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  1. I'm not a big "there's an app for that" kind of guy, but in the case of Tabata and HIIT workouts, well... There's An App For That! I've used them and they are really helpful. I've even been thinking of using a Tabata timer for changing Zhan Zhuang positions.
  2. OK, here's how I live what I'm talking about. Woke up, chugged some room temperature water, drunk one cup of water kefir. Took my kid to football practice on the other side of the township at 8:30. Went to a nearby park. Took a short walk. Did some warmups - twisting and slapping, hip rotations, shaking. Then Ba Duan Jin. Then 30 minutes of Zhan Zhuang. Rubbing and patting the whole body afterwards. Then alternate sets of 5*10 wall squats in front of a pole on the baseball backstop and 5*8 reverse hyperextensions on the top-back row of the aluminum bleachers. Now to go pick my son up...
  3. Weight training or should I call it resistance training does not require heavy weight to be effective. You don't have to train like Dave Hoff at Westside Barbell. Although, we may be more than meets the eye and all is energy the fact remains that we find ourselves in these physical bodies. If this body gets weak it gets sick. If it gets overweight it gets sick. Eventually it will die, hopefully later rather than sooner. So many of us are sedentary now and we have to do exercise instead of chop wood and carry water. Sandbag training is a great way to do it. You won't put a hole in your floor if you drop it and you can do it all year round of you live where it gets cold. If you prefer a more eastern method maybe try a taiji ball.
  4. Glad someone else brought this up, because I was wondering the same thing.
  5. So, what exactly is happening internally such that the two are in conflict?
  6. I know I'm going to ruffle some feathers with this comment, but I think the belief that weight training is detrimental to martial arts is a myth. There are different kinds of weight training. The kind that is targeted toward general physical fitness (GPP) should in no way be detrimental. But, if you go trying to be the next Ronnie Coleman then there might be a conflict. There have been other sports that thought weight training would hurt their game then it was proved false. Look at what Tiger Woods did for golf. He took it to a whole different level, now every golfer that wants to be successful trains with weights. But, there was something else that was mentioned in the OP that really hasn't been addressed yet concerning weight gain. For that, diet is a big factor. At the most basic level, I recommend cutting the carbs and intermittent fasting. This is a good resource:
  7. Have you ever had any deep tissue massage on your shoulder? Many years ago I was playing volleyball and fell on my back on my right shoulder. After that for several years I would get a shooting pain down my front deltoid on the right arm when I would lift it in the front, for instance, reaching up to my car radio to change the station. Hmmm, how did falling on my back effect my front deltoid. Finally, one day I sought the help of a muscle therapist that worked in the chiropractor/natural doctor's office I was going to for NAET treatments. He was an older gentleman named Herman and only worked there part time. Being the way that I am I asked lots of questions. One day he said, "can I show you something?" He pushed on something then let go and my whole arm went numb. Then he pushed on it again and the feeling came back. I asked him what he called his methodology. He called it 'British Sports Therapy'. After only 3 sessions with Herman my pain was gone forever.
  8. @dwai With our sedentary lifestyles we all do a lot of sitting (or standing if you have a standing workstation). We all know that's bad. I write software for a living and I know you do, too. Unfortunately, even if you were to work out one hour everyday that still isn't enough to make up for the other 23 of sitting still. But, we can't just give up and do nothing. So, my advice is to pick some form of vigorous exercise and do as much as you can. It doesn't have to be weight lifting. Personally, I love weight lifting, it's part of my identity. I know a lot about it. I started when I was 12, I'm 49 now. I was a skinny red headed kid that got bullied a lot. After only one year of weight lifting that all changed. I'm not a martial artist so I don't know how it effects that. My grandfather was a martial artist. He always used to tell me that I was wasting my time lifting and that I should train with him. Then he would grab my neck and say, "what are you going to do if someone does this to you?" My response was that if someone intended to do that they would look at me and decide to wait to pick on someone smaller. My interest in the Daoist arts and meditation are for spiritual development. I'm never going to be a competition fighter and with the types of violence we see these days in public places I'm not sure if martial arts can be of much help for defense. As I've aged my training methods have changed. The biggest change occurred 14 years ago when I severely injured my back doing kettlebell snatches. Everything was going good then all of a sudden it was like my lower body went one way and my upper body went another at the L4-L5. It took a lot of therapy, chiropractors, and several years before I could confidently lift anything without re-injuring my back. But, I've never given up on it. I love it. Now my main methodology is sandbag training. I like the freedom of movement I get from throwing around an odd shape.
  9. Philip K. Dick Tarot Cards

    I honestly don't do Tarot, but this came up in my news feed. It might be time to start. I've always been fascinated by Philip K. Dick and Blade Runner is my favorite movie. I wanted to share this, because if enough people sign up on the website they will do another issue as the original batch has sold out. Review: Ordering Info:
  10. Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD)

    He did Karate when he was 5-6 years old. He learned his katas pretty well then he got to where he didn't want to do it anymore - wouldn't put on his uniform, wouldn't go out on the floor at the studio. I've done some Qigong with him, basic arm circling stuff and imagining moving chi with his hands. He liked it. He's also had several years of occupational therapy.
  11. Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD)

    I follow this sequence: And I watched some YouTube videos to see the exercises done. I get the most trembling doing the back bends and on the next-to-last movement when I'm arched. In the very last position I find that I have to raise and lower my legs several times to get them to shake. I hold the wall sit for 5 minutes, it makes me want to puke. I do this 2 or 3 times per week before bed. It takes me a while because I try to experience some trembling for a significant period of time, then I just lay flat on the floor and zone out. I've been watching 'One Strange Rock' on Netflix while I do it...
  12. Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD)

    Does anyone here have any experience with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)? I watched this awesome talk by Bessel Van Der Kolk where he talks about its effectiveness. I read up a little more on EMDR and the principle behind it reminds me of the cross-body exercises that I would have my son (who has Level 1 Autism) do when he was having a meltdown. First, I would have him high step touching opposite elbow to knees. Then, I would have him cross his hands at the wrist and interlace his fingers then draw his hands in and up to his chest and stand with one leg over the other crossed at the ankles. Then, I would have him sit on the floor cross legged and put opposite hands on knees. He would be calm within about 5 minutes and we could then have a rational discussion about why he was so agitated. I learned about these 'crossing the midline' exercises from a book called 'Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All In Your Head' by Carla Hannaford. These exercises come from something called 'Brain Gym'.
  13. What We Think We Know

    What do we know? - Emoji's mean different things to different people. Reminds me of asking 10 witnesses to an event to describe what they saw and getting 10 versions. What do we know...?
  14. Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD)

    Have you ever done 'Trauma Release Exercises'? I've recently started doing them a few times per week and am hoping they offer some relief.
  15. What We Think We Know

    Imagine being confronted with the revelation that you are a psychopath. If you have 13 minutes I highly recommend you listen to Dr. James Fallon's story about his discovery of learning that he is a psychopath. Talk about gaining some perspective into one's own nature...