Bruce Lee was a legendary martial artist, known for his speed and agility. Lee didn’t develop his outstanding physique by doing martial arts alone. He was an avid exercise adventurer, who dabbled in many physical disciplines. This “outside” work paid off. Those who wish to follow in Lee’s footsteps can embark on a similar path, using other methods of exercise for overall body development. Yoga is among them. Here’s how participating in a yoga discipline can help boost your martial arts game.
According to Bodybuilding.com, martial arts expert, Bruce Lee thought that a strong core was essential. For Lee, it wasn’t just about looking good. A well-defined set of abs plus other core muscles became a shield of sorts that could withstand the blows of an opponent’s fist.
Likewise, one of the chief benefits of yoga is, in fact, the development of a strong core. In this respect, in is definitely a compliment to martial arts training.
Many martial arts moves, like high kicks, require a good deal of flexibility. Being flexible means that you have a full range of motion available to you, without strain. Yoga increases your levels of flexibility naturally.
It should be noted as well that flexibility training alone will not increase your range of motion if you wear binding clothing during your martial arts workouts. Clothing like leggings and shirts, such as these that hug the body should be worn. These allow you to be flexible, without constraint.
Endurance is essential in martial arts, especially if you go into competitive martial arts. Men’s Fitness even calls endurance the most important skill a mixed martial artist can have, aside from his or her actual training in the fighting arts. Yoga helps develop the endurance you need to keep going.
Yoga poses like the tree pose help to develop balance. Martial artists need a good sense of balance as well. This helps them deliver moves like the roundhouse kicks and, maybe even more importantly, it helps to prevent an opponent from knocking them off balance. To succumb to a loss of balance means losing a fight. It’s difficult to regain balance after it’s lost. The martial artists who remains balanced and standing can win.
It you practice martial arts and you want to develop the strength and stamina of martial artists like Bruce Lee, you would do well to look into other exercise disciplines. Taking up a yoga practice can give you the tools you need to take your martial arts practice to the next level. Yoga helps you develop better balance, endurance, strength, and flexibility. These are characteristics that all top notch martial artists must have in abundance.