Physical fitness needs to be proportionate to the demands of the sport. Whilst martial arts is essentially about attack and defence using punches and kicks in fight situations, it also requires students to be physically fit enough to execute its moves correctly and effectively.
Flexibility and agility are important attributes of a martial artist as indeed they are for athletes of any sport or physical activity. Flexibility concentrates on the physiological aspects involved in a body action and the effort at which this is performed at e.g. the system of muscle and joint movement used to throw a punch.
Agility focuses on the mental process undergone prior to throwing the punch i.e. the efficiency at which the brain can process all of the information absorbed through the senses and action a response through the body e.g. a punch.
“Adequate flexibility for sport requires that an athlete have free mobility throughout a slightly greater range of motion than necessary for the given sport skill” (Sharkey and Gaskill, Sport Physiology for Coaches, Human Kinetics Europe Ltd, 2006 p.117).
Everyone has a different level of flexibility and agility and the good thing is that these can be improved. Training for Pil Sung Do includes a series of exercises that will help you to develop your flexibility and agility so that you will be better equipped to execute Pil Sung Do techniques.Fitness And Stamina Pil Sung Do
Have you ever run for the train or bus and later found your legs to be a little stiff? This is probably because you have exerted more exercise on your leg muscles than they are used to. But improved flexibility could help overcome everyday situations like this as it helps prevent injuries by making sure that muscles, ligaments and tendons work together correctly.
Sharp reactions in both defence and attack are key as these could ultimately determine your advantage over an opponent or agressor so optimizing agility levels is vital. Sluggish reactions could leave you open to attack if you cannot raise your guard quickly enough to defend your opponent’s punch or kick.