Conditioning Training for Taichi Combat
If you ever visited the Chen’s Village, you would have seen the yard with the grindstone and tombstone and the room with the weapon rack. Those stones may not be the exact stones they used, but they definitely are at least the replica of the equipment for Taichi Conditioning Training in the old days. The weapon rack in the photo below does not include the Long Pole, which is one of the most common equipment used for Taichi Conditioning. Besides, practitioners also used Stone Locks, Gate Latches, Stone Weight Places, Taich Balls and any other types of objects used in everyday life.
Conditioning training normally runs on a daily basis for consistent improvements and maintenance. Well, that can be problematic for today’s people with electronic day planner and plan their day to the minute. I am one of them. For the last twenty-five years, I have been doing three things – 1. keeping a 9-5 full-time job; 2. running a full-time kungfu school (evenings and weekends); 3. finished my MA Degree in Poli-sci, my Phd Degree in Chinese Martial Arts, translated and published eight 400-page books, five videos and wrote and published three books of my own (late night). Needless to say, I don’t have much time to do conditioning training on a daily basis. Having said that, I think I have kept myself at a fair level of fitness – especially in terms of Taichi which emphasizes on internal relaxation, internal energy and explosive power. I have been following a special conditioning training regimen to keep my physical fitness level. This training regimen is a high impact one to two hours training routines that includes stretching, joint flexing, internal strength and explosive power exercises. It worked for me and I hope it can work for you, too.
I’m opening a one hour Conditioning Training Class from 9-10 pm on Monday. I’m going to create a set of training routine for the class. This is the first time I’m sharing my personal conditioning training routine with the public. It will take about three months to show the result. If you are interested, consult the office by calling: 416-994-3949. Existing TNT member can add this class as an additional program with 50% discounted fee.