Fu For You – Adult Student’s Corner
Goal setting takes some thought and planning. There are three steps that will help you set realistic goals you can achieve.
Being rough and tough martial arts warriors does not give us a license to disregard physical cleanliness. Developing and maintaining good personal hygiene is one of the foundations of self-respect, no matter how you spend your time. It also says a lot about your respect for others at the Academy!
My last article identified that different types of flexibility are achieved through different types of stretching. This article provides examples of the different types of stretches and outlines how to use them to increase flexibility and range of motion.
We all know that being successful in Kung Fu is about more than just physical strength and agility — your mind plays a key part in your performance.
Flexibility is needed to perform everyday activities with relative ease…things like getting out of bed, lifting children, or sweeping the floor. Better flexibility improves athletic performance and can decrease risk of injuries by helping your joints move through their full range of motion and enabling your muscles to work effectively.
Self-reflection drives your “current” self to grow into your “ideal” self—the martial artist you aspire to be.
You need to train smarter, not harder sometimes, until you are physically able to continue. As we advance in physical age, our technique changes again as we can no longer move as fast, dip as low, or move as smooth. Sometimes, we have to train through injury.
The mental theme in August was Motivation. It’s timely given that the lazy hazy days of summer are wrapping up and we are heading into the action-packed season of autumn with the usual higher levels of activity associated with back to school, and a return to a more stringent routine. I think it’s safe to say that most people experience a slow down or some absences in their training over the summer months, given vacation time and the opportunity to take advantage of other seasonal activities in lieu of time in class. So, how do we regain and maintain our pre-summer momentum as the summer comes to a close? Here are some thoughts….
With the summer heat waning, now is the perfect opportunity to change up your training routine by stepping out to the great outdoors. Whether it be simply in your own back yard or a larger open space, outdoor training has numerous benefits.
Calling all Adult Novice II students!
Adult Student’s Corner
In Part 1, we talked about the pervasiveness of this concept in kung fu, and we discussed some different facets of respect, in a quest for a deeper understanding of its meaning. Onward…
Why is respect important?….
Adult Student’s Corner
Balance in Kung Fu is more often than not associated with the physical sense of the word. In fact, from the day a new student walks onto the kwoon we begin to help them understand their bodies in order to develop, amongst other things, balance. But physical balance isn’t the only form of balance a martial arts student should hone….