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Proper Nutrition for Martial Arts Training

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Bruce Lee introduced a martial arts transformation and also motivated martial artists to damage the ties that bound them as professionals. Lee freed himself and various other martial arts professionals from the connections that limited the abilities of conventional boxers. After years of study and growth, Lee fused every martial arts element into one system.

Jeet Kune Do, according to Lee, is not an additional fighting style or method. It is a principle where various fighting strategies are used. Whether it is from Japan, China, India, or the Philippines, combat artists are urged to check out various combating systems and absorb their essence. Lee wished to produce a fighting style that was complimentary and also unbound, where motions are easy, straight, as well as non-classical. He later broadened the concept that the art ought to be made use of for personal growth as well as end up being a far better competitor. The last of training made for practitioners of Jeet Kune Do was the “no limitation” stage where innovative students were free to change and also discover their personal styles of battling.

Because of outstanding physical and also psychological training, Bruce Lee was able to achieve this task. He released himself of the stress and anxiety that hindered his training. He strengthened his abdominal muscles because these muscles play a vital role in the movement of martial artists. Furthermore, these muscles shield the ribs as well as other important organs. Lee regularly experienced and tried to accomplish maximum efficiency, and according to him, martial artists of his time did not have required physical conditioning to support their skill. There were many occasions where Lee would ride a stationary bike for 45 mins to raise his muscle mass, as well as decrease body fat,. He incorporated weight training with his normal exercise to enhance his performance and figure. The type of exercise he did was meant to prevent the buildup of substantial muscle mass that might hinder his martial arts movement. Furthermore, Bruce Lee educated himself correctly to stay clear of muscle spasms and back pain. Injuries might obstruct his training as well as influence his performance. He likewise took nutrition seriously and was rigorous in his diet. He drank his share of vegetables, apples, celery, carrots, and prepared it using an electric blender or food processor. Lee consumed plenty of high-protein drinks that included powdered milk, eggs, bananas, and also peanut butter.

Bruce Lee is among one of the most well known names on the planet, and he achieved so much despite living a very short life. His objective of breaking restrictive bounds resulted in the creation of several hybrid fighting styles. Lee did not become an experienced martial artist overnight; rather, his success was a product of intense, vigorous training combined with correct nourishment.

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Today’s Martial Arts Scene is a Joke

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“There is no challenge in breaking a board. Boards don’t hit back.” – Bruce Lee

Taking a look at the modern martial arts scene with this quote in mind makes me sad. I’ve been all over the city to martial arts studios and witnessed trainings where students are learning to do things that simply have no practical application.

Don’t get me wrong. There’s a reason why it’s called “martial arts,” as it most certainly is an art form. I absolutely agree that students should study foundational techniques, even those which have little practical application. Watch any martial arts movie and it’s like watching ballet in a way. (Don’t laugh … hear me out.) Ballet takes an amazing amount of poise, strength, and self-control. I’ve actually been to a ballet performance and cried over the sheer beauty of it all, and I know the same thing can happen when you watch a martial arts “performance.”

But unlike ballet it’s not all about performance, at least not in an aesthetically pleasing sense. While certain poses and techniques can be beautiful, the end goal has always been and will always be self defense. If you’re not learning how to defend yourself, then you’re paying hundreds of dollars to attend dance classes that will afford you nothing when someone is holding a gun to your head and threatening your life.

Yes, all of the other benefits of martial arts are great. You’ll get stronger. You’ll build solidarity with like-minded students who are “in the fighting ring” with you. And it’s definitely a confidence booster, especially for women (at least from what they’ve told me.) In short, you’ll feel like a badass if you master martial arts. But feeling like a badass and actually being one in the middle of a life-threatening situation are two different things.

We’ve got to stop teaching fighters to break boards. Just like Bruce Lee (one of the greatest martial artists who ever lived) said, “boards don’t hit back.” You gotta learn to fight against a person who will fight back. Actually, in most cases (if you’re applying the rule of self-defense that they teach you), they’ll be the instigators, which means you’ll be fighting back.

I understand why they teach people to break boards. It’s the mastery of a certain technique that perfectly balances strength, agility, and form to accomplish what seems impossible. But breaking a board is far from impossible. In fact, it’s actually pretty easy to learn, and there’s really no challenge once you learn it. Challenge comes when you’re in a real-life situation where you need to apply what you’ve learned in order to safe yourself from being seriously injured or killed. Boards don’t move, and they don’t hit back, so if you don’t know how to defend yourself against a moving, living being without killing them in the process (unless it becomes absolutely necessary), then you’re gonna be in trouble.

This is a call to martial arts teachers today. How can we bring the techniques of Bruce Lee back into our classrooms? What can we do to ensure we’re not only teaching people martial arts as an art form, but also as a practical, life-saving, set of techniques that will be extremely valuable in a life-threatening situation?

Thoughts? I’m definitely not trying to start a fight here. (Ha ha, see what I did there?) Just looking to have an honest conversation about a subject that’s very near and dear to my heart. Feel free to leave a comment below.

(But be nice or it’ll get deleted.)

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