The Benson drill: Pick a form, do a move, do a push up, move, push up, move, push up…..
#benson #kungfu #training #bowwwww (at Doc Fai Wong Martial Arts Center)
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I love float tanks! I first started floating about 10 years ago and back then the tanks looked more like meat freezers than the luminescent space pod in the picture. Most people will have lights and relaxing music inside the tank, but I find the best experience is without light or sound. It is an amazing meditation, especially when you lose where your body begins and ends, the mind relaxes and you simply exist.
Interestingly enough, Joe Rogan has one in his house…. he has some videos about the experiences he’s had in the tank, but while on DMT or other hallucinogenics.
I prefer going natural, no light, no sound, no drugs, and still have had some trippy experiences.
Hojo Undo - “Supplementary Exercises”. The traditional conditioning methods of Karate-do!
- Diagram of some of the tools used
- Makiwara - Striking post padded with rope
- Jari Bako - Bowl filled with sand, dried rice, or smooth stones for striking (in Chinese martial arts they use a similar methods but they use Mung beans, gravel, and steel balls)
- Tou - Bamboo bundle for striking with the finger tips
- Ishi - Large stone used for striking…the running theme here is “find something hard and hit it a lot”
- Chiishi - Weighted levers
- Ishi Sashi - Stone locks that are used in a similar fashion to kettlebells
- Nigiri Game - Gripping jars (love the face of the dude on the right!)
- Tetsu Geta - Iron shoes
- Tan and Ude Tanren - Tan are early barbells made from wood and stone and Ude Tanren are drills where two partners strike each other for the purpose of building pain tolerance, stronger muscle, and denser bones
The hawk with talent hides it’s talons.
|—||諺 / Japanese Proverb (via antelucanhourglass)|
More Art of Ninja Scroll (1993) model sheets by Character Designer/Chief Animator, Yutaka Minowa, featuring Jubei & the Devils of Kimon.
When I first started martial arts I learned a ground defense technique, a forward roll that popped me back up into a guard stance followed by a kick. I know many styles followed the same method, that a forward roll or backward roll was enough for ‘ground defenses’ and yes, I can say there were many times as a teenager that while flying down mountain trails on my bike going over the handle bars and rolling myself out of potentially devastating accidents (I did lose a shoe once though, that was a long ride home). The fact remains that rolling is not nearly enough of a foundation for ground self defense.
It worries me that the only advice some martial arts instructors will give about combat situations that end up on the ground is to bite or eye gouge. I am also weary that even when instructors teach basic ground positions like simple chokes and armbars, they forget to include the element of self defense. We’ve all heard it before “90% of fights end up on the ground” but that is no excuse to fool around and try to submit an attacker with a fancy lock while 4 of his buddies join in to help out. The point is, as a martial arts instructor you need to teach your students how to fall without hurting themselves, maneuver through various positions on the ground with efficiency and relative comfort and ease, and how to get up when under pressure of standing attackers. Ground techniques must also be taught with self defense context. I’m not saying every time, but it must be an active concept in the students mind. They need to know how to quickly address the situation so that they may get up and out to a safer position.
There also need to be reminds of the time misconception of safe practice. An effective choke can be applied in an instant and the attacker will be out, but it is common practice to slowly apply to keep training partners safe, and well, conscious.
With UFC and MMA so mainstream these days, just by watching, fans are exposed to the principles and concepts of BJJ and other extremely effective ‘ground’ arts. Even though it is very limited, they still have a small foundation that can still overpower a martial artist that expects to knockout their opponent with a single flying kick before it ever gets down to the ground.
If you are an instructor, do some research! Look into your system, find the principles and concepts of the art and learn to apply them on the ground. It never hurts to consult a professional, take lessons from those who do it best. You absolutely cannot allow your students to be unprepared because of your stubbornness. I’m not saying you need to go all out and change your school over, just give your students a foundation so they can better defend themselves in any situation.