Several martial arts exist in the world today to cater to different niches. Famous martial arts like TaeKwonDo, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Kung Fu, Capoeira, Pencak Silat, and Karate have entered mainstream media. Hollywood directors and producers have created films about various martial art types. People have developed a genuine interest due to the multiple benefits it provides, such as self-defense, physical fitness, or meditation.
However, the majority of martial arts instructors and masters use outdated ideologies in training enthusiasts and applicants. As a result, the individuals who venture into martial arts experience unwarranted injuries and lose interest in the long run. The beginners then fail to see and appreciate the innate beauty and lessons to be learned in practicing martial arts.
Kimana NeilStrong discovered this glaring problem in the field of martial arts. He found that some individuals skip their martial arts training or settle for their current belts/martial arts status due to physical injuries or the fear of acquiring such. Furthermore, getting light or substantial injuries also lessens many martial artists’ time to do what they love the most.
Given the issue at hand, Kimana founded Athletic Performance and Injury Prevention for Martial Arts (APIP Martial Arts), to help beginners and adept practitioners in the field of martial arts minimize the risk of injury by boosting their fitness level. He does this by implanting fitness training for his students and trainees.
To create custom meal plans and training programs, Kimana had to expand his knowledge of health and fitness. He enrolled and graduated at the top of his class at Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus), majoring in Exercise Science. Here, he learned various philosophies on human fitness and athletic performance, and longevity. He also covered topics on kinesiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor control.
Aside from his university education, he trained and gained several specialized certifications. Being a certified personal trainer specializing in corrective exercise, youth exercise, nutrition coaching and athletic performance, he can quickly notice if a trainee is using the wrong form in exercising. This habit would lead to injuries.
Another certification he has acquired is on performance enhancement in the realm of athletics, specializing in plyometrics for jumping and flexibility. He entered the field of athletics when he stopped competing in TaeKwonDo for two years. He joined the track team in Midwood High School, where he enjoyed running 800m – 1600m races and 1.5 – 3.1 miles in cross-country events. Since then, he has used this knowledge to return to the practice of TaeKwonDo, polish his skills for eight years, and minimize the occurrence of injuries during his sessions.
Kimana is passionate about helping other martial artists reach their full potential in their respective fields. He understands better than anyone the excruciating physical pain and mental anguish that martial artists have to go through due to injury as he has experienced it himself.
Therefore, he made it his life’s mission to help those who need his expertise. He developed a flexibility training program specifically for martial artists to kick higher and do splits WITHOUT A WARMUP. He will make a program for jumping higher, so martial artists can realize their full potential despite their age.To know more about APIP Martial Arts and Kimana’s Flexibility Training Program, visit his website. Follow him on Instagram to view his high kicks and fitness tips.