Training was so good today. I have been awfully busy for the past 2-3 weeks so I missed a week and a half’s worth of classes x_x at least that’s over now and I’m back on track.
Both my flexibility and strength have remained the same as I made sure to work out every day (even on study days) at least 40 minutes. Since I knew I was going to be very inactive those days I took the opportunity to switch to a low-carb, high fiber and moderate protein diet and lost a fair amount of body fat (to speed-up the overall process of losing the remaining body fat left in my body as it’s just empty, useless weight I don’t need) without losing any muscle mass, so that’s good.
My footwork and core strength have definitely improved. I notice a positive difference in my speed and reflexes too and I’m quite proud of that. I need to improve my hip work a little and focus more on my breathing (in order to use combat qigong efficiently, we only breathe through the nose. Anyone who has worked out in their lives knows how difficult it is to keep your mouth shut while doing high intensity activity). To be fair, at least this technique as painful as it is greatly improves your lung capacity in a short period of time. Without being a runner I wouldn’t be physically able to run half as much as I do now with regular cardio training over the same time period (5-6 months).
Notes from today:
-Work on Xiao. Try to create bursts of energy and time them accordingly. More energy, less tension. Breathe and flow in the form, don’t fight against it. Use both straight and circular movements to create those moments. Close your fists. Switch your feet and raise your left leg before using the first crane fist. Keep your feet on the same line and make sure “mark” the half circle transition with the outer part of your feet before reaching out your fist (and switch your stance when you do). When back to Dan Tian don’t stay there too long and use your left arm and right leg to continue the form.
-Expand your arms more when using Piguazhang and don’t tension neither your arms nor your hands. Pigua uses a lot more of qi than Baji and it’s movements are faster, so you need to concentrate more in order to not injury yourself. Don’t fully extend your arms either to avoid elbow injury.
-Keep lowering your BFP and working on core strength.
-Keep hitting the wall at a steady pace with little force over a few minutes. Don’t worry, the initial pain doesn’t last long. Your hand grows numb after the first 30 seconds. Developing calluses and strengthening your knuckles is important, don’t skip it. Just make sure to clean the bloodstains when they’re still fresh.
-Keep practicing Lin Wan Kuen at home. It’s good cardio and speed work.