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Old 01-30-2009, 08:16 AM   #1
srdjan
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Home Exercises

Hi can you give me advice for home exercises?
What you usually practicing at home during the day?
I need advice for some practicing, for strength,speed,endurance,etc....
Also I want to give all compliments to Mr.Stephan Stunden.
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Old 01-30-2009, 08:55 AM   #2
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Re: Home Exercises

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Srdjan Savic wrote: View Post
Hi can you give me advice for home exercises?
What you usually practicing at home during the day?
I need advice for some practicing, for strength,speed,endurance,etc....
Also I want to give all compliments to Mr.Stephan Stunden.
First, I suggest asking your instructor what will fit best with your training approach. Failing that or in addition, I would recommend these, which cannot hurt:

http://bodymindandmodem.com/KiEx/KiEx.html

Mind you I don't care for the video presentations precisely as they are demonstrated as they are a bit "stiff' and not as plainly core-driven as from the hips they could be -- but they give the general idea. Best advice -- strive for smooth alteration between feeling loose and feeling coiled.

I would modify the tekubi furi slightly to include shaking over the head as well as at the waist-level and throwing the arms down forcefully and loosely in between.

For me I added to that regimen the twenty jo suburi, 31 jo kata, and the basic sword suburi.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4clLJS_3axg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUYVU33wVsU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCYyqvlMu8o

These took me through two naval deployments aboard ship, plus "shadowboxing" both sides of various techniques.

The deck-apes made fun of me --- until I started swinging the staff ...

Enjoy.

Cordially,

Erick Mead
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Old 01-30-2009, 08:57 AM   #3
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Re: Home Exercises

Ken and jo suburi + tanren uchi gives a lot of solo work. Good luck!
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Old 01-30-2009, 09:58 AM   #4
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Are you looking for just "strength,speed,endurance,etc." or for something to specifically develop aikido skills? If the former, I think I'd combine aerobic exercise with strength training.
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Old 01-31-2009, 05:55 AM   #5
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Re: Home Exercises

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Srdjan Savic wrote: View Post
Hi can you give me advice for home exercises?
What you usually practicing at home during the day?
I need advice for some practicing, for strength,speed,endurance,etc....
Also I want to give all compliments to Mr.Stephan Stunden.
You could try isometric/isotonic training which can be done anywhere at anytime. It does not require any equipment and DOES work to build internal power in a shorter time than most methods.....
Its something that has tended to be forgotten about, but is used in Goju ryu Karate and Chinese systems....
I started just by curiosity when I was 15/16 years old and found I had an advantage when I started to get interested in M.A.

Tony
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Old 01-31-2009, 03:34 PM   #6
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What you usually practicing at home during the day?
I need advice for some practicing, for strength,speed,endurance,etc....
I practice a kind of breathing meditation where I focus on having relaxed and full breaths as a way to generally relax. Then I shift my focus towards different parts of my body and feel how they move as my lungs expand and contract. Here I'm basically trying to balance the tension in my body. For me it's a centering activity before I practice kata or when my body aches from a tough day at work.
In practicing kata, my sense is that it is basically like shadow boxing. I imagine another person attacking and act accordingly. I did this a lot when I was trying to learn particular techniques and I found it helped a lot in learning the basic form so when I did practice with another person on the mat I could focus more on internal structure and balanced movements, etc.
Not that I'm particularly fast, but for speed I focus on relaxed movements and having good reflexes. It might sound silly, but I will take something lop-sided like a hammer and with my arm held in different positions, I will let the hammer fall off to the side of my hand and try to catch it before it hits ground. I like this kind of practice because not only do you have to be quick in response, but you have to use fine-motor skills as well. I credit this kind of practice for helping me to react quickly and appropriately when things have fallen at work (I work in finish carpentry so it's bad when most anything falls) and I think this has had a general benefit as well.
...For what it's worth.
Take care,
Matt

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Old 02-01-2009, 08:53 AM   #7
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Re: Home Exercises

Think of the warm up excercises as solo training.

Keep your structural alignment, relax, extend, keep weight underside, and move from your center.

Tenkan, tenkan, tenkan.

Lynn Seiser PhD
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We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
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Old 02-01-2009, 12:20 PM   #8
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Can't recommend yoga enough. It helps with almost any physical, mental, or spiritual discipline.


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Old 02-01-2009, 02:42 PM   #9
Ewan Wilson
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Re: Home Exercises

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Think of the warm up excercises as solo training.

Tenkan, tenkan, tenkan.
sorry to edit your post but the above is what my sensei says too. the warm up exercises at home are great, I find they make me feel much better after doing them if I can't be bothered going for a run or cycle. after a day in front of a pc, you need to loosen your muscles and stretch. anything that gets the blood circulating is good in my opinion.

a bit of ki breathing works wonders for relaxing the mind and body too.
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