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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:

Iain Abernethy
Iain Abernethy's picture

Very simple and very clever :-) I like it!

rshively's picture

Good use of weight lifting plates. saw this video on Hindu/Indian wresting weight training.

Also, check out Gojuryu's power training

Lots of good ideas. Modern karate seems to have forgotten its past when it leaves out the benefit of weight training. A lot of the older karate styles were practiced by common laborers. Meaning, that everyday methods of earning a living were often used to develop not just karate technique, but strength training as well.

The American wrestler Martin "Farmer" Burns was a kansas-nebraska farm boy. He held the heavyweight world champ title for professional wrestling. Used his common labor skills to work on his wrestling technique. Over a lifetime he had some 6,000 matches, only lost 6 times. Jack Dempsey worked in coal mines to supplement his boxing.

Your use of a barbell plate for strength is a good one. Do you have any other exercises?

Thanks Again,

rshively's picture

Heard it said once that if Martin "Farmer" Burns had gone to Japan and wrestled, we'd all be wearing bib overalls instead of Karate/Judo Gi's.

When you consider they worked sunrise to sunset, lifting and tossing/stacking bales of hay, bags of grain, working a forge making horse shoes and the like, then it isn't hard to understand why the Okinawan farmer/fisherman could be a formidable oppoent. Working the fields all day, lifting heavy loads, training in karate at night...

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Michael Clarke has a really good book called "The Art of Hojo Undo: Power Training for Traditional Karate" that goes through various implements and how to make them.

An old book I picked up called "72 Consummate Arts of Shaolin" (or something similar) has various exercises in it.  Some of them are very "kung fu specific" like putting a nail in a board and then plucking it out with your fingers.  Many of them though are just basic strength training lifts like we would do now like deadlift, squats, over head press etc.