A few years ago, a big league ballplayer attended one of my seminars. He arrived late (per their custom of Big Leaguing others), observed the group already performing the first walking exercise, and with no instruction, figured he knew what to do.
“This is what they’re doing, right?” he asked, as he mimicked what he perceived was happening.
“You have an idea,” I responded.
He smiled, thinking I paid him a compliment. So I added, “About 10 percent of the general idea.”
My barb got his attention and that led to him humbling himself a bit.
On the second day of the training, the ballplayer showed up early instead of late. He had a yellow pad to take notes along with a bunch of questions.
My answers made him consider everything he’d previously practiced, including the exercises that were destroying his body over time. He was barely 25 years of age, yet his hips and knees ached.
When I demonstrated how to move, he marveled, not only at the mobility but the fluidity.
“This is why my knees don’t hurt,” I stated. “My knees used to bother me, off and on. And that’s par for the course with almost every former collegiate wrestler. It’s virtually inevitable that you’ll be banged up for life and the longer you go the worse it gets.”
“What did you do to get out of pain?” he asked.
I gave him a 2-part answer:
1. The Hindu squats I teach in Combat Conditioning. They strengthen your knees because you’re building the tendons and ligaments, not just the muscles, by allowing your knees to glide way past your toes (the opposite of what the fitness police tell you to do).
2. The seemingly shamanic walking exercises in Dao Zou, that give your body the action it needs to create balanced development while eliminating pain.
Here’s what’s amazing: After telling the big leaguer the above, he smiled and said, “That explains why my knees and hips feel so good today. This is the best they’ve felt in two years and I just started yesterday.”
“What does that tell you?” I questioned.
“It tells me that these exercises work,” he answered.
“Correct. And the reason they work is because you’re not just working the muscles anymore. You’re working the tendons, ligaments and fascia by moving in ways you’ve never considered before.”
The big leaguer left the training a changed man. And unlike so many of his contemporaries, he’s avoided the surgeon’s scalpel and extended his playing career.
If you want to help your lower body heal itself with exercises they don’t teach in the Fitness Police School, then you owe it to yourself to grab onto Combat Conditioning and Dao Zou and see what happens.
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