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  • Actors: Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
  • Directors: David Silver
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: YMAA Publication Center
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CN7KR2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,385 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Kung Fu Body Conditioning

Traditional Training for Endurance and Power

Get a great workout with this intensive martial arts strength and conditioning regimen.

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming and the students of the 10-year kung fu training program at the YMAA Retreat Center demonstrate effective ways to develop your body, develop explosive power, and prepare for rigorous martial arts practice. These traditional Body Conditioning methods will gradually strengthen your bones, joints, and muscles, and will help to prevent injuries. You will become more fit and flexible, improve the health of your spine and internal organs, and enhance your cardiovascular endurance.

Body Conditioning includes stretching and strength training for the arms, legs, and torso. Tumbling drills are used to develop balance, coordination, and body awareness. Dr. Yang introduces sitting and standing meditation techniques that are essential for all martial art styles. Additional outdoor training methods, such as running and rope climbing, are also discussed.

YMAA PRODUCTION - DR. YANG, JWING-MING "KUNG FU BODY CONDITIONING" - PERFORMED BY DR. YANG, JWING-MING, JON CHANG, PATRICK MANRIQUEZ, ZACH COHEN, JAVIER RODRIGUEZ, JACHYM JERIE & SANTI COSTELLO - DVD PRODUCTION BY TRUTH BE KNOWN 360 - EDITING AND DVD AUTHORING BY OCEAN SILVER - PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY DAVID SILVER

About the Actor

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming is the founder of the YMAA California Retreat Center. Established in 2005, the Retreat Center's aim is to restore and preserve traditional Chinese martial arts to their original level of high quality and standards. Located in remote Northern California, and isolated from the distractions of modern society, resident students participate in an extensive 10-year martial arts training program. Non-resident students and visitors are encouraged to travel to the Retreat Center and attend the many seasonal martial arts seminars offered by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. YMAA California Retreat Center is located near Arcata, California. Visit YMAA-RetreatCenter.org

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This would be good for anyone who is interested in improving the Martial arts or their body in general.
Til Jai
The organization of the materials is progressive, were we begin with relaxation drills and stretching exercises, preparing both mind and body for the ensuing vigor.
Arthur Chenevey
It is a very well done DVD using martial arts students to both teach and demonstrate the physical and mental exercises.
L. Einbinder

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"Kung Fu Body Conditioning: Traditional Training for Endurance and Power" is a new DVD instructional program produced by YMAA that features Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming and the students of the YMAA Retreat Center's ten-year kung fu training program. In this DVD, various body conditioning exercises are demonstrated and explained. I am a firm believer in the advancements in science and thus, physical training strategies and technologies that have allowed for not only safer training, but also for greater physical accomplishments both on professional levels and for those who train at home for personal benefit. However, I also believe in some of the traditional training methods that have produced results for not just years, but sometimes centuries. This 240 minute DVD program provides a lot of information, for anyone who wishes to incorporate traditional body-conditioning methods into their training program to strengthen bones, joints, and muscles to develop speed, root, and explosive power without injury as Chinese martial artists have been doing for generations.

Like many DVDs put out by YMAA, this one contains a wealth of information. As I mentioned, it is 240 minutes long. The program is divided into sections, and the DVD has a well organized menu that allows you to select the portion of the program you wish to learn from or review. There are five main parts: Stretch and Warm Up, Conditioning Training, Tumbling, Qigong and Meditation and Outdoor Training. Each of these parts are broken down into various areas and exercises.

The Stretch and Warm Up is presented by Dr. Yang's students, and is about a half hour long with demonstrations and explanations of warm up and stretching exercises. These are filmed in an outdoor covered training area.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Yadi Alamin on September 10, 2011
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I'm a fan of Dr. Yang for his Understand QiGong series and some of his books, but this DVD is probably
my favorite of all. I was looking for authentic Shaolin exercises, QiGongs and mind training, and
I just so happened to see Kung Fu Body Conditioning. The warm ups are a great exercise for building
up elasticity and fluid in the joints (harmonies), and the strength exercises are tremendous. No nonsense,
delivered by students of Dr. Yang and the man himself. Demonstrations were perfect, no fluff. I can't
say enough good about this one. If you want to train for Internal Arts or just to train, and you want
time tested material, here it is.
$37??? I've been charged $20 an hour to have someone tell me knuckle push ups and squats was Kung Fu conditioning.
Just wonderful.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Susan on March 16, 2011
When I saw the trailers for this video on YouTube, I saw a bunch of young men in their twenties doing amazingly athletic feats. I wondered if the dvd would have anything for me as a fit (but no longer twenty) woman in my fifties. I was pleased to find that it did. The stretching, range of motion, and qigong exercises are good for anyone. The more athletic conditioning exercises have beginning and advanced versions, and the presenters include details on how to modify the exercise if you have injuries. This dvd is as useful to athletic twenty-somethings as it is to anyone whose age or minor injuries still allow them to train a martial arts style. I'll be incorporating several of these exercises in my karate classes.

Susan Lynn Peterson
author of Western Herbs for Martial Artists and Contact Athletes: Effective Treatments for Common Sports Injuries
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Schmidt on March 29, 2011
This DVD presentation was performed by six students of the YMAA Retreat Center, with Dr. Yang leading the discussion about Qigong and Meditation section. The video content is split into five sections: 1. Stretching and Warm Up, 2. Conditioning Training, 3. Tumbling, 4. Qigong and Meditation, and 5. Outdoor Training. A full training regimen is presented, well worth the $39.95 price point.

Numerous stretching exercises are presented at a practice-along pace and specifically chosen to be those stretches most meaningful to the martial arts practitioner. Presentation by students and setting validate that exercises shown are attainable and not overly or outright rigorous. Conditioning exercises are often presented in a step-wise manner such that practitioners can start from a "beginner" level and progress forward at their own pace as strength improves.
Inclusion of Qigong and Mediation was unexpected, yet a welcome, inclusion to a video about martial arts conditioning (after all, mind and breathing conditioning is equally as important to physical conditioning). Several breathing methods are presented, from seated normal and reverse breathing to Grand Circulation breathing and meditation. Several recovery exercises are presented as a `cool down' to meditation practice.

In addition to the physical and explosive strength improvements developed by tumbling and gymnastic exercise, the tumbling presentation covers an often overlooked component to martial arts training: break-falls. Again, exercises are presented in a step-wise manner in a way that leaves the viewer with an "I can do that" impression to approaching the curriculum.
Finally, the outdoor training methods presented could be considered to be fun.
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