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Yoga for Martial Artists: A Comparative Review of two Methods

Updated on May 15, 2013
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Budokon - Flow and Flexibility

First let's look at the Budokon "Flow and Flexibility" DVD by Cameron Shayne. Overall I would say that this is a decent mix of martial arts and Yoga, even though it's about 60% yoga and 40% martial arts.

Here's how it breaks down:

Hits

  • Yoga is pretty on point: If you like a relatively intense vinyasa and can stand some unorthodox moves mixed in, it’s pretty good
  • Instruction: It could be better as he talks a bit fast, but otherwise he is very thorough and it is relatively easy to follow
  • No distractions: I’ve done a lot of yoga and fitness DVD’s, and one thing I don’t like is all the extra movement and focus on multiple people doing multiple modifications. This is just Cameron Shayne doing his art, and it fits

Could improve on

  • Length: it’s too short and there’s only one sequence. Once you’ve done it for a while, you’ll probably get bored
  • Blooper Reel: Could have done without it and maybe added in another sequence
  • Martial Arts: almost seemed thrown in as a last minute decision. I like the knee strikes and kicks, but it’s more like a cardio-art than a martial one due to lack of instruction

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Yogic Arts: Source Power

I actually thoroughly enjoyed this DVD. The Korean Gung Fu mixes well with his high power vinyasa yoga. Also, this is one of the few DVD's that was correctly labeled as Advanced. This is a very advanced DVD and would not be suitable for anyone new to a yogic practice.

Hits

  • Yoga and Martial Arts blend seamlessly. This seems as if it is one style, possibly one aspect of the martial art that happens to derive from Ashtanga or Vinyasa yoga.
  • Demonstration: If you (like me) watch the DVD before actually attempting to do it, you will notice how precisely he executes all of the moves. This is good because no one is in your home to give you adjustments. The multiple camera angles and deliberate entrance into each pose makes it easy to follow.
  • No distractions: Again, I love fitness DVD's but they tend to have too many people on them doing too many different variations of the exercise. This is aesthetically pleasing as it is just Duncan Wong doing his Yogic Art.
  • Extras: I really enjoyed his extras as they actually help you with the practice itself. None of them seemed like fluff that you get charged extra for.

Could improve on

  • Speed: Mr. Wong speaks too fast. Granted, this is labeled as an advanced course, but he could slow down a bit in order to help the participants who are trying to learn by listening.

Summary

All in all,

I would say that both of these DVD's are worth a shot if you are interested in the mix of Yoga and Martial Arts. It's pretty difficult to learn anything technical from a DVD, but both of these seem to treat the subject matter with care and respect. That being said, I would recommend Yogic Arts for a more advanced student, but I think most people could follow the Budokon DVD.

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