Before coming to the U. I chose to study teaching p. This gave me an understanding of the practical application of the general principles of theory and methodology of sports and physical education. How did I become involved in writing on martial arts training? First, in , I wrote Stretching Scientifically , the book on increasing flexibility quickly and safely.
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Before coming to the U. I chose to study teaching p. This gave me an understanding of the practical application of the general principles of theory and methodology of sports and physical education. How did I become involved in writing on martial arts training? First, in , I wrote Stretching Scientifically , the book on increasing flexibility quickly and safely. Because I practiced martial arts in Poland and wanted to continue to do that in U. I noticed a lack of knowledge of training in general but the most obvious and wide-spread was bad stretching.
Martial arts magazines carried plenty of ads for stretching machines—contraptions that have no place in training of able-bodied people—but good books on stretching were nowhere to be found. So I thought that I could write such a book and disseminate an efficient and healthy method of stretching. In retrospect, I think I should not have written this book but rather come up with a stretching machine. I could hawk any stretching contraption using my splits, and no one would know that I acquired my flexibility with my rational training method and not with any piece of expensive junk.
I could sit with a silly grin, doing a split in the contraption, and sell it for much more money than a book. Anyway, the book sold well and in the following years I wrote new editions.
But the feedback from readers showed that they needed and wanted more than just instruction on state-of-the-art stretching. Many readers of Stretching Scientifically , who were martial artists, had problems with kicking that could not be solved by improving only their flexibility. The problems were very common—actually the majority of martial artists still have them. So I wrote answers to questions on technique of kicks, on the drills and on conditioning required for practicing kicks.
Eventually, I asked my karate instructor, Mac Mierzejewski, to show on video the method of learning and practicing kicks that he taught to me. The method is based on using biomechanically sound form of movement that, when instilled with the right drills, delivers power and great height in kicks with no warm-up.
My readers also wanted information on all other aspects of training for sports or martial arts. They needed a book that would holistically treat the training process and not just exercise physiology, or sports psychology, or didactics.
Metodyka can be translated as a set of methods or methodology understood as body of practices, procedures, and rules used in a given activity. Another term for the subject of this book is Theory and Practice of Sports Training. By whatever name, this is the central subject in university courses for sports coaches and instructors in Eastern Europe, and its lessons apply to all sports and to martial arts too.
Books on this subject that were available in the West when I left Poland were either sloppy translations of Russian books or original East German manuals. Both kinds of those books were too sketchy and did not give enough examples from commonly known sports. When they wrote, for example, about strength training whatever kind: general, directed, or sport-specific they assumed that the reader knew how strength training of, for example, wrestlers differs from that of other athletes.
The same goes for all other abilities. Those other manuals were written for coaches and students of physical education and sports science, so their readers knew the practical side of training, and had the required science foundation; they just needed a manual that would explain the workings of the system. Western readers needed more of the basic information and examples, so my book gave those to them. Then it turned out that readers wanted me to expand on narrower aspects of training, for example, on sports training for children.
As I knew personally one of the leading experts on this subject, Dr. This book is read by instructors who take health, well-being and athletic potential of the children they teach seriously. I write my articles for martial artists, because among them are many warrior types, people who are driven to excel, think critically and are self-starters.
Helping such people achieve their goals gives me a little satisfaction. Wrote scipt, demonstrated exercises, and supervised editing of the video Flexibility Express. Lesson: Handstand and translated its original Polish narration into English. Supervised videotaping and editing of the video Acrobatic Tumbling: From Rolls to Handsprings and Somersaults and translated its original Polish narration into English.
Wrote the fourth edition of Stretching Scientifically. Its improved layout and more photos enhance the most up-to-date science explained in practical terms for athletes, instructors, and coaches. This book is available from Stadion Publishing since March Wrote the second edition of Science of Sports Training.
This new edition has more pages than the first edition and its content is completely revised and updated. This book is available from Stadion Publishing since January Kurz took an active role. In many conversations with the authors, he clarified key concepts, pointed to recent research that bore on the issues, and adapted certain ideas to be more familiar to English-speaking athletes and coaches.
This being the case, how do I organize my program to improve my overall performance in a martial arts focus where punching and core fitness are also a factor? Maybe a sample plan would clarify things for me. Do I divide the different sections by microcycles upperbody in one, kicking in another, etc? Or do I work all section in each work out?
Also, I have not professional physical education training so maybe that is where the gap in my knowledge comes from. I started reading your book Stretching scientifically, IV. Actually, I bought it in order to start practicing so-called contortion. Here are two links, which show, what contortion is about to be.
I would like to practice it, because I am very inflexible, I sit all day and eat … Last week I started doing simple half-hour stretch, at least once a day like in primary school , and I feel better I breathe more easy, etc.
I have your book, so you can just say: page x and y, and so on. Although there are many thingh recommended on Youtube, I want to be safe doing it, so I am looking for a professional advice. I really like when people are expressing their opinion and thought. So I like the way you are writing. Just watched this lecutre on Stretching by Doug Richards. What do you think about it? Would be interesting to hear your thoughts on this or you maybe feel to share it on the blog.
Hi Thomas I am very happy to subscribe to your articles but I would be very grateful if I could email you or someone at Stadion publishing because I need a little advice on training and I know you Thomas will know what I am doing wrong and I would really appreciate your suggestions.
Hope to hear from someone soon. I just wanted to express my gratitude to you for sharing your knowledge and skills. I just ordered Stretching Scientifically and plan on purchasing your videos and other books as well. I wish I had found you sooner. I truly appreciate your no-nonsense approach. I have been practicing TKD for over 20 years and have never been terribly flexible.
I now know that this is because of my instructors lack of knowledge. It seems the problem is they teach the way they were taught and have no idea why. They just parrot what they went through.
My current class starts off with no warm up and jumps right into static stretching. This is followed by a series of predictable, non-challenging line drill kicking, forms, and then ending typically in sparring. The class ends and then another ensues in five minutes with most students staying for both. The next class follows the same pattern. I have already been starting workouts with dynamic stretches and it has made all the difference in the world.
Jestem bardzo wdzieczny za wiedze jaka Pan udostepnia. Inspiruje mnie kazdy jej aspekt do pracy nad soba jak i nad moimi uczniami. Dear Mr. Kurz I ask your opinion: Which of these exercise is correct to increase the height of the knee when chambering for side kick and roundhouse kick: active tension Active tension with elastic band Deadlift Squat Swing with kettlebell Best regards Max.
So, according Starzynski, polish coaches developed depth jumps training well before the Russians ie Verkhoshansky. What about this statement? Mr Kurz, do you do private consultations via phone? I would very much like to speak with you, but I also understand your time is valuable. That has to do with the nature of physical abilities and skills. Kurz, Thank you very much for the valuable information. I am following your sites, blogs since and i get a huge improvement on my flexibiltiy. I would like to thank you and tell that i am ready to prepare any video or any media stuff for you.
I am not expecting any fee. I am advanced user for After Effects, Premiere, Photoshop. I can send a reel if requested. Dear Thomas Kurz, I have found your knowledge on stretching invaluable to develop myself. I have been recovering from a bad injury called plantar fasciitis, due to weak arches, this would never have happened had I known and applied your stretching and strengthening techniques.
However, I am curious as to your advice on how to develop strong strong arches of the foot, both the inner main one, the outer one, and the front one transversal.
I am also going to purchase your unbreakable umbrella once I have saved enough money for it. I have been practicing tai chi and yoga and one of the tai chi forms is a kung fu umbrella form. Your unbreakable umbrealla sounds like a nice lifelong companion.
Thank you so much, Gustavo Andrade, Tijuana Mexico.
Stretching Scientifically: A Guide to Flexibility Training
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