Do you see that barrel-chested guy with that massive metal mace? That's the Great Gama, Champion Wrestler of the Punjab. If you wanted to learn wrestling from Gama, you had to pass his challenge, perform 500 dand, aka "Hindu push-ups", and 1000 bethak, or squats.
That was just to start training with him!
Gama's exercise program was a huge influence on Bruce Lee's physical training. We find notes on it in the "Tao of Jeet Kune Do". These two exercises are almost a complete workout! So, this December at Maryland Jeet Kune Do, we are taking the Gama Challenge Together! If you're able, go ahead and do 500 dand and 1000 bethak! If' you can't, try doing half at 250 and 500!
You do these exercises in five sets, two bethak for every one dand. The standard warm-up we do in every class is five sets of ten dand and twenty bethak. That's fifty dand and twenty bethak right there! It only takes about five to ten minutes depending on your level of fitness. If you're an absolute beginner, here's an outline of how you can build up to doing 250 by the end of the month. It's easier than you think. Just do five sets of the numbers below on each day and you'll reach your goal by the end of the month! Can you already do five sets of ten and twenty? Or five sets of twenty and forty? Then start there and see how far you can progress by the end of the month!
Want to do the full Gama Challenge by the end of December? It's easy! Do two supersets of five sets of these exercises each day! Just double up. You can do one set in the morning, and one in the evening!
Weigh yourself and take a picture on your first day, and then don't step on a scale until the last day!
You'll be happy to start the New Year with a New You!
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