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A Hard Punch in Kung Fu: Steel Finger Martial Arts Exercises

punch hardThe exercises on this page will give you the strongest fingers, and therefore an incredibly hard punch in the martial arts. This is going to be true for karate, kung fu, kenpo, taekwondo, or whatever. With a little thought, it can even be true in the Mixed Martial Arts arena.

It is said that a chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link. This principle can be found in the martial arts when it comes to any hand technique, and especially punching. The punch is only as strong as it’s weakest finger.

The first exercise is doing simple push ups. The point, however, is to do these push ups on the finger tips, and thus make the fingers like iron rods. It is difficult, however, to start on the fingertips, and one should work up to them.

First, do your push ups on the palms, then on the backs of palms. This will build up the wrists, which are going to have to be strong to support the fingers. After you can do palm push ups, go for the fists.

Fists are great for hitting, but you want to hit with a smaller and smaller fist area. You can knock a ball a mile with a club, but you can punch a hole in it with a screwdriver. This is the theory you want to pursue.

Do your push ups on your half knuckles, and slowly work your way down to two knuckles, then one knuckle. After a while, you will be able to go to just the fingers. At first, the fingers will be bent, but you eventually want to do your push ups on straight fingers.

You can help this procedure by doing the push ups in sand, or on a folded rag, which will adjust to the lengths of the various fingers. As you get better and better, you can reduce the number of fingers you are working on. Eventually, and this may take some time, you will get down to push ups on the index fingers of your hands.

This method for improving the strength of the fingers takes time, and you will find that it takes a high degree of mental focus. The mental focus is, perhaps, the most important thing you can get out of it, for the mind will last longer than the body. Whatever you get out of this martial arts exercise, no matter whether you study karate, kenpo, kung fu, taekwondo, or whatever, you will find that strengthening the fingers in this way will give you a hard punch.

Drop by Monster Martial Arts and check out The Punch. Guaranteed, do the exercises in this book and you will have a hard punch in no time!

Five Martial Arts Calisthenics To Make You Five Times More Stronger, Faster And Powerful!

I was talking with one of my students the other day, and we were discussing condensing body calisthenics into maybe a half dozen simple motions. Think about it, five martial arts exercises that help you be stronger, faster and more powerful. All you need to do is these five exercises!

A Perfect Martial Arts Body!


So I thought about it, researched a bunch of things having to do with Yoga, Tibetian exercises and even American things like Matt Furey. Here’s my initial five exercises, and while I will probably work on them a bit, hone them further, I think they fit the bill. The extra bonus is that they’ll be good martial arts class warm ups, no matter whether you do Karate, kung fu, aikido, or whatever.

First, and most important, is stretching. Most body injuries result from the body being compacted, so to stretch the body, whether it be splits or just hanging from a tree or over the side of a bed, should start the blood flowing and awake the body. No set exercise for this, I just recommend reading up on a little yoga, isolating the movements you aren’t flexible in, and concentrating on them.

Next, would be an exercise I call snaking. This includes such things as worming style push ups, and covers the front bending motion of the body. There are a whole series of yoga poses, from dog looks up to plank position to rabbits pose, that could fit in this particular exercise.

Third would be bridging. This can be a whole series of stretches, but should probably be done on a gradient. Bridging from the back, the neck, the hands, over a stool, all this covers the whole back bend of the body.

You may have realized that I am trying to explore every range of motion for the body, and that is exactly what I am doing. After bending the body to the front and and then backwards, we have twisting the body. While there are many yoga poses that twist the body, you can cover most of them by just sit cross legged and looking over your shoulder, then twist all the way up and then down to cross legged and looking over the shoulder on the other side.

The final exercise would be being upside down. This should reverse gravity for your internal organs, and should be very good for you. This would include frog stands, head stands (start out against the wall), and eventually handstands.

So that’s it, my quick fix for whole body health through five simple body calisthenic, martial arts exercises. These calisthenics are fairly common, and you should find them in a variety of programs. At any rate, try them out for a month or two, and watch yourself get nothing but better and strong and faster.

I do recommend a study of all body motion potentials if you want to get the most out of these exercises. Mouse over over to my Yogata page (The Yoga Kata), and get even more data on getting stronger, faster and more powerful through the martial arts.