Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Complete Guide to Feet Conditioning

Feet are very important to a martial artist specially when it comes to kumite or sparring. The point of impact of most kicking techniques is the different areas of the feet. Some of the areas of the leg that cause impact when a kick is executed are Knees, Shin Bone, Instep, Ball of the foot, Heel and knife edge of foot. So except for the the knee and the shin bone all the areas are parts of the foot. The more conditioned a foot is the better will the impact be when  kicked. 

 The above video shows some of the ways to go about conditioning the feet. As I have said many times before there are numerous ways that one can train or condition the body. We have showed some of the ways that we can use to condition the feet. Do train slowly and cautiously, there is no need to rush.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Complete Guide to Finger Conditioning

Finger's play a very important role during sparring or self defense specially if the fight goes on to grappling. Well conditioned fingers enable a stronger grip and are even good to use as finger jabs. A well known Karate Master had conditioned his fingers to the extent that he could tear raw meat into strips by using just his finger's. 

The above video shows some of the methods that can be used to condition the finger's. There are numerous ways and numerous objects that can be used to condition any area however please do so only under supervision of a trained instructor. Start slowly and move to a harder form of conditioning gradually. Haste or being over zealous can lead to severe injury. So be patient and enjoy the fruits. 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Complete Guide to Forearm Conditioning

The forearm is a very important part of the body specially for a martial artist. During kumite or sparring it is the forearm that would most likely bare the impact of punches and kicks aimed at your torso or the head. Moreover a strong forearm with a well conditioned bone is a formidable weapon when struck with too. The video below is a guide on the different ways the forearm can be conditioned. There are numerous ways and means to go about it we have made the video showing some of the ways.

The conditioning of any bone is a slow and patient process being excited or over zealous can only result in severe injuries and at times even permanent damage. Always listen to your body, if the bone is in pain or has lots of swelling then give it rest for a few days and then go about with the conditioning. Diet and rest are equally important so never neglect them for more hours of training. If the body is not well rested it could lead to lots of complications. To condition the forearm we can use numerous things from empty glass bottles to wooden sticks, from iron poles to trees, the choices are numerous but it is always advisable to move up from a softer object to little harder one and so on.   

Saturday, October 8, 2011

What to do when you are 30 plus, don't exercise much and your joints and health are showing signs of aging?

In this post I hope to help people who are above 30 and simplify how they should go about getting fit. There are a lot of people who usually don't workout much or just go for an occasional morning or evening stroll in the near by park. These are the people who don't know what to do or they get misguided when they develop signs of joint pains or their doctor prescribes regular exercise to beat their rising sugar or cholesterol levels. Most of these people in this situation end up joining gyms, yoga or aerobics studios or start doing some workout on their own. For making the post more inclusive we will consider people who have not done any workout for quite some time now except for an occasional walk.

Before we get into discussing how one should go about with the workout I would like to caution one and all about a very peculiar and wrong situation that prevails in most gyms in India. When a new member joins a gym which has more than one head coach who assigns the workout to all members. The member will find themselves in an invisible war between the coaches at the gym. Each coach trying to prove himself or herself to be more knowledgeable and effective in resolving the reasons the member has joined for. This wrongly channelized zeal of the coaches can spell disaster for the members. As the coaches aims shifts from helping improve your fitness levels to bringing about a visible change in you so as to gain popularity at the gym.  In their zeal to get results you may end up doing workout that not only causes exhaustion but will further harm your joints in the long run and may even result in muscles or ligaments to tear. Finding a good trainer or coach is more than half the battle won. 

Workout for those with Joint Pains -

If one has not been working out for even more than 8 months then the most important thing to remember is that the muscle strength and endurance levels are very low. However most people with knee joint related issues are advised by many to take up cycling. I agree that cycling is a wonderful workout but it also puts strain on the thigh muscles. Now if your muscle structure is not prepared and its endurance levels are low and you start cycling with the hope of benefiting your knee's well then you may just end up harming the knee further. When the muscles are not ready to endure the strain of the workout it adds further more strain to the joints. So in my view if you have knee joint pains then first task is to strengthen the thigh muscles before getting on with cycling or any other workout to strengthen and align the joint. Some take up yoga when their joints begin to trouble. Yoga is a very nice workout I personally feel anyone at any age can do it. However in this situation I feel just waking up one day and joining yoga is a big NO. Yoga has numerous asana's and when you join a yoga class or studio you will get into various asana's and try to hold there for some time. To hold in any asana means to put strain on the muscles which again transfer the load that they can not take on to the concerned joint. This applies to all the joints of the body. In my opinion when one is troubled with joint pains you should ideally start with just walking, now again when I say walking it does not mean that you leisurely stroll nor should you walk like there is no tomorrow. Moderation is the key and the solution to good health. Walk at a comfortable or normal walking pace for a comfortable distance. Do not set any preconceived distance targets. Just walk cautiously moderating your speed and distance as days pass by gradually increasing distance first rather than speed. Increasing speed too soon is another common mistake.Usually it may take a month or two of regular walking to improve the general health of the muscles, as the muscles strengthen the joints will also get more support from them. Once the thigh muscles start feeling toned you can move on to some light leg raises and slow and steady speed of cycling. When using a stationary Cycle do not try to give short bursts of increasing speed while cycling your body is not ready for that yet. You can also start with some free hand workouts for the shoulder, back and arms at this point. Some exercises like wall push ups or twisting and touching the wall etc are easy less straining and ideal at this stage. After a month of walking with bit of cycling and free hand workout the body is ready to get into the next stage of workout that is you can now join a gym, yoga studio, even an aerobics or kick boxing class. Am sure with careful monitoring and discipline without any haste you can safely move from being totally unfit to pretty fit within 6 months of time. In my personal opinion those who are having knee joint pains could wear a knee support for 8 - 10 hours a day for 6 - 10 days in a month. This will help immensely in setting the knee alignment right. Weight training is said to be good as it improves bone density and also helps in stopping the advance of Osteoporosis in women. However it is best to start with weight training slowly and only after the body has a basic level of fitness.

Workout for those with problems related to excess weight or rising blood sugar and cholesterol -

If this is something that is troubling you then I suggest be patient. I have seen many people with such issues specially those being over weight who end up harming their body more than it already was. Quite a few people in this category wake up to exercising with a rude shock from their close ones or by their doctor prescribing exercise to them. The shock at times scares them making some of them obsessed. This leads them to going in for lots of workout, diet plans and almost a complete lifestyle change. Well all of them are good but changing everything so abruptly is the worst thing one can do. Start again with general walking. Most people have a pretty good diet what it needs is just a bit of trimming or changing here and there. There is no need for a complete revamp of all the food in your kitchen cabinets. Another common mistake made by people  who desire to shed weight is they will all of a sudden stop using the lift and start climbing up and down the stairs. This is a good exercise but also exerts a lot of strain so it is best not to do so till the body tone has improved a bit. So ideally once you have started walking regularly and say after 20 days of that you could start with just climbing up one flight of stairs daily and increase it by another flight of stairs every 20 days or so. Some may need more time in between before increasing to the next level so take your call. Listen to your body it will guide you. After a month or two of walking with moderation and gradual increase in distance and speed then you can move on to cycling and other free hand or light weight exercises. Jogging is still a  big NO if you are over weight, the body needs more time to get ready for aerobic and cardiovascular exercises. If you take to jogging or very brisk walking too soon (which is a regular sight at gyms) you may get your results with reducing your weight but the damage you are doing to your joints will start creeping few months or years later. Most important be consistent with results being slow or when people reach a plateau they tend to give up or increase their workout levels directly by a few notches. Both are bad so do not do that be patient and enjoy the workout without the pressure of results always encircling you. The right time when you could start jogging or get into any other form of cardiovascular exercises is something best decided by seeing your fitness levels in person, so I would not like to set any time frame in general with regard to this.  However I have one advice to all those who jog on the treadmill. I have seen many a times and am sure most of you have too that some people who jog on the treadmill literally force themselves to jog at certain speeds. They will hold the control panel tight in order to keep pace with the moving treadmill. This is not required and is very wrong. No good will come by forcing the body to cope with something just because the person on the treadmill next to you is doing that. Remember we do not exercise to show others what we can do, we exercise to improve our fitness levels, to keep ourselves healthy for our own selves so do not bother what others are doing or can do. Just enjoy your workout at your own pace for always remember SLOW AND STEADY  WINS THE RACE. 

I hope the post has given you a brief idea of how to go about improving your fitness and health. You could also contact us for a detailed and articulate setting up of workout routine for you and monitoring them.      

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Complete guide to Shin Bone Conditioning

Recently I saw the national selections of Muay Thai in India which was held at Hyderabad. It was a total disaster, I felt very sad seeing martial arts being made a mockery of like this. Muay Thai is an awesome martial art which is very very demanding and needs the whole body to be conditioned like rock itself. Sadly during these selections the participants were wearing shin guards, abdomen guards, elbow guards and head guard. While in authentic Muay Thai the fighters only wear groin guard and a gum guard. 

Most martial arts need the body to be completely conditioning and those training in them spend a lot of time and effort working towards getting the bones and flesh conditioned like rock. The parts of the body conditioned are instep, shin bone, thigh, stomach, rib cage, the lats, palm, knuckles, forearms and the neck. So basically martial artists beat almost the whole body to condition it and prepare it for a real attack or strike. However proper conditioning methods, adequate healing time and consumption of the required amount of calcium is very vital. The imbalance or lack of any of these three could lead to severe injury and at times even permanent damage.

Today we will discuss about how to go about the conditioning of the Shin bone. The shin bone is often used in okinawan karate, Muay Thai and a number of other martial arts to either kick as well as to block a kick. The cardinal rule while conditioning any bone is start of slowly, give time for healing and as the bone gets harder the conditioning can be made harder too. The video below will take you through a brief guide of 4 different ways to go about shin conditioning.

When we condition the Shin bone there will be swelling and sometimes even small knots can be formed. The ideal pattern is to condition the shin then give a 2 -3 days break so it heals. After a month or two of such a routine the  bone will have hardened considerably enabling you to condition it almost on a daily basis. Try to begin the conditioning process with something relatively soft then move to harder objects there are no limits of things that can be used from wooden sticks to iron poles, from banana trees to glass bottles. However always train under the guidance of someone who knows what he is doing for wrongly going about it could lead to permanent damage.

When the shin bone is conditioned and made like rock it is very useful during sparring (kumite) as it can be used to block any kicks that are aimed at the thigh or lower stomach region. This helps a lot as the hands can be up on guard or launching an attack instead of blocking the kick and opening the body further.

At times during the beginning stages of conditioning the pain and swelling could get unbearable the easiest and simplest ways to enable speedy healing is to boil some water you can even add some chopped ginger in the water and boil it. Once the water is boiled soak a towel in the hot water and squeeze out the water then wrap the hot and moist towel around the complete calf and shin area. This will increase the blood circulation and speed up the healing process.

This post aims at giving an idea about how one should go about with conditioning the shin, however please do not try this without supervision or guidance of a qualified instructor.  

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Super Fit Iron Man at 45 years

 Often I get calls from people inquiring about training in Martial Arts and if they are above the age of 25years the usual question is - Can I train at this age?
I hope that our student Swamibabu can be a source of inspiration to all such people. About 8 years back most people in India believed that once you have touched 30 years of age walking is the best and only exercise to do. With growing awareness on health and fitness people of all age groups are training at gyms or going to play sports. However people are still a bit cautious when it comes to Martial Art training. Martial Arts can be learnt and trained in at any age there is no limit. However when you join it is best to inform the instructor about any ailments you have like diabetes, high or low blood pressure etc or if you have had any muscle or bone injury. 

The video below is a tribute to our dear student Swamibabu who at his age of 45 is much fitter and tougher than most people in the age group of 20 - 30 years.

I still remember the day I first met Swamibabu. I happened to be at a school on the day the school had their parent teacher meeting. He had come to inquire about how his daughter was learning Martial Arts. It is he who suggested that may be to encourage her more he will bring her to our class and train a little with her for a few days. They both did come to class but few months down the line his daughter stopped and Swamibabu somehow did not and has continued ever since. 

Many times Swamibabu has himself said that he has gained not only physically but even has changed his mindset. Common ailments or any other ailments have not touched him since years now. This is the beauty of Martial Arts it changes a person completely. He has a very heavy workload but he will always plan his work in such a way that he always comes to our 5 -8days intensive training camps every 6 months.
He is always open to discuss and learn new workout routines or diet plans. Diet is something he is very disciplined about in view of the intensive training he does daily a good diet is a must.

Swamibabu's training routine is as follows :-
  • Monday to Friday :-
  • 5am - 5:40am - jogging
  • 5:40am - 6:10am - basic techniques or kata or combination techniques or bag work along with 400 squats   
  •                              and 400 push ups.
  • 6:10am - 6:30am - body conditioning - hitting metal poles with forearm, wrist, palm, fingers, shin bone and 
  •                               punching Makiwara (hard punching post)

  • Sunday :- 
  • 6am onwards - usually goes to play football at RRC grounds or jogs around KBR park and some workout
  •                         after that.

  • Monday & Thursday :- 6pm - 8pm - he trains at our class.

  • Saturday                   :- 4pm - 8pm - Intense training along with seniors at our class.

It is always nice to train with him. He is not just a good student or classmate but is also always ready to help guide or advice all at Jukaado.

He has truly become a Martial Artist and lives by the code of a Samurai called as Bushido.

Monday, September 5, 2011

2 Hour Intense Workout

The 2 hour training consisted of  :- 
1 ) A 6km jog around the hilly terrain of KBR Park, 
 2) Abdomen crunches,
 3) Bunny jumps and push ups on steps 
 4) Lots of pad work after the jog.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Meditation, Diet and Rest for a Martial Artist

Nowadays either people are too cautious with their diet or just don't care, very few strike a true balance between diet, rest, meditation and workout. Most people due to lack of knowledge think diet control is the key to losing weight or getting the curves they want. So as soon as people sign up at a gym, fitness class, sports club or martial arts club or class they often ask the trainer "What diet should I follow? " before even sweating it out a single session. For most people who workout or train for 1 hour to 1.5 hours a day their normal diet is usually good enough may be just a bit changes here and there is fine. Sadly these are the people who think they are doing too much workout and end up trying all sorts of diets which they hear from friends or trainers or read in some book. Every individual needs a diet differently designed according to their goals, body structure, workout routine and fitness levels. My sincere request to such people is that please do not just follow any diet because someone benefited from it. It may not work for you and may harm you instead. 
Being in the martial arts and fitness field and training for the last 25 years I have very very very rarely had a break in my training due to any injury, illness or fatigue. I owe all this to the able guidance and knowledge of my very knowledgeable and wise masters or teachers. Today we would be looking at the balance between meditation, diet and rest a super athlete or a person living the life of a martial artist should maintain to better their training without any injuries or fatigue. However since diet needs to be designed on a personal level depending on your weight, kind of workout and so on, we would just look at the diet in a very basic form.

Most injuries that occur are usually due to the muscle or joint not getting enough rest or time to rebuild before they are strained again with a workout. So REST is very important for the body. Always ensure the body is well rested if you feel a slightest pulling sensation in any muscle area when you wake up after sleep then avoid that muscle area in your workout so that it can rebuild. However always consult your coach or instructor if you need the rest or can continue workout. An experienced instructor can differentiate between pain in the muscle due to workout or the pain that is a signal that the body needs  more rest.  Most martial artists do train morning and evening and squeezing in an hour of sleep in between these two workout time slots would enhance your training levels much more. Sleep is often referred by many as passive form of meditation where our body gets energized and recharged.  

MEDITATION has always been an important and integral part of all oriental martial arts. In fact even professional athletes the world over have now made meditation a part of their training regime. Meditating for a minimum of 30 minutes to an hour is very good for the body. Meditation has the ability to recharge the body much faster than the body can when we sleep. It improves focus, concentration, makes the practitioner calm and composed, increases the ability of our 6th sense or instinct and much more. Devoting a certain time slot and meditating regularly at the same time has better results. The ideal time to meditate is early morning as soon as you open your eyes, one can also meditate before going to bed provided they have not eaten at least 1.5 hours before they sit to meditate. Meditating with a full stomach is considered not healthy as it is believed to disturb the digestion process and also hinder concentration on meditation. Once you are adept with meditation a person can meditate at any time and any where. 

DIET  is equally important. As the saying goes " We are what we eat." Often people ask me if they should move on to having 6 smaller meals rather than the traditional 3 of breakfast, lunch and dinner. To all these people I ask only one thing - " How many hours do you train? " Our body is a wonderful mechanism more synchronized than the best watch on earth. For people with an hour or so of workout daily the normal 3 meals is perfect no need to change that. However Indians have over the last 25 years changed their meal timings and I strongly believe this is the reason why all the ailments connected with the stomach and obesity are creeping in. Indians have a huge gap between the lunch and dinner timing. Most have their lunch between 1pm to 2pm and then dinner would be between 9pm to 10:30pm after which they sleep within the next 15minutes or so. There is almost an 8 hour gap between these meals. So either have your dinner between 6pm to 7pm or have a nutritious snack ( fruits, sprouts, vegetable juice, sandwich) in between and have a light dinner later.  Coming back to the diet needs for martial artists or super athletes they need 6 small meals a day. The level of workout that these people put in is far more intense than a normal workout. One hour workout of a martial artist has the same effect as a 3 - 4 hour workout of a normal person. This level of intensity super activates our metabolism and hence it is very imperative to keep refueling at proper intervals. The ideal way to work with such a diet is maintain the normal 3 traditional meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner but just add a small snack meal in between each of them. The 3 main meals should be a well balanced one consisting proteins, carbohydrates, fiber,  potassium, calcium and so on. Depending on the workout the contents can be changed. So suppose one trains in the morning and evening then the breakfast can be more rich in protein and potassium, the lunch more rich in carbohydrates and other minerals and vitamins with traces of protein and dinner can be more rich in protein and calcium with a bit of carbohydrates and other minerals. As for the 3 smaller snack meals it can include fruits, protein shakes, vegetable juices, soups, salads, sandwich etc.   

Kindly do not follow the diet without consulting your instructor. The diet is only indicative of what is the ideal way of designing a diet for an individual. A diet that may suit and benefit a person may actually end up harming another. So kindly do not play with your body and consult an experienced and qualified instructor for guidance. 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Pad Work

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sparring Combination Practice Drill

Sparring is an important part of training and so training for it is equally important. The above video is a simple combination practice drill. Such drills improve reflexes and prepare the practitioners for the real sparring. Repetition of such combination drills again and again makes it a part of the reflexes.  

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Martial Artist - How long does it take? How to go about it?

I am often asked - How many days/ months to complete training? - by anxious parents who wish to see their kids wearing a black belt or people who watch some martial art movie and decide to join a martial art class. To them all I say is it has taken me 25 years and am still learning. Martial Science is like education can a 3 year old become a Doctor or an Engineer in just a few months? Even after completing his education and becoming say a Doctor if one does not keep on learning and upgrading he will not be a good Doctor. Similarly it is with Martial Science too.

It takes a lot of discipline, devotion, dedication, effort, perseverance, determination, sacrifice and lots more.  It is the study of something which in no time completely takes over your life - the way you walk,  talk, think,  behave and lots more. It is very very demanding. No wonder at any authentic martial art school say if 30 students join at a time, by the time a few years go by there may be only 5 or lesser left from that batch. Many give up mid way not because they are weak or they cant just because they decide to GIVE UP. 

In most activities you can learn something but may not decide to be a professional  at it. However to  be a martial arts practitioner you have to decide to be a professional or you can not train or improve at it . That does not mean give up your job or education. It means be committed to it completely with your every breath. To be a martial arts practitioner one has to train everyday not with the mindset to stay fit or be healthy but with the focus to better our self than we were a few hours back. Every technique is practiced 100's of times repeating it again and again and again till the body just can not move anymore. This is the level  of  focus one needs to come close to understanding the wonderful world of martial arts. It is a path that once taken properly will last a complete lifetime and yet will not be enough to master it. For - Perfection is a mirage always visible but never reachable. 

If one is ready to commit to the very high level of dedication required then the first and most important step is to find a true martial artist to teach you. I have been blessed with wonderful teachers and always will have complete respect for them. Selecting a proper teacher is vital so that the right guidance and direction is given. Please do not go for teachers who promise belts or show pictures of fancy flying kicks or breaking things. Tamashiwara ( breaking things) or jumping kicks are part of martial art but that is not the only thing in martial arts. Most youngsters fall for them as they hope to copy their favorite film stars and do the same tricks. Search for someone who will only talk of training. Talk to the students in the class. Once joined in a class just train and sweat and sweat and sweat more. Do not bother which belt you have or which you may or not get that does not matter. What matters is can you say that you have improved in the last few hours or not. In a few years of training you will notice improvement in health, higher concentration levels, great inner and external strength and lots more. Consistent training for more years will lead to a change in the spiritual levels too. The practitioner is always in a kind of state of meditation. Always pondering and thinking about techniques or training methods. To give an example -  Master Yamaguchi a legend in Karate had developed spiritually to a level where he could catch any lie spoken by anyone. It has been said that the Japanese government use to request him to be present while interrogating spies or people where the matters were of serious nature and he has never been wrong in catching the lie.

The journey may be a tiring and testing one but not taking the journey will not take you anywhere either. 

Saturday, June 11, 2011


The above video is a variation of conditioning our students came up with so that all of them can do conditioning together and for different areas of the body.

Conditioning is a very important aspect of martial arts. It is sad that many martial arts are moving towards point scoring in fights or sparring competitions also called as sports sparring. The sports sparring does not involve full contact kumite (sparring). As a result over the years organizations that have moved towards sports kumite have stopped or drastically reduced conditioning the body by kicking, punching or striking the various striking areas of the body. I was really shocked and upset when I met a black belt from an organization that follows sports kumite. That black belt told me that he is training from last 6years but he had never been punched or kicked any where on the body. He had never ever done any conditioning training in the 6 years that he had trained and reached to black belt. This is very very sad and upsetting. 
In  Jukaado we give lots of importance to various conditioning practices from kicking and punching each other to striking metal poles and trees with our forearms, shin bone, palm, fist and so on. We believe and train in full contact Kumite (sparring) for martial arts is not a sport. Most people train to learn martial arts to defend themselves, how will a person defend himself if he trains to fight only to get points for on the road there will not be a refree or any points to decide the winner.  

In my opinion training in martial arts without conditioning the body is like sitting for dinner with a plate but no food in it.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Muay Thai

Sawadee Khrab

I had recently gone to Bangkok and was eager to train in Muay Thai (Thai kick boxing) which is the national sport of Thailand. There are many Muay Thai gyms in Bangkok and it should not be difficult to find one to train at. Many American and European Tourists come to Thailand to train in Muay Thai. Most MMA fighters too train in Muay Thai. There is lots of passion for Muay Thai, as a matter of fact professional Muay Thai practitioners train for a minimum of 6hours a day 6 days a week. This is the level of dedication that is put in its training. There are many stadiums too where Muay Thai bouts are conducted regularly and a student needs his teachers blessings and permission only then can he enter the competitions. I personally was not satisfied by my brief training in Muay Thai. In view of that some of my senior students and myself are planning a trip soon to Bangkok to train for 6hours a day for a week at a well known gym there. Children start training and competing at stadiums as early as 8- 10 years of age. Even the training of the children is very intense. Like most oriental martial arts Muay Thai too is a way of life. Completely encircling the practitioner and changing him not only externally but also internally, a few years of training also changes the spiritual outlook of the practitioner. Having been training in martial arts for almost 3 decades now I was impressed by the intensity, discipline and passion with which they train in Muay Thai. A word of caution to people who intend to go there to train - there are many many gyms in Bangkok and quite a few of them are only interested in collecting money from foreigners in the name of training. A bit of inquiring around before selecting a gym to train at is ideal.

Khob Khun Khrab.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

JUKAADO CAMP MAY 2011 - Traditional Body Conditioning

The above video is about traditional body strengthening and conditioning training. The equipment used are all the traditional ways of training. The first equipment in the video is a solid iron rod of 15kgs which is rolled up and down the fore arm to strengthen the forearms. The second and third equipment are canvas bags filled with pebbles and small stones on which the practitioner slams the front and back of his palm to toughen the palm. The fourth equipment is a  bucket filled with iron ball bearings in which the practitioner strikes with his fingers like nukite or spear hand to strengthen and toughen the fingers. The fifth and sixth equipment are weights at the end of a medium sized stick they are used to strengthen and toughen the shoulder, latissimus dorci ( upper back), biceps, triceps, trapezius muscle and the deltoids. 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

JUKAADO CAMP MAY 2011 - Multiple or Speed throwing

Speed throwing is a very good workout. It is a high intensity cardiovascular routine. Moreover since all the people that are standing around the mats are not of the same height, weight or body type it improves the reflexes and adaptation skills of the person throwing them as he or she has to constantly keep throwing people of varying height and weight. There is not much of time gap between each throw so the person throwing has to be alert and have fast reflexes. Over a period of time it will also improve the skill in throwing techniques too. Please do not try this on your own always practice under a qualified instructor. 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

JUKAADO CAMP MAY 2011 - Combination Training

The above video and the one below are of a training session where students practiced combination techniques. Combining striking techniques of a kick or punch along with throwing and locking techniques.


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

9 man Kumite during Jukaado Camp May 2011

The students really did fight well during the 9 man kumite specially when we have to consider the fact that they had a tiring midnight session which got over at 3am and they started the kumite  session in the morning at 6:30 am with barely enough sleep or time for the body to recoup.

The above video has Shiv fighting well specially since most of his opponents are not only many years older than him but some even double his height. Keep it up.

In the above video we have Hussain who also fought well. It is always nice to see all of them giving their best even though they had all injured their elbows with lots of crawling the previous day and only few hours sleep between the last midnight session.

The above video has Sravan. Unfortunately our battery was running low and we could not shoot the full 9 man kumite by him. One thing am sure all who attended camp will agree is that Sravan has a very strong will power and never gave up through all the 8 days at camp even though he has not been training regularly for quite some time now. Infact he kept pushing others also to train harder and not give up. 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Jukaado Camp May 2011 - Obstacle course and tile breaking

The above video is about our younger students Ritvik (13 years) and Shiv (14 years) who were breaking some roof tiles after the training session was over.

The above video is of a simple obstacle the students had to cross during one of their jogging sessions.

The above video and the one below show the obstacle course which all our students did exceptionally well.


Sunday, May 8, 2011

JUKAADO CAMP MAY 2011 - Stomach & Thigh Conditioning

The camp was awesome and it would have not been so awesome without the students who were ever ready to train may it be 5am or 1am. All of them gave much more than their 100%. The above video is taken during a session for stomach conditioning while the second video is taken during a session for thigh conditioning. Most of the students developed bumps, swellings and clots on their bodies but during training they all gave their best in true Bushi spirit.

Pictures of JUKAADO CAMP MAY 2011