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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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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Daily Tae Kwon Do routine to improve kicks

I'd like to become proficient with the basic TKD kicks (front, side, round, hook, spinning back) and I'm looking for a routine/workout that I can perform throughout the week by myself to ensure that I ...
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What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?

Nearly all martial arts have some form of supplemental strength and conditioning exercises. Karate has hojo undo, boxing has road work, Brazilian jiu-jitsu has ginastica natural. These can be more ...
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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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BJJ- Gym training that is beneficial (specific to BJJ)?

Just got my first stripe on my white belt today! I am looking to supplement my bjj training with weights approx 2x a week. I am already quite experienced in the gym as I have weight trained ...
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What is the best martial art for reducing back pain and stress while increasing my fitness?

I am looking to practice a form of martial arts which will be good for reducing back pain and work stress while improving general body fitness. Which would be best to start with?
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Do you take supplements like protein when you train in Martial Arts?

I've just begin training in Judo but I strength train independently. After gym workouts, I drink a protein drink to help with recovery and muscle growth. Does anyone else take protein or any other ...
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Taekwondo and muscle imbalance

I'm 25 YO female and I am struggling with injuries and poor posture due to muscle imbalance - relatively weaker posterior chain. I used to train in Taekwondo many years back, then got sedentary and ...
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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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How can I avoid hip injury while practicing Tae Kwon Do?

I did Tae Kwan Do for many years, but I took a hiatus for a couple of years and now that I've started up again, I find myself ending nearly every class with a minor strain in my right hip. I started ...
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How can one effectively use their hips to generate strength for any given technique that requires it?

Background: I am a teenage white-belt 2nd stripe training in BJJ for almost a year now. I feel like I have some fundamental errors in my overall game and am seeking to remedy them. Question: One of ...
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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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Judo and bodybuilding

I was wondering if it was possible to do judo and bodybuilding together. Is it possible to compete in judo and an amateur level while doing bodybuilding?
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What are some supplimental training techniques which improve the practice of martial arts?

I'd like to find some specific physical training exercises to directly benefit my practice of martial arts (both unarmed and weapon). For example, I recently discovered weighted Indian clubs and ...
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Is there a rigorous exploration of the relationship between core strength and kick power?

I've read numerous sources indicating that improving core strength can improve your kicking power, especially for kicks that involve twisting. Has there been a rigorous exploration of the exact ...
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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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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 exercises help with explosive hip rotation

For a lot of techniques, such as punches, kicks or even blocks in Karate or other arts you need to use your hip to generate force. I have come to realise, that I cannot generate enough power with my ...
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How to defend a shoulder charge?

This question is similar to this one but looks at a more specific scenario. This question also refers to an everyday/street situation, not a controlled bout, and assumes the opponent is bigger/heavier....
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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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Strength standards for elite Judo

How strong does one generally have to be to compete at elite level at judo?
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Gymming and Martial arts at the same time

I am a member of a gym for 7 months and do strength based exercises 5-6 days a week (in the evening) along with 10-15 minutes of cardio. I have decided to join a mixed martial art facility near my ...
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Adjustable dumbells instead of Chi Ishi

I've been trying to practice the Hojo Undo exercises as part of my karate training. I've been following a book (Art of Hojo Undo) for this and have found it useful especially the makiwara and nigiri ...
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Activate a car's airbag with a kick

Can an airbag be activated by a powerful kick (eg. jumping side kick)?
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Improving kick strength and precision

I'm a woman in its late 20s and I practice TKD WTF. However despite that I can kick to the head, my kicks do not have strength in them and I hit with my toes instead of my instep. How can I improve ...
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Conditioning after sick leave

What type of conditioning should I perform after being out sick for 2 weeks? I'm taking a Muay Thai test in one week and going back to classes for Jeet Kun Do and Wing Chun in a few days. I usually ...
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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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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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What would be a good training regiment/exercises for BJJ beginner?

Peace, Love, and Divine Blessings to all. I'm 6'0Ft, 150 lbs, not very flexible, and have not worked out consistently in a long period of time but always desired to learn self-defense. My goal is ...
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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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How do I become ready for Tae Kwan Do after not training for a month?

I was practicing for a Sweet Sixteen for 1 month. Throughout the month, I was stressed out and I had a minimum amount of time to train. Since the Sweet Sixteen finished, I haven't been in my Tae Kwan ...
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Ways for Chin Strengthening

Are there any good workouts to strengthen your chin to reduce the probability of getting knocked out?
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Is accuracy less important in street and Krav Maga?

If for instance someone in street aims at specific position (kick or punch) and produce it with a slight deflection so practically he hits his rival. So, for instance if the deflection is minor ...
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Are Judoka generally taught yanking and pounding the uke into the ground, as opposed to technique and flow? [closed]

A former Judoka (over 15 years' experience) in my JJ class throws by yanking and pounding. This is contrary to what I have read about Judo, have seen in videos with Kyuzo Mifune, and have been ...
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Relation between martial arts and psychodelics?

I had my trip on LSD a few weeks ago. Every since, my fighting style has been EXPONENTIALLY climbing up. Not to mention my levels of energy, or my body awareness. I now need no trainers telling me ...
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What is the biggest force ever produced by an impact from the human body? [closed]

What is the biggest force (Newtons) ever recorded for an impact from the human body from a reliable source? Is there an upper limit to the power of any human impact whether it'd be a kick, punch, ...
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