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TaikenjuRyu Newbie 5 posts
Hey all.
What's the best way to improve FUNCTIONAL Strength (as Bruce Lee called it). Are weights really necessary? Or can you adequately strengthen yourself with calestenics or ballistics?


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andy Resident 729 posts
body weight exercises, just train.

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pain is temporary, pride is forever.
"no weapon formed against me shall prosper"
Angry Regular 88 posts
body weight excersises are rgeat but real power and strength comes from lifting. bruce lee wasnt that strong!

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mikeyBoab Spectator 36 posts
Bruce Lee did work out though to build up his biceps - something that traditional kung fu goes against. The power for a punch comes from the tricep so big biceps, which may look impressive, are actually a hindrance.

Sorry to drag up this old thread but there hasn't been much action in the forum!
Davyk Spectator 5 posts
Geoff Thompson has a great book on weight training for martial artists.
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CallumLeach Spectator 7 posts
I've done weight training on lats chest and triceps. Biceps come naturally as an occurrence to working the triceps, and it's massively improved my speed and power from experience.

All I know is consistency is key to building strength. Have repetition exercise days and strength days for everything you work.

For example I can do 50 reps of 47.5kg repeatedly for a long time. I do that on tuesdays and keep doing that until I can't manage a single pressup.

On saturdays I do weight training (kind of) which is 10 reps of 70 kilograms per set 4 sets then move onto another body part.

Just helps really. Work something out! Hope I've helped!
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