Posts Tagged ‘martial arts’

See a video showing an easy, mechanically sound way of achieving the side split. It is at https://www.stadion.com/an-easy-way-to-a-side-split/


Running is the most commonly used form of movement for developing general aerobic endurance. It is a simple, natural movement, yet people can do it wrong. For a description of the correct running technique plus info on the influence of footwear on gait and posture, which affects athletic performance in every sport and martial art, […]


Apart from the internal focus in this demo, I also don’t like the short grip–which is great for twirling but not for power with accuracy at a long distance.


Two new articles on stretching and flexibility are posted on stadion.com. The first is titled “Age and Stretching” and the second, “Gender and Stretching.” In those articles I answer questions from athletes and martial artists on relation of age and gender to flexibility. Some older martial artists ask whether it is possible to improve flexibility […]


Does your flexibility improve when you stop training? If yes, then you have the same problem as the martial artist who wrote this: > As a martial artist I stretch a lot but nothing happens. In fact when > I don’t train I become a little bit more flexible than when I train. > It […]


New article titled “Sequence of Conditioning Exercises for Fighters and Martial Artists in Long-Term Training and in a Single Workout” is posted on stadion.com. In this article you will learn about the sequence of strength and endurance exercises in long-term training and in a single workout. A rationally designed strength training program begins with developing […]


The new year is the time for resolutions, for starting over, for trying something new. So here are a couple of resolutions for starting over and for trying something new: “Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own” (Bruce Lee), and the Zen saying I had already repeated a […]


It has been a long while since I produced any instructional material on training for sports and martial arts. The reason is a severe shoulder injury I had a few years ago. I totally dislocated and nearly destroyed my shoulder. (Full info on the injury is at https://tomkurz.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/back-bridge-twist-seminar-excerpt and https://tomkurz.wordpress.com/2009/10/22/no-sweat-workout/#comment-133.) Of course, I was not […]


Someone has asked me what I think about using resistance bands in kick training, specifically Myosource Kinetic Bands. (You can see a martial arts class using these bands in the video below.) Here is my answer: With good technique, they could help. The TKD master in the video is an abysmally poor instructor, so for […]


I begin by quoting from my post First, Fix Faults (March 23, 2011): “I think that this principle of fixing faults first applies to all aspects of health and fitness. For example, ceasing to eat bad stuff (sweets, bread and most grain products, too many carbs, too much protein, wrong fats, medicated meat, eggs from […]