自習 Jishu (self training)

Some have asked recently regarding training by oneself. This is an issue that can take sometime to get a grip on as each of us has our own different flavour. I can only suggest that you research different methods of training and conditioning (on the net, youtube etc) and come up with a formula that suits you. Experimenting is the key and I feel that one's routine should always keep changing and evolving. At the moment I like to do a circuit where I'll skip for 3 minutes, deep fudo ken for as long as I can, do push ups for as long as I can, shadow box (or image training as Sensei refers to it) then back to the start for 3-4 sets. I may mix in some kettle bell swings or instead of fudoken perform bo strikes/kata for 3 minutes straight.
For those who like to jog or run, may I suggest that you try mix up the tempo, pasue briefly and mix it up with push ups or shadow train (on your trail). Make sure you keep the intensity up and try(which is hard for most of us) not to overtrain! Keep a little left in the tank so you can train again the next day. Actively warm down (10-20 mins) to relieve lactic acid and have fun experimenting!
一心不乱!!

Comments

Travieso said…
I used to set myself up for disappointment, thinking I had to do a whole 1-2hour session each day by myself. While this is great in an ideal world w/ plenty of time, it's not always possible or practical. Rather than placing unattainable goals or expectations on my training, I now set realistic & achievable goals in front of me to work towards.
Mixing it up is the key. No training regime should stay the same for more than six weeks. A combo of cardio, strengthening, conditioning, Kihon, weapons & any other type of home, gym or cross training workout is going to be of benefit in my opinion.
First, I listen to what my body is telling me on the day rather than blindly adhering to a set schedule. It pays to stay flexible & open minded. Some days I want to push myself & other days I know I don't have the endurance to sustain a 1-2hr session due to work schedule's or amount of sleep. On those types of days I'll do some Tabata interval training instead. It's intense but only takes a total of 4 minutes! Great when pressed for time but often more beneficial than a 30-40 min run if done honestly & properly. But be wary of making excuses for yourself or you'll be wasting your time & that of your training partners & teachers ultimately.
Well said Trav!! What you put in is what you get out...no matter how long it is, keep it intense and hard. As you said, even four minutes can be brutal!!

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