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Unformatted text preview: Sheet1 Page 1 Is Body Conditioning Karate's Lost Art? Copyright remains the property of: George Chaplin, C/O Dr. N. G. Jablonski, Dept. of Anthropology, California Academy of Sc Biographical Details George Chaplin is an Uechi Ryu Karate Do Yon Dan, and has taught and practiced karate in Hong Kong Introduction: This article is offered to the audience with the hope that it will inspire further discussion about the topic of conditioning. Here c He welcomes any input from health professionals into this debate. He advises that conditioning must be done carefully and un Despite its importance for most forms of modern martial arts training, body conditioning has either been totally dropped or is s Today many of these exercises to "toughen" the body have been discarded. The emphasis has shifted to sport karate and bo Training Methods: Traditionally, conditioning was achieved by practicing very slightly injurious routines slowly and sustainedly over many years. There are no absolutes and it necessary for the training partners to set their own limits with which each is comfortable. It is up So what areas do traditional karate individuals try to train? To answer that question we will look at Uechi Ryu Karate Do, a con In the first place these conditioning exercises are used to strengthen those areas on the outer arm used for the majority of blo Coincidentally with this protective conditioning the exercises are training the striking weapons so as to improve their strength a Chinese Kung Fu practitioners also use similar methods as well as preparations of herbal medicines to enhance blood flow int Observations of Students: Although the methods employed vary from style to style, the end result appears to be the same. Unfortunately it is impossible All students report bruising, on first starting body conditioning. This soon lessens and usually disappears within six months. Se The conditioned areas show very little subcutaneous fat deposits. All students report lesser amounts of injuries, less severe p Mechanisms of Body Conditioning: Training appears to cause the loose connective tissue and fascia underlying the skin to change in such a way that they can w This covering of sub-cutaneous fascia cushions blows and can be thought of as a tough extra skin underlying the outer skin. C Other structures are probably also involved in conditioning. The dermis may develop a protective callusing over areas that are The loose connective tissue has a rich blood supply and is able to repair and regenerate itself quickly and quite easily. The de The mechanisms for conditioning bones is much more problematic to describe if it even happens because the author suspect An increase in the density of the bone would stimulate the periosteum, and it may be possible by repeated very gentle stimula This abandonment was is due to the attendant risks of bone conditioning. The slightest over zealousness in conditioning bony Complications of Over Training: Bones: Bruised bones take a very long time to heal due to the almost non-existent blood supply. This can lead to some very potentialBruised bones take a very long time to heal due to the almost non-existent blood supply....
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course PE 101 taught by Professor Wood during the Spring '08 term at Passaic County Community College.
- Spring '08