Introducing Yoga for Martial Arts
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This workout is a self-contained introduction to the art of Yoga, designed specifically to meet the needs of the modern martial artist. Learn the stretches, breathing exercises and underlying principles that are making Yoga a neccessity for serious martial artists everywhere. Improve your flexibility, strengthen your body, increase your energy and master your breathing.
Each stretch is presented in detailed with easy to follow instructions, shown from multiple angles for maximum clarity. Beginner and more advanced variations are demonstrated to ensure both safety and challenge for all levels of students. The DVD includes a menu for easy navigation and a special section on the benefits of Yoga for martial arts.
This workout was carefully designed by Stephan Kesting (BJJ and Kajukenbo Karate blackbelt with 35 years experience in the martial arts) and Josephine Krizovensky (a skilled Yoga instructor). The focus of this dvd is the development of hip, back and leg flexibility, core strengthening and using breathing techniques to help you relax and focus.
Top Customer Reviews
The intro gives a brief overview of why yoga will help a martial artist: succinct and logical. (I would have preferred a longer sell job, but that's because I needed a lot of convincing to put myself through such anticipated pain (did I mention I hate stretching? No, I obviously don't do TKD)) Then dvd jumps pretty quickly to the main event: the yoga.
The content is well organized. Production values were very high, from the video quality, to the editing, to the mood-setting background music. Cool. And so it kept my interest throughout. And surprise surprise, I was able to follow it, and follow along in real time(I am so used to watching instructional videos with my fingers flashing between the rewind and play buttons...this was much better). Better yet, there was a simultaneous simplified version demonstrated next to the advanced version, just so inflexible people like me wouldn't hurt themselves too badly...sweet. Movements flowed from one to the next, which is always helpful.Read more ›
I've been a martial artist for 20 years, in arts ranging from karatedo, to various gung fu, south-east asian systems, jiu-jitsu and even crazy-ass full-contact, no-rules stick fighting (the infamous Dog Brothers). And I've seen all manner of crappy training videos - I suspect the same people who make pornography also produce martial arts videos in their spare time.
I could only WISH that other martial arts videos could do as well as this one. Not only is this a valuable reference in terms of content, it is, quite simply, very well made. Clean editting, professional camera work, tasteful settings, and even pacing set a standard that is to be envied.
Past the introduction, the structure and pacing of the material is very well suited to self-training at home in front of the television. Enough time is given to allow study and practice with minimum rewinding and pausing during the presentation. Unlike some videos that either seem devoid of real material or present far too quickly and discontinuously, it is clear that the author has given careful consideration to his audience and the challenges of training from video.
I have been a yoga convert for several years already so this isn't a hard sell to me. The content is a natural fit as far as I am concerned. I'm just thankful it comes in a worthwhile package!
For Yogis, this sequences are a nice change of pace to help bring variety into one's daily practice. The sequences are flowing very well and the instructions are very clear.
I found it very easy to select a program. Stephan and Josephine present each workout in a no-nonsense style, which makes the format easy to follow from the first time.
The interactive menu makes the program easy to use without interruptions:
Breath Work: Quiet the mind and master the breath
Cat Series: Fully stretch, strengthen and articulate the spine
Sun Salutations: Warm up
Seated Flow: Stretch and stabilize the legs, hips and back
Supine Flow: Strengthen the core, release the spine and relax
There are no standing balancing poses such as "tree" or "eagle" on this DVD. Please remember that martial artists spend a lot of time training in balancing stances such as "crane" (sometimes on high perches). Instead, the balancing challenge is in the "cat" and "boat" poses, both floor exercises. There are no headstands or shoulderstands.
Stephan Kesting and Josephine Krizovensky demonstrate the beginner and advanced variations simultaneously throughout the entire program. It challenges all levels of students. This DVD is a clear winner. Does a body good!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I primarily study defensive arts (hapkido), and I picked this up to increase my balance and flexibility. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Lauren M.
I didn't expect I could combine the two forms - yoga and martial arts.Published 14 months ago by Ruth C.
I got this product because I was hoping it would help me with my BJJ. Doing the yoga in the dvd has helped me with my flexibility and my recovery. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ritchie Yip
This is an excellent Yoga DVD specifically geared for the martial artist. It progresses smoothly and explains the details of the techniques demonstrated. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Renee
As someone that has been in the martial arts for yrs and never really did yoga i thought it would be a great place to start. The pace of the DVD is a little fast for beginners. Read morePublished on February 23, 2013 by Pilot125