Re: rowing exersize
That sums it up very nicely. Its not necessary to argue "or" when the answer has to be "and". I have practiced, and still practice, what can be called internal and external arts, but these are invented terms to describe a loss of knowledge in both directions. Internal training, even if it is pure standing, demands high level exertion of the skeletal and muscular structures, as well as constant reeducation of the nervous system, very physical but monitored by the mind. External training, done properly, requires great mental attention to the subtleties of balance leverage, etc (already beaten to death in the baseline Skills thread). If these trainings converge naturally you have a superior fighter. I also believe that most of the top MMA guys have developed the internal components naturally through combat, which does not mean that most of them would not jump on anything that improved their skill.