When I was around 7 or so, my older brother and I took karate classes together. At that time I was quite uncoordinated and being overweight didn’t equal a very long or successful martial arts career. Something I regret to this day as I think it would have done wonders for my development.
So, while i was far from ever following in the steps of Bruce Lee, I have always been intrigued and greatly respected the martial arts. The athleticism, flexibility, strength, and power are qualities that hard not to admire. Not to mention the arts side themselves.
Whenever I am around someone who does have quite a bit of experience in the arts I love to pick their brain. Mostly because I find they have a rather unique perspective on the body and look at movement not just through the lens of muscles and the sort. There is often a deep understanding that movement is more than just contracting a few muscles here and there.
That was very true when this past weekend while teaching our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training certification in South Korea I got to speak with Mr. Bong. Oh no, that was not a typo, his name is Mr. Bong, isn’t that freakin’ awesome!
Besides having maybe the coolest name of all time, Mr. Bong is humble, very kind, and to be honest, kinda a bad ass! I met Mr. Bong through DVRT Master, Raymond Lee. They work together at Raymond’s Uprise Training Center in Seoul. When Raymond told me that Mr. Bong was a Muay Thai Kickboxing coach I have to admit I did give him a bit of a second look.
You see, Mr. Bong is not a physically imposing gentleman, in fact, he is rather thin. I couldn’t help but be a bit skeptical as in the US I have run into my fair share of pseudo martial arts experts. I did a 180 after I watched Mr. Bong perform a small demonstration of some Muay Thai skills. The incredible speed and power he demonstrated definitely got my attention!
After our two day course, I got to have dinner with Mr. Bong and even though my Korean is non-existent, I wanted to ask him what he thought about DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training as I thought he would have a unique perspective.
Funny enough, before I could even start prying some much desired information out of him, he began to share with me about how much he enjoyed the course. He began to explain how the movement progressions and how we teach movement fall so closely in line with much of the martial arts. While he never knew the science before, he knew the skills.
I was fascinated to hear about how he thinks performing each punch and kick is right in line in how we teach people to connect their bodies during DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training drills. Mr. Bong’s eyes began to light up when he spoke about each DVRT drill and its close relationship to teaching the body to be more and more efficient.
I’ll be honest, I was pretty pumped. Mostly because I have always believed that great martial artists knew how to use the body better than just about anyone, even if they didn’t have the science to back it up. Hundreds of years have definitely led some of these masters to use the body in ways most of us would only imagine in the movies. So, to hear from an accomplished martial artist that DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training represents many of the same qualities was pretty awesome.
Of course I couldn’t resist the opportunity to shoot a video with Mr. Bong and Raymond. They were both generous enough to break down three DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training moves that they thought really taught incredibly valuable concepts of better human movement and real world strength.
Make sure to check out today’s training video as even if you THINK you know these DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training drills you may end up seeing them a bit differently. Especially when you see Mr. Bong do one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a LONG time!
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