WEEKEND WARRIOR One glance at Jet Li and Sonny Chiba shows that not all martial arts have the same effect on your body. "Almost all forms build core power, which is essential to basic moves like punches and kicks," says Tom Seabourne, Ph.D., a champion martial artist and physiologist in Mount Pleasant, Texas. Below are his choices for the best disciplines, from martial to not-so-martial, for developing certain skills. Enroll in a class at your gym or go to mararts.org to find a school.
SKILLS DESIRED BEST DISCIPLINES (in descending order)
Balance kung fu, aikido, kendo, yoga, tai chi
Coordination jujitsu, aikido, kung fu, capoeira
Flexibility aikido, tae kwon do, capoeira, yoga
Muscular endurance judo, jujitsu
Speed karate, kendo, kickboxing
"Martial plan." Men's Health May 2004: 196. General OneFile. Web. 20 Nov. 2009.
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United States Judo Association - USJA
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