Striking and Bag Work

In martial arts training, bags are a very helpful aid. Heavy bags, focus mitts, targets and shields assist students in developing the body dynamics required for maximum striking power generation. Maximum power is generated when the martial artist utilizes his or her body’s large muscles — the legs and the core — rather than relying on the small muscles of the arm. Bags also help train precision and speed, which are needed when using strikes in a self defense situations. Lastly, bags help the martial artist improve their foot work, which is key in the striking arts.

Martial arts bags complement traditional martial arts implements such as the Makiwara, a padded striking post used as a training tool in various styles of traditional karate, and can be thought of as extension of the Okinawan and Japanese Hojo Undō exercises — supplementary conditioning exercises that assist martial artists in developing ambidextrous physical strength, muscle coordination, speed, posture, and stamina.

Spend more time with your punching bags and you shall be rewarded!

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Brian is a life-long martial artist, athlete, and serial entrepreneur. He teaches martial arts and self defense to adult and teen students in San Diego, at the Full Potential Martial Arts dojo in Carmel Valley.

3 comments on “Striking and Bag Work
  1. John R says:

    Looks like a lot of fun! Do you guys train in Okinawan karate?

  2. Ernie K says:

    Excellent post on bag work and makiwara practice! Personally, I prefer the makiwara for martial arts practice.
    Keep up the good work!

  3. Arnold B. says:

    Another excellent article on this martial arts blog! Good job!

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