Cross Style Comparison: Body Hardening

Ikigai has a fantastic post on Hojo Undo or body hardening called How Hard Should You Beat Your Body? I am extremely respectful of the amount of intensity and effort needed to do this. But this is not the way for all martial styles. Ikigai presents good objectivity and I'd recommend you look through the responses, including following the link and comment that I posted at his original post (this will hopefully set my perspective on Hojo Undo for traditional taekwondo beginners). This is fine example of my philosophy that there is no 'one way' for everyone. Cheers, Colin

What role does body hardening play in Taekwondo?

Colin Wee
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Ikigai said…
Thanks for stopping by and providing that link Colin! Anyone who stops by should definitely check it out.
Potatoe Fist said…
When I was very young I took Wing Chun and they had us practice Chi gung (sp?) which to the best of my recollection was breath retention and something along the lines of what was in the ikigai article.

Now that I'm 40+ and in TSD I notice waves of what my body can take. Weeks of bruising that is probably replaced by calcification in critical contact areas.

I don't have a strict point, but it would be nice to see a balance between both. I can see that if something is followed regularly we can benefit the practitioner.
Colin Wee said…
I was in a mixed style for my first black belt that had a little bit of body conditioning and chi gung. It was a good orientation, but I've since discovered some ways around extensive body conditioning - given my time constraints there's no way I can condition my body like that anyway. Yes, a balance would be good. Then again striking the lottery could be good too! :-)

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