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The Importance of Stamina

It may seem obvious but stamina, or the ability to put off extreme fatigue, is an extremely important part of any athletic endeavor especially Martial Arts.   
It is commonly understood, the first thing to go when a person is tired is technique.  The body and the muscles within become so incredibly fatigued that the person is not able to mobilize that body part in the specific way it has been trained to perform the action.  This is easily observed in any professional fight.  When the fight starts to get into the later rounds you start to see the fighters "fade". I.E. He may not have as much bounce in his step or his takedown attempts become sloppy.
This is why conditioning is stressed in all professional fight gyms.  More often than not the fighter with the better endurance will be able to perform in the fight better than the fighter who can barely keep his hands up because he is so tired.
Here, at New York Martial Arts Academy, we develop stamina in various ways.  I.E. Jumping rope, or doing multiple live rounds.

Limiting the opponents tools

In a Jeet Kune Do class it is often overheard that a good fighter limits his opponents tools.    What does this statement mean?   In simple terms, limiting my opponents tools simply means that I put myself in a position where I...

What is Basic Front Hand Education?

When reading Bruce Lee's notes it is clear that he was a firm believer in placing the strong side forward.  90% of our striking should be done with our strong hand and our strong leg.  The reasons are two fold.  First, because our...

Blocking, Evasion, Interception

When studying Jeet Kune Do, Defense is categorized as Blocking, Evasion and interception.   Blocking is just as the word implies, stopping and opponents strike with a body part that was not the opponents intended target.  Blocking is the...

Art, Science and Philosophy of Bruce Lee

Here at New York Martial Arts Academy we have always believed in teaching the Art, Science, and Philosophy of Bruce Lee.   The Art is what we do.  The Kicking, punching, trapping, grappling and understanding of the weapon in long, medium...

Women's Self Defense

In discussing martial arts programs tailored or directed towards women different names are generally used.  The most common one is cardio kickboxing.  Programs of this nature are offered at almost every gym.  What these classes...
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