3 Popular Martial Art Techniques

3 Popular Martial Art Techniques And How They Enhance Strength

CHANGING LIVES MARTIAL ARTS

This article is about increasing your strength through three popular martial arts techniques. The techniques are punching and two different kinds of kicks.

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In my 30 years of teaching martial arts, I’ve found that people come to Changing Lives Martial Arts for a number of reasons. Some are attracted to martial arts because they want to learn to defend themselves. Others come because they want to tap into martial arts’ vast power as a tool for personal growth. Still others come merely because they are looking for a way to get in shape that’s fun and spares them the tedious repetitiveness of the gym.

While martial arts can give a student all of these things, it is at its heart, a form of strenuous physical activity. The practice of any martial art can be an excellent means of becoming leaner, suppler, faster, more flexible and stronger.

Strength Equals Power

This rule holds true in any kind martial art technique. At our school, increasing strength is one of the things we focus on. Lifting weights is great but for a martial artist, it’s not desirable to develop a bodybuilder’s physique. Much of the strength training we do at our Virginia Beach and Chesapeake martial arts facility is inherent in the techniques itself.

Front Snap Kicks for Core Strength

All martial arts kicks utilize the muscle groups in the legs, however, many of the kicks we practice also call on core muscle groups like the abdominals and lower back muscles. Practicing Tae Kwon Do style front snap kicks with their high chambering of the knee is a particularly good way of increasing core strength in your abs, while simultaneously strengthening the muscles in your legs.

Punching Your Way to a Stronger Upper Body

When it comes to punches in martial arts, strength equals speed which equals power. I see the three as intertwined. So, while a certain amount of weight lifting may help to increase your punching power, similarly, throwing punches will help you develop better upper body strength. Working out on the heavy bag, hitting focus pads and other methods of practicing punches are all ways to enhance upper body strength through martial arts technique.

Side Kicks for Lower Body Strength

The side kick is one of the most immediate and devastating weapons in any martial artist’s arsenal. Like a front snap kick, side kicks utilize core muscles to some degree. However, side kicks place a greater demand on the lower body than many other martial arts kicks. Practicing side kicks is an excellent way to build greater strength in your legs, hips, and thighs. The hard work you put into building this strength through practicing your kicks will pay dividends by translating as power when you unleash that side kick on a target.

If you want to know more about how martial arts can help you increase your strength or anything else regarding either our adult or children’s’ programs, please feel free to contact our Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts Team by calling 757-471-9002 or visiting us on the Web at www.atakick.com

Stay Safe!
Master Tracy Thomas
Changing Lives Martial Arts
Master Instructor-7th Degree Black Belt
American Taekwondo Association Affiliated Academies
Krav Maga World Wide Affiliated School

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About changinglivesmartialarts

CHANGING LIVES MARTIAL ARTS A Martial Arts, Karate For Kids, and Krav Maga school located in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, Virginia. With his 30 years of vast martial arts experience, Master Tracy Lee Thomas, founder of Changing Lives Martial Arts has five locations and has been opertating the martial arts business since 1991 in Virginia Beach. Married to Kelly Thomas, they have to children and reside in Virginia Beach. Both Mrs. Thomas and Master Thomas have a strong passion for helping others and it is seen as both are very active in the business and within the community. CLMA is a family owned and operated business that thrives on family values and changing lives. Many of the Changing Lives Martial Arts students are attracted to CL Martial Arts because they want to learn to defend themselves, or how to manage bullies. Others come because they want to tap into martial arts’ vast power as a tool for personal growth and life skills. Still, others come merely because they are looking for a way to get in shape that's fun and spares them the tedious repetitiveness of the gym. Master Thomas has utilized his martial arts buisness model throughout the country with various business'. As a business coach and consultant, Master Thomas believes in working with others to succeed with their personal passion. This desire and passion of his is passed down to each of his instructors and students. If you want to know more about Changing Lives Martial Arts, Master Tracy Thomas, or the programs they offer, please feel free to contact the Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts Team by calling 757-471-9002 or visiting us on the Web at www.atakick.com or www.kravmagavirginiabeach.com
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