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.

Michael Rust's picture

BB Curriculum & Hicks Law

Who would like to share what their BB cirriculum looks like for reality based training. I'm looking to get new ideas and compare what I'm doing in the hopes to making things better. I can say I try and keep things effective yet at the same realistic and simple.  For example, when it comes to throwing I cover Funakoshi's 9 with some variation's because I think that's enough material in that area.

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OnlySeisan's picture

Full contact training. Do you do it? Why?

Do you practice full contact training (sparring/ partner drills) and why do you practice them?

Another post got me thinking that people probably train this way for a variety of reasons, and I was just curious to hear some to expand my own knowledge base.



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OnlySeisan's picture

A different view on "body hardening"

The view of body hardening or conditioning, whatever you want to call it, is usually that of forging your body into "iron." The idea that you are forging your body into a tool by making it harder. I don't really believe this, but I have come to think of a different reason for practicing it, in a very limited and controled manner.

I believe it can be a replacement for full contact sparring.

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OnlySeisan's picture

What are your interesting ways to practice kata?

I'm not sure if it's interesting, but I'll practice kata with a book on my head every one and awhile. I started doing it to keep myself from raising up when I moved through the kata to keep my energy (bodyweight) moving in the direction I want it to go. The book falls off easier with an up and down motion.

What are some fun things you guys like to do?

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Zach Zinn's picture

scenario training

I've read a lot of people's stuff on scenario training over the years, so I already have some ideas on it. However, i'm going to finally finish a full suit for scenario training, the hardest part being creating the "helmet" part, the rest is put together from GART and Bogu gear.

I am wondering if people who this kind of training have some simple template scernarios to start off with, and also if you have specific advice for student who are more timid to get them going.

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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


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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