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Dumbbell Side Bends - Martial Arts Core Exercise
This page will teach you how to do Dumbbell Side Bends. This core exercise works on your obliques. A stronger core allows martial artists to better withstand hits (i.e. a punch to the stomach). Moreover, a stronger core helps to improve a martial artist's "rotational" or twisting power and this contributes to stronger kicks, punches and grappling techniques.
In this exercise, you will hold a dumbbell in one hand. Bend sideways at the waist and lower the dumbbell towards your knee. Return to the starting position. Of course, if you are a Karate student from a very traditional school, you could use an Ishi Sashi versus a dumbbell. This is a Hojo Undo training tool.
All stretches and exercises should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor to ensure the proper technique is being utilized and to avoid potential injuries. For additional exercises, please visit the main Core Exercises or Physical Fitness sections.
Instructional Video for Dumbbell Side Bends
Instructional Video for Side Bends (with a Plate)
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