Comment: looks like mr miyagi teaching muay thai. ive done muay thai for a while now and neva kicked a bag with pads on lol, and if my shins were to bruised up i just would kick the bag full stop!
Response: Thank you for your comment however misguided. Calasanz has been teaching martial arts longer than you’ve been on this earth, so he knows a thing or two about conditioning. Our shin conditioning goes beyond the usual slamming of the shin against a heavy bag. It is a multi-exercise approach that will gradually build up the shin so our students avoid serious injuries and blood clots. The taped bag that is being kicked in this video is very hard. If you can sustain a kick on this bag even with a shin pad, you’re okay. We prefer to train intelligently. If you want to cripple yourself, then go ahead. If you don’t train wisely in your 20’s, you will pay for it in your 50’s.
Why are they wearing shoes, you can’t condition your feet if you have sneakers on!!!!
Explain why he would let his students wear sneakers
Thank you for your inquiry. The question we would like to ask you is “when was the last time you were barefoot on the streets?” There is a huge difference between kicking with a bare foot and kicking with a constrictive shoe that does not allow you the freedom to position your foot. Many reality based martial arts classes actually wear some type of shoe. Haven’t you noticed the huge market in martial art shoes? This is far more realistic than barefoot fighting which probably made a lot of sense when shoes were in short supply. A competent martial arts instructor can teach a student to adapt to training with shoes. Calasanz has specific “pounding” exercises that involve foot and leg conditioning that is perfectly suited to achieve kicking power.
Sometimes students need more help at the beginning of their martial art classes. I saw one new student throwing punches and snapping kicks all over the place. She had come from a system that put a lot of emphasis on snapping so I had to stop her before she wrecked her knees. She refused to listen, while the rest of her 15 classmates spent time learning the proper form before trying to deliver a forceful kick. She fought me all the way and at that point, there’s not much you can do unless the student is willing to listen.
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