this is my first post on this board (although being a long-time reader here) and I am interested in your view of the role of strength training in a holistic training regime.
I have coined my entry "fight to fight - the strength part" because it ties in with what Lee Richardson has started a thread ago.
Mr Rosenbaum already mentioned some interesting and "old-school" exercises.
For the hobby karateka who has ambitions to survive self-defense situations
- what exercises would you recommend?
- what kind of benchmarks do you think have to be reached in certain exercises so you can say "this strength is acceptable/ not a weakness anymore"
- speaking of "bench"marks: what is your opinion on the role of the bench press?
( I have read that Ian is a certified strength trainer, and judging from the looks of him, he seems to have smuggled in a bench press or two :-) )
I am looking forward to your replies