Kung Fu Blog

20.04.2013
About Push Ups

Push-ups are one of the easiest exercises for developing the shoulders, arms, back, abdominals, core muscles as well as other parts of your body. It is one of the most popular exercises among students at the "Golden Dragon" school. Let's see what makes this exercise such a favorite.

collage-17To start, let's deal with the initial position. It´s essential to keep your entire body straight. Don´t bend at the waist because it can transfer all your weight to the ligaments of the spine, and you won´t be working your muscles properly in this position. In fact, it can even be harmful because there´s the potential that any sudden or abrupt movement could pinch a nerve or dislocate a disc.

 

 

collage-18You should also avoid the opposite extreme of raising the pelvis too high.  This position will put an uneven load on the arms and shoulders, which is not good for their development.

 

 

 

 

collage-19Maintaining the correct position for push-ups, with the waist straight and in-line with the rest of the body, conditions and develops core muscles such as the abdomen.

Put simply, learning the correct position for push-ups is key, otherwise you won´t get the results you´re looking for.

In the standard position, hands and feet should be placed about shoulder width apart. There´s a widely held but mistaken belief that placing one foot over the other leads to quicker and better results.  This is a fitness myth, however.  Placing one foot over the other can lead to uneven or asymmetrical muscle development, because muscle groups that should be involved in push-ups aren´t worked.  It can also lead to less than optimal coordination.

Correct position:

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There are many variations on the classic push-up.  For example, you can bend your elbows to the sides or keep them tucked in close to the body. Both options are useful, as they each work different muscle groups.  In the first position, your weight is mostly on your hands, and in the second position on the shoulders. Also you can perform push-ups with a narrow or wide hand position.

11.04.2013
Beauty... (April 11,2013)

“Beauty will save the world” - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

04.04.2013
Stretching program

Here is series of stretching exercises for our students. Each description matches the corresponding number in the video and on the picture.

It is important that the exercises are done in the sequence indicated here.

All exercises should be done first on the left leg and then on the right.

Stretching Tips

Always warm up at least 15 minutes prior to stretching.

Move slowly when stretching. Take this time to relax and focus on your breathing.

Stretch to the point of medium tension. If something hurts, stop immediately. Stretching should feel good.

Try to stretch at least 3 times a week. This workout can take minimum 10 minutes, or as long as you'd like. Regular stretching exercises can improve your performance, prevent injuries and help you to relax.

21.03.2013
Students talk: Carolyn's interview (2013)
  1. - Have you practiced any martial arts before?

- No, I have never practiced martial arts before.

 

  1. - What did you know about Martial arts before and why did you decide to start practicing?

    - I knew a little about Qi Gong from my husband, who had studied some stances with a personal trainer and, of course, I knew about martial arts from the movies! I decided to start practicing because a friend encouraged me to try it and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.

22.02.2013
Three Kinds of Disciples (February 22,2013)

A Zen master named Gettan lived in the latter part of the Tokugawa era. He used to say: "There are three kinds of disciples: those who impart Zen to others, those who maintain the temples and shrines, and then there are the rice bags and the clothes-hangers."

21.02.2013
Special Offer for Families

We have a special offer for families:

  • 10% off - discount for the second family member (adult or child)
  • 15% off - discount for the third
20.02.2013
Warm Up

At the initial level of learning kung fu the warm up is the most important part of the training; and just so you know, the initial level is the first 3-5 years.

Warm up consists of two parts:
- Joint workout;
- Gun-Fa (methods of workout – the exercises to develop strength, endurance, flexibility, and speed).
In modern times, we divide the workout into two parts to make practitioners more attentive to what they are doing and how they are doing it. The importance of warm up is that it develops the body with maximum efficacy, thus preparing it for further technique practice and subsequent overall body development. In addition it heats muscles and tendons, which reduces the risk of injury.

19.02.2013
Special event: a lecture by Headmaster!

Golden Dragon Martial Arts School

hosts

“Traditional Chinese Martial Arts: Myths and Reality”

a talk by Valery Prosvirov, Head of Golden Dragon

March 02, 2013, at 12 pm

Schedule:

  • Presentation on history and philosophy of traditional Chinese martial arts;
  • Demonstration of Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qigong technique;
  • Explanation of key connections between martial arts and traditional Chinese medicine;
  • and, as always at Golden Dragon, very tasty Chinese tea!

Come and bring your friends, everyone is welcomed!

19.02.2013
Chinese proverb (February 19,2013)

"Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come." 

13.02.2013
Sword Jian

In China the Jian Sword symbolizes high skills, as its mastery is incredibly difficult. This weapon is for real professionals, its thin design requires much attention and leads to motions that are very elegant, fast, and lightning-like. That is why the sword Jian was held at a higher level in the hierarchy of weapons.