Staying physically energized is one of the keys to personal power. Eat well, sleep well, and do physical exercises. The question is what kind of physical exercises one could do to make sure all parts of the body engaged? Another question is what exercises one could keep doing until the last day? Cycling, swimming, and weight lifting do not fit here. Martial arts do. My personal choice is Moo Doe which according to the wikipedia article translates as Martial Arts.
Much of Oom Yung Doe training consists of practicing repeated movements (forms) in order to develop the mind and body. Many forms are said to be derived from the movements of animals or from nature’s elements.
Now that I am about two months into the training I am very pleased with the pace. It is early to talk about the results but I feel that all parts of my body stretched just enough to get it energized. I attend classes twice a week and planning to extend it to three times. The training can be focused on general well being or on perfecting martial techniques and gaining higher ranks. I am on general well being path.
Here is a typical flow of the one hour training:
- Breathing practices
- Stretches warm up
- Perfecting sequences of movements. This is the main part. It may focus on perfecting the movements themselves, the transition between the movements, and on the strength.
- Stretches and flexibility exercise of different body parts – spine, legs, torso, arms.
- Meditation and relaxation.
- Final part is verbal summary of the lessons by the instructor. This helps connecting the exercises to the overall goals of improving the techniques or general well being.
During each training the focus varies – flexibility, strength, lower body, upper body, complexity of transitions. It makes sure all parts of the body get a chance of being stretched. There is a good combination of mental and physical activity. Physical part goes without saying. Mental activity is engaged when trying to overcome physical or flexibility barriers.
Another good aspect of having those classes is that it sets hard stop boundaries at work so it forces to make conscious decision to prioritize more important work items so one can finish work on time and go to my martial arts class.
image by Diego Lorenzo F. Jose