Here’s an interesting fact, the most efficient height for the human body is five foot six. That’s the height which has the length of bone over which the muscles do the maximum pull for the skeletal structure. And if you’re like me, not five foot six, then you’ve already missed out on having the perfect martial arts body.
Well, maybe not. There are a lot of factors going on here. After all the bumblebee is not aerodynamically sound, and he does a pretty good job, so perhaps we should look at how to make the most out of what we’ve got, and maybe break a few conceptions in the mix. To be specific, there are three misconceptions on this idea of creating the best martial arts body.
The first misconception is that the size of the muscle makes for the best muscle. With respect to body builders everywhere, this is just plain wrong. Large muscles, when it comes to the execution of martial arts technique, can be a detriment.
For some reason people have equated muscle building with large, but when it comes to combat, you don’t want to go in large. The simple fact is that large weighs more, and is harder to move around.
I am not making that old accusation that large is musclebound, I am just saying that for maximum efficiency, over a period of time, one has to sculpt the exact right size muscle for the specific job undertaken.
Yes, if you can end a fight in one punch, large might be the trick, but how long do fights in the ring last? And, you will notice that not all champs are candidates for muscle building competitions. Champs, for the most part, have found out that they are most efficient in their actions when their muscles are dense.
Not large, lean is okay, but dense.
Now, I wouldn’t be so foolish to say that a person should do no weightlifting in their martial arts training. But, I would say that the bulk of their training should be aimed at body weight calisthenics.
It is a body weight that you are attempting to pummel or toss around in the ring, and it is your own body weight that has got to do it, so body weight calisthenics makes sense.
Now, having said all that, let’s look at the second misconception…no pain no gain.
This is one of the most ridiculous and downright harmful concepts ever to be foisted upon the unwary.
You’re saying that if I hurt myself during training, if I risk damaging my body during training, I’ll be able to be a better fighter.
No, I’ll be a crippled fighter, and that’s the facts.
Yes, it’s fun to push oneself, but at the slightest sign of pain, you should be backing off. And, you should learn where the pain starts, so you can learn how to not get so close to it in the first place.
The third misconception is that you don’t get better with age. Yes, you will hit a peak sometime in your life, but generally, you should be able to become stronger all the way through your life, right up to the last couple of years. This is not a fantasy, but an actuality.
So consider yoga.
In the first place, it is a body calisthenic, and a rather unique one. Instead of no pain no gain, one nudges the body up to the threshold of pain, but before the pain starts, he relaxes. That not only doesn’t enter into pain, but, as the person becomes more able, he raises his tolerance without ever entering into. This is going to make for a body that can train harder and longer. Furthermore, in doing Yoga one achieves awareness, balance, relaxation, and all the other things that a truly great fighter needs.
Most important, you can work out all day long. Serious. After the break in period, you could do yoga ten hours a day, and feel refreshed.
And this is the point of it all. Physically working, all day long, will trim the fat, dense the muscle, and make the body into the perfect Martial Arts body, and this perfect structure will last through the ring, out of the ring, and through the years to the end of days.
If you are interested in sculpting the perfect martial arts body take a look at the Yogata page at Monster Martial Arts. Yogata has been expressly designed for the martial artist on many different levels.