As Ive started to try to write some of my thoughts down on this topic, I realize that although I have a good intuitive understanding of what Im trying to get at in my own training, I am having a hard time conveying this understanding in writing. So as opposed to taking a concrete throw down the laws type approach to my first post on this topic, I will just try to get some general outlines, general ideas and general principles down first. I think opening it up to comment and criticism will help me to more fully form my thoughts on the matter.
I know that Ive talked about much of this before in class. There are a few basic goals that I personally look to accomplish when I approach a conditioning type program to complement my Baguazhang practice, such as:
- Reinforce good body methods (I have a preference for exercise that will help to reinforce the body method I train)
- Accentuate strength along common and relevant paths of motion (jin training – tiangan for example I want to become stronger and more aware within my common paths of motion)
- Reinforce weak points in the body and prevent potential injury (strengthen the joints and pre-hab Ive had some major injuries in my days and this is now one of the most important aspects of my supplemental training)
- Heal existing injuries and balance the body (I need to address said injuries and the effects thereof)
- Cardio (does a body good)
- Explosiveness / Plyo (Ive never been a strong guy, but am always looking to improve)
I am hoping thats a good list at what Im personally trying to accomplish and what I believe I should help my students with. Naturally, my own interests in the arts do impact my training goals. And as I consider the Internal Martial Arts to be fighting arts, Im looking to not only improve my abilities, but still look to be able to scrap progressively better into my 40s, 50s and beyond.
On a parallel track, here are some general areas of Baguazhang that I try to carry over into my conditioning:
- Whole body movement
- Expanding one’s range of movement, power and mind
- Carrying one’s power and mind throughout the full range of movement
- Spiral power (or twisting I guess, I hate that term for martial arts, I’ll have to explain why later…)
- Balance in motion
- Balance in one’s body and mind
- Reinforcing good habits of motion while making attempts to not introduce bad habits of motion
Alright, enough for now on this, this is an OK outline for me.