There are some hilarious videos on Youtube which capture people trying to do physical training in weird and wonderful ways. These videos are often entitled “Gym Fail” videos. My favourite is the bloke on the cable pulley machine doing powered jumps using the falling weight stack to catapult himself into the air. He really looks like he is enjoying himself immensely. While I agree that most of these videos showcase people who are ignorant of gym etiquette or physical training theory, it does lead to some interesting questions: Who decides when someone is performing an exercise incorrectly and why are we so quick to judge people who do unconventional forms of physical training?
When we talk about training for self-defence or combat, we often talk about cross-training because of the unpredictable nature of the event that we are training for. Cross-training basically amounts to training in other disciplines to compliment your performance in your chosen discipline. Cross-training assists in this way by exposing athletes to new and varied challenges which may help them break new ground in their chosen discipline and reduce plateauing or stagnation.
Some typical examples of the application of cross-training includes runners who train with free weights to increase their muscular strength to help with hill-climbing and weightlifters and boxers who train pure cardio to lose weight before an event. To pre-empt the remainder of my article, I would ask you whether you think that a runner who trains free weights would be able to compete on a professional level in a weightlifting competition or whether a weightlifter would be able to compete professionally in a marathon?
If you are a practitioner of a traditional martial art system, it is likely that you are familiar with the aggressive self-promotion tactics used by some modern sports-based martial arts systems. Hints and allegations about the ineffectiveness of traditional martial arts systems run the full gamut from subtle jabs to outright knocking-on-your-door-challenges.
Before I launch into this brief article, I may need to explain a bit about what a form is to ensure that my readers are all on the same page, so to speak. A form is a sequence of movements generally practised in a traditional martial art to refine and develop fighting technique and response. The word ‘Kata’ is probably more familiar to Western audiences because of the overwhelming popularity of Japanese systems of martial arts. A form is basically a ‘Kata’.
Toowoomba would most likely not feature on anyone’s list of places outside of the East that might be considered as having a strong enough cultural connection to China to sustain the practice of traditional Chinese Martial Arts. And yet Toowoomba is where we have located the Chinese Martial Arts and Health Centre Australia’s permanent training facility. ...
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