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No Martial Arts Equipment…Great Workout!

Here’s Some Wild Martial Arts Equipment!

You guys may think that this is a tongue in check article on getting the best martial arts equipment, but it isn’t. I have personally tried the methods here, and they are top notch body calisthenic methods.

First, I tried cinderblocks. I didn’t want to dig holes and sink poles for the Plum Flower Fist, which is a form of Praying Mantis Gung Fu. This was great. Jumping up down gave me strength, as well improving my balance.

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Kickin’ it!

From there I look for other things to use for martial arts equipment.

Tires were great. I learned to use tires originally for swinging a wooden sword. Took a lot of strength and control to make the tire turn and bounce the way you wanted it to. So I grabbed nine of them, arranged them in a simple grid of three by three, and started walking the circle, Pa Kua Chang style. This was odd, hard to ground through the springiness of the tires. but, you often learn more from what doesnt’ work than what does, so I moved on.

My my next experiment in Martial Arts Training Equipment.I put four by fours on edge and practiced forms on them. This was interesting, and taken directly from Ton Toi Northern Shaolin Gung Fu. Ton Toi means springy legs, and I learned all sorts of things about balance while springing from beam to beam.

And, I tried doing forms on top of fences. It was wild. Trying to spin and move, six feet above the ground, without falling al-l-l the way down! I don’t know how much I got out of this martial arts equipment, but if was fun!

And, in between these things I tried hanging balls from the rafters, punching tennis balls at a wall, and other sorts of things. But my next big foray into martial arts equipment was at the old Los Angeles Zoo.

The old zoo, now sort of gone, or at least redone into a picnic area, was a mess of cages and bounders strewn about in the cages to give the animals some sort of sense of nature. So I worked out in cages…lions and tiger and me…oh my!

And I learned a lot! I especially grew in arm strength. Having to hang on to the side of a cage, or going across the top monkey style, built up a lot of strength in the arms. Trying to do kicks while so perched was especially educated. You get a whole new appreciation for how the hip joints work.

Now, last in my martial arts equipment were trees. At the Los Angeles zoo there were all sorts of low hanging trees. I could walk on the trunks of some of them, climb to joints, and generally swing around and do all sorts of stuff. The interesting thing about this was that I could practice sinking my weight.

One of the places I got this idea from, aside from my experiences in the cages, was a fellow wrote an article where he had to hang from a tree limb for an hour a day for a few months before the master would teach him.

Well, having done a little hanging myself, I can definitely attest to the benefits in the arms and shoulders. It stretches them out and gives truth to the old saying, ‘A long muscle is a strong muscle.’

Now, that about does it except for one thing…all of the equipment I used cost nothing. That’s right, I didn’t have to spend any money at my martial arts equipment suppliers, and I got a better work out than some big nautilus machine could ever give!

Here’s a good article with no martial arts exercise equipment. Here’s the Monkey Boxing Course itself.

Martial Arts Equipment Needs to Be Eliminated

Martial Arts Equipment To Be Tossed in Trash

I was there when the first martial arts equipment appeared in the dojos of America. I strapped on the brand new protective pads the Martial Arts gear pushers had brought over, and I experienced the difference between reality and martial arts protective gear.

The first thing we students noted was that the stuff didn’t work. In fact, the karate pads we strapped to our shins and forearms and feet and hands and bodies caused heavier impact. In actual fact, we began to accumulate more injuries. Guys were bruising heavily, and there were even a couple of breaks.

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Martial Arts gear that hurts, doesn’t help, should be tossed out!

The reason for this is simple, when you hit a guy with Karate pads on his forearms or rib cage you think it isn’t going to hurt, so you hit harder. This offsets the pad effect, and the result is heavier impact and injuries.

In addition, there is a false sense of security, and the person being hit doesn’t make his body as tight upon impact. This undercuts the whole effect of having Martial Arts gear, but, more important, it undercuts the purpose of the martial arts!

The martial arts, you see, teach one control. But once you put on martial arts equipment that is protective in nature, you are taking away the need for control, or at least lessening it.

The point to be made here is that Martial Arts equipment, including shin pads and forearm pads and all the other martial arts gear that is protective in nature, should be eliminated. People should be made to understand what a block or punch feels like, how it has the potential for hurt, and then they will immediately begin to learn control.

I know that what I have said here goes against the common belief, and I know there will be parents and martial arts supply house that take objection to this. Parents, however, are ill informed and need to be educated. The martial arts equipment pushers are making money, so their objections should be ignored.

Now, to be sure, I realize that there may be certain exceptions to this. Wrapping an injury may be useful to protecting that injury from further trauma. And I know that a fellow with injured knees, or some such, should possibly wear something to shore up the knees. And when it comes to Martial Arts weapons, real ones should not be employed and full martial arts gear should be implemented.

The few exceptions are rare, however, and the best martial arts instructors are going to be helping students with exercises that will strengthen weaknesses before they put that student out on the dojo floor for a little karate kumite, or whatever your brand of martial arts freestyle.

The point of this article is simple: if we eliminate martial arts equipment, and demand better instruction, we will have less injuries, and not more, and the Martial Arts will be pushed to higher levels.

Don’t like what I said here? Feel free to come to Monster Martial Arts and give me a piece of your mind!

The Lie of Martial Arts Equipment!

Martial Arts Equipment is a money maker!

When it comes to Martial Arts Equipment, three things are true.

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See? It doesn’t hurt!

One, the guy wearing it is going to hit harder because he thinks he has to to make his technique work.

Two, your technique will tend to get sloppy.

Three, somebody is making money by selling it to you.

I was training back in 1967, and we never used pads or gloves. Just didn’t think about it. And there were virtually no injuries. The reason was that we learned quickly what a fist felt like, so we controlled ourselves.

One day the head instructor came out on the dojo mat with a bag of martial arts equipment. Here’s some pads and gloves!

So we slipped on gloves, tied on chest pads, wore shin guards, even put on head gear, and we started hitting each other.

I don’t mean sparring, or doing karate freestyle, we started hitting each other.

We were convinced, you see, that we were protected. We could beat on each other and it didnt’ matter, nobody would get hurt.

Well, you know where that lead to. Control went out the window, we started fighting, as opposed to learning how to do Karate freestyle, and I, for one, started breaking bones. Broke a bone in my hand, another in my foot.

But I was supposed to be protected! I was wearing martial arts gear!

My body was protected, but my mind was numbed. I was trapped by a false reality.

To this day I watch as people put on gloves and wear padding,a nd think that they can hit harder, lose all control, and don’t learn martial arts freestyle.

Real freestyle, you see, has certain rules and limitations, and it has to, because there is power in the real martial arts. With gloves and pads control tends to slip, and so the truth is this:

While there is an art to destruction, the true art is in control.

Not can you beat somebody up, but can you control them, maybe even control the situation until there is no fight.

Something to think about, eh?

Anyway, that’s what happens, that’s what happened, when we learned how to do karate with martial arts equipment.



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