No longer do we punch and kick and wait for the skill to come. Now we use concepts and practice our understanding of them, thereby traveling a road directly to skill.
The party is over,
and it’s time to get down to some good, hard work!
Let’s start with one of the cheapest,
yet coolest martial arts training devices
I ever came across.
I am speaking, of course, of the humble cinder block.
Now, one of the best exercises
is a simple toss and catch.
You start standing up
with the cinder block held
Doesn’t have to be straight out,
and you can play with in front,
to the sides,
You drop the cinder block,
as it falls,
you go into a horse stance and catch it
with your fingers.
you are working on an iron stance,
and iron fingers.
You can get a friend and toss the sucker back and forth.
You learn how to grab
without tearing up the skin of your fingers,
you learn how to keep your attention on the turn of the thing
to achieve the best grab,
and so on.
you can put a couple of cinder blocks on the ground
and practice hopping up and down.
Practice hopping up into a stance,
and down into a stance.
Lots of brute strength will develop.
Just be careful,
if a block falls over,
search for a place and way to land
without turning an ankle
or landing on the block.
place a cinder block in front of you
and practice kicking over it.
You have to raise the knee
which is going to put more hips into the kick
and give it more power.
You can turn sideways
and practice your side kick the same way.
you take two cinder blocks and stack them.
Practice your wheel kick over them.
hips and weight in the action
and your joints get real loose
and your kick starts to come alive.
You treat your leg like it was a bullwhip.
my personal favorite cinder block work out,
combines a couple of things here
and offers a mini matrix of sorts.
Place a cinder block on the ground
stand on it,
and kick in the four directions.
Turn kick, turn kick, turn kick.
Do a couple of hundred snap kicks with the right leg,
then do a couple of hundred snap kicks with the left leg,
maybe a hundred while turning first in one direction
and then a hundred while turning in the other direction.
Then do the same for the side kick,
then do the same for the wheel kick
or whatever kick you feel like working on.
a word here.
I used to go to class,
and I did okay,
and we’d all breath hard
and act like we had had our tails worked off
after doing ten kicks per side per kick.
But the guys who were winning
were going in the back room
and practicing 200 kicks per side per kick,
and then starting their real work out.
Do you get the idea?
Here it is in simple form…
you can take a walk,
maybe take a few thousand steps,
and not be tired.
so why can’t you do a few thousand kicks
and not be tired?
Once you get past the
‘Oh, that was tough!’
then things open up.
Once you realize that pain is in your head,
and that you just treat it all like taking a walk,
that pure, unadulterated concentration
will get you through the exercise,
then you can start to build up some real reps,
and your kicks will turn into real motherbusters.
It’s the difference between high school,
and a real job.
with all this in mind,
you might check out the second article I ever wrote,,
it’s in the article section of the Monster,
and I believe it is called
‘The Ultimate Empty Hand Exercise,’
or something like that.
and a few other things you can do on the cinder blocks.
probably time to do my yogata,
I do it every day,
I’ve dropped off a couple more pounds,
shoulder feels great,
feel healthy as a horse.
Here’s the URL
if you want the ultimate combat body
click on this link
The Ultimate Combat Body!
I also wrote a blog on it,
more of an advertisement with articles,
but it’s not bad,
you can find it in the blogroll
at my wordpress blog
Matrix Martial Arts.
That’s about it,
a great exercise,
some places to go for more info,
and a blatant ad for Yogata,
can’t think of anything else.
if you didn’t receive any order you have made
over the last month,
let me know.
The mail is getting back to normal,
but if I have to send anything twice, just let me know.
go get yourself a few cinder blocks,
and have yourself a blast!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Energy and persistence conquer all things.~Benjamin Franklin
Put energy and persistence in the martial arts and you will conquer all things. ~Al Case
It’s choice – not chance – that determines your destiny.~Jean Nidetch
It’s martial arts – not chance – that determines your destiny. ~Al Case
The incompetent with nothing to do can still make a mess of it.~Laurence J. Peter
Even the incompetent, with martial arts to do, will stop making a mess of it. ~Al Case
Send me your wins!