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lazyboxer wrote:Because the usefulness of this sort of training in modern life has to be questioned, it's unsurprising it holds little appeal to the average student. Any school trying to teach MA commercially along these lines would go bust very soon, methinks.
Andy_S wrote:I have undergone infantry basic training, boxing and MT training, run half marathons, etc, etc, but the physically toughest and most painful exercises I ever did were ma bu stance training under my late instructor, Wang Shiang-min, a PM master.
Andy_S wrote:I suspect that if the MMA instructors put Ken - or, indeed, other and more (ahem!) youthful CMA instructors through their routines - Ken and/or the CMA peeps would be unable to keep up with the MMA peeps.
Because a lot of exercise ability has to do with familiarity: People get good at what they do. The opposite corollary to that, is they will not be good at what they don't do.
jonathan.bluestein wrote:I dunno about you, but my infantry training was the worst. 40 Celsius, mid-summer, 4-6 hours of sleep for months on end, running or sprinting all day long with gear on, and eating crappy food all the while. Sometimes I just wanted to collapse and feint on purpose, but I knew my sadistic superiors would make my friends carry me for miles, and couldn't do that to them. Crawling through huge thorny bushes was fun, too. Took me a few months to take all the thorns out. I was lucky. Others got to crawl for hundreds of meters in T-shirts 'till they no longer had any skin left on their elbows or were seriously beat-up just for pissing off the superiors. Physically, worst time of my life. I'm still surprised no one tried to commit suicide, or at least threatened he'd do it. So basically, I was just surprised you saying you had a worse experience :-P
Josealb wrote:It would be extremely interesting and useful to compile a list of the most basic of these foundation laying exercises, with simple descriptions of them. A general one would be good, but seeing as we all share different backgrounds, a style/goal specific one would be even better.
This seems like a good place to start.
kenneth fish wrote:.....if your teacher is waxing nostalgic about how tough they had to train (and the exercises that they trained that they are no longer teaching or working on) the questions to ask are "what were those exercises" "why am I not being taught that way" and "how do I learn those exercises and learn them properly"?
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