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plowing through the drills as my partner moves in tandem There's a good version of this and a poisonous version of this. The good version is that your padholder is calling for combinations on the fly and you are responding mindlessly. That's super. That's mushin-no-shin. The bad version is that you are a rock-'em-sock-'em robot. If both of you are ...


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It seems you are suffering a rush of adrenaline when you get hit, hence why you speed up and can take (or are prepared to take) further hits. Overall, this rush of adrenaline is bad and should be avoided. Adrenaline is great when little old ladies need to lift crashed cars off people or you need to sprint into a burning building to save someone. While ...


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There is a good article I came across on this subject.... http://www.damientrainor.com/2012/you-dont-need-to-win-in-sparring Some points + some of mine you don't need to win! meaning, the mindset about what you think sparring is is going to effect how you spar and what you will get from it. It will effect your emotional reaction to getting hit. if you ...


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The first thing I'd say is make sure you're training isn't too focused on pad work. Pad work is designed for conditioning, you'll need to incorporate a good deal of shadow boxing, sparring and working on technique with your teacher or a more experienced fighter. But, since we're talking about pad work - there's two points I'd make 1) If you're working hard ...


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I've never heard that specific description/instruction related to breathing exercises. But I agree there is a feeling which I could describe as "compression" happening, so here are my thoughts on that. I'm Presuming you're doing "square" breathing (or similar), where you are breathing in for one "count" (however long that is), then pause with your airways ...


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I remember a passage from Way of the Peaceful Warrior in which Socrates asks a hippie, "Do you meditate?" like it was a dirty secret. It always stuck with me because it seems like this is how 90% of people treat meditation: as a dirty secret, done behind closed and locked doors, out of sight of other people. The approach of pre-meditation techniques and ...


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For training you never want to go from very physical to sedentary. Always have a cool down and a stretch, this allows your body to adjust to the changing physical and energy demands and for your nervous systems to switch over (sympathetic/parasympathetic). When I'm stressed, due to work or an argument, I personally like to go out into nature if possible. ...


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The same way you get to Carnegie Hall: practice. I'm not exactly a serious student of meditation, but for about a year I had about twenty minutes between a exercise class at the University gym and the beginning of the Akindo Club practice session. I started spending the time meditating; sitting cross-legged or in half-lotus or even in seiza, and just ...


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If you are a beginner in Muay Thai, the pad drills are key and should typically make up a good percentage of your gym time, along with western boxing exercises, footwork, skipping, etc. A gym should also include sparring drills and some light sparring, although most USA gyms will not include anything that increases liability risk with non-fighters. I am ...


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What might be the most optimal martial arts to improve level of focus? Any technical martial art (TKD, muay thai, judo, etc) in which the details of how a movement is performed are important. When working up a skill you would focus on improving a particular aspect of performing the movement, reflect on how well you are progressing, and consider new ...


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There is an excellent answer here (http://martialarts.stackexchange.com/a/202/65) to "How to lower heart rate at will". Essentially: soft humming. This will resemble softly chanting "om" or humming a lullaby. stslavik has the rest of the answer: meditation doesn't stop when you get off the floor.



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