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Combat Triage: General Conditioning: Hips, Shoulders, Legs and Neck

All fighters like economy of movement. Make something complicated and there goes your reaction time. It's the same thing with foundational training. As a...

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....

Instructional Video – Athlon Rub Thai Oil Massage for Muay Thai

Athlon Rub Thai Oil: Instructional Massage for Muay Thai Kru Yai Jenypher Lanthier of York Muay Thai in Toronto, Canada demonstrates the technique she learned...

Combat Triage: General Conditioning: Hamstrings, Hips, Shoulders

Application 2 Category: General Conditioning: Hips-Shoulders-Neck Three target areas of stress that I am often asked about are the Hamstrings, Hips and Shoulders. It is by...

Basic Weightlifting For Martial Arts

In the not-so-distant past weightlifting was discouraged for martial artists. "It will make you slow", "it will make you muscle-bound", and "all you need...

Combat Triage: General Conditioning: Hips, Shoulders, Neck, Quads

3 Mixed Stretches for MMA Sometimes it just feels great to lay on the floor and stretch. Particularly if your body is very tight from...

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...

Combat Triage: General Conditioning: Shoulders: Rotator Cuff Strengthening and Injury Prevention

Writing to you straight off the mat every week is wonderful. Each week, my fighters come in with a new problem for me to...

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...

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...

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...

Combat Triage: General Conditioning: Neck Alignment

The upper triangle of the body consists of the base of the neck, the shoulders and the upper-mid back. If this area is compromised...

Why You Should Be Cycling To Help Your Martial Arts Training

Nearly 3.6 million Americans regularly participate in some form of martial arts. While for some the sport is just a past time, for the...

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...

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...

Exercises in Martial Arts

So Many Exercise, So Little Time One reader wrote me an e-mail with questions about exercises: I have owned your books Science of Sports Training and...

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...

The Japanese Samurai Fountain of Youth

Your Fountain of Youth is well within your grasp...let me help you see it more clearly. My 60 plus years on this planet includes two...

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...

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,...