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The Basic Rules of Muscles in the Martial Arts

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The Secret of Strong Muscles in the Martial Arts

And there is a secret.
Before get to it,
let me go over the basic understanding
of how muscles work in the martial arts.

First off,
the forms are calisthenics.
The horse stance is a squat,
the front stance is an almost lunge,
and so on.

every time you snap the muscles,
close them violently to a focus,
you are using plyometrics,
plyometrics is contraction and expansion of muscle
designed to increase strength.

And everybody knows
how studying the leverage of muscles,
and using those muscles,
when throwing people around
is fantastic exercise for the body.

After a lifetime of doing forms,
tossing people around,
striking and kicking,
I am in top shape.
I shake my head in dismay
when I see people younger than me,
tottering around on canes,
clutching walkers,
hauling oxygen bottles.

All that stuff could be avoided.

A little fun in the martial arts every day.

Just playing tag with your fists,
gotcha with kicks,
and a little grab and toss with bodies…

And, it’s not too late!
You can eat right,
exercise right,
and turn your age back.

I promised you a secret.
and it’s good one.
One that I’ve never heard anybody talk about.

At first,
you work out hard.
You build your strength,
you push yourself until you can do those techniques
without any problem.

when it isn’t any problem
you stop working so hard.
In fact,
you start to go backwards.
you use less and less muscles.

The work outs you do won’t be as hard,
but the mental focus is greater,
until you don’t use muscles at all.

Effortless martial arts,
putting somebody down with a finger.
Isn’t that a great ‘death strike?’

Or tossing somebody with a shrug,
everybody stares at you and says,
‘What’d he do?’

And what you do is simple,
you use muscles
until you don’t need muscles.

The fact of the matter is
there are three aspects to the martial arts,

Speed and power diminish with age,
but technique done right,
will never fade.
Good technique uses the muscles less and less,
until you don’t need them.
A weak guy can throw a strong guy.
If a guy was actually to stay weak,
after doing some intense martial arts.

But that’s the secret,
do your techniques,
put awareness into your techniques,
until you don’t need muscle,
you just know the angle,
and your correct body alignment
lets the energy flow.

there’s a lot more to it,
I’ll talk more about this stuff on this blog
at MonsterMartialArts.com

In the meantime,
if you’re interested in some very streetwise stuff
that really works the muscles,
fast changes
lots of good, clean fun,
and exercises that will build muscles
until you reach the stage
where you don’t use muscles,
try this:


It’s a weapons course,
very logical and quick to do,
and, heck,
the guy who comes after you on the street
will likely have a weapon.
Might just as well learn how to swing a little quick weight at his head,

Happy Easter!




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Hold Own Karate Contest and Be the Big Winner!

You can have a Martial Arts contest, or Karate or shaolin or whatever, and you can be the big time, guaranteed winner. The idea for this type of contest came to me from a guy on the internet. He said he wanted to do his martial arts form 1000 times in 365 days.

Now doing a karate kata 1000 times in one year was a lot, but…it could be done. You could do it three times a day for a year, or ten times a day for 100 days, and it certainly seemed doable. So I queried him, and he said that it included a lot of other stuff.

The full program included something like run a thousand miles, do the kata a thousand times, do 50,000 sit ups, and do 50,000 push ups. He even included read 12 books, and then he added something I don’t think it is possible to do: 10,000 acts of random kindness. Man, now the thing was looking a little steep!

So I started considering the thing. Fifty years ago JFK got everybody in America worked up about walking 50 miles in 24 hours. And, the iron man Marathon started because three fellows in Hawaii started thinking about how much swim, bike and run they could do. So, even with ten thousand acts of random kindness, the thing was possible.

Now, if you’re attending college and don’t have the time, you could set lower standards, and then do the real thing in a few months during the summer. Or, if you have to be at work a lot, maybe there’s ways to get loose during the week for short work outs, and then do a master blaster on Saturday and Sunday. Or, maybe you’ve got the time and…why not just do it?

I mean, all you’ve got to lose is your chubby gut and sloth and bad habits! Correct? So why not go ahead and do the contest?

I figured you should include the following items in your contest. Running, martial arts forms, and a full range of body drills. Maybe run a two or three miles, do your taekwondo patterns(s) 2, 3 5, or 10 times (depending on how many of the things you know), and do ten different body drills twenty times apiece.

If you’ve got the time, or maybe you just want to get over those summer time blues, run ten miles, do your martial arts forms 20, 30, 50 times apiece (depending on how many patterns you have learned), do 50 of 10 types of body drills. Man, that would knock the bulge off your body, make those muscles strong and hard, and give your mental attitude a sharp but pleasant edge of ‘I am the man (woman)!’ If you really want to ram…get a dozen friends and rock and roll!

So that’s the contest I was thinking about. I think it is very possible, and it will result in a new and improved you. Whether you have a kung fu contest, or karate or aikido, you’re going to have the best time of your life!

zen martial arts

This has been a apge about holding your own karate contest.