Police Appreciation Day & Open House
In today's climate the police need to see that the community they serve cares for them. That's why we've decided to host a Police Appreciation Day open house at Art & Strength. This event is open to anyone who wishes to show their support for the police. We will have a catered lunch by Mission BBQ, a silent auction to benefit Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) and a few strength-related things for the officers.
There will be a silent auction put on by local businesses (see sponsors list below). Bidding will be run from 11am-3pm with the winners being announced between 3:30-4pm. Winners do not need to be in attendance. The proceeds of the auction will benefit Concerns of Police Survivors.
The Maryland Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors is a statewide non-profit organization providing programs and services for the survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in the state of Maryland. For more info please visit http://mdcops.org/
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Weapons Retention Workshop
SSgt Rob Huddleston is a former civilian Police Officer, and a current Security Forces Defender in the Maryland Air National Guard. He has a background in Jeet Kune Do, Kali/Escrima and is currently a Brazilian Jiu jujitsu purple belt that specializes in Close Quarters and Ground Fighting. Rob will be doing a hands-on workshop covering the following topics:
Functional Movement Screen
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is physical therapy assessment designed for strength coaches and athletic trainers to detect dysfunctional movement patterns and identify potential injuries before they happen. It's currently being used at the highest levels of sport and certain branches of the military. We are offering free screening to all LEO's. Limited spots available during the open house, but this offer is extended to any LEO at anytime (not just during our open house). For more information or to sign up email Dan Cenidoza.
Baltimore LEO Strongest Hands Contest
A grip competition consisting of 3 events:
The events will be contested in that order, all day long; meaning you may compete at any time there is no set "start/end" time. We will keep a record of your score in each event and the winner will be announced at the end of the event.
Cost to compete is $20 and the winner and runner up will split the pot 80/20. Non-LEO are invited to compete and will awarded prizes for placing, but only LEO are eligible for the cash prize. There will be men's and women's divisions. Rules of the events are as follows:
Ironmind Captains of Crush grippers will be used to test crushing strength. Either right or left hand will be contested. Setting the gripper with your off hand is permitted with up to a parallel set. The athlete will squeeze the gripper until the handles touch and the judge calls the gripper closed. Each athlete will have unlimited attempts at progressively heavier grippers of his/her choice and is allowed 3 missed attempts. Heaviest gripper closed wins.
Short steel bending will be used to test wrist strength. 5", 6" & 7" pieces of HRS & CRS will be wrapped in leather and the athlete may use any style of bending he/she prefers as long as the hands, forearms and/or steel do not touch any other part of the body. The steel will be rated by the judges beforehand and the athlete will have unlimited attempts at progressively heavier bars of his/her choice and is allowed up to 1 minute per attempt. The bend must be completed so that the ends of the bar are within 2" apart. Heaviest steel bar bent wins. Tie goes to the tighter bend.
The Rolling Thunder is a 2-3/8" diameter rotating handle that will be used to test open hand strength. Either right or left hand will be contested. The athlete will perform a 1 hand deadlift to full lockout (hips, knees and back fully extended) and until the judge calls a good lift. The athlete will be allowed one "test" weight at 90/45lbs (men/women) and then have 3 attempts for max weight. The athlete may call for any weight he/she wishes but may not go down in weight. A thumbless grip is not allowed. Heaviest weight lifted wins.
No lifting aids other than chalk is allowed for the competition. Leather wraps will be provided for the bending event. Every attempt will be made by the host/judge to instruct competitors on proper technique for safety and optimum performance. All entry fees will be combined and split 50/50 for the men's and women's division. As previously stated, first place finishers and runners up will split the pot 80/20.
This is meant to be a fun contest to introduce LEO to grip training and Grip Sport. Hand strength is an important part of the duties as an officer in the way of weapon retention and restraining a suspect. Hand strength is also an indicator of overall body strength and has been shown to have a high correlation with all-cause mortality; that is, the stronger your hands are, the less likely you are to develop disease.
It is our mission at Art & Strength to instruct and inspire people to live strong, healthy lives and we wish to promote strength training in a way that is meaningful to people.
Other sponsors include:
Do & Dye Hair Salon
WAR Hot Peppers
7 Courts Liquors