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.

dhogsette's picture

Chest Block Kihon Application Drill 1


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andyscriven's picture

Reading Kicks & Movement in Sparring.

Over the years I have played with several methods for training both students and myself to read the movement of an opponent in sparring. This particular drill has been very successful in my school in helping students watch their partners hip and shoulder movement. 

Read the kick mimics a blocking motion using a pad and gets the students used to being kicked at with power. 

I would love to know what other schools do and their methods.


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andyscriven's picture

A great drill to utilize leg kicks in class or partner training.

I have used this drill for many years to teach students the template for using leg kicks in sparring. I am first and foremost a karate teacher but studied and taught Muay Thai/Boran or many years. The similar use if the kicks in karate made me start using this drill in my Karate class. The students loved them and in particular using them in conjunction with angles.

The drill is a template for which set ups and counters can be added by each individual to make it a personal drill for their style of fighting. As leg kicks feature heavily in Bunkai I thought I would share it.

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PASmith's picture

Elbow and Knee padwork

I've just watched the great youtube clip of Iain showing an elbow and knee combination on a partner, pads and in kihon.

Love the point about recognising flaws in each drill and making up for them by doing additonal drills without those flaws. "Triangulating" the result you are after from multiple directions.

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OhioMike's picture

Knees, Knees, Knees

Questions for the group,

I am interested in possibiliy introducing Tekki Shodan/Nihanchi to my class, my school has a heavy competition focus so it has generally been a neglected kata for us since it is not normally allowed as a first round kata in tournaments. 

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Leigh Simms's picture

Training without a Gi.

Hi all,

Solo training without a gi. What are your thoughts?

I have shared the reason why I like to do so on my blog - , In summary, I think it is a great idea to get an honest evaluation of your technical ability without the distraction/covering-up the gi can provide.

But I would like to know what your thoughts are on this topic.

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Cataphract's picture

Make Calisthenics Great Again

Ordinary exercises like pushups and situps can become a bit annoying when you can do more than fifty in a row. Adding more doesn't feel like a accomplishement any more. Somehow it doesn't feel like a healthy activity either.

What do you do to keep your exercises challenging?

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Chatan1979's picture

New Makiwara

Hi all,

One of my students was kind enough to design and build these makiwara for our dojo. This was our first night working on them. I still have a lot to learn about striking them but they are a ton of fun!


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Iain Abernethy's picture

Suspension Training

A suspension trainer is a piece of kit that I think all martial artists should have. It effectively allows you to have an entire gym in your kit bag and it’s the only bit of kit I’ve used that comes close to the effects of weight lifting. Your bodyweight provides the resistance and you can quickly alter the length of the straps depending upon which exercise you want to do. A high-quality brand can be expensive, but you can get fully functional cheaper versions that will do the job just fine. A very versatile piece of kit that can be used in innumerable ways.

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Cold Showers?

Anyone here a “fan” of cold showers? Any experiences or insights you’d like to share?

I’ve been having cold showers for the last week – after being sold on the idea on the basis of a trusted friend’s recommendation and a little research – and I have to say that I’m “enjoying” them. Very early days, but I’m finding them invigorating and energising.

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