My name is Sr. Master Paul Leitzke and in my 30 years of teaching martial arts, I’ve found that people come to our Confidence Martial Arts in Wilmington for a number of reasons. Some are attracted to martial arts because they want to learn to defend themselves. Others come because they want to tap into martial arts’ vast power as a tool for new heights of personal growth. Still others come merely because they are looking for a way to get in shape that’s fun and spares them the tedious repetitiveness of the gym. While martial arts can give a student all of these things, it is at its heart, a form of strenuous physical activity. The practice of Confidence martial arts can be an excellent means of attaining new heights in becoming leaner, suppler, faster, more flexible and stronger while learning dynamic martial arts at our academy.
Strength Equals Power in Martial Arts
This rule holds true in any kind martial art technique. At our school of dynamic martial arts, increasing strength is one of the things we focus on. Lifting weights is great but for a martial artist, it’s not desirable to develop a bodybuilder’s physique. Much of the strength training we do at our Confidence martial arts facility is inherent in the techniques itself.
Front Snap Kicks for Core Strength
All martial arts kicks utilize the muscle groups in the legs, however, many of the kicks we practice at Confidence Martial Arts also call on core muscle groups such as the abdominals and lower back muscles. Practicing Tae Kwon Do style front snap kicks with their high chambering of the knee is a particularly good way of increasing core strength in your abs, while simultaneously strengthening the muscles in your legs.
Punching Your Way to a Stronger Upper Body
When it comes to punches in martial arts, strength equals speed which equals power. I see the three as intertwined. So, while a certain amount of weight lifting may help to increase your punching power, similarly, throwing punches will help you develop better upper body strength. Working out on the heavy bag, hitting focus pads and other methods of practicing punches are all ways to enhance upper body strength through dynamic martial arts technique.
A Martial Art Round Kick for Lower Body Strength
The round kick is one of the most immediate and devastating weapons in any martial artist’s arsenal. Like a front snap kick and side kick, the round kick utilizes core muscles to some degree. However, round kicks place a greater demand on the lower body than many other martial arts kicks. Practicing round kicks is an excellent way to build greater strength in your legs, hips, and thighs. The hard work you put into building this strength through practicing your kicks will pay dividends by translating as power when you unleash that side kick on a target. You will build your confidence which will positively impact many areas of your life. If you want to know more about how martial arts can help you increase your strength or anything else regarding either our adult or children’s’ programs, please feel free to contact Confidence Martial Arts in Wilmington, NC by calling 910-399-1950 or visiting us on the Web at confidencemartialarts.com. Train Hard and Stay Safe! Paul E. Leitzke Confidence Martial Arts Master Instructor Wilmington, NC 7th Degree Black Belt