Internal Martial Arts & Calisthenics

Like a lot of people, I started martial arts training in an external martial art such as Muay Thai, and weight training worked great for excelling in that art. I got stronger and hit harder. Now, there is nothing wrong with external martial arts, I respect each art, but they were not for me and I didn’t realize this until my 20’s.

After a small hiatus, and watching late night Kung Fu movies, I gave Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) a try. The art fascinated me with its flowing movement and hidden power. I had to reverse all of my study, and focus on my internal self. I picked up on the weight training and noticed the weight training actually hindered my movement. In the last few years I dropped the weights and went to calisthenics. My movement, quickly improved. But I didn’t really pay attention to the change.

Recently, I had the opportunity to study with Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming, a Grand Master in Yang Style Taijiquan, and after his lectures and expectations of movements, it clicked! Calisthenics is extremely beneficial to internal martial arts. Let’s look at the meaning of calisthenics, exercise to achieve fitness and grace of movement. In TaijiquanTaijiquan you need to have every part of your body to flow as one, calisthenics teaches full body control. This is a beautiful match to improve your internal martial art performance. I would never say you should give up your weight training if that is what you love to do, just make sure your training matches what your current goal is.

 

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Stress Relief With Tai Chi & Qigong


We all face stress in everyday life, and most see it as either mental or physical, when in most cases it is both. How you choose to react to this stress will have an effect on your daily life.

When you are affected by stress the toll is taken on your health. When stressed, even at low levels your body chemistry changes, and your breathing will start to become shallow. This will start your body on negative hormones such as adrenaline, pulling you away from the positive hormones such as endorphins, serotonin, and endostatin.

The solution? Working out. Being active helps with stress and depression better than anything else, but do it for you.

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Depression and Fitness 

Depression is a subject I have personally dealt with so it’s time to talk about it.

We all know exercise is good for the body, but it also has many benefits for your mental health too. Research shows that no matter the age or fitness level, regular exercise can be a great tool for your mental health.
Researchers have found that regular exercise can be just as effective as medication (without side effects) in relieving mild to moderate depression. Continuing your fitness path may also prevent a relapse.

The main reason exercise works for depression and mental illness is because, exercise boosts endorphins in the brain, and they make you feel good and energized.