourite cooldown but a nice finish to the workout. Quite a lot of kata – and not and easy kata either – does require a bit of attention to master at first. Not too much you can say about a cooldown so will possibly come down to musical preferences as to whether you like it or not. Me – I have no problem with a bit of Meatloaf, and this track definitely serves its purpose of bringing the heartrate down and relaxing you at the end of your workout. Nice πŸ™‚

Overall I’ll say this. BC39 is a good release. Yes a lot of the more, shall we say, “advanced” moves are gone (as I mentioned the esquiva is back in BC40 but apart from that there’s no e-kicks, jump knees or gingas in that release either so maybe that’s where combat is going). The real stand outs for me are tracks 4 and 7 – both are powerful tracks (heck any release with both Nick Skitz AND Scooter has gotta be good!). I do think the release will get old a little quicker than usual due to the repetitive nature of the tracks, however, still being in the first 2 weeks of doing it I’m still loving it. If I had to rate it side by side with BC38 I’d probably rate 38 as a better release, but to be fair (based on first impressions) I think BC40 is going to better than both! But I’m getting way ahead of myself (for a change!). My final thought would possibly be this; Give it a decent blast before you judge it. I definitely am A LOT happier about this release now I’ve done it half a dozen times as compared to my first impression. Anyway, that’s my $0.02 – as always love to hear your thoughts πŸ™‚

13 Responses to "BODYCOMBAT 39 Review"

Hehehheeh, I agreed with most of your post apart from the fact that I’m a fan of the Rogue Traders so I liked track 1b as well AND because I’m a crazy Body Jammer, I liked Johnny B Goode based on music alone, ahahahaha πŸ˜€

I do think that the Muay Thai for this release surpasses that of BC40, even though I think I like BC40 better. (if anything, I think the Muay Thai is a big let down in BC40, so it’s just as well BC39’s track is so good)

God you like Rogue Traders?? Hmm.. won’t hold that against you! πŸ™‚

Didn’t see ya at the workshop – I know you’re not an instructor (yet!) but thought you’d make an appearance πŸ™‚ Actually didn’t see PJ either. Was a CRAAZY class! πŸ˜‰

Are you and I seeing the same BC39? You say complexity is way down and there’s a lot of repetition – I don’t see it!? The combos are more complicated than BC34-BC38 ever were (some few exceptions) and not as repetitive as 34-38. This release is old skool Combat and I love it! This is exactly what I and some old Combatters have been waiting for, that think that lately Combat has gone downhill in the combo department with too much repetition. πŸ™‚

Btw, the Power Squat (full option is Tuck Jump) in T5 was first seen in BC29 T5 and also in BC31 T3 and B33 T5, so it’s not new. πŸ™‚ Same with the “step over Cross”, I don’t understand why they introduce it as a new move when it’s been in, for example, BC18 T3 and BC27 T8 albeit double crosses in those tracks.

Ah Andreas you missed the inverted commas when I wrote “new” move re the jump squat – and while I agree with you in that come with me has a very long combo (as I’ve already stated) there’s certainly nothing complicated about the combos in tracks 5 or 8 (and 8 is looooooong). I’d possibly say they are also referring to the step over cross being new in a muay thai track.

By your own reasoning there isn’t a single new move in BC39, nor a single esquiva, ginga, e-kick etc. Which is why I’ve said the complexity is down… it’ll be much easier for new members to grasp that’s for sure.

Those specialist moves are gone, yeah, but the challenge in this release lies in the combos and the short repetition of the moves. Track 2 has the low block and front kick to the side – that alone will be hard for some participants then add to that the first combo – many people will find it awkward to do cross, jab, cross instead of reverse… Then we have a third combo, too – The double hook one – and that isn’t a simple combo for most participants either. Track 3 you already know is complicated. Track 4 has many and fast changes. Track 5 I guess is quite easy, but it too has fast transitions and the cross sequence into speedballs will take some time for some participants, too. Track 6’s combo is complicated, too.

A lot of the moves in this release starts with the back arm or leg, which is quite weird for the participants that aren’t as hardcore as you and I.

I personally don’t have any problems with the chorry but I’m seeing through the eyes of the ordinary participant. Compare this release to pre-34 and you’ll find many similarities… The reason 34-38 were so easy is because people found the combos complicated and the transitions so fast and little repetition. πŸ™‚

You make some fine points my good man… πŸ™‚

Hey did you ever find out about track 1a in BC40? I’ve had one other person (granted they weren’t at the filming) say that it’s not “put your hands up in the air” – thought you may have investigated further. Any joy?

I have the song as one of my uploaded songs on YouTube… Find my account and search. πŸ˜‰

But when you do find out, please wait a bit before you tell it to everyone here. πŸ™‚ For Les Mills’ sake. πŸ™‚

God you like Rogue Traders?? Hmm.. won’t hold that against you! πŸ™‚

Heheheh, it’s the ONLY WAY I can get myself through the bloody Voodoo Child track in Body Pump! Ooooooo I hurts just thinking about it.

Yeah I wanted to go to the workshop, but I didn’t quite realise just how tired I’ve been. I slept for almost 18 hours on two occasions that weekend!

Great review – you will have to patent that word ‘Combaty’ I’m temped to do it myself

Warmup – I thought the upper body track music wasn’t great, but I actually don’t mind the rogue traders.
T2 – loved the combo double front hook , body rip, jab, body rip, round house.
T3 – seemed longer than other T3’s because I’m always stuffed after it, but it’s a great track
T4 – I’m with you… loved the music and all the combos worked really well
T5 – I thought this track had the least ‘combaty’ (sorry had to borrow your word!) music, but the chorry works brilliantly.
T6 – I’m not a Pink fan, and thought the combo was a little ‘weird?’ – doesn’t feel natural doing 2 front knees then a front kick with the same leg – maybe it’s just me? but the track works well
T7 – totally agree…. the awesomest (just made that word up too!) Muay Thai since BC35 The Pretender – it’s a great track and all those knees really get your heart pumping!
T8 – Loved this track, one of my new fav tracks! doesn’t feel as challenging as other T8’s, but that means you can work harder!
Abs – not a fan of the side plank, but it does work! and the hover is good for your core.
Cooldown – well I don’t like really meatloaf, and the track had a weird kata in it that was quite confusing…

but overall a great release!

Just curious – did you look and find it? Yes or no! πŸ˜€

Andreas buddy – I found your account but no joy finding the track!

Did you check them all? πŸ˜€

Hi! Came across this blog before my gym released 39! (Just released yesty). It was awesomely informative, just to let you know. I picked up on the combo’s a lot easier and faster than everyone else due to your notes, even my instructor was giving my some odd looks!

Firstly, I enjoyed this release a lot. Johnny B. Goode was a little bit iffy for me, but it’ll get better! I’ve actually enjoyed the past few releases a lot!

The Muay Thai track had my lungs on fire and I’m in love with Track 8. Maybe it’s because I love the song!

Anyways, good form with the posting! Keep it up!

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