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Thread: What non-kung fu pursuits have helped your kung fu training?

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    HuangKaiVun Guest

    What non-kung fu pursuits have helped your kung fu training?

    What non-kung fu pursuits have helped your kung fu training?

    I'm a Juilliard trained professional violinist, and I also play jazz violin.

    Without the discipline, mental mindset, coordination, and agility developed by 20 years of playing violin, I wouldn't have been able to advance to the extent I have in kung fu.

    How about you?

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    Chris McKinley Guest
    Same here for 26 years of playing the guitar. Plenty of analogies between both pursuits.

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    count Guest

    Other non-martial arts pursuits

    I definately go along with the music thing although I would say that kung fu has helped my music more than music helping kung fu. I agree about the discipline aspect though. One hobby of mine that really has worked both ways is juggling. It's very meditative, improves coordination, reflex and timing. Weapons make for some interesting juggling.
    :D -

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    Chris McKinley Guest
    Hi count,

    Ya know, re: KF helping music, I'd almost put it the other way around in my experience. The lessons I've learned re: rhythm, dynamics, slow and perfectionistic practice of basics such as scales, orchestration, and getting inside each individual note have not only made me a much better fighter, but made my practice sessions a thousand times more productive than they would have been with solely traditional methods.

    Anyway, cool thread, I'd like to hear more.

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    DragonStudios Guest

    Hatha Yoga

    More than just stretching, this health system keeps my mind focused and my body loose.

    Without going outside, you may know the whole world.
    Without looking through the window, you may see the ways of heaven.
    The ****her you go, the less you know.

    --Lao Tsu

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    Tvebak Guest

    Swimming and breathing.

    I have been a Swimmer for 8 years before starting in the MA, i have often been told that my breathing skills are very good.
    Allso i agree with the thing about music and MA.

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    8stepsifu Guest
    Pan Pipes are good for practicing diaphram breathing.

    Snow Shoeing is a great leg workout and it's very serene. I like outdoorsy kind of stuff, hiking, rock climbing etc.

    I also like to write from time to time. It's like learning to kick...At first it's junky, but you carefully refine your work over and over until it is smooth and balanced.

    If your not bleeding, your not having enough fun.

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    Kung Lek Guest
    meditation, painting, music, cooking.

    not necessarily in that order.


    Kung Lek

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    meltdawn Guest

    Good thread!

    Classical dressage:
    Think Lippizan Stallions. The art horse-training to prepare for war as originating from the texts of the Greek Xenophanon 3,000 years ago. It trains physically and mentally. your "cues" to the horse are borne from balance, muscle group coordination and precise timing. you must be able to completely control your own body before you can control the horse. How's that for a martial art?

    I like guns. 'Nuff said.

    Olympic rules and stage fighting. I never competed, but I learned from/with those who did. I would have prefered classical, but my options were limited. It helped me learn to deal with pain.

    Oh yeah, guitar.
    I was an '80s thrasher, when fast was "in". Then I played some jazz fusion. I would say the biggest influence that has had on my MA was experiencing the coordination of singing and playing. The mind has to "multi-task". Also, now I think of styles from a musical stand point: nothern stuff goes well with hip hop and dance, taiji can be interpreted through jazz, and my lung ying is definitely death metal.

    "Waiting is bad." - Musashi

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    Monkey Guest
    1. Wrestling. I wrestled in grade school and high school. A great martial sport.
    2. Handball. In high school and college I played alot of handball. It's a good tough sport that developed great hand-eye coordination and also developes a pretty good iron palm.
    3. Skin diving. developes excellent lung capacity.

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    rogue Guest
    Raising two boys. You develope good reflexes and learn how to take a hit to the groin.

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    Robinf Guest
    lol. My brother-in-law agrees with you.

    Other pursuits. Dancing--absolutely love it. Nothing formal, just dancing at parties and such. I've been thinking about taking classes, but it would cut into my training/teaching. I'll have to look harder for more convenient classes. But, the rhythm, moving, and trusting (yourself and your partner--knowing how to follow his lead (yes, the guy actually does lead, it works out better that way)--all helps).


    Surrender yourself to nature and be all that you are.

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    edziak Guest
    Music is scimilar to martial arts because a good martial artist dosnt think about thier techniques and just reacts. Music has helped me with my video game skills too.

    Skateboarding and snowboarding have helped my balance a lot too. You have to have a lot of sensitivity in your feet to skate well.

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    nospam Guest
    Understanding yourself outside of physical persuits. This usually means coming to realise how you react emotionally, how you have or haven't handle situations in the past. Realizing habits or tendencies that might or might not enhance one's personal development.

    As we progress in our martial studies, there should occur a natural blending of all our parts. None more important that any other, but made stronger because of the relationship to the greater whole.

    It is like being in a relationship. In the beginning, we each still use and think in terms of "I". Over a period of time, this lessens and the "I" becomes "We" or "Us". Conversely, if your "I" turns into more "Him" or "Her", then you are at more of a disadvantage because all we can ever bring to a relationship or partnership is the "I". If the "I" is transposed or otherwise lessened in favour of being consumed by one's partner, then a worse imbalance occurs and both in the short term, the other in the long term.

    Think now in terms of looking at yourself being in partnership with have you been treating yourself? How have you treated yourself in the past, and how do you see things occurring in the future?

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    count Guest


    I just wanted to add sailing to my list of non-martial training that can help you in martial arts. You develope sensitivity as you have to feel the wind to get the best results and the way you handle the ropes is particularly good for Praying Mantis or Shuai Chaio as far as grip strength, and maintaining contact with out giving up the ability to move your hands. Plus you can really build the quads hiking out in a really strong wind.

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