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.

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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rbartley's picture

Practicality of Wado Kihon Kumite

Dear forum members,

I come from a rather mixed karate background but have trained with a Wado based group for many years now.  Since moving abroad, I have been exposed to many other clubs and training methods, which could be considered both a good and a bad thing.

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light contact sparring and body mechanics, help

I'm trying to come up with a light to medium contact sparring exercise that would force myself and my partner to put their full body weight into our techniques in a spontaneous free sparring type platform.

Full contact is out of the question right now, because I only have one serious training partner and we don't want to break each other.

Any ideas?

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Kuro1979's picture

Too tense to do martial arts?

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Mr P's picture

Focus pads

Hi all, just wanted to ask a question related to focus pads. If you are teaching traditional karate and practicing multiple strike combinations on focus pads should you get students to do full hikite with non hitting hand or keep the non punching hand free and up front in a guard position (like a boxer)  whilst the other strikes the pad?

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