By: Tom Zachwieja
From training Kali the past 10 years in many different terrains you will challenge mind and body more than you could ever imagine.
A plan for active recovery and injury prevention is critical when training Martial Arts.
I started training yoga for really one purpose, become more flexible in my body to increase my martial arts performance !
In Kali we use the rattan sticks to grow immense skill in coordination, agility, and flexibility. Why would that be any different for your active recovery strategy? It’s not .
Using the sticks to bring the ground closer to you allows you to focus more on:
-Proper muscular engagement in postures instead of worrying so much about balancing
-Lengthening of the lines you are creating in your body and breathing into the extension you create
-Grip strength (classical yoga doesn’t really use grip at all.)
Continuing my study and eventually teaching Yoga I have tailored the information directly towards martial artists who want a strategy for active recovery and increased athletic performance.
Protect yourself first
Never push through pain. (Notice I said pain not discomfort.)
Listen to your body, progressive training is critical.
Adjust the measure:
Different body, different experience
Your breathing is the primary guide to your training. Unable to breath in a pose ? May indicates to dial back the measure and adjust. On the other side if you are breathing free and easily that may indicate you to go deeper or simply stay longer in a certain position.
Anytime is better than no time
Have 5 minutes?
Have a few non negotiable that will be the most bang for your buck,
doesn’t have to be intense but consistently involving yourself in your craft will help cultivate the benefits of your training and keep you in game for the long term.
Spending time in Kali Area 12 continues to massively increase my Kali performance.
If you found this helpful feel free to share this post and check out the Martial Stretch Youtube channel where I provide more training in my Martial Stretch program, tailoring Yoga specifically for Filipino Martial Arts practitioners.