Thursday, October 14, 2010

Yu Yu Hakusho- Genkai's Training for Yusuke

There's not a whole lot of training that we can apply from Yu Yu Hakusho, because there's a lot of energy based things. However, there are some things we can take from it, both directly and for inspiration. This workout is based on the times that Genkai trained Yusuke. We don't see much, but what we do see is pretty interesting.  So, here it is!

Genkai's Training for Yusuke

1. Practice Handstands for 30 Minutes
2. Practice Rock Climbing for 30 Minutes
3. Taking Punches- 3 x 1 Minute Rounds
4. Pushing against an opponent- 3 x 1 Minute Rounds

  • This is simple, but easily varied and increased in difficulty.
  • For handstands, just try to stay in a handstand as long as possible. Eventually, practice one handed handstand and fingertip handstands. The absolute limit of this training is being able to do a one-finger handstand. I'm fairly certain this is an ability that would require years and years of training, if you ever acheived it at all. So, for the sake of your sanity, try to focus on the task at hand and just practice the living hell of your handstands.
  • For rock climbing, it's best if you have gear and a rockwall made for training. If you're new and unless you are under the direct supervision of a rock climbing instructor, I wouldn't recommend actually going and training your rock climbing out in the wilderness, because you may die. Seriously-- death is forever. Anyway, if you have access to a rock climbing gym, then go for it! You need to work on speed and mobility on the wall. After you feel very comfortable, you can even race an opponent up the wall. To increase the difficulty, you can also wear ankle weights or a weighted vest.
  • For taking punches, you'll mainly be taking them to your midsection, preferably all the way around. Start with light blows and work our way up to harder ones.
  • For pushing against an opponent, you can put your hands, shoulders, chests, or backs together and try to push one another as hard as you can. The point here is maximum exertion, although you'll probably be pretty wasted from the rest of the workout at this point.
  • The exercises are mostly open so you can train on the principles and the movements, just so you're not always set in a certain way of doing things, because the world is never static and is always bringing you new challenges. Increase the difficulty as you get better at each thing.
  • Try to have fun!
That's all for today. I'm not sure if I can get anything else out of Yu Yu Hakusho, but I'm currently taking a second look at a few series I'd previously written off, so expect to see some newer things coming in the next few weeks, amidst our regulars.

Until next time, good luck and train hard!
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