It’s important in Ving Tsun training to maintain our health. Time off training sick or injured is time wasted.
With so many flu viruses and such like going around it’s good to know how to recover quickly and get back to training.
Andrographis is an asian herb used to boost the immune system and help us fight off viruses using our own defences. It is contraindicated for pregnant women as the immune system will be so powerful it will reject the fetus. One or two doses of Andrographis tincture will deal with most colds and flu. Andrographis can be obtained from good health food stores or a chinese herbalist.
Garlic is also great for dealing with most viral or bacterial infections. It needs to be fresh, preferably organic, and 7 to 11 cloves. Chop the cloves and after 1 minute but less than ten minutes eat with avocado, baked beans or whatever you can get it down with. Chopping the garlic exposes it to air which begins a chain or reactions, one of which is formation of allicin, a very powerful compound. After 10 minutes the allicin has further changed into other compounds which are less beneficial. Note, do not resort to using the Russian or Elephant garlic because it has big cloves and is easy to peel. This stuff is not real garlic and has virtually no healing benefit whatsoever. Garlic has over 40 active compounds init and is too complex for bacterium and viruses to adapt to. It disrupts the organism’s mechanisms of defence, kills them and boosts our immune system in the process!
Fresh grated ginger and turmeric and black pepper in a drink of water with honey and lemon can stop coughing and allow better healing to take place. This can be a good preventive drink too.
Other than that, eating healthy food and drinking plenty of water will keep the sick hours down and the training hours up.
For long term health and fitness, I would advise avoidance of substances such as coffee, alcohol and other drugs. Eating organic food and preferably raw will help.
As we get older, eg 50+ it may be of benefit to supplement a little to adjust for the body’s aging process, as it begins to produce less of certain hormones and other compounds. CoQ10 is one such good supplement, as the body produces less of this vital chemical throughout our lives. A small amount of creatine helps with energy production, by little I mean a quarter of a teaspoon before training.
Regularly boosting human growth hormone production with L-Glutamine after training and before sleep wll help with cellular regeneration. Lastly, testosterone levels begin to decline and this can be boosted using herbs such as tribulis. Good health food stores will be able to supply with various herbal testo boosters. It’s good to vary these and have some time off them between courses.
Another useful medicine to keep us training is bone and bruise liniment, or jow.
It’s best to avoid liniments or gels containing camphor, as this is a toxic substance and will adversely affect performance. We make our own jow using a jow recipe that has been in our lineage for several generations.
Take this list of ingredients to a good Chinese herbalist. Tell them the amount of jow you wish to make. They will provide you with appropriate quantities of each ingredient.
Immerse the ingredients in vodka in a glass jar.
Turn the jar a few times to mix the ingredients, twice a day for 6 weeks.
Drain off the vodka into another jar and put aside in a cool dark place.
This is to remove the quick release chemicals.
Fill the original jar still with the ingredients with fresh vodka to cover.
Turn the jar a few times once a day for 6 months.
This is to obtain the slow release ingredients.
Drain off into a jar and add the liquid from the quick release jar.
This is already a good jow but will continue to improve the longer it is in the jar.
Tap off smaller amounts into dropper bottles as required.
Four litres of this jow could last a school many years.
This jow is good to use as a bruise liniment. It is highly recommennded to use after punching the wall bag to help the skin, bone and other tissue rapidly adapt to what is being asked of it.
The ingredients list is a Dr Leung Jan 25 herb recipe I received in good faith and took to a good Chinese herbalist for an evaluative appraisal and possible tweaking. I was advised it is a very good recipe and will work well, however they did suggest a couple of minor adjustments and I took them up on that.
The feedback on this jow has been excellent, and I’m very happy with it.
Dit Da Jow Ingredients:
|Common Name||Botanical Name||Pin Yin Name|
|1||Licorice root||Glycyrrhiza uralensis||Gan Cao|
|2||Mastic, Frankincense||Boswellia carterii||Ru Xiang|
|3||Myrrh||Commiphora myrrh||Mo Yao|
|4||Citrus peel||Citrus reticulata||Gan, Chen Pi|
|5||Bitter orange||Citrus aurantium||Zhi Ke|
|6||Bugleweed||Lycopus lucidas||Ze Lau|
|7||Safflower||Carthamus tinctorius||Hong Hua|
|8||Angelica root||Angelica sinensis||Dang Gui|
|9||Red peony||Paeonia lactiflora Pall.||Bai Shao|
|10||Persica seed||Prunus persica||Tao Ren|
|11||Salvia root||radix salviae miltiorrhizae||Dan Shen|
|12||Burreed tuber||Sparganium stoloniferum||Sau Leng|
|13||Zedoary||Curcuma zedoaria||E Zhu|
|14||Water plantain tuber||Alisma plantago-aquatica||Ze Xie|
|15||Clematis||radix clematidis chinensis||Wei Ling Xan|
|16||Fruit of Cape Jasmine||Gardenia jasminoides Ellis||Zhi Zi|
|18||Rhubarb||Rheum palmatum||Ji Wen Da Huang|
|19||Platycodon root||Platycodon grandiflorum||Jie Geng|
|20||Calamus gum||Daemonorops draco||Xue Jie|
|21||Magnolia bark||Magnolia officinalis||Hou Po|
|22||Lindera root||Lindera strychnifolia||Wu Yao|
|23||Sappan wood||Caesalpinia sappan||Su Mu|
|24||Rehmannia root||Rehmannia glutinosa||Di Huang|
|25||Plantain seed||Semen plantaginus (seeds)||Che Qian Zi|
Fighting fitness is achieved through the training.
If you have time for extra fitness work, it will go a long way to helping your VT and fighting abilities.
Resistance training is excellent, through free weights, kettlebells, resistance bands, bodyweight, yoga, it’s all good.. just make sure you know what you are doing or it can do more harm than good.
Stretching is awesome, for relaxation and to maintain range of motion.
Running, swimming, climbing and cycling, all great, if you can spare the time.
My thoughts on this are that when you do have time in your life for extra fitness work, great, and when you don’t the Ving Tsun training should keep it covered well enough.
One more thing.. the most important factor with regard to fitness training is recovery. Find out what your own personal recovery rate is, and make sure you have appropriate time between fitness training sessions. Digging a recovery hole will leave you with a recovery debt that can make you sick and unable to funtion properly.
Balance is vital. Do it, but don’t overdo it. Build up the intensity slowly and be aware when the body is down.. and give it down time.
The best way to know when it is time to do some strength or other training is when your body feels good about doing it. Learn to feel what the body needs.