Sound like the beginning of damn near every Martial Arts class, right?
When students pay good money for
Martial Arts, are non-Martial
movements the best use of time?
There is some scientific data which supports
the use of warmups as a means of injury prevention,
but does that mean that calisthenics are the best
movements to warm-up with?
How often do you see the teacher warm-up?
How often does the teacher get injured compared
to the students when working at the same “intensity?”
I, rarely, if ever, see the Instructor warming up.
I rarely, if ever, see Instructor get injured.
But…why might that be?
Might it be that the instructor has practiced enough
of the Martial Movements
so that the performance of them are no longer injurious?
Might it be that students,
especially in the beginning,
get injured because they lack
the ability to perform
Martial Movements safely?
Might a better use of time
be components of the Martial Arts
they are about to practice
rather than general exercise
that every athlete performs?
Isn’t that more specific to the Martial Arts…
and in being more specific,
be more preparatory?
Are you exercising
or are you training Martial Arts?
In a future article,
I’m going to go over some warm-up ideas
for striking an grappling based Martial Arts.
instead of exercise
consider practicing those Martial Movements
you aren’t good at
that you’re going to have to perform
in order to be ok when you have to perform them.