Become a Kung Fu Master… 3 Easy Steps
I’ve always loved cheesy kung fu movies. I must be a distant relative of Quentin Tarantino. Whether you like the new versions or the old-style movies with the flying guys and you “almost” can’t see the wires, make no difference. The appeal of the kung fu movie is something you GET IT or YOU DON’T. But I promised I would reveal the secrets of the Kung fu Masters… so here goes.
The Hero’s Journey
In every story, you find our hero (the protagonist) who is confronted with a problem. Could be anything, i.e., lazy, starving, is being bullied or just always wanted to be a badass. He/she will do their best to do something about this problem… and fail. This failure will usually lead to them meeting a Kung Fu Master who can help. He may not wish to but eventually agrees to help.
The hero will have to learn some stuff and then at the end of the movie, after nearly getting killed or his/her butt kicked, wins. There. I just saved you 2 hours of bad lip-syncing, lol.
The 3 Steps to Mastery
Before our hero can become a Kung Fu Master, he/she must learn 3 things. These steps are in every old kung fu movie, even Kung Fu Panda. If you’re going to master kung fu, you will have to embrace these skills.
In every movie, there are planks. Could be over fire or incense, sometimes it’s just a plank, but there isn’t a better core strengthening exercise. The plank is everywhere these days and if you aren’t doing them regularly you are missing out.
It was the additional core strength that gave our hero the ability to perfect his new skills. It’s the origins of cross-training.
2. Loaded Carry
Humans from the dawn of time have had to carry things. Prior to the invention of the wheel and domesticated animals if you wished to bring something with you… you had to carry it.
Even in the kung fu movies, you will discover that carrying buckets of water up and down flights of stairs will give you stamina that you won’t believe. Try this grab a bucket of water and see how far you can walk with it. The Old Masters were, at least kind enough to give them a pole to rest the buckets on. Without that the trips would have been much shorter as your hands would give before your legs did. Consistent weight carry will give you the edge you are looking for.
3. Learn Kung Fu
This might sound kind of silly but if you wish to become a kung fu master, you might want to find a school or an instructor. But this isn’t the important part, yet.
I have taken many styles in martial arts and I can tell you that one is neither better than another. What matters is how much time and energy you put into learning your art.
It might also be interesting for you to know that the term “kung fu” means time and effort. So it is possible for you to achieve “kung fu” in any activity. The term most people associate with the word, “kung fu” is actually “Wu Shu or War Arts”.
Strength Is Strength
If you are over 40 years of age, you need to consider STRENGTH TRAINING.
Strength training for mature adults is the fountain of youth. The cardiovascular benefits that you can receive, along with increased bone density are invaluable and can’t be achieved by just walking or jogging.
Obviously, this article is written tongue-in-cheek. But I wanted to get your attention. Now that I have it, I hope that you will begin to consider adding planks (core training) and loaded carry (pure strength) to your existing training routine. There aren’t two better exercises that you can do to really put your training to the next level and it’s just 2 exercises.
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