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4 Reasons for Women to learn Self-Defense

My years of experience in both the fitness industry and martial arts have shown me the many benefits that martial arts can have on a person. There are physical benefits of burning calories and getting fit, but most importantly it allows for personal growth and mental discipline. Here are seven amazing reasons why women should do martial arts: 1) Crime can happen to anyone at any time. Whether you want to live in your fantasy world or not, that is the harsh reality. At some point in your life as a woman you will flash across a predator's (mainly male) radar as prey. You will be attacked. You will be alone and you will be vulnerable. And most likely, it will come...

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Bodyweight workouts (Pull ups / chin-ups)

Pull-ups are also known as chin-ups. They can be executed in different variations (overhand grip, underhand grip, neutral grip, wide-grip, close-grip, …) and belong, next to push-ups and a couple other exercises, to the supreme disciplines of bodyweight training. Pull-ups are suitable as a back exercise for a wide upper body. Apart from this, pull-ups also engage the muscles of the arms to an extent that should not be underestimated. This means the biceps and the core muscles also profit from pull-ups.  Remember that with correct form and execution of the movement comes results! GET YOUR 20 MIN CARDIO KICKBOXING CLASS AT HOME

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Strengthen your Shoulders for your cardio Kickboxing | Increase Punching Power

The type of lifestyles we have today put us in physical positions that can cause our bodies to suffer by altering our physiology. As a group fitness coach, I often meet people suffering from shoulder or neck pain. They are not always in bad physical condition. Most of the time they actually have great muscle mass but they have pain and wonder why. If you like to participate in group fitness classes such as bootcamp, pilates, yoga, and cycling, we have the answer for you! In these classes most of the movements are push and plank which means that over time this will modify your posture, generating relief in the shoulders and neck. If you analyze the hours of driving,...

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How to do a Jab Cross.

In martial arts there are hundreds of different types of strikes, the most common of which have been included here. Basic principles apply to all and it is important to understand these when perform a technique. Every punch should be delivered with the whole body movement as this improves strength and power. Key Principles Relax and don't tense up. Use the whole body by turning the hips into the punch. Keep the chin tucked under. Keep the non-punching hand close to the face to protect against counter-attacks. Use combinations of punches as they are more effective. After each punch, quickly return to the starting position. Jab Although the jab is not the most powerful punch, it is considered to be...

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BACK MUSCLES: Rotate balance and stabilize the body

Horizontal Pulling Exercises Martial artists require a great deal of core strength and a solid base of strength from the Upper body muscles. The back also functions as a total body core muscle by holding your body together and combining the power generated by all your limbs. Another little known (BUT VERY IMPORTANT) fact is that the back helps a lot in punch recovery–which is the speed of how fast you can pull your hand back after a punch. In this video we will show you correct execution of the horizontal pull and the muscles involved. Remember that with correct form and execution of the movement comes results! If you missed our last video "Looking for power in your punches"...

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