note: This text does not question the usefulness and necessity of
physical exercise but its predominance and exclusiveness.)
A common misconception is to equal the quality of a
training session with the quantity of its physical
strain. Motto: much moved, much sweat, much
winded, then it was good and useful. This might be true,
but it isn't necessarily so. The mere fact that something is done
under a martial art label and that the students and the
instructor are dressed in white cotton with colored belts is no
guarantee for contents.
There is for sure a countless number of
training methods, but not everything one can do is reasonable. Among
the most saddening examples are the hopping orgies: up and down,
forward and backward, again and again and again, always moving and
then at some time
some technique. Of course, this is exceptionally
exhausting and sweat-inducing, but is it also a sensible exercise ?
Yes, it is very good for the cardiovascular system, but with respect
to a martial art, in the long run it will lead in the wrong
A useful kind of strain is physical toughness in terms
non-harming, non-destructive contact during
attack or defense.
However, physical fitness makes up only one
element of practise. .
exercises to gain mental power through
the preoccupation with such things
as breathing, meditation, and ki
The latter building blocks
are more and more neglected and even ridiculed, so an
inherent piece of martial arts DNA will
The development to
sport machines with budo dressing is
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