Firstly, who is Sun Tzu? Sun Tzu was a Chinese military general, strategist, and philosopher who lived in the Spring and Autumn period of ancient China. Tzu is traditionally credited as the author of The Art of War, a widely influential work of military strategy that has impacted both Western and Eastern philosophy. Sun Tzu's work has been praised...Read more
Why are you losing? Your team trains hard but in races you seem to be ploughing through the water or dragging the back end of the boat. Your sweep is constantly making corrections – each time slowing the boat down. The boat is low on one side. All of these symptoms could be related to one issue – an unbalanced dragon boat. A balanced dragon boat makes...Read more
The previous post in this series, “Why You Need To Strengthen Your Shoulders”, described the role of the rotor cuff and other muscles in the stabilisation of your shoulder. This post will outline some of the exercises you can do to strengthen these muscles so that you have a long paddling career with minimum injuries. Firstly, here is a reminder of the muscles we are aiming to work on.
Sore Shoulders? There are a myriad of reasons why your shoulder hurts--from poor paddle technique and posture, over-training, unilateral (one-sided) paddling, long paddles (longer paddles = more load forcing upon the shoulder), etc. However, working the back shoulder muscles and stabilizers that hold the scapula in the correct position will be the keys to avoiding problems like shoulder...Read more