Training Methods

Being in great physical and mental condition is a must for all martial artists. This forum is all about conditioning and developing high
levels of mental and physical fitness. The purpose of this forum is to help us all improve our training methods.

css1971's picture

Karate shortens your lifespan

Wasn't sure if this should go in self protection instead... Apparently karate training may not be as healthy as we suspect. High ranking karate masters historically tended not to live as long as we might have thought, and different styles have different effects so it appears to be training habit related.

My experience is of almost constant low level injury, particularly as the training sessions intensity increase.

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Rob D's picture

Yoga as Supplementary Training

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Hey everyone - How many of you (if any) do yoga as a way to further train outside of the dojo? I came to karate rather late in life (started two years ago when I was 44 years old) and I do like to think of myself as being in shape (remember, "round" *is* a shape). So I am learning/training while at the same time trying to regain some of the balance I had in my youth as well as lose weight.

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Dod's picture

Kumite

I wondered how many of the people here who have an overall training goal of self-defense still include some sports-style kumite in their training:

It has benefits because it gets the adrenalin going,  is good for fitness,   lets you learn first-hand the differences between the two approaches,   has some cross-over in technique,  and at least it is facing an opponent rather than just punching the air.

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Mark Powell's picture

This is push hands

Over Christmas Eli Montaigue the current head of the World Taiji Boxing Association and son of the late Erle Montaigue who founded the association emailed us a video which explains the practical style of push hands he teaches as a training method. It is about 50 minutes long but I think its worth a look and thought some here might find it interesting:

Sorry despite prolonged attempts I have failed to work out how to embed the video.

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Wastelander's picture

Exercise for Strenghtening Throw Entries

I've been using this exercise periodically over the past year, or so, to work on strenghtening my throw entries. It's pretty simple--hang weight on the end of something and pull like you would for uchikomi. I feel like it's been a beneficial addition to my conventional weight training, so I thought I would share for those interested:

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Pull-Ups for the Clinch

Hello everyone,

I've mentioned the "kettlebell clinch pull-up" to a few people lately, and they were having a hard time envisioning what I meant, so I recorded a short video of myself doing them. They are great for working your hook grip and your strength for pulling in the clinch! Right now, they are my favorite pull-up variation.

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Lee Taylor's picture

Heian/Pinan Sandan Focus Mitt Drill

3rd video in a series of 5 using the focus mitts to help train some core principles of the Heian/Pinan Sandan kata, which include the angles and having both hands busy. I have used a smaller size set of focus mitts for this drill because of the grappling element, larger focus mitts tend to get in the way. It allows the practitioner to add impact into the kata technique in a safe way, and helps them feed off the response of the pad holder into the proceeding technique developing sensitivity skills. Progress to adding speed and impact when ready.
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Gareth's picture

resistance band training

I've just bought a resistance band kit and wonder if anyone else is using them? I want to use them for karate-specific type exercises so can visualise using them as resistance against punches and kicks etc in basic form to build power and speed. If anyone has any other good tips or exercises I'd be grateful for advice. Also, if anyone knows of any links to online tutorials of karate type exercises that would be great.

Thanks, Gareth

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Lee Taylor's picture

Heian/Pinan Nidan Focus Mitt Drill

Hi All

Here is the 2nd video in a series of 5 using the focus mitts to help train some core principles of the Heian/Pinan Nidan kata, which include the angles and having both hands busy. It allows the practitioner to add impact into the kata technique in a safe way, and helps them feed off the response of the pad holder into the proceeding technique developing sensitivity skills. Progress to adding speed and impact when ready. Thanks for all the kind comments regarding the Shodan drill, much appreciated.

Lee

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Heian/Pinan Shodan Focus Mitt drill

Hi all

Here is a focus mitt drill to help train some core principles of the Heian/Pinan Shodan kata, which include the angles and having both hands busy. It allows the practitioner to add impact into the kata technique in a safe way, and helps them feed off the response of the pad holder into the proceeding technique developing sensitivity skills. Progress to adding speed and impact when ready. Hope you find it of interest and can use or improve it!

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