Fitness is synonymous with Martial Arts training. It is especially expected due to the great conditioning of Wing Chun student Bruce Lee.. Martial Artist are known for their intensely powerful abs. A six pack is very ‘fashionable’ at the moment, but it is also a little misunderstood. To get a great six pack requires very low body fat, and not the training you may expect. To get a powerful set of abs that can take a’shot’ is down to hard work, and they very powerful muscles can easily be hidden by a shallow layer of fat and give the impression that a person may not be in great condition. This is quite simply rubbish. Very heavy people are very strong as they carry a lot of weight around all day. It may not be good for their heart and other internal organs, however obesity is obviously not a good condition to place yourself in. In terms of martial arts and potentially fighting, it could be argued that if you are not fit enough to run or escape you may not be fit enough to fight back. As a counter to this even a heavy person can be explosive and dangerous for a short period. Wing Chun relies on this short economical movement to effect the system.
The reason so many martial artist have great abs, is because they train intensively and often for long periods of time. It is not the goal of their training, it is simply a result of their training.