Daily training: the right psychophysical effort

The daily psychophysical effort in 6 Dragons Kung Fu

A note by Master Kongling – Differently from a sports competition (where we, for example, we could choose to alternate day by day the maximum effort of each body element), our workout should never make us totally or partially unable to express an at least basic combat performance (read How to always be ready to fight). Our training can be adapted to sports preparation but it borns for (potentially) more demanding goals (read The 6 types of martial clash).

To guarantee us a good level of psychophysical conditioning, we have to:

  • Aim to train every day the entire body (thus distributing the stress)
  • Calibrate every single activity (mentally and physically) specifically on us and not on the eventual training group
  • Avoid as much as possible too repetitive exercises / tasks and if not possible, focus on the idea of doing always better than the last execution
  • Slightly increase the difficulty of each practice at each session (to improve every day)
  • Implement as much as possible practical variations, combat techniques, fighting strategies, mental stress, body reactivity, etc.
  • Sweat and be tired but without leaving the body unable to act (cramps, drowsiness, etc.)
  • At the end of each session, remain active enough to be able to face a “last fight” (this from the intermediate level on); let’s be clear, this does not mean to be in the condition to beat the MMA’s champion of the world but to be enough ready to do something to defend ourselves in case of need
  • Be there with the mind, not only with the body, including activities that maintain us active and fulfilled (no frustrating or distracting exercises)

A note by Master Kongling – Anyone who train seriously knows that many times we are not really tired but we are simply annoyed by the trivial tasks that we are executing (read Intensity of training: depends on what?).

Discipline is a goal, not a starting point

In 6 Dragons Kung Fu, the practitioner is, first of all, encouraged to develop the right level of interest for the practice. Only from this point, we can start to build self-discipine:

A note by Master Kongling – If we need a guard dog (eg. an instructor) to train correctly and honestly, from the exact moment when he will leave, our martial path will end. I have seen it an infinite number of times (read Motivation: from passion to self-discipline and Online learning and martial arts: is it possible?).

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