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KMgurl
11/15/2002 1:28am,
I had a question that is not Mc Dojo related but hopefully someone can help...

our instructor has us training without shin guards now. He says that we need to work on blocking and kicking without them since we will not have them on in a real life encounter. Is there anything I can do to condition them? Is there such thing as developing a calluse on the shin bone over time?

gong sau
11/15/2002 1:35am,
Is there anything I can do to condition them?



Yep. Kick things. :P

But seriously, when just starting out, I used to whack my shins with a really heavy chunk of rope while watching TV. Worked up to using rattan sticks. You basicallly just pund on your shins in any way you can (including kicking things, of course), using harder and harder materials. Works for me. :)

"You lose, Mr. Kwan."

oops...meant "pound", not "pund", whatever that is :)

Edited by - gong sau on November 15 2002 00:40:36

Michael
11/15/2002 1:37am,
kick the bottom of a heavy bag many times with the shin....roll sticks over blade of shins......rolling pin......don't cry about it....<img src=icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle>

Two guys walk into a bar....ouch that's gotta hurt.

gong sau
11/15/2002 1:41am,
Sweet! Rolling pin, never thought of that! Thanks, Mike!

"You lose, Mr. Kwan."

PeedeeShaolin
11/15/2002 1:55am,
Just kicking the bottom of a heavy bag is good enough for self defense purposes. I used to use an empty whiskey bottle to roll my shins, but if your not going to be in competition where your shins are facing trauma then theres really no reason to put yourself through all the pain because it HURTS. I dont care how tough you are. If you train for self defense then just the kicking you do on a bag will be enough. Chances are your never even going to USE your shin if you DO get attacked, so mangling your bones fir nothing doesn't really add up.

Michael
11/15/2002 1:58am,
Well the bag thing comes directly from Bas Rutten's own mouth so I'm not about to argue with him, but I love the rolling pin exercise.

Two guys walk into a bar....ouch that's gotta hurt.

Nihilanthic
11/15/2002 2:10am,
I've tried a phone book... but you tend to tear up the outside pages...

But Thai pads and the sandy part of a heavybag work fine... why not just fill up a bag with sand?


<Me> John, what do you know about Zen Buddhism? <John> *smacks me*
<John> I'd have to smack you sometime...

DanDavis
11/15/2002 3:32am,
I started off with a beer bottle wrapped with a towel & beat the inside of my shin bone over & over again. Later, I'd do it again, but I wouldn't wrap the bottle as much as last time. Now, I just do it without the towel.

Nihilanthic
11/15/2002 3:55am,
do the front of your shin too, not just the broadest part - you need to condition that too.



<Me> John, what do you know about Zen Buddhism? <John> *smacks me*
<John> I'd have to smack you sometime...

ATAMAN
11/15/2002 7:05am,
well i just spar without shinguards. it also helps to teach you to block out pain in competition and in the street. but i guess you "have to be sado masachist to do that"

a quote from one of my friends.

Today impossible, Tomarrow Possible
Grand Master H.U. Lee