Need some "games" for martial arts

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Need some "games" for martial arts

Postby CrazyBoy » Dec 17, 2005 14:09

Hello friends! As I see I am number one in this chapter to post. I don't know if this is the right place to post my question but I'll give it a try. I wonder if you can help with some strength games for my karate class.
I know a few, but I would like more for developing the student's stamina, strength and speed (generally speaking). I shall wait for your replies.
Thanks
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Need some "games" for martial arts

Postby Thomas Kurz » Dec 17, 2005 17:45

There are a great many games for simultaneously developing fighter's condition and skill. Give specific training tasks or goals and I will try to list some suitable games.
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Postby CrazyBoy » Dec 18, 2005 14:06

Wow! Thanks for replying Mr Kurz, it's an honour. The reason for not knowing martial arts games for developing the student's phisical qualities it that I am a young senpai and I have still much to learn. Well, I do not want to spread boredom amongst my students, so if you could help with a few examples I would be most gratefull.
Ok, if you are ok with this, can give me some examples of "games" for developing the strength of the legs and arms?
Friday, at training, I experimented a little game which I read about on the net: prison push-ups (with a deck of cards). Only that I changed the opush-ups with squats. The students loved it.
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Need some "games" for martial arts

Postby Thomas Kurz » Dec 19, 2005 20:09

Doing push-ups is just an exercise--using a deck of cards does not make it a game. Here are examples of games for developing speed and reaction that are suitable for karateka:

Catch the mouse
Opponents face each other. One holds a light object (a ball of paper, for example) in an outstretched arms and releases it. The other has to catch it be fore it hits the ground.

Push-up fight
Face each other in a push-up and try to slap your opponent's hands while not letting him slap yours. Must keep the trunk and legs straight in the proper push-up position.

Fight to touch shoulders

Fight to touch feet
In this one opponents try to touch each other's feet with their feet. They can have a hold on each other (by clothes or by hands), or not.

Fight to touch thigh

Grasping and lifting opponent's leg
All of the above four games can be done with opponents gripping each other's hand or without.

Games for developing strength that are suitable for karateka:

Escape wrist grabs

Lift opponent by the thigh
Can be done just like “Grasping and lifting opponent's leg” plus lifting the opponent on one's shoulder (against his resistance) or it can begin with one already holding the thigh and on command one tries to lift while the other resists the lift.

Games for developing strength and muscular endurance that are suitable for karateka:

Tug-of-war

Neck pulling
Opponents hold each other by the neck (one or both hands) and try to push and pull each other out of fighting area.

Sumo
Push or pull your opponent out of the fighting area or make him touch the ground with any thing but the sole of his feet. Variations: both opponents squat, or no grabbing--only pushing with shoulders or thighs (either when standing or squatting, or on all four).
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Postby CrazyBoy » Dec 20, 2005 07:20

Thanks alot Mr Kurz! You've sure been a lot of help: you've offered me more info than expected. I shall copy them and will experiment them in my trainings. If you know other "games" for martial arts please let me know. I must know!
Once again thank you!!! :D
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Need some "games" for martial arts

Postby Thomas Kurz » Dec 20, 2005 11:01

More such games are described in Strength, Speed, and Endurance for Athletes: 100 combative activities for partners. This book is available through the Athlete's Bookshelf ( http://www.stadion.com/bookshelf.html ).
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Postby CrazyBoy » Dec 22, 2005 08:30

Dear Mr. Kurz, I just want to thank you for the examples given. As for the book you're reccomending, how may purchase it. I do not have a credit card, and I would like to have it in my bookshelf. Also, in the near future, I would like to order your book and video about stretching, but I don't know how. Please can you give me some pointers?
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Postby DanBor » Dec 22, 2005 10:16

Crazyboy- I went to the biggest book shop in my town, and they didn't have a copy of Stretching scientifically, so they've ordered a copy for me and I have to wait 6 weeks (I am from South Europe - Slovenia) and now I just wait. You don't need credit card for this, just cash.
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Postby CrazyBoy » Dec 23, 2005 13:45

Thanks Dan8or! For me it's kind of hard to try to order the book or the video through a library cause I live in a small town and it's helpless. I tried to order books from my country and they didn't managed to obtain them, not to mention a foreign book. But thanks anyway.
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