Kyoshi's Technique of the Week

Technique of the Week (June 20th, 2005)

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


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