Martial arts: Zanshin - All a question of mindset

Just about everyone who is involved with karate or other budo/ martial arts knows this term: Zanshin! In the dojo sensei or trainers preach it up and down. Zanshin is something you have to have, especially in Kumite (free fight), but also in Kihon, Kata (form and especially in the belt examinations. But what does … Continue reading "Martial arts: Zanshin - All a question of mindset"

Jump training - Yoko-Tobi-Geri from the Kata Kanku Sho

This article is to show a possible approach to the second jump in the Kata Kanku-Sho. Here the jump variant Yoko-Tobi-Geri (landing Ushiro-Geri) is explained and defined as training goal. This is only meant to be a supplement to the previous contributions on the subject of jump training (see also Jump Training 3 - Coordination … Continue reading "Jump training - Yoko-Tobi-Geri from the Kata Kanku Sho"

Fitness: Jump training 3 - coordination and technique

In the previous parts of this series on the subject of jump training (Jump Training Part 1 / Jump Training Part 2), particular emphasis was placed on the physical aspects such as strength, power, speed, explosive power and maximum power in order to improve, among other things, the jumping height and jumping distance. Once you … Continue reading "Fitness: Jump training 3 - coordination and technique"

Fitness: Jump training 2 - Improve jumping height and jumping distance

In the previous part of this series on the subject of jumping training (Jumping Training - More Strength, Power and Speed), we looked at who, how and why you should train jumping in the first place. Some exercises have already been mentioned and shown how to improve your explosive power by plyometric training or how … Continue reading "Fitness: Jump training 2 - Improve jumping height and jumping distance"

Fitness: Jump training - more strength, power and speed

Jump training has long been an integral part of training for competitive athletes to improve strength, power and speed. The musculature is strengthened by the repeated fast stretch reflex and the subsequent landing. Also for Karateka, fitness freaks and amateur athletes and sportsmen, the jump training can be a valuable and useful addition to the … Continue reading "Fitness: Jump training - more strength, power and speed"

Fitness: forearm support, plank and holding exercises

Everyone knows the Plank or forearm support. One lies down frontally on the forearms and halves his own body weight. Don't let your knees and hips hang down, tense your back, stomach and butt! Depending on the duration (60-180 seconds) very strenuous, but also very effective to train abdominal muscles, back, shoulders, buttocks and the … Continue reading "Fitness: forearm support, plank and holding exercises"

Fitness: Pushups variants

Everyone knows push-ups! Pushups are also used as a disciplinary punishment in karate training or other martial arts and sports. In any case push-ups are a good training exercise to train various muscle groups. In addition to strength, they also improve endurance. In addition to the Plank (forearm support), the push-up is a very popular … Continue reading "Fitness: Pushups variants"

Fitness: New training pulse with Elevation Training Mask

The holidays on which good food was eaten are over! The new year is here, and it quickly becomes clear that suddenly here and there is more body fat. At least I felt that way. Of course the training is already in full swing again, and they are working hard on the summer figure, but … Continue reading "Fitness: New training pulse with Elevation Training Mask"

Animal forms of the martial art Karate

Already in the 6th century A.D. gymnastic fighting exercises for physical training and meditation were taught in China, and in the following centuries they were constantly being refined. Among other things, animals were used as models for these exercises. Old masters observed animals in their hunting and escape behaviour, and recognised and analysed their superior … Continue reading "Animal forms of the martial art Karate"

Ikea Upcycling idea: LED lamp with WiFi remote control

Inspired by some of my last lighting projects for bedrooms and children's rooms, I had some motivation and above all time to tinker on the weekend. As with the Ikea Upcycling lamp for the children's room from the 3D printer, I wanted to turn something old into something new. This time, however, the lamp was … Continue reading "Ikea Upcycling idea: LED lamp with WiFi remote control"