Friday, July 30, 2010

Stamina and core muscle strength and their connection with cardio

Now days everybody talks of the benefits of core muscle strength and exercises to strengthen them. What is the core muscle? How do we strengthen it? 

The word core means the base or the foundation. They are the muscle base which is the building block for healthy and strong muscle structure. It is a known fact that athletes and sports men who are into high cardio based sports have well developed core muscles. Why is it so?

It is the intensive training that goes into these sports specially in the area of cardio vascular exercises. The core muscles are the muscles that build on and strengthen with increase in levels of endurance. To improve the endurance levels one needs to stretch the body to its limits and every few days push the limit a bit further as one's fitness levels improve. This is also referred as stamina. The common mistake made by people working out is that they keep sipping on water through their workout. A hydrated body can give a better workout and even workout longer but a constantly hydrated body retards stamina build up and core muscle build up as these two can be improved only with increase in endurance. Many even have the wrong notion or belief that excessive cardio -  vascular workout is harmful for the joints specially the knees etc. This is true only and only if one follows or performs any exercise wrongly. Most exercises are designed keeping the body kinesiology in mind so if any exercise is executed the way it is supposed to there can never be any chance of injury ever. 

Stamina building is very essential it is the main aspect that improves ones skill in any sport or martial art. The better stamina one has the more they can train, the more one trains the better fitness levels they can achieve. 

So put on your running shoes and go for a jog, sweat, sweat and sweat even if you feel tired today as tomorrow once you have reached the top of the mountain it will seem just like a small hill.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Self - defense from a slap

In India the most commonly used first attack in a brawl or a street fight is a slap. So we will be looking at what we must do or how to effectively defend oneself from a slap.

Most fights or brawls on the street are in close range so one needs to be very alert and should have fast reflexes.

Suppose we are being slapped by the attacker with his right hand in that case lift your left hand to block the slap, as you  block the slap grab the slapping palm of the attacker with your right hand in such a way that your thumb is between the knuckles of the index and middle finger of the attackers hand. Twist the attacker’s wrist ensuring that his wrist and elbow both are locked. Hold the attackers wrist with both your hands applying the lock better and can be followed up by a kick to the face or stomach or even the knees.

Any techniques involving joint manipulation need to be practiced with caution so as to avoid any sort of injuries during practice.

The secret to any person’s skill is only in the hours of practice and dedication they give to an art. So please do keep on practicing it again and again and again till you can perform it even when you are blindfolded.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Self - defense against a gun put to the head

I hope our videos are easily understood but I would like to once again specify that do practice them under the watchful eye of an instructor and please do not try it at home or on the street if you are not trained.
Today we will show a situation where you are entering your vehicle and an attacker threatens you with a gun to the back of your head.
First and most important let your attacker believe that you are complying with what he wants that will ease him down. If you agitate instantly out of sheer nervousness or fear the attacker may squeeze the trigger of the gun.
Slowly take your hands up. This will ease the attacker then with a swift twist lock the gun weilding wrist of the attacker between your left and right palm. This will cause his wrist to lock there by releasing his grip on the gun. Grab the gun with your right hand and at the same moment strike with the knife edge (shuto) of your left palm straight into the ribcage of the assailant. The strike will cause the attacker pain as well as distance him from you. 

However in my personal opinion if you are not well trained and are not an expert at unarmed combat it is wise to comply completely with the attacker unless you feel that retaliating is the only option you have left.