The Importance of Martial Conditioning | Malik Shabazz

Written by: Malik Shabazz GM

Let’s address The Importance of the Tsuki (Punch):

Most, if not all Karateka’s started off doing Knuckle Push-ups in their training.

In the beginning, it was challenging and at times difficult because our Knuckles / Hands became sore until we strengthened not only our hands, but also our wrists and shoulders alike.

In Time, our knuckles became rounded off calloused and discolored.

A handful of us began to up-grade by striking walls, etc.….

Then there was those of us who began to “take it up a notch” by striking The Makiwara (A padded striking post used as a Training/Conditioning Tool by various styles of Traditional Karate).

It was there that we would begin to understand and develop the importance of the Body’s Alignment, Hip Rotation, and Breath.

This was just another level of Karate’s growth and development. Yes, this is but a small part of a much larger factor of karate Training – “Agreed”

Factually, there was a reason for doing Knuckle Push-ups in the beginning of Karate Training, other than it being a matter of punishment or discipline. Sadly, this type of conditioning has/is becoming extinct for many different reasons. Many say this type of conditioning causes arthritis. The truth is, any kind of unsupervised or incorrect training of any kind will cause setbacks!

Due to the World in which we live, having or developing “Stopping Power” is a necessity!!

“If you can imagine the impact of a bullet hitting a vest, that’s “Stopping Power”.

It’s called “Ikken Hissatsu”, a Term used in Traditional Karate, meaning “To Annihilate with one blow”

Note: (DIT DA JOW) Mandatory



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