Is there any requirements in terms of physical fitness to get into martial arts?
Can a 70 year old person, who is not firm physically, learn martial arts? They say, anyone can learn yoga, etc. But, martial arts portrayed on the movies always show young and fit people training....
My personal opinion is that before learning martial arts, regardless whether the style is internal or "external" - should start with energy work. Regardless of whether a person is relatively "fit" or not, I can see good energy work providing a solid foundation in martial arts for any person.
Although I myself feel arrogant for stating this as a beginner martial arts practitioner, I firmly believe this is the optimal route. Learning introductory level Cosmos Qigong (from Sifu Korahais) completely changed my views - my allergy symptoms have become much more mitigated, and I feel more relaxed and mentally clear throughout life.
Martial arts and combat training is always related to the external (tensing their muscles, grunting, straining, taking hits), which turns more "physically incapable" people away from martial arts; personally, I think this is just all show and no go - at least compared to what energy work can offer.
Hi aden, i am also learning in the austin area, though i am just starting. I agree with steve in that, if you are looking for internal power specefically to enhance your martial art i think taijiquan would be a great addition to your practice. There is quite a few options to choose from here so its kind of overwhelming. I am personally taking classes with jingyu gu right now and since iv only been learning for a few months i havent scratched the surface of the possibilities of the art, but i do know jingyu is very versed in the philosophy and concepts of taiji as well as chinese medicine and nei dan. I have also heard external and internal arts dont mix but im not sure, there are quite a few practitioners that practice both and i think it could really benefit you personally. If your not sure if it would mix with your current style you should always ask your teacher though to be sure.
Nice to see another member from the Austin area.
I agree that proper Taijiquan practitioner tend to have one of the best internal developments for martial arts. Unfortunately, I have been looking into learning force training alone to support my current martial arts (Northern long fist), rather than learning another style altogether.
At my request, Sifu Gu actually said that he couldn't teach me Qigong alone, as he was focusing on teaching Taijiquan as a whole system. Therefore, off to look for another teacher
I may end up learning Sheng Zhen, but I have my doubts.
Any further recommendations?
Edit: I actually read somewhere that "external" kung fu styles also used to extensively train internal force. Northern shaolin masters in the past potentially could have developed their force practicing arts such as numerous variations of 18 Lohan gong. Some masters who were lucky even had access to Lightness arts.
Edited by aden, 29 January 2017 - 03:33 AM.