Because they are ill-informed.
- My teacher told me that when he was a student at his teacher's place, there was a double heads weight bar in his teacher's back yard that was so heavy that every time he looked at it, he hated it big time.I notice there is a stigma in among traditional martial artists that weightlifting is useless.
Great Grandmaster Chang had a lot of strength exercises-a lot of them with weights, though I couldn't find any pictures of him lifting online. Always grateful to him for the grip/forearm-training tool he showed me, and the way he showed me I'd made it wrong!!- My teacher told me that when he was a student at his teacher's place, there was a double heads weight bar in his teacher's back yard that was so heavy that every time he looked at it, he hated it big time.
- I have a huge rock beside my drive way that I used to move around with. Today when I look at it, I also hate it big time.
IMO, if the weight is too much that you start to hate it, it's not a good idea. It's better to work on the right amount of weight that you feel comfortable with and "enjoy" doing it. This way, you will continue your weight training through your old age.
There is no way that a MA guy can have a body like this without going through some serious weight training.
|I would say that it depends on the approach to weightlifting you take.
From a MA standpoint, it is better to work on exercises that involve as many joints/muscle groups as possible (ie. squats, woodchoppers, etc) so that you are building whole body strength/unity, rather than taking a body building approach and isolating muscle groups ( bicep curls, tricep kickbacks.....).
Do it 5 or 6 more times. Is that easy?
I am happy to be a dissenting voice.. I do not do weight training.. have never seriously done any weight training.. For me increases in muscle mass perturb my sensitivity..
Shioda: No – in Aikido, in order not to create stagnation in the body, you mustn’t build up your muscles. However, I didn’t understand that when I was young, so I would hide from Ueshiba sensei and lift weights. When he found out I’d really get scolded. Of course it’s natural to want to make your body strong when you’re young, and logic comes later. Anyway, you should just train as much as you can. I trained everyday from five in the morning until nine at night! I think that kind of period is important to have when you’re young