What if you never had to take ukemi again? Not because you stopped training or avoided it or anything negative like that, but simply because no one who came in contact with you was able to throw you. Interesting idea, eh? Although for the sake of paired training and being a good training partner, perhaps a better model would be this – what if you only took ukemi from someone when you wanted to, and not when you had to? What if you had the skill to naturally reflect incoming force so that an attacker was not able to throw you, joint lock you, take you down, or even off balance you? [Read more...]
I love push-ups. All kinds. Most of clients can attest to the fact that I come up with some of the craziest (and difficult!) variations of push-ups that they’ve ever seen. But every once in a while, I like to take the simple, basic push-up and, without changing the form at all, make it one of the hardest push-ups ever. How do I do it? Glad you asked! [Read more...]
I had a very interesting conversation the other day with an elderly Chinese gentleman. At 74 years young he still works part-time as a medical doctor and is in excellent health. He told me that back in 1982 in China he was diagnosed with a very severe lung problem, which was slowly reducing his breathing capacity. The doctor at the time gave him only 3 months to live!! I looked at him in amazement and said- “Well, obviously you are still alive and in good health, so what happened?” [Read more...]
Got your training for the day done yet?
Don’t let the day get away from you like it did to me yesterday. I skipped my morning session because I thought I would have time to get it done later in the day. Well, at 10:00 pm last night I finally found the time to train, but lacked the inclination. I pushed myself to do some Ninja Bodyweight Training and broke through the sludge of my unmotivation. Killed it! However, it got me thinking… [Read more...]
In response to a question I received the other day via email, here are my top 5 grip strength exercises for warriors… [Read more...]
If you are a martial artist, it is essential to train your art outside in the elements. Since most traditional arts were born outside, and not in a gym or dojo setting, it is important to every once in a while get back to the roots of your art. Correct me if I’m wrong, but as far as I know most wars have been fought outside in the elements, through all different types of weather conditions, and on changing terrain. I think we have all become way too spoiled and comfortable by training in a sheltered and heated (or air conditioned) dojo, on a flat, mat covered surface all the time. Get out of your comfort zone! Start to get comfortable being uncomfortable! Get a little wet and dirty. Have some fun! [Read more...]
I thought I would share with you today the new Ninja Warm-up I’ve been using in my own daily personal practice. Since the New Year routinely brings our training focus back to the basics I figured a great way to incorporate more Bujinkan Basics practice was to include them in my warm-up as well. Of course, I still do my full body mobility routine as taught in the Martial Power Program and ukemi practice too. [Read more...]