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Balance – Slow Aging – Improve Performance :071

Training balance is a Must for Athletes and Non-athletes Alike

Whether you are concerned about getting a better score in golf or a faster time down the slope – or you simply want to be more mobile, able and mentally sharp as you age – balance training is the key!

In this interview Jim Klopman, the author of Balance is Power and the creator of the Slackbow Balance Training System shared how his balance training not only helped his and others’ athletic performance, but also the ADD he had been experiencing exacerbated by sports related concussions.

 

Here’s some of what we covered:

  • How the Portable Neuromodulator Stimulator, developed and used at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, helps people rehabilitate sensory and motor disorders – by re-circuiting feedback to the brain via the tongue!
  • How movement actually helped Parkinson’s patients begin to speak and walk again.
  • “We build better muscles, not bigger muscles.” – Jim Klopman
  • Cognitive Kali (martial arts) Paul McCarthy TED Talk
  • “Improving your balance is not a muscle skill – so we’re not teaching you to do something new like hitting a gold ball… it’s not like lifting weights – it’s a software system [sic].” – Jim Klopman
  • “When you learn how to balance, one thing that happens is your kinetic chain gets better. So golfers look smoother when they hit the golf ball, you run smoother… everything flows better… the best athletes are the most graceful… they have the best Balance.” – Jim Klopman
  • How playing music artificially shuts off the conscious mind which Jim has found very counter-productive for training.
  • This is not just for athletes! Improving your balance can help prevent injury and slow aging! Half of all emergency room visits of patients over the age of 45 are due to falls!
  • Is it better to walk on the ball or heel of the foot? What about walking in heels?
  • Why your bifocals may be a hazard.
  • Which shoes are best and worst to wear?

And so much more… Watch, Listen, Enjoy!

 

About Jim Klopman

Jim Klopman- Balance is Power - Slack Bow

Jim is a lifelong innovator who has always been one of those people who thinks differently. He believes balance training has sharpened his ability to make new neural connections and see the possibilities and pathways that others miss.

Originally Jim was looking for a way to maintain his own athletic performance well into his 90s. But the Slackbow Balance Training System he developed turned out to be a key to whole body and mind fitness that was even more revolutionary than he could have imagined.

He is eager to spread his knowledge, techniques and tools far and wide to help seekers like him tune their brains to perform better in work and sports, sleep better, look younger and live longer.

Learn more – get Jim’s Balance is Power book, SlackBow and SlackBlock here!

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Guro Rick Faye and Josh Prior of MKG Madison :058

MKG (Minnesota Kali Group) affiliated schools teach a variety of arts from Bruce Lee’s JKD; to Kali, Thai Boxing, Silat, Jiu Jitsu, CSW (wrestling) and focus on fitness, fun and function!

Guro Rick (MKG Minneapolis,MN) and Josh (MKG Madison, WI) really hit it home on how these arts are great not only for physical health, but brain health (neuro-plasticity) as well.

Josh also shares how they have transformed their kids’ program to focus around brain health and nonviolence.

 

We humbly ask – Help Guro Rick’s wife Marla Faye in her healing journey with cancer…

Please visit their Go Fund Me Page

 

Guro Rick Faye, Guro Dan Inosanto and Josh Prior

Josh Prior (MKG Madison) – Guro Dan Inosanto – Guro Rick Faye (MKG Minneapolis – MKG Founder)

 

Here are some for highlights of the discussion:

  • How Josh Prior, owner of MKG Madison got started in martial arts
  • What are Kali and JKD
  • Josh and Guro Rick’s perspective on martial arts: sports, art, training, self-defense, fitness…
  • The impact of a welcoming community
  • Bilateral movement
  • Using double stick work (sinawali) to “warm-up” the brain to perform better at other tasks
  • How stick work improves empty-hand work.
  • No more boring workouts!
  • “. . . he was training martial arts to lose weight, now he’s losing weight to train martial arts.” – Josh Prior MKG Madison
  • Altering training through body changes: arthritis, back pain, sciatica, etc.
  • “Martial arts is what keeps me from getting worse [body pain].” – Josh Prior MKG Madison
  • “It was an encouragement to me to be who I was and simultaneously change my body [through martial arts].” – Josh Prior MKG Madison
  • “I really believe we’ve been given the ‘Fountain of Youth’ through this art.” – Guro Rick Faye
  • Kids and martial arts – development and handling the ‘combative element”
  • “If we can create more peaceful, functional people… the world is going to be that much better.” – Josh Prior MKG Madison
  • “If I could recommend anything to people for their kids is, take the computer away.” – Guro Rick Faye
  • Attention span of youth
  • Present moment consciousness
  • Martial arts – more than self-defense

 

Guro Rick Faye and Josh Prior

Josh Prior (MGK Madison) and Guro Rick Faye (MKG Minneapolis – MGK Founder)

 

About Josh Prior

JJosh Prior MKG Madisonosh Prior and his wife Ruth are co-owners MKG International Martial Arts Madison. Josh has been training martial arts for over 18 years. He started training martial arts in 1997 in the discipline of Jun Fan JKD (Bruce Lee’s research and expression of martial arts). Through his training he has been exposed to many different types of martial arts: Kali (weapons and empty handed arts from the Philippines and Southeast Asia), Jun Fan/JKD Concepts, Muay Thai (kickboxing from Thailand), grappling (from many different arts), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Brazilian’s grappling art adapted from Judo), to name a few. In 2005, he started training and teaching at a local school where he developed the kids curriculum and taught all of the kids classes. During his martial arts career he has traveled to expand his knowledge of the martial arts. He has spent the majority of his training travels in Minneapolis at Rick Faye’s internationally recognized martial arts academy Minnesota Kali Group and in August 2010 Josh received his Level 1 Instructors certification. In December 2010, the school that Josh was currently teaching at decided to go a different direction, which allowed Josh to follow his dreams of starting his own martial arts academy. In February 2011, he made another trip to MKG to discuss the possibility of starting a branch in the Madison area. Rick Faye gave him his support and blessing for Josh to pursue his dream, thus MKG International Martial Arts Madison was born.

Check out MKGMadison.com