Questions tagged [strength]

Strength training methods, historical and modern. (Strength is the ability to produce force.) Also includes questions about relevance of strength to various techniques and strategies. For applying strength, use the power tag.

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Is weight training useful in martial arts?

This may sound like a bit of a daft question, but I have heard and read different sides. On the one side, people say weight training will increase your strength and power and therefore will be ...
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Good exercises for higher side kicks?

I've been training martial arts for several years but still aren't impressed by the height of my side kicks. I think its a combination of strength and stretching since I can use my hands to lift my ...
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What are good exercises for building grip strength for judo and BJJ?

I'm looking for exercises to help maintain a grip on an opponent's gi while pulling them around. There are two elements to this: strength and endurance. Meaning, I want my grip to be hard to break but ...
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What aspects of health does form-based tai chi improve?

Similar to other practices--strength training, physical therapy, running, et cetera--we can evaluate the effectiveness of tai chi for improving fitness, mobility, strength, and other health markers. ...
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How can I build striking power?

I am asking how to develop strong punches, kicks, knee strikes and elbow strikes. I have attempted training my biceps, chest and back, but I feel as if my striking force is the same as before...
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What is the best way to improve my conditioning for martial arts

The conditioning for Martial arts is a mix of strength, resistance and speed. I'm not looking for a miracle. I really like to train. I just don't want to training unnecessary things. For example I ...
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How should one physically prepare for BJJ?

Often I'm out of training because of a lack of schools around where I'm living. But when I can, I train Brazilian jiujitsu. During those times of no combat sports training, what kind of strength, ...
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Strength training for a mixed martial arts beginner

I am starting MMA. Which excersises would be best to get my physical strength up to the levels of people doing MMA for years or experienced in MMA?
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Exercises to improve balance when kicking

When performing kicks, I quite often lose my balance, which results in me being positioned in a stance where I'm more exposed to attacks. This is normally due to me trying to raise my leg for the kick,...
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Can I be bulky and fast at the same time?

Is it true that bulky people can't be fast like Bruce Lee or flexible like "Superfoot" Wallace or tall like the great Khalil? I want to be big, fast, and able to fight all at the same time.
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What are the best techniques to fight with a heavier and stronger rival

Many martial arts as well as practical methods such as Krav Maga claims to have the answer for difference in weight and size. However, even in competitions the experts have to be in the same weight. I ...
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Developing arm strength and stamina for boxing. Dumbbells or wrist weights?

I just took up boxing and I find that my arms are weak compared to my legs. I run a lot. A coach suggested shadow boxing with weights instead of weight lifting. We do in fact use dumbbells (2.5 ...
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Can a trained 60 year-old outfight an untrained 20 year-old?

I am a 43 years old software developer in vaguely reasonable shape (can do 20-ish pushups, can run 5km in 30min and not grossly overweight). My long term fitness goal is to be able to say in a job ...
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