Category : FC Youth News
Hey FC Parents and Kids,
Behind pop culture and the punches and kicks, there is a lot more to the martial arts than meets the eye. More than sport, fighting, or self-defense, the martial arts are first and foremost about life. About finding what is at the essence of your own being and expressing it.
The martial arts are also about art. ”To be a martial artist means to be an artist of life,” Next to my family and my faith, I have learned more about life from the martial arts than through any other endeavor.
I really want the kids at FightClub to become ‘artists of life’. If they breathe and slow down this happens much easier.
Breathing Is Everything
How you breathe will dictate everything from the type of athlete you are, to how you sleep, to how your body feels and looks. It’s a wonder why we in fitness so seldom focus on this very essence of life. I can tell how effective a fighter is at one glance by how he or she breathes.
Our breath does not originate in our lungs or in our chests, but from deep within. But as simple as breathing seems, effective and efficient breathing can take years of practice. I can think of no better place to learn the essence of breath than in the martial arts. The martial arts are both internal and external. That is, the external knees, elbows, and kicks are most effective when truly connected with the internal essentiality of breath.
Slow It Down
Everything seems to move at warp speed these days. From how we communicate to how we travel, in the blink of an eye, the world is at your fingertips. With this hectic pace comes a rushed focus on fitness, our physicality, and our athletic endeavors.
But being proficient at anything at full speed takes the willingness and patience to first go slowly, literally and figuratively. Any professional athlete will tell you that the ritualistic nature of slowing down your craft is the key to success in that craft. You have to walk before you can run.
The golfer takes his practice swing at a quarter speed, as does the batter in the batter’s box. Boxer shadow boxes. This is far more than simply warming up. Slowing the movement down helps us get that movement into our body as to perfect it. Going slow is something a martial artist does as a part of their practice day in and day out.
Happy Valentines Day,