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.
For the last six weeks or so all sessions on the rower have been Tabatas (a very intense 20 seconds, 10 seconds rest, repeat 8 times - damper on 10). They certainly increase anaerobic capacity, but the science also tells us they are more effective at increasing aerobic endurance than steady exercise over 60 mins! So today I tested that by doing 5000m (damper on 7) on the rower to see what my time would be.
This is a drill I do with my students to develop flexibiity, strength and control when performing round kicks. The biggest mistake I see is when the kick is at full extenstion alot of students knee drops as they are unable to control their legs.
This week, we are looking at kakato otoshi geri (heel drop kick), also known as the "axe kick," which is a popular sport fighting technique, but can be difficult for many people to use. In this video, we show two alternative methods of using this kick in sport fighting, which require less flexibility to perform than the standard axe kick.
Here's the first video in a series I'm making for developing pad drills to supplement bunkai training. I've taken key portions of the first basic kata in Matsubayashi, Fukyugata Ich, and have created some fun pad drills.