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    I was wondering if anyone could have ideas on how to structure a PB fitness plan with martial arts as the main mode of activity.

    What would it look like for the move slowly section?

    What would it look like for the sprint routine?

    A lot of people tend to classify Martial Arts as an endurance sport so how could we trim the Chronic Cardio out of it?

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    Don't worry about it too much and just view the martial arts as a mixed bag of healthy activity. I definitely would not classify it as chronic cardio, as you tend to be either going all out (sparring), or alternating moving slowly with bursts of activity (general training).

    Do both strength training and sprints to support it.

    As far as chronic cardio goes, think of jogging for half an hour or more. That's what you are trying to avoid.
    Last edited by jhc; 02-07-2012, 10:09 PM.

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    • #3
      i gotta imagine grok did quite a bit of training for fighting....

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      • #4
        I would think practicing kata and randori would be the equivalent of walking. Sparring the equivalent of of sprinting.

        Throw in some throws and you're lifting heavy things.

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        • #5
          For LHT I do bodyweight training
          For sprints I do sprints
          For play I do MARTIAL ARTS

          I don't see your problem?
          Live. Grow. Flourish.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by thanatos View Post

            Throw in some throws and you're lifting heavy things.
            If you are lifting heavy things in order to execute a throw, then your technique needs more work.
            Live. Grow. Flourish.

            My Journal/story is at http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread38948.html

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            • #7
              Seems like there are enough ups and downs that martial arts would fit. Sure beats running.

              If you need more "Moving slowly" just pick up tai chi. It'll help with your martial arts and its super slow.

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              • #8
                Half of our twice a week martial arts classes are a fitness class that incorporates alot of sprinting and bodyweight strength training. The rest is working on technique. I practice technique and walk as much as I can between classes, and I don't really think about it beyond that. I consider the martial arts to be the bulk of my exercise outside of walking. It's a pretty well-rounded workout.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by phreebie View Post
                  If you are lifting heavy things in order to execute a throw, then your technique needs more work.
                  Depends on the size of the people you're training with. ;-)

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                  • #10
                    I just started a brand new site if you're interested in following along there: Performance and Training Blog for Taekwondo Athletes - Primal TKD -- wasn't going to tell anyone yet (until I get more content up) but I saw this thread and thought I'd put it out there.

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                    • #11
                      I started Aikido a month ago and so far I get slightly winded doing warm ups and break falls (sprints) and the core technique is gentle and natural but I always feel it soon after in my legs and core muscles. I can toss a 250 lb man and not feel it (until the next day ). I do it four days at 2hrs at a time and it is the only exercise I do other than walking. I started out as a doughy novice and my muscles are tightening. So it fits my criteria for slow moving and muscle building.

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                      • #12
                        Hello from a fellow Aikido practitioner!

                        I practice three to four times a week, and have been doing so for almost a year. One hour each time, except two hours on Saturday, to which I'll be adding an hour of Iaido.

                        I do a whole-body weightlifting deal once a week. It's all I have time for.

                        EDIT: I realized I didn't actually answer the question. I agree with those above that say the training is the cardio portion. Lift heavy once or twice a week, do some plyo work every quarter or so.
                        Last edited by JohnnyNull; 02-14-2012, 11:40 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by MyPrimalLife View Post
                          I just started a brand new site if you're interested in following along there: Performance and Training Blog for Taekwondo Athletes - Primal TKD -- wasn't going to tell anyone yet (until I get more content up) but I saw this thread and thought I'd put it out there.
                          Thanks for this!

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                          • #14
                            For lifting heavy things, try some grappling sessions. If you want a sprinting session, sparring is good. You could also hit a bag and do sprints of punching/kicking/etc. as fast as you can (with good form of course) for a minute followed by rest.

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