At a young age Harold Voong was considered borderline obese, asthmatic, weak, and self-conscious, but he also held an interest in martial arts and training. Enrolling in his first class of Wing Chun Kung Fu at the age of 14, Harold quickly became adept and obtained his brown belt (one belt under black) in just under two years. At the end of his time training in Wing Chun, mixed martial arts and the UFC were just starting to become mainstream. When he turned 17 Harold decided it was time to make a change to his unhealthy lifestyle and lose weight. Reaching his peak weight at 215 pounds, Harold was able to lose over 40 pounds in under a year ending up at a weight of 170 pounds and effectively removing his asthma symptoms in the process. At the age of 18 Harold enrolled in Arashido Martial Arts to study mixed martial arts, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Although much of the fat was lost prior to joining Arashido, Harold was not very strong or athletic and depended much upon using proper technique and positioning to gain the upper hand on opponents. However, the lack of strength placed a definite handicap on his performance and he could be easily be subdued by a larger, stronger opponent. Deciding on change, Harold enlisted in the help of a personal trainer named Ben Pellis. Ben was able to give Harold the ins and outs of strength and conditioning and how it benefits not only athletes of all kinds, but the weekend warrior as well. After a year of training with Ben, Harold was able to draw out athletic abilities that afforded him the capabilities to subdue larger opponents with crisp, strong technique without the constant struggle for breath.
Taking what he learned from Ben and continuing on with his own individual study, Harold was able to find useful applications of his mechanical engineering degree in the field of strength and conditioning. The combination of his formal study of mechanical engineering and on going self-study of biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, and nutrition gave Harold a unique interdisciplinary view on training. This also helped to develop critical thinking skills that are used when training people with a multitude of genetic variances. Influenced by his passion of the martial arts, his training focuses on the development of practical movement, strength and conditioning, as a lack in any of these areas may lead to serious consequences in a combat environment. Since martial arts is an activity that physically requires one to do damage to another human being, Harold spent a considerable amount of time arming himself with knowledge in the area of injury prevention and rehabilitation through the use of methodical mobility, strength, and hypertrophy programs.
The physical and mental demands of the martial artist are unrivalled in any other sport. It requires a high degree of strength, speed, power, agility, balance, work capacity, and intelligent training to produce a well rounded combat athlete. These attributes also translate directly to the weekend warrior looking to improve the performance of their own body, in addition to getting their body fat lower, increasing their muscle mass, and in not only increasing their body confidence, but their body competence as well.
Harold is currently certified as a Personal Training Specialist under Canfit Pro. He is also a certified instructor with Arashido Martial Arts. He has plans for obtaining his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist under the NSCA in the near future. Harold is currently in the application process to the University of Alberta’s Physical Therapy Program.
If you are interested in being trained like a warrior, or if you want more information you can contact Harold via email or phone or visit his Ludus Training website: www.theludus.ca (under construction).