For most of the witches or magic practitioners is essential to train your mind but, what about the body?
Since I discovered Chi Kung can train both at the same time. Is based on series of movements (also has static positions) to be performed slowly and smoothly, controlling respiration, directing our chi consciously. Muscles are moved by chi, chi is moved by intention (or will, I'm spanish, not sure).
By chi kung our internal energy or chi increases, loose joints, muscles are strengthened, the ability to concentrate increases.
Static positions are the best for meditation, forcing the body to relax in a priori uncomfortable positions, need to be grounded for this.
It's suitable for all ages and show results in a few weeks.
Personally, I take part in a practice seemingly lost to the modern United States... I exercise. I run regularly and do a mix of other exercises ranging from pull-ups to "burpees".(an odd cross between a push-up and a jumping-jack). I don't attribute my exercise to anything magical, but it feels nice to be able to run a mile without dying at the end of it.
Well, I don't do much in the way of exercise now since experiencing some disability issues. But, before I taught martial arts for about 19 years and exercised regularly. I still do a little bit, but not nearly like I use to. Mostly now I am limited to seated chi kung exercises and limited walking.
Many people neglect the physical in the pursuit of the spiritual and magical worlds. They forget that the physical body is an energy body as well, and needs to be cared for. The idea of "your body is a temple" is not incorrect. If you abuse it, deface it and neglect it, how well is it going to work for you?
Standard strengths training in combination with several martial arts and systems(boxing, muay thai, ninjutsu, aikido, several forms of grappling, kendo, kenjutsu and old European weapon styles with and without armor(don`t really posses armor but a weighted vest))
Of course I don`t train all of them at the same time but still I`m at least trying to maintain a decent level of skill in all of them.
To provide an answer, There are methods involving body hardening. Strengthening the bones through micr-fractures and repeated strikes. For example, the shaolin would plunge their fingertips into bowls of beans to toughen the fingers, and would eventuallyg graduate to striking wood and raw trees. They also picked some up and swung their heads into sandbags to harden the skull over time.
The Shinobi of japan did similar things, training their childrens fists by making them punch pits of sand, pebbles, rocks, and etc.
The basic idea is to strike yourself in different places causing said microfractures. however the palms of the hands, bottoms of the feat, neck, and genitals were exempt from this. Wherever else so long as it had muscle and bone it was trained.
Under these methods, bones have been shown to grow harder and denser, not that youll be superman or anything but it decently highers your pain tolorance.
Noscete I have trained in these martial arts since I was 6 or 7 years old and right now I`m 25 soon to be 26 so yeah I would say it took me quite a while to learn them, but unfortunately not master them.
Re: How do you train body? By: Star.Child / Novice
Post # 10 Jun 24, 2015
Would you believe that there is a thing called motionless exercise? I bought the dvd years ago, and it really burns the muscles by a series of positions against the wall and chair. The positions are held for a bit, and in doing so, certain muscles are used. It includes balance, and it really works for those who cannot do any real running or walking any distance. I did not believe it would work, but boy, was I surprised! I also do stretching to keep loose and as flexible as possible.
I'm surprised that no one included getting the right nutrition for your body. Thinking of food as fuel helps considerably.