Mat Chat 1/25/21 – 1/30/21

This weeks mat chat will be about resting and the importance of eating a nutritious breakfast, as well as rehydrating our bodies first thing in the morning.

MATT CHAT :

Sleep – 8 – 12 Hours Per Night MINIMUM /

Exercise – Martial Arts or other sports programs

Nutrition – Breakfast is brain food / As close to natural state as possible – Water First thing.

 

Sensei Mark has been studying the Martial Arts for 45 years and teaching for 40 years. Starting in a traditional Karate form called Shotokan as a member of the JKA (Japanese Karate Association) testing under such well renowned masters as Kenasuki Enoeda and Tomita Sensei, he then joined the British Army at the young age of 16. After serving in the British Army as a Royal Engineer where he was able to continue his training in boxing, Judo, Karate and Kickboxing he decided to visit California where he found his passion for the teaching part of Martial Arts, and has remained here ever since. Studying under Senior Grand Master Rick Alemany in Kenpo Karate.“America has been amazing to me. With hard work and passion for what you do, this country truly is the Land of Opportunity I get to do what I love at Manteca Martial Arts, changing lives one student at a time is a true honor”

 

 

October Amazing – November here we come!

What an exciting month it has been at Manteca Martial Arts. For the month of October we saw fantastic growth in our attendance.  Old students returning and new students excited to get started on their martial arts journey. So much so, that we where able to open additional classes.  As we continue to adhere to cdc guide lines, adjust our program to ensure the safety and well being of our students, the positive feed back has been heart warming.  Our pre coved students are getting back on track with their material extremely fast, while they also regain their flexibility and cardio with the constant exercise.  Being able to participate in the mat chats to encourage that so needed social interaction has worked out fabulously. Keeping their 8′ distance but still talking to each other and experiencing that so needed body language has been a privilege to see.  This months weapon is the Jo, one of my personal favorites.  Very self defense applicable and fun to learn.  Can’t wait to see everyone on the mat.  Tiny Tiger and Warrior parents, don’t forget to mark your calendar for November 18th, parent participation day.

 

Sensei Mark has been studying the Martial Arts for 45 years and teaching for 40 years. Starting in a traditional Karate form called Shotokan as a member of the JKA (Japanese Karate Association) testing under such well renowned masters as Kenasuki Enoeda and Tomita Sensei, he then joined the British Army at the young age of 16. After serving in the British Army as a Royal Engineer where he was able to continue his training in boxing, Judo, Karate and Kickboxing he decided to visit California where he found his passion for the teaching part of Martial Arts, and has remained here ever since. Studying under Senior Grand Master Rick Alemany in Kenpo Karate.“America has been amazing to me. With hard work and passion for what you do, this country truly is the Land of Opportunity I get to do what I love at Manteca Martial Arts, changing lives one student at a time is a true honor”

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Manteca Martial Arts, Karate, Kickboxing, Kempo, Kung Fu, Mixed Martial Arts,

November Weapon

Good Evening,

The weapon for November will be the Jo, if you need to order please go to the link provided to purchase.  Not sure what size? The rule of thumb is to be 3-5 inches taller than student.

https://stores.inksoft.com/manteca_martial_arts

Sensei Mark

Sensei Mark has been studying the Martial Arts for 45 years and teaching for 40 years. Starting in a traditional Karate form called Shotokan as a member of the JKA (Japanese Karate Association) testing under such well renowned masters as Kenasuki Enoeda and Tomita Sensei, he then joined the British Army at the young age of 16. After serving in the British Army as a Royal Engineer where he was able to continue his training in boxing, Judo, Karate and Kickboxing he decided to visit California where he found his passion for the teaching part of Martial Arts, and has remained here ever since. Studying under Senior Grand Master Rick Alemany in Kenpo Karate.“America has been amazing to me. With hard work and passion for what you do, this country truly is the Land of Opportunity I get to do what I love at Manteca Martial Arts, changing lives one student at a time is a true honor”

The Mysterious Origins of Kung Fu

In Chinese ‘Kung’ means energy and ‘Fu’ means time. Kung Fu is any practice that requires time, patience, and energy to master. So it does not only stand for the martial art that is synonymous with that name.

Kung Fu became popular in the West with the coming of Chinese action movies depicting it. Martial artists and actors like Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Jet Li have also contributed to raising its popularity in the West. There are actually many stories of how Kung Fu developed. Here are some of them:

One theory: Kung Fu and all other Chinese martial arts originated in India

One story is that all Chinese martial arts including Kung Fu have their roots in India. It is possible, because China and India have had extensive trade relations for centuries and Buddhism did come to China from India. Chinese merchant ships even traded in the port city of Calicut in Kerala, India, for many centuries. Even now, there are Chinese fishing nets in Calicut, which are locally known as ‘Cheena vala’. The Indian martial art called Kalaripatayam is also said to share many characteristics with Chinese martial arts. Without contradictory evidence, these facts make it entirely possible that the rudiments of Kung Fu came to China from India.

Another possibility: Martial arts came to China with an Indian Buddhist monk

The second story is about how martial arts were introduced to China by an Indian Buddhist monk known as Bodhidharma. The Shaolin temple in Henan province also confirms this tradition. The early Buddhist monks were proselytizers and they went far and wide to propagate Buddhism. They often had to travel treacherous paths which were roamed by waiting bandits.

The Buddhist monks had to protect themselves against these bandits but there was a problem. The monks were pacifists so they could not carry weapons. Instead, they learned to defend themselves with their fists and legs. Slowly and steadily, they developed the martial arts forms that over time have become modern martial arts. Even now, the Shaolin temple is known as the Mecca for martial arts.

Another thought: Kung Fu came from the exercises developed to make the monks stronger

Boddhidharma developed 18 exercises which had to be performed with the hands. He taught it
the monks in the Shaolin temple. Apparantly, some of the monks used to fall asleep during his sermons. Buddhism also had very austere practices and he found that the monks were not physically prepared for the vigors of the religion which often involved frugal living and even fasting at times. Boddhidharma believed that by developing a strong body, the monks could follow the tenets of Buddhism better. The monks later took these exercises forward and codified them into a system which became Kung Fu.

Eight hundred years after Boddhidharma’s death, during the rule of the Yuan dynasty (between 1260 and 1368), a monk called Chuan Yuan accepted the help of two boxers – Pai Yu feng and Li Cheung – and added more detail to the original Kung Fu.

He believed that the system as it was taught then was incomplete. His contributions included dividing the system into five styles, which were derived from animals – Crane, Tiger, Dragon, Snake, and Leopard. Modern Kung Fu is more advanced than the Kung Fu of olden days. It generally takes several years to develop proficiency.