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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.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Josephine Krizovensky, Stephan Kesting
  • Directors: Bill Hayley
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Grapplearts.com
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2003
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000D151U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,402 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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As someone with limited flexibility, I had always thought that you'd have to drag me kicking and screaming to a yoga class (and live with my kicking and screaming in pain during the class). I've watched helplessly as scores of friends and loved ones jumped onto the yoga band-wagon. "Just a fad", I thought, "I'll stick to me martial arts..." Well, years later, they're still at it, and still trying to convert me. Intellectually, I could see the benefits, but my passion was still the martial arts as I explained to one and all. And then this dvd came out. Finding myself more susceptible to minor injuries of late with -ahem- advancing age, I figured it was as good a time as any to look at this yoga thing. I admit I was wary that this would be a "gimmicky" product. What did I find?
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.
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Most martial artists who train regularly would be a lot better off with any of Baron Baptiste's hot yoga tapes or Bryan Kests Power Yoga tapes. There is nothing wrong with this tape, but I think most athletic martial artists would enjoy the balance, breathing, strength and relaxation opportunities of a fuller, deeper, more challenging practice. After all, a lot of M.A. people are already pretty flexible and athletic. Just wanted people to know there are more interesting videos out there. Also, the price is outrageous given the content. The tapes I mentioned are less than half the price of this one.
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THIS is a quality martial arts (or is it yoga?) training video!
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!
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I viewed this DVD with great pleasure. Having practiced Capoiera as well as Yoga on a twice a week for several years, I found this routine to be quite different from other tapes I tried. This is the video that made a few martial artists friends of mine start practicing Yoga regularly.
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.
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You don't have to be a martial artist to appreciate this well balanced workout. I purchased this DVD back in 2006. It has become my favorite. Mr. Stephan Kesting is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu as well as Kajukenbo Karate. Josephine Krizovensky is a yoga instructor. Her narration is easy to follow along with the multiple camera angles of the exercises.

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!
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