Wing Chun or Muay Thai?

The first ever martial arts movie that I watched was a Bruce Lee movie. I don’t remember what it was called. I just remember that it had lots of fight scenes and that famous Bruce Lee flying kick that many a boy during that era have tried to emulate. It is not a movie I would let my children watch, so I don’t know why the adults in my life allowed me to watch it. Bruce Lee is, of course, the Hong Kong-American martial arts icon and action movie actor who paved the way for other Asian action movie actors in America. Sadly, Bruce Lee died at the young age of 32 from acute cerebral edema (swelling of the brain) caused by an allergic reaction to the painkiller, Equagesic. What a sad end for a man who was credited as the most influential martial arts expert of all time. The particular form of martial arts that Bruce Lee trained in was Wing Chun, a form of self-defence which uses striking, grappling and close-range combat. It involves chi sao (sticking hands) drills, free-sparring and wooden dummy techniques. Bruce Lee later combined Wing Chun with other martial arts influences and philosophy and created Jeet Kune Do.

One of the mothers at my son’s school has been thinking about sending her second son to martial arts class. She feels that martial arts will be good for him because he is so full of energy. The only problem is that with such an array of martial arts classes available, she doesn’t know where to start and what to choose. Her neighbour recommended Wing Chun, espousing it as the form of martial arts that Bruce Lee trained in. Her husband thinks that Muay Thai (Thai kickboxing) would be more useful because their son will learn effective self-defence techniques that will strengthen him as well as condition him through regular sparring, which is vital for learning to defend himself. There are several fitness clubs that have Muay Thai gyms offering Thai kickboxing classes where students can learn to condition their bodies through training exercises such as shadowboxing, body weight resistance exercises, rope jumping, abdominal exercises, medicine ball exercises and weight training in fitness classes in Perth at lower fees. They also have heavy bags filled with sand that clients can practise kicking with their shins so as to strengthen their shins because Muay Thai uses a combination of fists, elbows, knees and shins.

In the end, this lady chose Muay Thai for her son because she concluded that it would be a sport that could help him get fit as well as learn self-defence at the same time. As it turns out, their next holiday will be spent in Thailand, the home of Muay Thai. Apparently, there are holiday packages that offer Muay Thai training in Muay Thai gyms on the beaches of Thailand. How nice; mum and dad can relax on the beach will junior sweats it out in a Muay Thai gym.

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Home Court Advantage

There is nothing like the first time a child beats their parent in a sport, that feeling of accomplishment and the fact that you are finally growing up and can take on the old man, much better than coming to blows over who is the bigger man in the house. It could be in cricket, football or basketball but the first time you hit that six, score a goal or dunk the ball over dads head is a day to celebrate and remember. It might be awhile before you do it again because you can guarantee that as soon as you are away from the house, Dad is going to be out practising his little heart out to make sure it doesn’t happen again anytime soon. It could be any number of basketball systems you have in the yard, cricket gear or footballs, the old man will go out and get something new and start on a new regimen just so he can prove he is not as old as he felt in the defeating moment.

Instead of coming home to the hoop over the driveway, you will find that there is a brand new system in the backyard, with two opposing ends and proper hoops on a pole and set at the right height, this will be his excuse, that it was set too low. Don’t argue with him, let him have the dream, after all it means that you get to play on a new system and after you have practised for a while you will be right back to the winning moment and he will eventually run out of excuses and have to admit that youth is finally winning out. Just don’t expect to have a happy man in the house, some men can take the defeat as what it is, their sons growing up and reaching towards adulthood and they will be veryproud, while others will feel like they are losing their virility and this will make for one grumpy old bugger in the house.

Let Mum sort that one out, if she can, she might like to rub it in a bit as well, so she mightn’t be any help at all. Just let the sleeping bear lie and find someone else to practise with, if Dad has thrown in the towel. Having something as innocuous as a basketball hoop in your yard and playing with your Dad, is one of the great joys a child and his/her parent can have but it is also the measure by which you finally realise that your parents are not infallible and that one day you are better at something than they are, that you are going to outgrow them and it may seem like a small thing, to finally get more points but it is that moment right then that signals your approach to adulthood.

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Staying Fit Through Body Workouts

Everyone likes staying fit and healthy. However, most of the lifestyles led by many are among the many setbacks to staying healthy. In their effort to try and burn out extra calories people may enroll for fitness programs at a local gymnasium or if they are lucky enough to have them at home. After some time, they lose track and the moral to continue due to different reasons. Some may not be able to proceed with their daily workouts simply because they are nursing the pain from developed muscle cramps. Normally, muscle cramps or constrictions are developed when a person gets into a vigorous workout all at once without conducting preliminaries. For starters, it is important that they engage into a fitness program with a personal trainer either at home or at a local fitness center. A trainer will be able to select the workouts and exercises that best fit an individual before getting to the vigorous and intense level.

If this is not the case, then one ought to enroll for a fitness program that involves a group of people. Usually, when enrolled to a fitness program at a gymnasium, one can decide to either be subjected under a special program to be trained individually or be enrolled to a group fitness program. A group fitness program is especially important as one would be able to track their progress by doing comparisons with other people within the training group. It is evident that people have different genetic composition and hence would respond differently to exercise.There are those that would lose weight very fast while for others it would take them a bit longer to lose a similar amount of weight as their counterparts.

When under a group training program, the trainer will be able to monitor the progress of every participant and note those that are not responding positively. Once noted, they can be enrolled for a personal training program where the trainer will base the training on certain particular workouts and other exercises to bring positive results while taking caution not to strain their subjects too much.

There are those that are used to regular exercise and hence the simple fitness exercises might be beyond their level. Therefore such people would opt for a more vigorous or intense exercise programs. A boot camp in Auckland fitness program would therefore be among the appropriate fitness exercises to carry out. Boot camps generally provide a basis for developing strength and endurance.

However, it is important to know what to expect from the program before matching in. this is because the training might be too intense for one to endure since the training program is meant for the army forces. Many fitness centers are signing up for these military workouts which are based on the training program of the military. The workouts are good enough for those seeking to build strength, agility and endurance to perform their daily chores with ease.

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