Thread: Kung Fu and shape :)
4/19/2012 5:23am, #11
- Join Date
- Apr 2012
- Limassol, Cyprus
I used to live in Athens, a big city so I don't know about all the instructors there, but, the ones that were close to my place (and when you are young and don't have a car your neighbourhood is what you know of) were like the ones I pre-mentioned, then I moved to Cyprus to study, new country I thought, lots of foreign guys here, I will surely find someone that can teach me kung fu, but then after four years and after searching all the schools in Limassol, it's the same thing, so yes I thought it was a general rule, if it's not I am really happy cause I will be moving to Portsmouth UK soon and I hope I will find a good school there.
About the strength and conditioning, yeah it's ok for my teacher to tell me what to do at home, but I think, as I said before, a warm up is necessary :)
4/19/2012 5:53am, #12
When teaching kung fu was my job, I did it six days a week, and that kept me in shape. When it became my side job, and I only trained one or two days a week, I had to find something else to stay in shape.
When I got into my current line of work, I felt as though I owed it to myself, and my family to stay in the best shape I could. I trained three days a week; I stretched before shift and when I took my breaks, just to be ready if I got into a foot chase. Fifteen years later, not so much.
It ultimately comes down to the individual.
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4/19/2012 6:59am, #13Falling for Judo since 1980
"You are wrong. Why? Because you move like a pregnant yak and talk like a spazzing 'I train UFC' noob." -DCS
4/19/2012 7:47am, #14
4/19/2012 11:22am, #15
since this isn't YMAS edit for on topic
Listen TS You don't have to be in shape to have been in shape. Most instructors are probably older than most competitors. It's the competitors that absolutely need to be in shape. You should probably worry more about whether they can teach well and if what they're teaching is any good.
there's a visible difference between someone who used to be in shape but let themself go and someone who was never in shape.
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4/19/2012 4:15pm, #16
4/19/2012 9:17pm, #17
Some of the kung fu guys who got round were legitimate too. "Rarely" was my choice of wording and me being a bit sarcastic. If the round judo guys are effective, that is great, whatever works for them. I strive to stay in (relatively good) shape; that is my personal choice. I don't move quite as well as I did in 1980, but I'm almost fifty now.
4/20/2012 7:28am, #18
4/20/2012 1:30pm, #19
OTOH, his instructor never did a warm-up, he expected them to get fit in their own time and to have warmed-up before he started the class and went straight into teaching.
I have moved away from hard warm-ups but this is for want of time. I tell them that they will only reduce their Trad JJ training time if I run a warm-up. I also remind them that I use my lunch hour to run St James' and Green Parks. They should consider the same :-)
Last edited by Eddie Hardon; 4/20/2012 1:32pm at . Reason: typo
4/21/2012 12:37pm, #20
Am J Health Promot. 2010 Jul-Aug;24(6):e1-e25.
A comprehensive review of health benefits of qigong and tai chi.
Jahnke R, Larkey L, Rogers C, Etnier J, Lin F.
Arizona State University College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation, 500 N 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA.
Research examining psychological and physiological benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi is growing rapidly. The many practices described as Qigong or Tai Chi have similar theoretical roots, proposed mechanisms of action, and expected benefits. Research trials and reviews, however, treat them as separate targets of examination. This review examines the evidence for achieving outcomes from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of both.
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