“Warm-up,” by Philippe Gouttard

“It seems important to me to give some thought to this important part of the practice in order to insure an injury and a frustration-free practice. What first comes to my mind is this: if we were to practice our art in another place than in the dojo, we would have to move fast and with energy without undergoing the process of preparing our body for action.”

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  1. …if you are in a real encounter and come out more-or-less in one piece, your training worked. if you exercise regularly warm ups may be somewhat less critical. the most important part of warm-ups, for me, is ukemi. in a real situation the hardest transition i find is mental, consciousness of the necessity to fall out of difficult situations.

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