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gonjozo


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I have heard from a couple people that some forms of martial arts are great ways to build technique. I'm just seeing what you guys think. Id appreciate the feed back


thanx,
Joe


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Ok, so here is what I have to give.
I take contact/kickboxing at the Martial Arts Institute, by my house. I have no idea, if this qualifies in your reference to Martial Arts. The classes are supervised by Sensei's(sp?).
I started out in this class, 2 years ago(?)Back then...I was clutzy...brain wouldn't stop jabbering, scattered. You get the idea. Not focused at all.
The thought of balance...then. LOL
I am amazed at my balance now, Front Kicks, side-kicks upper body stamina, also.
But, key to this martial art, is my mind. Focus. When I walk into the studio, we bow. I leave all(everything cluttering me: problems, stress and brain jabbering ) outside that door...It's also my way of respecting the place I've entered. I am there. Nothing to take my focus off of my workout. Nothing.
When I leave, I bow again...picking up a newer" lease " on my mind. Never is it the same as when I went in.
All this to say... Physically and Mentally...I could see martial arts a benefit.
Yoga too!!! big time.

my two cents...
T


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Same here. Tae Kwon Do. X-full contact competitor. Flexability and balance have been the most valuable. However, as it has been said many times: the best way to become a better climber is to climb more often.
Good luck and see you out on the rock!


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Dec 12, 2001, 12:38 AM
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anyone ever try aikido? just looking into it tonight...


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Aikido is great as far as technique goes, but it takes decades to become really good at it and it is not too practical in my opinion. I do K1 style Karate (Full Contact) with some Ju Jitsu thrown in for balance. Love it, stretching is great for rock and the stamina is great for alpine, the mind sharpness and quick decision making is great for both.


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let's put it this way: can't hurt


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Before I was on the road so much and could devote more time to students, I was a private JKD (Jeet Kune Do) instructor on the side. I have great flexability, I can still do the splits, great for stemming.

When my friend first took me to the Rock Gym, I thought it'd be easy since I was in such good shape. But like he said, I used muscles I didn't know I had. I was so fatigued from my first climb, that I almost threw up. I had to get some food in my stomach prior to climbing my 2nd climb.


So I think attributes gained through the arts, flexability, body control, coordination, mental and physical stamina, all aid in free climbing. Good cross-training.


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  WOW!
Never thought this would come up.
I myself am a former instuctor for the
the American States Karate Association,
and was thier Vancouver Washington dojo
Sensei for two years from "90" to "92"
I taught tradional Japanese Shito-Ryu Karate,
to men, women, and children.
And can say yes, I think it helps due to
the fact that climbing is a zen art as well.

Jim.


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"Everything's Zen."

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I did TKO for 2 years then kickboxed for around 3yrs. It definitely has help my climbing as far as being flexible due to the stretching exercises we used to do, but I wouldn't say it does much else as far as physically improving my climbing like say on the strength side.

One sure way to really improve technique is to keep practising the moves again and again, try different things, learn about body positioning and balance by try different moves, switching feet and see how it changes the move...and so on..blah blah blah.

Cheers
Angela


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