This week’s “Fitness Friday” column is being written by Frank Hatsis, the creator of the Dragon’s Tooth Rope Dart. Frank began his Kung Fu training at The Chan Tai San school of Kung Fu (later called MPKFC) where he learned the Choy Lay Fut and Lama Pai systems. It was here that Frank discovered the rope dart. Frank Hatsis earned his Master’s Degree in Science and Physical Education at Hofstra University and is currently the physical education teacher at a prestigious talented and gifted school in Manhattan, NY. Frank continues to compete with and teach the rope dart across the world.
The Rope Dart is quickly becoming the new thing for people everywhere who enjoy full body workouts, like to challenge their cardio and are eager to learn dance like movements.
Born from the idea of a simple weight on a rope, the Rope Dart has fitness enthusiasts hooked with both the physical benefits and the mental feeling of accomplishment one experiences when learning something new. Typically, a Rope Dart is 8 -12 feet of rope with an approximate weight of 6 ounces on one end. Exercise movements include using the body to spin, swing and shoot the Rope Dart.
The Rope Dart challenges the entire body, with an emphasis on core/trunk stability.
The natural movements inherent in Rope Dart exercise leaves practitioners with the coveted ‘long and sleek’ muscle look due to the consistent flexing and extending of a person’s shoulders, arms, back, thighs and legs.
Kyle D. Moore, 27, competitive fitness model living in Brooklyn, NY says, “I am using Rope Darting as my cardio for my upcoming bodybuilding show. It’s a great form of high intensity movement.” Further, Kyle says, “I believe in making fitness fun…You don’t have to restrict yourself to cardio machines in the gym.”
Christina Ann, 25, Long Island resident and mother of Anna Sophia says, “Instead of going to the gym, putting her (Anna Sophia) in the nursery and dealing with all of that I can put her in her crib for a nap, go to my backyard and get my workout in! When she’s down for naps it’s mommy time!” Christina adds, “I watch the instructional videos from ropedarts.com right on my smartphone, it’s super easy!”
Fitness Coach Christina Simpson, 30, feels that “…using the Rope Dart is a great work-out routine. Swinging the Rope Dart provides my upper body with a great challenge while I’m constantly in motion. By the time I need a water break, a half hour or more has gone by. That might be the hardest part about using the Rope Dart, knowing when to stop!”
Families across the nation are ditching the treadmill in favor of something more dynamic and fun to get their exercise – fix in.
Upstate New York dad, Hank Winney, 40, father of an 11 year old daughter agrees, “ (Rope) Dart hits all the right muscle groups for me. I rarely practice anything but the dart anymore, eat what I want when I want and I am pretty fit. Almost have a six pack – it’s kinda amazing actually.”
The Rope Dart Academy offers a comprehensive video library on their website, http://www.ropedarts.com. The video library is designed to take a person from beginner movements all the way through advanced techniques.
So, the Rope Dart is great for getting in shape – but what else is it great for?
We asked Certified NASM Instructor, Malu Wilder, 33, of Boston, what other benefits Rope Dart training provides for his clients and he quickly responded, “Proprioception – the brain’s ability to be aware of where your limbs and body is in space at any given time – is trained highly through the use and practice of Rope Dart. Body awareness is one of the most fundamental skills needed for fitness buffs to avoid injury. Combining Rope Dart with a regular fitness regimen can greatly add to neuromuscular recruitment and muscle control.”
Mom’s, dad’s, body builders, everyone! is discovering the Rope Dart!
We recommend using the ‘Silk Dart’ from the Rope Dart Academy. The Silk Dart is made of high quality beautiful silk brocade, which is gentle on the skin and features a bean bag as a weighted end for maximum safety.
Want to experience something new and exciting? Something that gets your heart pumping and muscles firing? Check out the Rope Dart Academy at http://www.ropedarts.com and get started today!