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Martial Arts Training – 3 Tips For Martial Arts Training – Become a Better Martial Artist

by Pete Kauffer on August 11, 2010

Weight Training

Weight training should be done every other day. For muscles to grow, producing greater strength, they need at least twenty-four hours of rest between workouts. This is advisable whether your goal is to build bulk and strength or definition and endurance. To build bulk and strength, perform low reps with heavy weights. To create definition and endurance perform a high number of reps with low weights. Weight training provides the benefits of increased energy levels, increased muscular flexibility, reduced body fat, and strength. All are advantageous for martial arts practitioners.

Cardio Training

Cardiovascular endurance (or stamina) is enhanced by running, swimming, biking, power-walking, and timed exercises. These exercises are also known as aerobic exercises. Timed exercises include, combination technique sequences on a heavy bag, striking shields, focus mitts, etc. To maintain performance, cardio training requires you maintain a 60 to 75 percent of your maximum heart rate for a minimum of twenty minutes. Cardiovascular training provides the benefits of increased energy levels, decreased cholesterol, decreased blood pressure, decreased stress, reduced body fat, and increased muscular flexibility and strength. All are required for martial arts practitioners.

Flexibility

Flexibility is paramount to martial arts training. Without being flexible, many of the routines performed by martial arts practitioners could result in serious injuries. Muscle, ligament or tendons could be torn without the body being flexible. Training would need to be delayed while the swelling and pain is reduced and the healing process is completed. Stretching is advisable before and after any type of physical exertion. Stretching warms up the muscles and reduces the possibility of injury.

As with all types of beginning physical conditioning, consult with your doctor prior to beginning. Serious injury could result if there is an underlying condition that you are not aware of. Physical fitness is one of the best ways for us to feel and look better. When we look better, our self-confidence is greater. Martial arts require a great deal of self-confidence and good physical condition.

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Most traditional martial arts classes do not train you for real life encounters. Learn to avoid getting yourself into a bad situation. But if you find yourself face to face with serious injury or death, you will have mastered the skills to survive by following these simple systems.

Author: Pete Kauffer
Article Source: EzineArticles.com
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