How a few kickboxing lessons redefined Kendall Coleman’s pass rush

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Kendall Coleman’s parents spend their Sundays rewatching the Syracuse game from the day before. Coleman’s mother, Nikki, noticed her son is quicker off the line this year. With his body lower to the ground, he bends smoother toward the quarterback. He’s surgical with his strikes.After 1.5 sacks in his first 20 games at Syracuse, Coleman focused on his pass rush this offseason. He increased his flexibility by rehabbing an injured shoulder, studied offensive tackles and focused on the minute details of rushing the quarterback. But he didn’t know how those things connected. Everything came together 643 miles from the SU campus during a family bonding session, where Nikki introduced her 6-foot-3, 266-pound pass rusher to kickboxing.“Kendall is a guy that studies a lot,” Nikki said. “And I think going to that class with him, showing him some movements and how to move his body and his hands, I think that sticks with him.”Six games in, Coleman sits tied for seventh in the nation with six sacks for Syracuse (4-2, 1-2 Atlantic Coast). The junior defensive end said after two years of primarily stopping the run, he spent the last offseason fine-tuning his pass rush. The uptick in production is tough for Coleman to explain because one thing didn’t change. Everything did. He never focused on pass rushing before. And in an offseason full of weight lifting, deeper opponent analysis and the shifting away from the run-first mindset, a workout with mom remains the quirkiest nuance.“This is the first year that I’ve really started to grasp and figure out my body type,” Coleman said, “and how I move versus these guys and what they’re doing.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLaura Angle | Digital Design EditorIn Syracuse’s loss at Florida State last season — a team Coleman tallied two sacks against in 2018 — Coleman registered one quarterback hurry. Early in the fourth quarter, Coleman’s pass rush failed. When an offensive lineman punched out at Coleman, he tried to rip around him, but he wasn’t low enough. When he was stonewalled running downfield, he scrambled back inside but spun out of the play.Coleman admitted he hasn’t always studied tackle movements. He said in past years he didn’t bring his lower half with him. Tackles didn’t have to adjust to his movements. Coleman failed to turn the corner on a tackle headed for the quarterback, he said.When Coleman came home for a brief period in July, his sister, Kourtney, and Nikki wanted family-oriented activities. Nikki suggested the trio attend classes at iLoveKickboxing in Carmel, Indiana. Coleman initially declined. “He’s practical,” Nikki explained. He didn’t want Nikki paying $30 for a membership he’d use once. But Nikki and Kourtney convinced Coleman to attend an orientation class where the former three-star recruit stood out immediately.“And I was like, ‘Oh God, this guy could eat me for breakfast,’” said iLoveKickboxing Assistant Manager Tarrin Cooper.Cooper worked Coleman through his opening day routine, which is significantly lighter than a normal day of training.At 5:45 a.m. two days later, Coleman and about five other clients in the class began with what iLoveKickboxing calls SHIIT (Super high intensity interval training) for 15 minutes. After the circuit of burpees, pushups, mountain climbers, situps and various other core exercises, the group stretched for seven or eight minutes.Then came the principles that directly correlate for Coleman. The class practiced punch and kick combos on a heavy punching bag for three minutes at a time. Initially, Coleman smacked the bags too hard to combo, Cooper said. Cooper instructed him to unleash less power with each punch to throw more rapidly. With each combo, Coleman’s lower body corresponded with the movements of his upper half. If he threw a left hook punch, he stepped with his left foot.In pass rushing, the concept is called “bringing your hips through,” Coleman said. In the third quarter of Syracuse’s 30-7 win over Florida State, Coleman’s quick fake to the inside led to a rip move outside. As his left arm cut through, his left leg swung simultaneously past the Seminoles’ left tackle. He stepped with his left foot, which squared Coleman’s hips to FSU quarterback Deondre Francois and ended with a sack.“I tried to have him string together his combos,” Cooper said. “From this combo into the next combo. It helps with form overall.”Paul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerAfter the heavy bags, Coleman worked on his hands. In one drill, a partner holds their hands shoulder-width apart, with their gloves serving as targets for the other boxer. While Coleman punched, the class emphasized locking in on a target. After each punch, boxers are taught to reset their hands and feet. The back and forth movements reminiscent of ballet dancing are also common in pass rushing.On the first drive of the second half against Clemson, Coleman stepped four times before making contact with offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt. Left. Right. Left. Right. Coleman’s lanky frame appeared nearly elastic. At the fourth step, with his feet evened up, he punched Hyatt’s shoulders with both arms and ripped through his outside shoulder en route to his first sack of the afternoon.“A defensive end is going to use his hands to get off the block or get off the line fast,” iLoveBoxing instructor Kyle Miller said. “Teaching him how to not just punch hard but bring his hands back, just as fast for those quick trigger muscles … that helped him a lot as well.”After less than a week of boxing training, Coleman returned to Syracuse. He said the kickboxing made him think more about how his body moves. He’s since kickboxed in the SU weight room several times, despite not finding teammates willing to join in.“For other guys, the stuff that they needed to work on was more oriented toward the bags on the field,” Coleman said. “And the stuff that that I needed to work on had me on the heavy bag.” Published on October 10, 2018 at 10:45 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44center_img Commentslast_img read more

Public meeting amidst fears of closure of Dunlewey Post Office

first_imgA public meeting has been called following concerns over the future of Dunlewey Post Office.It follows a decision by An Post to put the branch contract out for Public Consultation.The meeting takes place this Monday 24th October at 7pm in the Ionad Pobail in Dunlewey. Sinn Féin Councillor John Sheamais Ó Fearraigh said it is vital that the post office service is retained for the local community.Cllr Ó Fearraigh said “The Post Office in Dunlewey has been at the heart of the local community for decades, and the local Post Mistress and all those who’ve worked at the branch have given years of dedicated service to the area.“I understand that the Post Mistress in Dunlewey, who must be commended for having given over two decades of service to the Post Office network, is due to step down shortly and An Post has subsequently taken the decision to, instead of automatically placing the contract out to a competitive tendering process, put the contract for the branch out to Public Consultation.“I have been informed that this process will commence next week and shall run until the second week in November. “While the fate of the branch in Dunlewey is uncertain and at this point in time there is no guarantee that the post office will be kept open, it is crucial that every effort is made to retain this service.”He said that if the branch closes it will be a huge blow to local people and businesses and to all those who depend on the services offered by the post office network.“I have now called a public meeting for this Monday 24th October at 7pm in Dunlewey to discuss the future of the post office and I would of course encourage everyone to come along to this meeting where it’s hoped that a plan of action and a co-ordinate community response can be devised.“The closure of a post office can have a devastating impact on a rural community and every effort must now be made to ensure that the Post Office branch in Dunlewey can remain open well into the future.”Public meeting amidst fears of closure of Dunlewey Post Office was last modified: October 21st, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Video: Animating ‘Electric Juju’

first_imgRob van Vuuren’s acclaimed one-man play “Electric Juju”, a tale of redemption set in a magical landscape of gods, monsters and heroes, is set to become a 2D animated feature-length film. Cape Town-based Clockwork Zoo will be putting it together in collaboration with animators from around the world.Click arrow to play video.Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 9 July 2009.last_img

Eskom wins R1.3bn French solar loan

first_img16 October 2013 France is to lend €100-million (R1.3-billion) to South African state company Eskom to help finance a 100 megawatt (MW) concentrating solar power plant near Upington in the Northern Cape. Eskom and the French Development Agency (AFD) agreed on Monday night, during French President Francois Hollande’s state visit to South Africa, to facilitate the signing of the loan. Concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies concentrate the sun’s energy through large mirrors and uses this concentrated thermal energy to produce steam to drive a conventional steam turbine for electricity generation. The process is similar to that of conventional power plants in that steam is used to power a turbine and generator, but differs crucially in that fossil fuel combustion is replaced with non-polluting solar energy. Eskom chief executive Brian Dames said in a statement on Monday that the Upington CSP project, one of Eskom’s first commercial-scale renewable energy projects outside of its existing hydro portfolio, “puts us on a path towards reducing our carbon footprint and investing in a sustainable energy future”. The Upington CSP project is expected to deliver an annual energy production of 525 GWh and will be sufficient to power 200 000 homes. In 2011, Eskom and AFD signed a €100-million loan facility for the financing of Eskom’s 100 MW Sere wind farm near Vredendal in the Western Cape. “The AFD is a valued partner and has been a key contributing factor to the progress we’ve achieved at both the Upington CSP plant and Sere wind farm,” said Eskom’s acting chief financial officer, Caroline Henry. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Top 10 Internet of Things Products of 2009

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market ArduinoArduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform made up of open source hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. For an example of the type of internet-connected object you can build with Arduino, check out this presentation where the author configured a child’s toy ray gun to react when anyone posted the #barcampliverpool hash tag on Twitter. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 2009 has been a turning point for the Internet of Things, when real world objects (such as lights, cars and packages) get connected to the Internet. This trend has added a significant amount of new data to the Web, so for that reason alone it is an important development. Having said that, many of the following top 10 list are not yet mainstream products. But we expect some of them to become well known over the coming years. Underlying the Internet of Things are technologies such as RFID (radio frequency identification), sensors and smartphones. Now let’s look at the 10 products that stood out this year.ReadWriteWeb’s Best Products of 2009:Top 10 Mobile Web ProductsTop 10 Consumer Web AppsTop 10 Semantic Web ProductsTop 10 International Web ProductsTop 10 RSS & Syndication TechnologiesTop 10 Enterprise ProductsTop 10 Internet of Things ProductsTop 10 Real-Time TechnologiesTop 10 Startup ProductsTop 10 Web Platforms Fedex SenseAware International courier giant Fedex released a new tracking device and web service for packages in December. Called SenseAware, it keeps tabs on the temperature, location and other vital signs of a package – including when it’s opened and whether it was tampered with along the way. Fedex is running a trial period of about a year with 50 health care and life science companies, for tracking delivery of surgery kits, medical equipment – and even live organs.HP CeNSEHP Labs has joined the race to build an infrastructure for the Internet of Things. The giant computing and IT services company recently announced a project that aims to be a “Central Nervous System for the Earth” (CeNSE). It’s a research and development program to build a planetwide sensing network, using billions of “tiny, cheap, tough and exquisitely sensitive detectors.” The technology behind this is based on nano-sensing research done by HP Labs. The sensors are similar to RFID chips, but in this case they are tiny accelerometers which detect motion and vibrations.Japan’s Suica Card and Hong Kong’s Octopus Card Earlier this year we looked at three of the world’s leading RFID-powered Smart Cards: Japan’s cutting edge Suica Card, London’s Oyster Card and Hong Kong’s long-running Octopus Card. In Japan and Hong Kong, the cards (and other devices, such as phones and watches) may be used to purchase goods from selected shops. It’s more pervasive in Hong Kong, where the Octopus can be used at more than 1,000 merchants. Furthermore, in Hong Kong the card can be used as an access device for places like apartment buildings and schools.Mir:rorMir:ror is a device from French company Violet that detects the objects you show it and gives them powers. As you wave a device over the USB-attached mirror, you can trigger applications and multimedia content automatically. The “magic” mirror isn’t actually sensing the object itself, but is reacting to an RFID tag placed on the object which then tells your computer what to do. Those tags are embedded in the company’s Ztamps, colorful RFID stamps that you stick on the objects you want to connect. They also work with the company’s other more well-known internet-connected object: the Nabaztag, an adorable rabbit that can deliver anything from ambient information through lights and sounds to verbal information – like when he reads your email or RSS feeds to you. Unfortunately, in August Violet filed for bankruptcy. However, in October it was saved by videogame publisher Mindscape. WideNoise The iPhone is a fertile ground for Internet of Things, as a product called WideNoise shows. WideNoise is an iPhone application that samples decibel noise levels, displaying them on an interactive map. With the app you can take a sound reading, and if you so wish share that with the WideNoise community. You can check the average sound level of the area around you, which might be handy if you’re house-hunting or simply looking for a quiet spot to relax in.ioBridgeioBridge is a web platform for remote control and monitoring, which bills itself (with tongue in cheek) as “one step closer to Skynet.” It’s a company based in Gainesville, Florida, born because the founders saw “a demand for interfacing real world devices with the web.” Their first beta release was in November 2008 and since then the company has been busy building out its product line and watching what developers like Matt Morey do with them. Morey, who by day is an engineer for Texas Instruments, has developed a two-way, home automation application using Twitter and ioBridge.CitysenseSense Networks is a company aiming to index the real world “using real-time and historical location data for predictive analytics across multiple industries.” It has a platform called Macrosense that “receives streaming location data in real-time, analyzes and processes the data in the context of billions of historical data points, and stores it in a way that can be easily queried to better understand aggregate human activity.”The company has so far built one consumer product on top of this platform: Citysense, an iPhone and Blackberry app that allows people in San Francisco to see the most-happening nightlife in real time. Citysense currently accesses cell-phone and taxi GPS data from about four million GPS sensors, to see where the local hot spots are. It then links to Yelp and Google to show what venues are operating at popular locations.Those are our picks for the top 10 Internet of Things applications of 2009. Let us know your thoughts. richard macmanus Tags:#2009 in Review#Internet of Things#NYT#web#Year in Review Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Pachube A small UK startup particularly impressed us this year: Pachube. Pronounced “PATCH-bay,” Pachube lets you tag and share real time sensor data from objects, devices, buildings and environments both physical and virtual. According to founder Usman Haque, Pachube is about “environments” more so than “sensors.” In other words, Pachube aims to be responsive to and influence your environment, for example your home. For more on this innovative company, see ReadWriteWeb’s three-part analysis of Pachube:Pachube Adds Real-Time Notifications – More Power to The Internet of ThingsApplications From The Internet of Things – An Analysis of PachubeBusiness Models of The Internet of Things – An Analysis of Pachube’s Open Source PlatformIBM’s sensor solutions One of the leading big companies in the Internet of Things is IBM, which offers a range of RFID and sensor technology solutions. IBM has been busy working with various manufacturers and goods suppliers this year to introduce those solutions to the world. For example, IBM announced a deal at the end of June with Danish transportation company Container Centralen. By February 2010, Container Centralen will begin using IBM sensor technology to enable companies in the horticultural supply chain to track the progress of shipments as they move from growers to wholesalers and retailers across Europe. It makes the travel process very transparent and data centric.last_img read more

Intel sees $7 trillion economy emerging from self-driving vehicles

first_imgTags:#Autonomous#driverless#featured#Intel#ride-sharing#Self-Driving#Strategy Analytics#top David Curry Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… The self-driving car industry could be worth $7 trillion by 2050, according to a report published by Intel and Strategy Analytics.The report splits the estimate into three main revenue streams:$3.7 trillion into “consumer mobility-as-a-service”$3 trillion into “business mobility-as-a-service”$200 billion into in-vehicle applications and servicesIntel expects car ownership to slowly be phased out and replaced by ride-hailing and sharing services. These services will offer taxis fares at a much lower rate than what is currently achievable, by removing the human behind the wheel.We are already seeing most of the players in the self-driving car market launch taxi services. Even though automakers have not confirmed it, it seems likely that each car brand will have its own taxi service, potentially forcing Google and Uber to find a significant partnership or build their own cars.“Companies should start thinking about their autonomous strategy now,” said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. “Less than a decade ago, no one was talking about the potential of a soon-to-emerge app or sharing economy because no one saw it coming.”The business mobility-as-a-service is all to do with trucking, especially long-haul shipping. The industry has one of the highest fatality rates in the U.S., with 745 people dying on the road last year. Autonomizing the technology could lead to faster shipping, as software doesn’t need to rest, and a sharp reduction in the amount of deaths.Billions saved in public safetyThe study says that $234 billion could be saved in public safety, as self-driving cars will be far more cautious on the road than human drivers. Once the infrastructure is in place, the cars will also be able to communicate with each other, making it near impossible for self-driving cars to crash.Intel predicts that the proliferation of self-driving cars will happen in 2035. By then, the industry will already be worth $800 billion and will free up 250 million hours of commuting time per year.See Also: Will Delphi and their self-driving supergroup create autonomous hits?That commuting time is where the extra $200 billion comes in. Instead of keeping eyes on the road, riders will be able to access the Internet and possibly pay for services, like unlimited Spotify streaming or high definition Netflix viewing.The foundations for this are in place, but the industry still faces major regulatory scrutiny, a public that is afraid of self-driving tech and becoming more annoyed with companies that swap humans for computers. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…center_img IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Related Posts 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Restaurants of Jamaica Lauded for Contributing to Economic Growth

first_imgStory Highlights “I must commend the team for their commitment to quality restaurant operations in Jamaica. I am encouraged to have more businesses in the constituency [as this] provides more employment. The number of locations you have expanded to throughout Jamaica has significantly contributed to what we find important… growing Jamaica,” Mrs. Holness said. Member of Parliament for East Rural St. Andrew, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness, has lauded Restaurants of Jamaica (ROJ) for contributing to economic growth.Her praise comes against the background of the entity’s opening of its 37th Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant, in Harbour View, which is located in the constituency.“I must commend the team for their commitment to quality restaurant operations in Jamaica. I am encouraged to have more businesses in the constituency [as this] provides more employment. The number of locations you have expanded to throughout Jamaica has significantly contributed to what we find important… growing Jamaica,” Mrs. Holness said.She was delivering brief remarks at the branch’s official opening on Saturday, April 6.Mrs. Holness, who noted that the KFC franchise’s long history in Jamaica started 44 years ago with the first restaurant’s establishment at 70 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6, commended the company for maintaining its “finger lickin’ good” quality.“They have done so while responding positively to the numerous projects and goodwill, and have aided in the betterment of our country,” she said.Managing Director of ROJ, Mark Myers, said the organisation also plans to further expand its Pizza Hut franchise.He pointed out that the company continues to increase its support for local farmers by using their produce in each new restaurant opened.“This investment marks our steadfast belief in Jamaica as an excellent place to do business. We continue to be in growth mode as we expand our business and locations to create more employment opportunities and build deeper ties to the communities we serve,” he said.The opening of KFC Harbour View represents an investment of approximately $200 million, and brings the total number of restaurants operated by ROJ to 48.Its opening has created 55 new jobs for individuals from the surrounding communities, which brings the total number of persons employed across the ROJ group to over 2,000.The Harbour View location is the second of four KFC restaurants being opened as part of the company’s Vision 2020 expansion plans, following the Falmouth branch’s opening last December.Ground has already been broken for the third restaurant, which will be located in May Pen, Clarendon.In addition to serving customers from Harbour View and surrounding communities, Mr. Myers anticipates that the new restaurant will also appeal to overseas travellers, given its proximity to the Norman Manley International Airport. Her praise comes against the background of the entity’s opening of its 37th Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant, in Harbour View, which is located in the constituency. Member of Parliament for East Rural St. Andrew, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness, has lauded Restaurants of Jamaica (ROJ) for contributing to economic growth.last_img read more