One of the most overlooked aspects within the art of Ninjutsu – the part of training that is loved by some students while hated by others – is the ninja body conditioning exercises known as the Junan Taiso. Love it or hate it, this article explores the importance and necessity of this critical element of your progress and eventual mastery.
The ninja’s junan taiso, or “body conditioning” methods developed over time from yoga-like exercises to increase not only the ninja’s flexibility, but also his ability to counter certain natural tendencies of the human condition. These exercises, while formalized and passed down as a unified set of “forms,” are not to be seen as “all there is.”
While it is not within the scope and context of this article to describe the actual exercises themselves, suffice it to say that you may have to substitute other exercises and movements for the … Read More
When conditioning for golf one must look at their current fitness program and examine his or her own needs and goals. It is no surprise to see many golfers become bored of their current routine and do not see results. For many golf athletes the primary is to increase flexibility, stability, increase strength and power and last but not least burn fat. In addition to these goals they want to do this in the shortest amount of time possible. To save time I like implement complex conditioning. What is complex conditioning? According to Istvan Jarvorek, a Romanian born strength coach who developed Dumbbell and Barbell Complex Conditioning, “the main purposes for these exercises were to figure out an easier way to do an exercise complex which would change the monotony of a workout and at the same time have a greater influence on the neuromuscular and osteo-muscular system.”
Early records of strength training date back to 3600 BC when Chinese emperors made their subjects exercise daily (Webster 1976). During the Chou Dynasty subjects were required to pass weight- lifting tests before entering the military. There is large amount of evidence that indicates weight training was part of life in ancient Greece and India. In fact, the Greeks built numerous sculptures of people lifting stone weights.
Numerous systems of training have been proposed over the years. The accumulation of experience and different philosophies has led us to the current training methods utilized today. Keep in mind; many authorities have varied greatly from the original purpose of strength and conditioning. Hard work and dedication formed the foundation of earlier training methods. Today the opposite has occurred in numerous settings as easy work and quick fixes form the foundation of most people’s regimens.
During the 16th century in Europe books on … Read More