Welcome to our fourth episode of our CHANGE YOUR MIND, CHANGE YOUR BODY® Martial Arts Fitness by BUSHIDO KARATE . This episode provides instruction on proper technique from head to toe; front and back punch combinations, front kick, and a review of defensive stance.
In a front kick, using a very specific part of the foot will produce the most power and muscle definition. Our excerpt in our Martial Arts Fitness Series 1, Episode 2 post explains why having stronger legs actually helps in weight loss.
Defensive stance protects vulnerable body parts
In last week’s Martial Arts Fitness Series 1, Episode 3 post we explained what parts of the body you’re meant to protect while in defensive stance. That’s important to remember. After a set of techniques you’ll usually want to go back to a defensive stance. You won’t have to defend yourself in Martial Arts Fitness but it’s in that type of training where you begin to change your body.
Stretching for flexibility and ROM
I’ll say it again and again and again and again…if you want to reach farther or higher with your kicks you need to stretch after training! Along with the cardiovascular and resistance components , stretching has to be a part of the plan. In addition to added flexibility, stretching will improve your ROM, or range of motion, which can improve functionality.
During a workout, muscles contract and small tears occur in muscle fibers. During the resting phase between workouts, muscles rebuild themselves stronger. Without stretching, muscles could shorten over time. – Livewell/Jillian Michaels