Re: Body Hadening Exercises
When I practiced Hung-Gar, there was a lot of body hardening. We even practiced it outside of class so we could get past the pain sooner and get on with further instruction.
In the ATA, there seems to be very little hardening. Most of the students are soft. Being hard gives me an edge in class and in sparring. I still do some on my own, and have my kids doing a little as well.
Excellent point. If I beat myself up too hard, it would be counter-productive to my actual profession. Some of the things I've done in the name of hardening as a young man, I look back on now and shake my head.
For the average individual who has to hold down an office job or a post involving fine motor skills of some kind, we have to be selective.
I also believe there is value in being able to take a bit of pain. After all, pain is just weakness leaving the body.
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of Human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
-William Pitt - British House of Commons during the Revolutionary War and sympathetic to Colonial America, November 18, 1783