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The Pilates Martial Arts Connection

Mind, body, spirit, focus, concentration, diaphragmatic breathing, precision, and fluidity these are some of the terms commonly used in the martial arts. But did...

5 Stretch Yourself: Right Stretches for High Kicks

Stretch Yourself: Right Stretches for High Kicks with No Warm-Up This is the fourth installment of my column on training that appeared in May 1999...

4 Stretch Yourself: Splits in Taekwondo, Karate, and Kickboxing

Stretch Yourself: Kinds of Flexibility and the Right Role of Splits in Taekwondo, Karate, and Kickboxing This is the fourth installment of my column on...

Cardio Kickboxing Safety Tips

Are you planning to kick and punch your way to fitness with one of the hot, new cardio kickboxing programs? Currently, millions of exercisers...

7 Stretch Yourself: High Kicks with No Warm Up – Roundhouse...

High Kicks with No Warm-Up: The Right Body Alignment for Great Height and Power in the Roundhouse Kicks This is the seventh installment of my...

2 Stretch Yourself: Difficulties Doing a Side Split

Stretch Yourself: Difficulties With Doing a Side Split This is the second installment of my column on training that appeared in May 1999 issue of...

6 Stretch Yourself: High Kicks with No Warm Up – Side...

High Kicks with No Warm-Up: The Right Body Alignment for Side Kicks Stretch Yourself: High Kicks with no Warm up, The Right Body Alignment for Side...

3 Stretch Yourself: Your Potential to Do a Front Split

Stretch Yourself: Testing Your Potential to Do a Front Split This is the third installment of my column on training that appeared in May 1999...

Why the Front Squat is the Real Judoka’s Best Friend

I have seen more than one article on the web, heralding the Squat as the best exercise for a judoka. While I can’t argue...

1 Stretch Yourself: Your Potential to Do a Side Split

Misconceptions on Stretching and Flexibility and the Method of Testing Your Potential to Do a Side Split This is the first installment of my column...

Bob Chaney’s Full Contact Conditioning

A few months ago I went to Thailand with Bob Chaney to train with him and one of his students at a Muay Thai...

Martial Arts Strength Training

People involve themselves in the martial arts for any number of reasons. I would like to think that the arts have something for everybody....

The Link Between Martial Arts and Fitness

Many martial arts schools claim that studying their art is a great way to get fit, lose weight, and improve health. In reality, however,...

On Kettlebells and Tire Flips: Or When Good Things Go Fad

A good idea can be turned into a fad by mindless followers. Mindful people use whatever tools they come across to their best advantage...

Makiwara Training

One of the major images in the general public’s perception of Karate is that of Karate practitioners performing feats of breaking wood, tiles etc....

Weight Training for Martial Artists

I expect to get two responses to my discussion of weight training for martial artists. One will probably cry, “Perish the thought. Martial arts...