Kyoshi's Technique of the Week


Technique of the Week (June 20th, 2005)

From Dale B. Adamson, Sandan
Ueshiro Mohawk Valley Karate Club


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Squats

just wanted to remind everyone the importance of squats. Most students think that we perform squats in order to strengthen the hip flexor muscles and the knee extender muscles ( kicking muscles). This is mostly true, however performing full squats forces the joints to move through their full range of motion and this strengthens the ligaments ( those fiberous bands that connect bone to bone). Strengthen the ligaments prevents injury. I remember when Hanshi Scaglione spoke to after class in Merritt Island, he said " I would rather see you do one correct squat than 10 incorrect squats". Remember to keep your back straight and do full range of motion. I am not advocate of using added weights while doing squats, I think using your own weight and increasing the number of repetitions is safer and more beneficial. Follow the squats with a kicking routine.



Arigato, Dale B. Adamson, Sandan