This is a good question: what martial arts music do you prefer to work out to? Of course, it will depend somewhat on what art you study. And, of course, people vary so widely in their mentality that there are liable to be a hundred different answers, and all of them will be right. That said, let me step forward and offer a few thoughts on the matter.
If I am doing something like Tai Chi Chuan, I like the old classical, soothing music. There are lots of Chinese music CDs out there, you can even download a few. But something soft and wafting, ethereal, moves you to another realm.
Well, heck, Tai Chi is a realm in itself, so why not.
But, that said, being an English speaker, I look looking at soft soulful sounds, usually of the feminine variety. Enya is good, Loreena McKennitt, in some of her softer compositions is brilliant, really transports you. And, if you are already transporting yourself through the art, goodby world, hello self.
Now , Karate music is something to think about. Most karate has a tendency to be fast and quick, and that would indicate rock and roll, but I, personally, don’t find that that works for me. But then, I prefer to do my Karate with a bit more flow. Show the arc of energy in the air. Put the self into the motion so hard there is only me. So, I again end up with something dreamy.
And, here is something for you to consider. There is a video game called Machinarium. It is brilliant, and part of the brilliance is the music, tin cans and grunts done to a lilting melody that…transports you. How odd. Yet, it works for me.
The composer for Machinarium is a fellow name of Dvorak. Check him out on youtube.
Anyway, I would say that a good Kung Fu music might might be soft rock, I think Beatles right off, but that would be individual taste, I am sure. Kenpo might fall into the same realm. Hey, Didn’t Carl Douglas do a tune called…Kung Fu Fighting?
Taekwondo, I don’t know about. The heavy use of feet might want the Hall of the Mountain King, for all I know. Anybody got ideas on that one, send me an email.
And, Aikido. Hmmm. You’re doing the art and in harmony with another person. Would an exterior harmony work? I think it would, but, get this, Bolera. Yes, you heard that one right. Try it before you knock it. Grin.
So that’s about it, a lot of ideas, and I look forward to some feedback. I’m always looking for the tune I missed. Music sooths the soul, and the martial arts sooths the soul, so the idea of martial arts music is definitely a beast whose time has come.