Training for heavy weapons close combat
Hi everyone! This is a bit of an unusual inquiry and I'm after something quite specific. Sorry if it turns into a ramble, bear with me. :tongue:
After having failed to find a quality escrima school I've gone back into western martial arts, longswords in particular, sometimes in armour, and I've now started looking into big knives and tomahawks/hatchet systems. It's all good fun.
I'd like to think I've got pretty good all-round fitness. I run and cycle for about an hour every day and have for the past 8 or so years and I enjoy any and all variations of body weight exercises you could think of.
Now I'm seriously starting to think I might benefit from something more specific to my art, as it were.
What I'm doing mostly involves fighting with some sort of metal weapon and I'd love to develop more stamina and explosive power. The obvious answer is, of course, to train more with the weapon, but the training venue is only open to me once a week and I don't fancy taking sharp, pointy things out into public places on off days.
What sort of exercises might be beneficial for me?
I haven't got a right lot of training gear at home since I just moved house but I've got a good selection of weight plates for my dumbbells and barbells. I've also got improvised equipment such as sledgehammers, club hammers, shot puts and the like - but no tyre, since I haven't got a backyard anymore.
I'm hoping to pick up a kettlebell cheap in a yard sale eventually. =)
Any and all pointers for an efficient and specific training routine would be very welcome.