While training Wing Chun kung fu in Hong Kong, I began focusing my efforts on physical strength and flexibility.
I prefer bodyweight calisthenics for strength, although I dabbled in Mark Rippetoe’s Starting Strength approach and felt great results.
For flexibility, I have always had problems trying to increase my range of motion in my hamstrings.
After every intense session of isometric or PNF (proprio-neuromuscular facilitation) stretching, my hamstrings would be inoperable for 3-5 days.
Then it was like I hadn’t even stretched them.
However, my friend referred me to one of the most prominent experts on stretching for adults in the world, Kit Laughlin.
It was this stretch that initially gave me some freedom to explore my flexibility.
Since then, I attended Kit’s teacher training course – 9 straight days in total.
Coupled with my discovery of Dr. Eric Goodman’s Foundation Training, I now have the tools and knowledge to let my body release and expand.
I’ll be exploring more on this in the near future.
[Edit: It ended up being not so near. Here is my updated stretching post.]