<![endif]>Strength: The Okinawan Karate exercises
known as "Hojo Undo," all focus on strength building. Numerous
implements are used to supplement training, and of course simple body weight is
weight training includes simple pushups and untold numbers of variations on the
theme of push ups (knuckle, finger-tip, wrist, one handed, etc.), cat-stretch
pushups, squat kicks, crunches, sit-ups, and on and on.
implements include the chi ishi, ishi sashi, kongoken, tan, iron geta and more.
Unlike western style weight training, in which muscle isolation is a key, Hojo
Undo exercises tend to emphasize whole body motion, from the feet on up. Even a
simple curl done with the chi ishi uses the legs, hips and abs.
style weight training can be an excellent supplement to Martial Arts training,
and can be helpful in injury prevention as well.