Eclypse said:The warmups at most dojo aren't so good. Sounds like yours is pretty good, Boston, but I can't say that's a typical example.
Thing is that most schools start by stretching. This is an idea that was made popular in the 70's, and sadly so many martial artists and sport coaches swear to it that it's going to be hard to change. The problem with it is that if your muscles aren't warm to begin with, stretching them increases the risk of damage to the tissue. Ever stretch a cold rubber band? Muscles aren't too much different.
The optimal stretching temperature for muscles is 102
Yeah, that's the problem with strength training as a warmup. Lots of schools espouse doing pushups and situps, but then when you get into the technique and sparring parts of class, your muscles are already weakened and won't come back to 100% for as long as hours later. Then your technique falls apart. I suppose it would be somewhat good, though, as it can represent how fatigued you can get when actually fighting.VampireMonk said:I been to schools with extensive warmups and it can mess me up for the rest of the day,
I cant pay attention to the techniques portion because I'm too busy catching wind, and then
booom now we have to spar! Oh shit.
BostonBadBoy said:we have a big tatame, so we usually jog around that for a bit, sideways, backward, high knees, butt kicks, then usually jumping jacks, pushups, situps, stretch out, then start learning technique, then drilling, then rolling. i myself stretch out after that. i want to start waking up early before work and doing crossfit.