In karate as well as in many other martial arts, kicks are an elementary component. However, many trainers and especially beginners have considerable problems. Of course you want to start training immediately and kick with full steam, but often the kick fails already because of the correct execution, which can cause injuries that can be … Continue reading "Karate: kicks - Coordination and strength training"
A Makiwara is a piece of sports equipment originating from Japan, which in karate is known mainly as a wooden hitting post. In the past (and partly still today) a makiwara is made of a flexible and non-splintering wooden board. One end of the board is driven vertically into the ground, and the other end … Continue reading "Training equipment: Makiwara 2.0"
Who among you doesn't know it?! You train obsessively towards a training goal, or starve yourself to your desired weight. Basically, it doesn't matter what kind of goal you're talking about here, because from diet to training success, or the next step on the career ladder at work. The course is often identical! In the … Continue reading "Martial arts - training - goals : Motivation is everything!"
In 2009 I discovered karate for myself and as I slowly moved towards the Dan exam (1st Dan 2015) in 2014, I created this small excerpt from my karate life for the occasion. Maybe it helps one or the other to motivate themselves and to stay on the ball. I hope you like it! Motivation … Continue reading "6 years karate and training in 7 minutes"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"