From 18 to 19 February 2020, the Military University of Land Forces hosted the 23rd edition of the Warrior Project, which involved sports and educational activities dedicated to veterans of missions abroad, families of soldiers killed in missions and physical education instructors from military units.

The Warrior Project is held under the patronage of the Minister of National Defence. The originator and main organiser is the Director of the Centre of Veteran Actions Outside Polish Borders, Colonel Szczepan GŁUSZCZAK, who, apart from cooperating with the military units where the trainings are conducted, collaborates with the Military Centre for Citizenship Education.

Lectures and practical classes were held as part of the Project implemented at the AWL.

On the first day, the lectures held in the Performance Hall of the Academic Cultural Centre were given by: Maciej Janowski - speedway rider from Betard Sparta Wrocław club, World and European Championships medallist and multiple Polish Championships medallist; Mateusz Białas - KO GYM player and coach, current Polish Champion Muay Thai, K1 Vice Champion of Poland, and Mateusz Winnicki - the owner of Fitkolektyw company, which deals with diet, diet therapy and regeneration in a broad sense.

The next stage was a training conducted by Mariusz Cieśliński - the owner and main coach at KO GYM, kickboxer and Thai boxing player. Multiple World Champion of such federations as ISKA or WAKO. He was the first athlete representing Poland to become a professional world champion in Thai boxing, defeating Faphimai Bunkerd, a Thai player.

On the second day of the Project the training was conducted by a Private Marta MICHALSKA of 32nd Tactical Air Base in Łask, who conducted yoga classes. The aim of the classes is to increase the body awareness through basic positions, as well as help in various ailments connected with everyday life or work specificity.  Sgt Cdt Karol Łagodziński has familiarised the trainees with selected exercises used in CrossFit, and discussed the technique of Clean & Jerk and Hang Snatch in detail. Artur Kiczuk - Powerlifting coach, the Polish Champion in Bench Press, presented the veterans with selected elements of strength training used in combat sports.  Selected techniques used in mixed martial arts were presented by Private  - Robert Rogalewicz, the present Polish Army Master in Close Contact Fighting, who serves at the Wrocław Engineering and Chemical Forces Training Centre.

As part of the 23rd  edition of the Warrior Project, the Military University of Land Forces was honoured by the attendance of representatives of the Association of Families of Fallen Soldiers, Ms Zofia Janik, Ms Krystyna Ambrozińska, Ms Barbara Pastusiak and Ms Urszula Marczewska.


Text: AWL

Photos: Marek Kańtoch, szer. pchor. Daniel Dominiak

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