I want to be as fast as Jet Li, as acrobatic as Jackie Chan, and as humble as myself. Now, I’ve seen all the ads, I know all I have to do is engage in a bone breaking sweat for a few years, and I will achieve my peak potential. Either that or join the Green Berets.
Well, maybe I have gone a bit overboard, but there is good news in the mix here. The good news is that your body, even as it is, is capable of incredible speed and power and athleticism. The trick is not changing it, but letting it unchange into what it was meant to be.
First, you need to change your diet. Nothing extreme here, just cancel ALL fast foods, and start eating lots of veggies. When you get the sweet urge, go get a watermelon or a smoothie or something like that. I don’t recommend giving up meat, just eating more moderate portions, and that goes especially for red meat.
Now the fun starts. A basic get in shape regimen starts with simple calisthenics, like walking, jumping jacks, a little rope jumping, and that sort of thing, and then progresses into deep squats, dive bomber push ups, and that sort of thing. Actually, I have come to believe in yoga as a very viable and gentle (at least in the beginning) way of putting the body in shape.
Now, the best calisthenic you can do is the martial arts. The martial arts offer a complete variety of motion, jumping, skipping, stepping…twisting, ducking, leaping…and so on. Furthermore, they make you use energy, as well as muscle, and this elevates the game to whole new levels.
The message that I am passing on here is that it takes very little work to make your body function, it just takes common sense and a modicum of gentle discipline. As you follow the advices I have given you here, you will realize that you don’t need bulging muscles to get the job done, you just need to streamline your body and make it work the right way. This concept–using the body the right way–is what it is all about.
The physical education classes in school do not tell you how to use your body, they just get you to throw the ball to your friends, they acclimate you socially. When you start to Matrix your body, which is usually through the principle of learning how the muscles are arranged, what direction they are supposed to function in, and, most important, how to make them work together, that is when true efficiency begins, That is when you are going to realize that your body is just a tool, and you can make that tool work any way you see fit.
The key, of course, whether you are studying Kung Fu, Aikido, or any other art, is to apply Matrixing to it. Matrixing is nothing more than the analysis and handling of force and direction…physics. And, when you break down the motions of people like Bruce Lee or Tonny Jaa, you are going to find that they are consummate students of physics, which is nothing more than rudimentary Matrixing.