Lesson 5 – Basic physical exercises: which and why

What you have to perform and why

In this lesson we want to:

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Jumping and running exercises

The jumping exercises described in 5 jumping exercises ideal for beginners / warm-up and the running exercises listed in 5 running exercises ideal for beginners / warm-up are fundamental to:

Abs, ground crawling and push-ups exercises

Crawl on the ground exercises listed in 5 ground crawling exercises ideal for beginners / warm-up, push-ups exercises listed in 5 push-up exercises ideal for beginners / warm-upabs exercises like the ones described in Exercise 1 for the abs to develop the muscle chain and in Exercise 2 for the abs to develop the muscle chain are ideal to:

  • Develop coordination
  • Develop the muscle chain
  • Develop ground mobility
  • Learn how to move when you are partially injuries
  • Create a base for acrobatic abilities (even if they are not mandatory)
  • Create a base for body conditioning
  • Create a base for pushing skills
  • Create a base for the execution of stealth techniques

Stretching and regeneration exercises

Stretching exercises like the ones previously mentioned in Basic soft stretching and regeneration exercises listed in 5 regeneration practices to recover after training are structured to:

  • Improve resistance (eg. when you suffer a lever)
  • Improve flexibility to allow you to hit targets otherwise impossible to reach
  • Allow you to fight in the best possible way even when you do not have time to stretch (read also Conditioning check for flexibility)
  • Prevent injuries (strains, sprains, etc.)
  • Eliminate every passive body resistance (to express your maximum power and speed)
  • Gain access to advanced body control
  • Prepare the body for the next day of training
  • Prevent pain and stiffness
  • Let you recover the effort of training even on the mental side (eg. after sparring)
  • Reactivate blood circulation (eg. after a trauma)

In the next lesson we will see more in depth the basic technical exercises (the ones directly related to the martial practice).

In-depth articles

  • Physical conditioning: how it works – An explanation of why martial arts (and fighting sports) need a conditioned body and not only the technical knowledge
  • The 6 dragons of 6DKF – An epic explanation of what 6 Dragons Kung Fu teaches and the goals that a practitioner must attain

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