training


After about 10 days, I’m finding that Mr. Meredith’s advice I mentioned below works well for me, though I haven’t tried it every day. The good thing is that as a byproduct, I do try at least “flow” mode every day again for the first time in a long while and that gets things going at a basic level for me, anyway. So getting back into this is good. Well, going much more slowly with pauses to relax more and do his counter sink really does help a lot. I then continue back into flow mode. I have to read the book more and try his advice every day and see if it keeps improving things for me. Will see if I can do it and try to post back.

I’ve started reading Scott Meredith’s enjoyable book Tai Chi SURGE and working on incorporating his advice. Since I learned ZMQ37 long ago including in camps with his teacher, it’s pretty easy to follow along with his tips. Usually I do “river” or “flow” mode as he says and it already feels good energetically including the “from feet to hand” feeling he describes, which is not a metaphor but a tangible and real feeling just like hunger, nausea, thirst, etc., but since it isn’t subjectively, unbelievable, blow-your-mind strong like he talks about feeling, I figure I should try his detailed advice to see if these “accelerants” can really help me work on this to the next level. Really for its own sake or as qigong for health. It’s been too long since I tried to practice every day so I’m probably back at kindergarten level. Just getting restarted now for about a week and there are some hints of progress already, so I’ll see if I can remember to do another post or more on any progress.

Finally got another KB, a whopping 25 lber. With various kinks in my joints, the recommended 35 lber will have to wait, but the 25 lber feels good. Swing feels about right, and Turkish getup offers a good challenge for the abs and shoulder stability without feeling like I’m going to mess up any joints – really “prehab” / rehab and I should be ready to move up to a more standard (less wimpy) weight soon enough. Forgetting about any MA interests now but just helping with ADLs like standing up easily and having better posture is good enough. Also trying to get some anaerobic power training in for soccer sprints, kicks, and sudden turns – the swings and getups don’t seem sport specific here whatsoever, but the general training feels helpful nonetheless. Seems more sport specific for an eventual return to judo/jiu-jitsu, especially if I can keep moving up in weight. TGU especially good. Grip training is integrated without having to think about it, too.

This method seems to be working rather well for my simple test. My left foot was crappy at doing this juggling control, but going back to a simpler exercise seemed to do the trick to get past this problem. I am finding if I do r-l-r then repeat getting to 9 or 12 is almost there 1 out of maybe 4 tries after about two weeks of nearly daily practice. Should be more consistent soon. Seems to be helping my actual game play first touch, too. At least a psychological boost. I don’t know if I’ll bother getting to 100 reps but we’ll see since one of the kids said he’d give me a prize for getting there.

I was reading this article about juggling that says to learn new tricks or to prepare a trick for actual stage use (under pressure), practice at least 10 times without failure first. If you can’t do the trick go back to a foundational trick and practice that one without failure.

Then, to speed up the brain (nervous system)’s learning process do multiple things at once if possible, e.g., juggling different size and weight objects. The brain can then do visualization to further ingrain the training without doing the physical portion (combine visualization with the physical training).

Finally, the nervous system is still learning through this process even if you think you are in a plateau. Once you break through the plateau you can make unusually high progress immediately afterwards because you are still going through a learning process while in the plateau. If you stop training due to discouragement you won’t make this gain.

Well let’s see what we can apply these principles to, for IMA, or whatever… here’s a sample schedule for me learning to juggle a soccer ball (football). 20 touches right foot dropped by hand. 20 left. 20 reps of right then left. Switch to 20 of left then right. 20 of r-l-r. 20 of l-r-l. See if I can progress it up til I can do 100 reps of any of those with no failures. Then go back to 20 reps of r-l-r-l and so on. Then throw in a half dozen tricks to pick up the ball to start the routines and so on. Go to inside and outside of feet, then thigh touches, then shoulders, then backs of heels and calves, then eventually head juggling (can’t do it at all right now). See if I can hit 100 reps with no failures for all of those tricks, and incorporate different size and weight balls while doing other activities. See if I can do 20 reps of 100 touches. And so on.

Planning to pick up Pavel’s Enter The Kettlebell and going through the Program Minimum of swings and Turkish getups. My shoulder, knee, and hip are all feeling not right so hoping this helps. Did one round Tabata protocol of swings this morning and it just feels oddly like it’s really good for you. Not just good but fun to do.

Here is a series of nice videos relating these and other cool exercises to BJJ
http://www.smallaxebjj.com/2010/07/24/functional-exercises-for-bjj/

My wife did the TRX today, too, which is more than likely too hard for me but I hope to work up to it.

I was reading about this on RSF and it wouldn’t have made sense to me before, but it certainly does now. Notice the great posture of the ladies in this photo and how relaxed they seem despite supporting heavy weight:
Women holding vases on head

Holding an object like that on the head leaves no choice but to stand up straight with nice relaxed posture. Any deviation such as slouching or leaning will make things difficult. I tried it with just a light book and sure enough, instantly I made a few helpful, automatic, small adjustments. I removed the book and the feeling was still there so that I only have to use “intent” to have the right feeling of a string pulling the head up gently.

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