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.

JWT's picture

Protecting your knee


In response to a discussion I had online with a fellow karateka in Germany, Dan White and I spent a fair bit of time at the end of one of my Shotokan classes talking through the different dynamics of stepping. Dan kindly agreed to demonstrate for me in a short video which is designed to show in a few minutes how to avoid common faults that have the potential to cause knee damage.

Here's the video:

Hope you like it.

All the best.

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OnlySeisan's picture

Frugal Training

I thought I'd share a few training hacks. Not sure if they're anywhere else, but here are some.

Resistance bands from old bicycle inner tubes. This is pretty simple. Get some old bicycle inner tubes and cut out a section where the nozel is and then wash them. Instant resistance bands.

Punching bag:  Find yourself an old surplus duffle bag that loads from the top. Fill it full of old clothing you'd give to charity and there you go. You can stick a few water bottles in the bottom for weight if you wish or add sand.

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OnlySeisan's picture

The Mindless Exercise/ drill

The other day my wife said to me "If there are so many different variations of technique in each kata movement, what do I think about when I'm practicing kata how do I know when to apply each?"

This is refering specifically to the chudan uke, which pops up a lot in Seisan and is basically to me the core movement.

We did this exercise to help.

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Wastelander's picture

Kongoken "Shock Exercise"

This is a short video taking a look at my favorite hojo-undo (supplementary training) exercise with the kongoken (iron loop). My kongoken is made of PVC filled with cement, and only weighs about half what an iron kongoken weighs, otherwise this would be very difficult to do. I call this a "shock" exercise, because it helps develop a short, "shocking" power through the whole body.

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Tau's picture

Warm Ups

Listening to the latest podcast has made me think. Now I suspect that those of us that use this forum do so because of a shared way of thinking. This encompasses embracing changing, adapting or evolving training methods in the constant pursuit of the most effective way of training.

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GPNorwich's picture

Training drills for Adrenal effects

Hi All, I would like to share this training drill with you and ask two questions. First can you have a go and let me know what you think. Second do anyone have any other drills I could use or ideas on how to refine/improve this one. 

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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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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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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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