Thread: Stretching Article
2/16/2005 10:48am, #11Originally Posted by Meex
LIke OUCH! (though I've heard that those Hawaiian Kempo guys say, "Ouch is not a Kempo term)."Preparing mentally, the most important thing is, if you aren't doing it for the love of it, then don't do it." - Benny Urquidez
2/16/2005 11:25am, #12
Originally Posted by [Shizo]
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Martial Arts teachers are supposed to be open minded. If you show whoever it is that you train under at Shaolin the research they may allow some small changes at a time. When I approached my teacher about changing the stretching regime he was reluctant to change anything at first, but after a couple conversations about it, he saw things my way.
The other thing to remember about Shaolin stretching is that those who begin training at 4 or 5, start with Tong Zi Gong (Virgin Gong Fu). Then they keep this routine for as long as they train. This means that they have had the maximum range of motion dynamically and static reach, since they were very young and have maintained it through the rest of their martial careers. So do they feel pain in their stretching? Hell NO.
But the majority of Martial Artists in the world do not start at the age of 4 or 5. I would say that most start when they are teens (I could be wrong). And when the majority do start MA, they don't start with Tong Zi Gong, and they shouldn't. Static stretching is not what you need to apply your MA anyways, you need dynamic range of motion. Therefore this is what the majority of the MA world should be focusing on.
2/16/2005 7:22pm, #13
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I'm training under a Shaolin shifu who trained 10 years in (edit)Shaolin Temple and WuShu Guan.
Their schedule was from 6 to 8 hours a day training with one day off per week.
Western training philosophies are different from Asian. Believe it.
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2/16/2005 7:36pm, #14
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2/16/2005 10:03pm, #15
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