2.\u263a Symbolises a move that is commonly known to be effective. E.g., theja b is so commonly effective that almost every martial art that relies on striking moves introduces the jab to its students first. It may be referred to as 'lead straight punch to the head' or the 'ayazuki', but its still a jab.
3.\ue000 Symbolises a move that is generally not sensible but is included for completion. E.g. it may not be sensible to deflect a kick up from the groin as that would lead the kick towards ones solar plexus \u2026
This is being written by Andrew Coll, as a process of self-discovery. Alternatively, to put it another way: This is being made up as the author goes along.\u263a I\u2019m not writing this to publish, I\u2019m making it to reference all the martial arts material I have in one location.
This is a study off unarmed combat and improving oneself through martial arts. Please note that it is nowhere near complete. It\u2019s also not an instructive document. In fact, it is a list of commonly taught unarmed combat manoeuvres. This is being written as part of the process of discovering martial arts. This is not intended for publication or anything; but for reference.
Everyone needs a hobby. The home contained quite a few martial arts books and it became annoying trying to trawl through them all looking for a particular snippet. Therefore, they are being collated into one source, which will be easier to search.
Whatever the level of ambition, or lack of ambition, of the reader, this is written as a reference to gain insight into martial arts. If anyone reads this then remember that reading about a process doesn\u2019t allow one to understand that process.
Writing this sort of thing is a great way to organise ones thoughts, and recommended to anyone wanting to improve their martial arts skills, or any other sort of skills, that they create their own reference. Add to it whenever they come across any snippet of information that they might want to remember. Categorise all the snippets such that eventually it evolves as a reference source. In fact, if anyone reads this, you can consider it an open source document. Take a copy and use it as a template for your own martial arts reference/ training diary, delete any bits you don\u2019t want, and add in any bits you want to put in. \u201cAbsorb what is useful, reject what is useless\u201d \u2013 Bruce Lee.
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In other words: \u201cI\u2019m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV!\u201d I cannot be held liable for any damages or injuries that you might suffer from somehow relying upon information in this document, no matter how awful. Not even if the information in question is incorrect or inaccurate. If you break your neck or crack your spine, it\u2019s your own damn fault.
Training is one of the neglected phases of athletics. Too much time is given to the development of skill and too little to the development of the individual for participation. Training deals not with an object, but with the human spirit and human emotions. It takes intellect and judgement to handle such delicate qualities as these.
Unarmed combat training doesn\u2019t just have to be a means of learning to fight nor just a sport. It can be a form of art and self-expression and as with all arts there can be few more satisfying feelings than to be able to perform well. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication but with the right amount of dedication and guidance from the right source, anyone can improve their martial art beyond recognition. Sometimes suffering disappointments along the way can strengthen your resolve to do better. Instead of letting setbacks get one down, resolve to work even harder to reach perfection. This sort of experience makes progress.
Cultivate your quiet awareness by imagining an opponent attacking you \u2013 while you are sitting, standing, lying down, etc. \u2013 and counter that attack with various moves. Simple moves are best.
The best time to stretch is when your muscles are warmed up. If they are not already warm before you wish to stretch, then you need to warm them up yourself, usually by performing some type of brief aerobic activity. Obviously, stretching is an important part of warming-up before, and cooling-down after, a workout. If the weather is very cold, or if you are feeling very stiff, then you need to take extra care to warm-up before you stretch in order to reduce the risk of injuring yourself.
Many of us have our own internal body clock or \u201ccircadian rhythm\u201d as it is more formally called. Some of us are \u201cearly morning people\u201d while others consider themselves \u201dlate nighters\u201d. Being aware of your circadian rhythm should help you decide when it is best for you to stretch (or perform any other type of activity). Gummerson says that most people are more flexible in the afternoon than in the morning, peaking from about 2:30pm-4pm. Also, according to `HFLTA\u2019: \u201cThere is some evidence to suggest that flexibility and strength are greatest in the late afternoon or
On the other hand, according to Kurz, \u201cif you need [or want] to perform movements requiring considerable flexibility with [little or] no warm-up, you ought to make early morning stretching a part of your routine.\u201d In order to do this properly you need to first perform a general warm-up. You should then begin your early morning stretching by first performing some static stretches, followed by some light dynamic stretches. Your early morning stretching regimen should be almost identical to a complete warm-up. The only difference is that you may wish to omit any sport-specific activity, although it certainly won\u2019t hurt to perform it *if* you have time.
According to Minick: \u201cThere are two periods of the day that are best suited to performing exercise: in the morning after rising and in the early evening before dinner. These are the optimal hours for exercise as the stomach is empty. People are quicker on their feet and more mentally agile when they are a little hungry. A full stomach tends to make one sluggish and sleepy. Furthermore, digestion starts a long series of events that specifically stimulate a number of internal organs in a way that is contrary to the effect that the exercises are trying to achieve. For instance, the digestive process brings a great deal of blood in to the walls of the stomach and intestines. The exercises are distributing this blood to the other internal organs. Another part of the digestive process is
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