No? Me neither. Like you, I am the quintessential martial artist – I live and breathe this stuff. So it should come as no shock when I say I would SO much rather do push ups and get kicked in the thighs for 90 minutes than go to dinner with my wife. Right?
I know it isn’t really fashionable in the martial arts world to admit to having interests that fall outside the dojo (in fact, out of every 10 martial artists I meet only about 2 will admit that they sometimes miss training days in order to keep life in balance) but let’s be real. As Rick Matz once told me, “Martial arts is supposed to enhance your life, not replace it. So, injuries notwithstanding, we must acknowledge that we all have jobs, families, and responsibilities that will sometimes necessitate skipping a day.
And yet, I still feel bad when I am lounging comfortably when I know my dojo-mates are being run ragged by our senpai. So over the years I have tooled around with forming a quick routine that would still let me do something of value but not much has stuck until I went back to basics. Here is my off-day short routine…
10 sets of the following:
- 1 kata at half speed (for control and detail)
- 10 pushups
- 10 squats
- 10 each: crunches, leg lifts, oblique sit ups, superman lifts
And then I finish off with leg stretches to improve my jodan mawashi geri. It is basic – and it’s supposed to be! It keeps me loose, keeps me in practice, and it ensures that I get to work on whatever kata I feel needs polishing.
What about you? What do you do on an off-day?