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.

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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Iain Abernethy's picture

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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andyscriven's picture

A Kicking Drill to teach students control in sparring

In the new age of social media, I have been at a complete loss on how to promote my club. After lots of research on facebook, instagram and youtube the advice is to put videos up so people can see what you do. Also help your students with training methods which they can do in their own time. This is what I have been doing. I would be interested to see what other Instructors are doing as well.

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Wastelander's picture

An Introduction to Kakie/Kakidi

Hello, everyone!

This week, we take a quick look at a training method called kakie (or sometimes kakidi), meaning crossed or hooked hands, and how it can be used to develop tactile sensitivity and work in a variety of techniques in a manner that incorporates your opponent's resistance. Most people associate this practice with Naha-Te styles, like Goju-Ryu, but it is also present in Shuri-Te and Tomari-Te systems, not to mention various Chinese and Indochinese arts.

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Mark B's picture

Training the iron bone hand

My training regime for hand conditioning and practicing relaxed delivery of power at close quarters using the six Ji hands & other options.

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OhioMike's picture

Possible origin for 3 step sparring?

I was working out with my class this morning and had a bit of a suprising realization, a brown belt asked me to work a new timing drill that he was interested in, basically we got into fighting position and then counted to three and we both threw techniques at full speed but controlled power. We continued unitl one of us made contact and then immediately reset and repeated the drill, making sure that we stayed at realistic range and in mobile stances.

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Les Bubka's picture

Pad Work Training

Hi All 

Marc wrote:

I'd be interested in your suggestions in using different kinds of pads for different purposes.


In reply to Marc's question I have recorded a quick video with my beginners group. I hope that my broken English is comprehensible.

Kind regards,


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dhogsette's picture

Low Block Kihon Combination Pad Drill


We have been exploring using pads to drill our bunkai and kihon applications. Here is one we worked the other night combining strikes, gedan uke to clear hands, front kick, and hammer fist to finish it off. We are also working on backing away after the combination instead of setting up immediately for the other side. 



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JWT's picture

Tekki / Naihanchi Shodan Variations


I don't always practice a kata in a single way. If I am focusing on application then I will really slow down and can switch between aspects of the form to finish an idea I am recreating. Often though I'll stick with the core template form but play with a different emphasis on timing or hip engagement to feel different things.

These are some of my variations on Kiba /  Naihanchi / Tekki Shodan.

Hope you find them interesting.


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