Hot in the Cold: Late Season Workouts

The Saturday class is a special one for us. We don’t do any martial arts training. It’s pure conditioning. It’s a bonus class for students who want to get an edge over everyone else, by having just a little bit more strength and speed. In the hot days of summer, the workout is primarily sprints and ring work. Martial artists, especially those who specialize in weapons work, need speed. Speed comes from the right kind of strength. The kind of strength we want is the kind that involves more fully activating a muscle than normal. You develop this kind of strength by making the muscle work as hard as possible in the shortest amount of time, and having a nice long recovery between exercises. We sprint on a short soccer field, and only use part of it. Twenty metres. Not really enough time to build up top speed for a…

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