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    Better balance through stronger legs?

    Hi all,

    When I give a series of punches, I lately feel that the strikes themselves are well,
    but that my footwork/balance is crappy.
    I have been told that I can compsensate this "lean over"-effect
    by training the muscles of my legs. Can anyone please point me
    to what workout I should try?

    Thank you,

    Rafe




    (EDIT: I realize this might well go to strikeistan.)

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    Squats.
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    I think your core muscles have more to do with your balance than your legs.

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    Yep, core stregth and coordination. And coordination is a matter of training specifically for that (in addition to strength training IF needed.)

    TIS, who told you that you needed to work your legs to improve your balance? What does your coach says on this subject?
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    Thank you all for the quick replies!

    Quote Originally Posted by Teh El Macho
    TIS, who told you that you needed to work your legs to improve your balance? What does your coach says on this subject?
    I had this problem already a few years ago, when I was still in KB. My trainer then told me to do leg workout, and things got better, but very slowly.

    Now in WT, my current coach told me to simply keep doing the exercises, and that that would better my balance with the time.

    However, even following that, I'd like to do something extra. I am a rather small man, so that means that I need to train as double as hard as the rest. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by This is Sparta!
    I am a rather small man, so that means that I need to train as double as hard as the rest. :)
    Bull-snit!

    You shouldn't need to train twice as hard...you need to train twice as SMART.

    Depending on what you train in (WT = Wing Tsun? ASK = American Shaolin Kenpo?), you should be given direction on what kind of game plan you need to develop for your body type.

    Don't believe this bullshit about "Tall people will rule in Kickboxing, short people rule in grappling, etc..." You (and your trainer) need to make the system work for you.

    If the system forces you, as a small guy, to train twice as hard...then you need a new system.

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    :-) Thank you. I guess that is what I meant.
    As an usual lightweight fighter, I almost always encounter sparring partners that are bigger or naturally stronger than I. If they have equal technical skills, it all comes to be quicker and to punch harder for me. For that, I train.:bully:


    ASK = All Style Karate; name my kickboxing trainer used for his system. Not sure what the differences to regular KB are. Same product, different packaging, I guess...:5propelle

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