List of Martial Arts Physical Fitness Exercises
This section covers all aspects of martial arts physical fitness such as stretching, strength training, flexibility, conditioning, balance, etc. The fitness categories below provide you with written and/or video instructions for a wide range of exercises and workouts. In turn, these exercise routines will help you to become a more powerful and better conditioned martial artist. Most martial artists strive to improve their physical fitness in order to have stronger punches & kicks, outlast opponents in the later rounds of a sparring match, overpower grappling opponents, etc.
All stretches and exercises should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. If you have had an injury or are in pain, please see a doctor before starting any stretching or exercise program. You might also want to read member commentary about fitness & flexibility training on the wiki community.
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Physical Fitness Sections - with written and video instructions
- Agility Training - Drills to improve your martial arts agility (i.e. how to avoid a strike).
- Balance Training
- Body Weight Exercises - Body weight exercises are strength & conditioning exercises that only use the weight of your own body. These exercises do not use any gym equipment (i.e. dumbbells). Perfect for home & dojo workouts.
- Calories & Martial Arts Training - A quick look at the calories burned during martial arts training and related physical activity.
- Conditioning Drills - These conditioning exercises are used to improve martial arts stamina so fighters can outlast their opponents in the later rounds of a sparring match.
- Foam Roller Exercises - Many athletes use foam roller exercises to reduce muscle tension, loosen muscle "knots" and help range of motion.
- "Functional" Strength Training - Exercises designed to mimic and enhance natural movements used in sports and martial arts.
- Hojo Undo - Supplementary strength & conditioning exercises used in Japanese martial arts, esp. Karate.
- Isometric Exercises
- Kettlebell Workouts
- Kicking Power - Drills & tips to improve your kicking power.
- Medicine Ball Workouts
- Plyometrics Training - Plyometric exercises are used to develop explosive power & quicker reactions.
- Punching Power - Drills & tips to improve your punching power.
- Reaction Drills - Drills to improve a martial artist's reactive "quickness".
- Rotational Power - To help improve kicking and punching power.
- Speed Training
- Strength Training - This section includes traditional and modern martial arts strength training programs.
- Stretching - Stretching is used by martial arts to improve flexibility and reduce the potential for some training injuries.
- Warm Up Exercises
- Yoga - Many martial artists use yoga to improve their flexibility, balance and core strength.
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