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Martial arts training, and pushing

 
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So my guys started without me last night, just some light shadow boxing and such. They look ok, but somehow listless: I dunno, not like fighters, but more bored fifth graders.
I stop practice, get everyone to grab their books and pads, and run them to the middle of the oval. We drop the stuff, and get I them to run. A full sprint up the oval(2 minutes), boxing backward to the starting point, and again, till they do five loops.
Then we did it again, except their partners were trying to hit them as they shuffled backwards.
Next, it's bare knuckle sparing, on the grass, with shoes on. One-on-one, two-on-one, three-on-one.
Then it's more drills, then more running.
Finally, we finished with 4 sets of 75 pushups.
To a man, they loved it: They want to meet out there from now on. Now, I know how they feel, but I don't know why.
Why is it that we're so happy pushing ourselves? And if we are happy doing so, then why don't we do it more often?
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You see it in children all the time. It's about the contact and the flowing of energy back and forth. In Aikido and T'ai Chi it's the same thing. Not as much fun for me, because I get to push against a master with 30 years' experience, and if he didn't humor me my body outline would be gracing drywall all over the place.
But I notice a similar contentment in my kids after some rough-housing. They just love the contact, it seems. I never see my son and daughter quite so happy in his own skin as after some light tackling and wrestling on the floor, or getting a ride to bed, stuff like that.
It feels good to get that time in your body, especially after so much virtual life as we get today.
 
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Why is it that we're so happy pushing ourselves? And if we are happy doing so, then why don't we do it more often?
For me, because I'm a fool.
I routinely take on more (paid, volunteer, and school) work than I should, and sleep very little as a consequence. I haven't nearly enough energy or time for many more things.
If I'm smart, I'll not take on more work as a couple of my current activities end, and I'll be hitting the rugby pitch again by September. I do miss it.
 
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I keep wondering about this: I've never been so happy as when I'm pushed really, really hard. Anyway, I'll post pictures of my guys training: they're a good bunch.
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I can remember one day in track training at school. My freshman year, mid-season, the coach decided to have us led around town by one of our senior quarter-milers. That whole day was a case study in conditioning.
I thought I was going to pass out; I had no idea it was possible to work that hard. Then, just when it seemed like I was heading toward the light, the pace eased a little, we got about a mile to recover, then a goodly pace back to campus.
9 years of track, I remember that one day of practice better than any race I ever ran.
[ April 20, 2004: Message edited by: Michael Ernest ]
 
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There's actually a great piece about this in A Separate Peace.
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Adrenalin gets us buzzing, but I think a big part is taking people out of a their regular training/learning environment. Something as simple as different location can revitalise people's enthusiasm even if they're doing the same exercises. That's why martial arts seminars are such a good fun; you get to meet and practise against people you'd never normally have met before and who trained to an entirely different regime and you notice the subtle differences in style. You want to know why they are different etc. Its like having a break, but you're still learning and training.
Get them training on mountain tops and on logs spanning rivers like in the films. I'd like to see pictures of that!
 
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snifff..I love these guys:
The following is an emailgroup from the club: mind you, there's no training on thursday: these guys just want it, and since I can't be there, they're just going to train anyway.
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hey guys
> here is the updated email list for the club. there will be running on
thursday the 22 at 7:30. we will meet in front of the main library and do
some running lik ewe did on monday. if ther ei s a problem with that time
let me know and maybe we can work out some thing that everyone can attend.
> Eric

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I also train in martial arts, specifically in Kung Fu/Wushu, and I know that I am never more at peace than I am when I am training. There is certainly something to be said about the freedom that hard work brings.
Wushu has been a huge influence in my life and when I look back over everything I can certainly see that my lowest points have always coincided with those times when I wasn't or couldn't train. So I guess what I am trying to say is... I feel you brother.
 
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