A Sport for a more Civizied Age
Swinging a LightSaber around is excellent for shoulder health and upper body strength, but as with any intense training, you cannot simply jump into it and expect results without consequences.
Warm-Ups and Cool-Downs are the key to sustainable performance and negating potential injuries. This will take you about 10 minutes per session in the beginning, and 10 min at the end. This is an awesome opportunity to catch up with friends, talk theory, or practice your deep breathing. I know you’re totally stoked to start training, but you’ve gotta understand, this is how we start training.
This video covers the upper body portion of the warm-up, and there will be a lower body portion to come.
After a few weeks of regular mobility, you might want to add a saber or two to these warm-ups to increase the intensity (after the first 5 minutes or so) which will greatly improve your battle endurance as far as sheer arm strength goes. (Cardio is a whole seperate beast)
You will also want to spend at least a few minutes using higher intensity methods like jumping rope, jogging, jumping jacks, bouncing, skipping, etc. in order to prime your body for what is to come. (all the blood begins to fill your fight/flight muscles at this point and moves away from parasympathetic parts like the stomach).
This time is crucial for proper recovery, but is easily the most neglected. People have places to be and things to do, so they fight until the last second, offer a quick good-bye and rush of to a sedentary evening after getting all their muscles warmed up and pliable.
I recommend taking a walk to start the cool down process, taking time to lower the heart rate, slow the breathing, and to do a full body system check(did anything get pulled? any big wacks? swollen tissues?).
Next take a few minutes in a relaxed squat or lunge position (or both). Some foam rolling would be great.
The icing on top would be to find a nice high bar to hang on. This is a prime method for creating shoulder health and stability. You should hang on something every chance you get. This practice will improve shoulder, grip, wrist, and forearm strength, flexibility, and stability.
The longer you spend on your cool-down, the sooner you’ll be ready to get in the ring.
Don’t act like LightSaber Combat is no big deal, you’re doing yourself a disservice. This is a legitimate fighting sport, and should be treated as such. Right movement, right posture, right recovery (lifestyle) are all necessary for sustainable performance. If you want to be fighting in 1, 5, 10, 20 years, you’re going to need to take care of your machinery.
Take care of yourself, you deserve it!
—More videos to come on these subjects—