After immigrating to the U.S.A. in the early 1980s as a political refugee, I was looking for a way to make a living from my sports-science know-how. So I was looking at publications on various aspects of sports training and p.e., among them martial arts’ magazines. Especially in those martial arts’ magazines, I noticed a need for good instruction on practically everything. I decided to sell my know-how on flexibility, because it’s so easy to advertise.

Think, how would you advertise, let’s say, the best method to improve a high jump and a reach jump? It’s difficult to show a photo of a dynamic movement that convinces people. But with flexibility it is very easy: a photo of a split between chairs proves a point: the great range of motion combined with considerable strength. But I did not use a photo of a front-back split — I used a photo of a straddle split because, unlike the front-back split, it plays on a human viewer’s “monkey mind.” To see why it does it, read my new post at https://www.stadion.com/high-kicks-and-splits-monkey-mind-and-advertising/

To obtain my flexibility know-how, see publications listed below.

Flexibility Express: Flexibility and Functional Strength in No Time
Stretching Scientifically: A Guide to Flexibility Training
Power High Kicks with No Warm-Up!

Do you do martial arts or combat sports? Do you have an answer to the eternal question: What is the best fighting art?
If you do, read my new self-defense tip and post your answer as a comment to it at
real-self-defense.com/self-defense-tip-124-what-is-the-best-fighting-art/


Punches and Kicks Combinations of North Korean People's Army hand-to-hand combat system
Check out my latest video at https://youtu.be/gdYCG1gsqzE and comment on it to let me know what you think about such things. Would you like to know more about this system? Just post your comment to the video.

Public Service Announcement

Lock-downs, social distancing, etc. are necessary to stop spreading of covid-19 WHERE GOVERNMENTS FAILED to follow standard epidemic prevention procedures in time, without stupid delays.

Taiwan’s government didn’t dilly dally. The result in a population of over 23 million:

558 coronavirus cases, 7 deaths.

See for yourself here:

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/taiwan/

and here:

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/taiwan-marks-200-days-domestic-covid-19-infection-73896769

Why do you think your government did dilly dally? Is it because it is run by turds? Or is it because it is run by traitors?


Can you tell a well-schooled sports instructor or a martial arts instructor from an unschooled one? Then watch the video in my latest article and point out the single teaching error that keeps a student practice a simple grappling throw for over ten minutes and still not get it–even though his instructor shows him the technique perfectly. The video is at https://www.stadion.com/a-bit-of-know-how-for-teaching-and-learning-techniques-faster/



Power High Kicks With No Warm-Up! DVD trailer

Power High Kicks With No Warm-Up! DVD is now available as a pay-per-view streaming video for $39.95 ($10.00 less than the DVD). You may view it from anywhere, for an unlimited number of times.

The first and the second chapters of Power High Kicks With No Warm-Up! are free to view.

Click here for full info on this DVD.



Stretch for splits and bridges with Flexibility Express: Flexibility and Functional Strength in No Time DVD trailer

Flexibility Express DVD is now available as a pay-per-view streaming video. You may view it from anywhere, for an unlimited number of times.

The first chapter of Flexibility Express, on testing your flexibility potential for splits and back bridges, is free to view.

You may view the streaming version for $59.95 ($20.00 less than the DVD).

Click here for full info on this DVD.


I get questions like, “I am 40. Am I too old to improve my [insert here some athletic ability, for example, flexibility, or strength, or endurance] following your training programs?” An email from a 71-year old user of Flexibility Express answers such questions. Read it and see instructional videos at stadion.com/too-old-to-get-better/


See a video showing an easy, mechanically sound way of achieving the side split. It is at https://www.stadion.com/an-easy-way-to-a-side-split/

Flexibility Express DVD by Thomas Kurz

The Unbreakable® Umbrella — A peculiar mix of genteel elegance and chilling weaponry...


Running is the most commonly used form of movement for developing general aerobic endurance. It is a simple, natural movement, yet people can do it wrong. For a description of the correct running technique plus info on the influence of footwear on gait and posture, which affects athletic performance in every sport and martial art, visit https://www.stadion.com/training-tips-for-running-technique/

Science of Sports Training, 2nd edition, by Thomas Kurz

Flexibility Express DVD by Thomas Kurz

The Unbreakable® Umbrella — A peculiar mix of genteel elegance and chilling weaponry...


Experiments done on athletes long ago (Nawrocka 1967) determined the optimal sequence for teaching a new sports technique:

1. Name the technique and give a brief description, including the key whys (yes, before a demonstration).

2. Demonstrate the whole technique at full speed.

3. Ask the athlete to give a verbal description of the technique.

4. The athlete attempts to perform the technique.

To find out why the above teaching sequence is the optimal one, see “How to Learn Skills Faster and Better—Through Verbalization.”

Science of Sports Training, 2nd edition, by Thomas Kurz

Flexibility Express DVD by Thomas Kurz

The Unbreakable® Umbrella — A peculiar mix of genteel elegance and chilling weaponry...