The Martial Arts And Balance

Postby davidbanner99@ » Fri Jul 16, 2021 9:29 pm

To be honest, I always had this interest in martial arts media, such as the Kung Fu series with David Carradine in the 1970s.
Why raise the subject?
Traditional martial arts teaches control of mind and body. Mind and body are connected. Very often physical illness is caused primarily by stress. With martial arts you can develop concentration and meditation.
An example: A few months ago I started to get numbness in my right leg when sleeping. I suspected it could be circulation and, indeed, my pulse rate was a bit high. I finally decided to do pretty hard cardiovascular exercise, every other day for about 40 minutes. In time I became more energetic and the leg numbness has now disappeared.
Next I started stretching as I had the odd back pain. I just squeeze stretches in during any odd moment.
I am now looking at martial arts exercises to develop revitalisation of the body and hopefully easing of stress. I don't bother with hard styles but Thai Chi is pretty good for what I aspire to. Combined with exercise.
After just two weeks stretching, my back pain has eased and I feel ten years younger.
The dopamine chemicals you trigger by exercise help combat depression. More so if you can sleep well.
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Postby davidbanner99@ » Sat Nov 06, 2021 9:36 pm

Well, that's funny. My sidekicks are currently higher than my ability to front kick. Compared with a fit martial artist, my sidekick is respectable. Whereas front-kicks are only just above waist. An expert said it's to do with structure. We are built differently.
The martial arts I do are soft, not hard. The main idea is to stop the body rusting away. So, mostly it's an exercise program that includes cardio, stretching and some dynamic movement.
I picked up some very good tips from an old Chuck Norris 1980s video and actually know someone who met Norris. The video shows Norris easing into a splits stretch.
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Postby davidbanner99@ » Sat Nov 06, 2021 9:45 pm

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Postby davidbanner99@ » Wed Nov 24, 2021 10:24 pm

Not that there's much interest but it can't be stressed enough how being physically able-bodied makes a lot of sense.
You have two types of martial arts, soft and hard. The Chinese system of Kung Fu was based on the natural power of animals and how they moved. Big cats especially can run from 40 to 60 mph. Martial arts were likewise taught as a military system in the Far East. They also developed as a sport.
For me, the interest is more in the sport and keep fit area.
I found this training video of Chuck Norris and adopted the stretch here that he does. My reading tells me it may not be wise to take this to the level Norris does here, without being very gentle and gradual.
It seems even at this point Norris had declined from his peak years. Here, his reverse roundhouse kick is lower than at his peak. As time passed, Norris had a hip replacement.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Wqr-LRLeDPE
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Postby davidbanner99@ » Wed Nov 24, 2021 10:39 pm

Here, a Karate class led by Chuck Norris.
I tend to be a bit skeptical over hard stretching since a large number of highly flexible dancers were getting back injuries in later life. A few coaches argue some people are naturally flexible and others may be more limited:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rNR39P5jVig
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Postby tokeless » Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:11 am

I did Thai Chi many years ago, the Taoist style and it was very good for opening up the joints, especially the shoulders and back. It was hard to master the 20 movements in the set, but when you do and you are in large group doing the set in time with each other it created great energy. You felt very interconnected. The stretching moves were good too, so I may start them again.
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Postby davidbanner99@ » Thu Nov 25, 2021 10:19 pm

tokeless wrote:I did Thai Chi many years ago, the Taoist style and it was very good for opening up the joints, especially the shoulders and back. It was hard to master the 20 movements in the set, but when you do and you are in large group doing the set in time with each other it created great energy. You felt very interconnected. The stretching moves were good too, so I may start them again.


This should interest you. In the 1970s, Kung Fu became very popular so David Carradine marketed this exercise and spirituality video.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XSDB2flS_Qk
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Postby tokeless » Thu Nov 25, 2021 10:21 pm

davidbanner99@ wrote:
tokeless wrote:I did Thai Chi many years ago, the Taoist style and it was very good for opening up the joints, especially the shoulders and back. It was hard to master the 20 movements in the set, but when you do and you are in large group doing the set in time with each other it created great energy. You felt very interconnected. The stretching moves were good too, so I may start them again.


This should interest you. In the 1970s, Kung Fu became very popular so David Carradine marketed this exercise and spirituality video.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XSDB2flS_Qk


I loved kung fu as a child. David Carradine studied ballet to learn how to make himself more agile I believe.
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Postby MMA » Fri Nov 26, 2021 3:31 am

You have two types of martial arts, soft and hard. The Chinese system of Kung Fu was based on the natural power of animals and how they moved. Big cats especially can run from 40 to 60 mph. Martial arts were likewise taught as a military system in the Far East. They also developed as a sport.

What is Hard and Soft in your opinion? I have my thoughts about that.

I think Chinese had their view on Mililtary inference in our World.
I think Semites had their view on Military interference in our World.
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Postby davidbanner99@ » Fri Nov 26, 2021 3:46 pm

MMA wrote:
You have two types of martial arts, soft and hard. The Chinese system of Kung Fu was based on the natural power of animals and how they moved. Big cats especially can run from 40 to 60 mph. Martial arts were likewise taught as a military system in the Far East. They also developed as a sport.

What is Hard and Soft in your opinion? I have my thoughts about that.

I think Chinese had their view on Mililtary inference in our World.
I think Semites had their view on Military interference in our World.

Karate tended to be more combat based than Kung Fu. Bruce Lee opted for Wing Chun mostly as it was less roundabout. Some styles run deeper than combat.
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Postby davidbanner99@ » Fri Nov 26, 2021 3:52 pm

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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XSDB2flS_Qk[/quote]

"I loved kung fu as a child. David Carradine studied ballet to learn how to make himself more agile I believe.[/quote]"

His death was surprising. Found dead in a seedy Thailand boarding house, dressed in drag. He was regardless very talented as an actor. Played piano too and sang.
John Saxon did Shotokan Karate and was also well-known in acting.
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Postby davidbanner99@ » Sat Nov 27, 2021 9:35 pm

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tokeless wrote:I did Thai Chi many years ago, the Taoist style and it was very good for opening up the joints, especially the shoulders and back. It was hard to master the 20 movements in the set, but when you do and you are in large group doing the set in time with each other it created great energy. You felt very interconnected. The stretching moves were good too, so I may start them again. "

This should interest you. In the 1970s, Kung Fu became very popular so David Carradine marketed this exercise and spirituality video.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XSDB2flS_Qk


I loved kung fu as a child. David Carradine studied ballet to learn how to make himself more agile I believe.[/quote]

This sensei is what you might call "easy on the eye". I recently got pulled into a Thai Chi lesson with a female Thai Chi exponent. It wasn't my scene as such but it's fun being taught by female martial artists. The one in this video seems more of a sporty type and her balance is really good.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lw3ga6HVjvc
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