DAVID-DORIAN ROSS – MARTIAL ARTS FOR YOUR MIND AND BODY available at Whatstudy
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Martial arts. This phrase conjures up images of the height of physical and mental fitness – speed, flexibility and strength combined with meditation, focus and self-discipline, an image amplified by everything from elegantly choreographed Hollywood movies to mixed martial arts (MMA) cage matches. But the reality is that “martial arts” serve as an umbrella for an incredible range of beneficial and highly specialized practices, from kung fu to tai chi to jeet kune do.
One of the most intimidating aspects of practicing martial arts is learning enough to understand what works best for you. What’s the difference between practicing the fast jabs and furious kicks of karate and tae kwon do, the grappling and throwing of judo, the flowing forms of tai chi or the street fighting power of Krav Maga? These forms of fighting have certain things in common, but each practice has its own unique philosophy, as well as a physical and mental approach. And yet, all too often, students and prospective students never get to explore firsthand and benefit from the range of opportunities in the martial arts.
Martial Arts for Your Mind and Body offers an immersive introduction to nine key martial arts examples. Presented and assembled by Tai Chi Grand Master David-Dorian Ross, these 25 interactive lessons (one more than a regular course) provide a solid foundation in the different philosophies, styles and techniques of the major families of martial arts. For this course, Master Ross hand-selected seven guest instructors who are award-winning experts in their fields. Whether it’s sensei, sifu or champion competitor, your teachers are chosen from the best of the best.
You don’t have to be a cross-training warrior or MMA fighter to benefit from exposure to a variety of martial arts. Indeed, with proper guidance, the practice of martial arts offers invaluable physical and mental benefits for people of all ages, at all levels of physical fitness. From self-defense to the physical benefits of a disciplined exercise regimen, to the balance and harmony that studying martial arts can bring to all aspects of your life, Martial Arts for Your Body and Mind is an ideal place to start, resume or deepen your practice.
Research nine martial arts families
David-Dorian Ross has compiled research into the martial arts, offering a unique foundation for improved physical and mental training, all of which can help you identify specific practices and traditions that may be of particular benefit to you. The course allows you to experience, albeit much more effectively, the same types of explorations that Master Ross undertook when he was a young practitioner, when he decided to find the right style of martial arts for himself. With seven guest instructors to accompany you, Master Ross takes you on a tour of:
Karate: The Way of the “Empty Hand” is perhaps the best-known Japanese martial art in the West. From kicks to kata, learn the physical and mental techniques that make this practice so formidable.
Tae Kwon Do: Like karate, tae kwon do is known for high, fast kicks and board breaking. Find out how this form quickly became so popular after its development in post-WWII Korea, and what makes it unique among martial arts.
Kung Fu: Beginning in China as early as the 5th century, this practice influenced most other forms of Chinese martial arts and was codified in dozens of variations, many named after animals. Gain insight into kung fu history and basic techniques as you explore the white crane style for close to mid-range interaction, then try out a long-range style to maximize your reach known as praying mantis .
Tai Chi: Martial arts are not just about speed or vigorous combat. Tai chi has that option, but it has developed famous practices to cultivate slow, graceful movement with numerous health benefits. Tai chi (taiji quan) has its origins in China in the 17th century.
Judo: Known for its grappling, throwing, and throwing techniques, judo is a Japanese art of astonishing grace. Practice the “path of kindness” exercises and techniques. Judo was the first martial art to use the belt system to rank fighters by skill level.
Jujitsu: Similar to Judo, Japanese Jujutsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are “the art of flexible fighting” and make use of ground work and wrestling holds to take control of the opponent. Get ready to take on new forms!
Muay Thai: Originating in Thailand but often known simply as kickboxing in the West, Muay Thai is unique among martial arts for the way it incorporates shins, elbows and the clinch into its fighting style. See why Muay Thai is one of the favourites.
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