Kung Fu Iron Vest
Iron vest training is usually considered "closed door" training at
most kung fu schools, meaning that is not typically taught to just
anyone, but instead is reserved for advanced students who have
proven themselves not only in terms of skill development but also in
terms of character development. Remember that in the olden days, a
kung fu sifu (teacher) also wanted his students to be of good morals
Iron vest (also sometimes called
"iron shirt"), is a training system designed to protect the
practitioner from strikes that managed to get through his defenses.
As anyone who studies a martial art knows, even if you are very
skilled in blocking and evading, you will still get hit from time to
time. Iron vest protects you from these strikes. In fact, some
people who practice this type of training will do demonstrations
where they allow themselves to be hit in the torso with a sledge
hammer to show that they can take the massive blow without being
Iron vest is a combination of internal and external exercises. The
internal aspects involve special breathing and qigong routines,
while the external aspects involve holding certain postures and
stances and performing certain movements for a specific number of
sets or reps.
There will also typically be a portion of training that consists of
standing meditation, usually at the end of the training session.
In the beginning, iron vest will protect just the center of the
student's torso from strikes. Over time, as he practices longer and
develops more skill, the protected area will slowly start to spread
until nearly the entire torso is resilient to strikes.
It's best to practice this type of training under the guidance of a
knowledgeable kung fu master, as practicing incorrectly can
potentially cause damage to the organs.
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