The Shaolin monks spent (and spend today) a large part of their days practicing kung fu; the motivation is not only the choice of life but also the fact that to achieve certain types of excellence in martial arts it is necessary endless practice.
Based on this reflection the 6DKF aims to optimize the time we can devote to our martial evolution. The basic concepts are:
- Ensure, in all circumstances, the effectiveness / quality of the exercises (the rest comes later)
- Develop coordination performing more (compatible) exercises simultaneously
- Use the most of the resources of the body (but within a perspective of durability and consistency of practice)
- Training as much as possible body and mind at the same time (depending on the situation, in an active or even just passive way)
- Eliminate unnecessary time loss (unintentional pauses, illogical logistic, etc.)
To do this we must:
- Balance the alternation of limbs under stress and the intensity of the exercises in order to replace breaks with less-effort practices
- Move the practitioner’s effort just beyond his limit but never making impossible for him to train in the following day (as we’ve already said “always conserve energy for one last fight”)
To enhance understanding of this method we see now some examples of (individual) simultaneous exercises who are not going to interfere (too much) with each other:
- Theoretical passive study on screen, jumps with 25kg jilet and fortification of finger’s grip
- Theoretical passive study on screen, balance on one leg and punches sequences
- Partial meditation and weightlifting (only in a completely safe situation)
- Running and punches sequences with weights
- Execution of forms with (non-intrusive) obstacles to avoid periodically
The idea is that there is always a primary objective but no limb (including the mind) should remain at rest.
Being able to perform more exercises with no particular concentration needs simultaneously must not however always force their execution only in this way.
Each type of practice to be performed in the best way needs moments of complete dedication (from a punch to a simple jump, to a lever, a projection, etc.).
The ideal is to alternate (rotate) exercises combined with the individual ones calibrating the workload based on the total intensity we want to achieve.
In the next article of this series we will see how to calibrate the total effort of each training session to do not loose opportunity to grow.
Author: Master Kongling
Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.