5/20/2009 8:04pm, #81
I'm a believer in the all powerful heavy bag, personally. I haven't done extensive studies other than what I have personally felt. Which is that my hands and shins don't hurt any more when I punch people in the face, or kick them in the leg.
I'm not with the whole concrete training thing, but I do personally believe that punching and kicking a heavy bag strengthens the muscles that you use to strike, harden your bones, and numb the nerve endings in those areas.
All my opinion and not proven.
5/20/2009 8:07pm, #82
Thought I saw a generalization; Frenchie, here, still needs to work on his understanding of the subtleties of English.
I have met people who subscribe to the notion that fracture-scarred bones are somehow "harder" (as opposed to having a bit more bone-mass on the healed-over area of the fracture, which is closer to the truth). However, I have, over the years, met no more than one or two idiots who actually go out of the way to break their own bones (and, as you can well imagine, my association with such worthies was kept as brief as possible). None of them were Karate practitioners.
Just to be clear, I'm no kind of extremist: closing on fifty years of age, I watch all aspects of my health as carefully as would any sane person, and that definitely includes my hands. At the first sign that any facet of my training is compromising normal function, I will not hesitate to change what needs to be changed.
Sorry about the terse response earlier, and--although I have to head to shift now--I'll definitely try and get my addled mind to remember to send for some liniment (also assuming I can get the PM function to work properly from my computer--it has been dodgy of late).
Genuine thanks for your concern.
5/20/2009 8:09pm, #83
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Also I did not contradict myself. I was proving my point. My point was that certain structures are better suited to certain environments. Your body has the tools to develop the structure which is best suited to your environment. If there was one structure which was best suited to ALL environments, then you would not need this ability to adapt. Thus, I am establishing, that because we DO have this ability to adapt, that there is no one bone structure that is universally superior. Thats why I found it unlikely that through kung fu you could develop such a structure. It would seem to me, that as demonstrated by karatekas, thicker/stronger bone structure results in less dexterity.
5/20/2009 8:14pm, #87
Hence I made my comments about the low level martial arts who injure themselves when there are much better ways to train the body without the ill effects.
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