Combat Conditioning: Skipping Rope

Thank you for this video, Chris Spealler and Michael Bark!

I still have to wait a day before my first Arnis session. Good thing I can do some proper conditioning now: skipping rope!


6 thoughts on “Combat Conditioning: Skipping Rope

  1. Mio December 16, 2013 / 2:40 PM

    Have you tried using the kettlebells? Many MMA, Muay Thai and BJJ fighters are using this equipment instead of the usual dumbbells and barbells.

    For arnis, especially in abanico training, I have been using the rotating forearm grips to add twisting power to my wrists.

    To add power when using the dulo-dulo, I practice stabbing movements and bottom fist strikes using the 1-lb dumbbells.

    Do not forget sit-ups. I remember during my Muay Thai training that sit-ups have been constantly emphasized. Sadly, most males prefer to focus on push-ups because of chest development, and thus sacrificing functional muscles for mirror muscles. But instead of push-ups, what is practiced in Muay Thai is the use of horizontal bars for chin-ups.

    For the legs, if the weather is too cold for the person to jog in the park or the ground is slippery, or the space of the room is too narrow for skipping ropes, you may want to do jumping jacks, mountain climbers and squat jumps. If you live in a multi-storey building, do stairs exercises with lightweights and avoid using the elevator.

    Remember the isometric exercises such as “pushing the wall”. This might prove useful when pushing an opponent during a fight.

    Lastly, if you strongly believe that evasive running is a form of self-defense, then join a local parkour club. (See definition of parkour in I have seen some people doing parkour at the Quezon Memorial Circle. In my view, I think that all arnisadors and martial artists should learn this sport. Movements, however, must be done in accordance with the capacity of the human body.

    I recall Senator Gringo Honasan doing a parkour to evade capture by government forces during the Arroyo administration. He broke his ankle as a result because his body was no longer the same one he used to rely on when he was escaping government pursuers after his series of failed coup attempts against the Cory Aquino administration in the late 80s.

    • thedeadlydance December 20, 2013 / 1:27 AM

      What a coincidence, I’m now reading a running magazine that has the article “When faced with danger, put all your speed training into use”. Evasive running, I think, is one of the best self defense methods around. I’ll keep my eyes open for the Quezon Circle parkour groups.
      That Honasan episode was a small scandal. I was interested in that story but I never got to know the details.

      • Mio December 21, 2013 / 9:02 PM

        Before I became a reporter at the Senate in 2000, I heard a story about Sen. Honasan losing a finger after one of his botched coup attempts. He was said to have climbed a wall during his escape. His finger, however, got severed by those broken bottles cemented on top of the walls. I noticed the senator’s hand that lost a part of the finger..

      • Mio January 5, 2014 / 12:12 PM

        After passing a physical fitness check-up from a cardiologist, a person may want to join events such as this: One need not come out as first or second place finisher, but the experience may help a martial artist gauge his or her threshold level for discomfort, especially during survival time.

  2. thedeadlydance January 6, 2014 / 9:23 PM

    My husband who already did 3 full marathons and one 50-km ultramarathon did one of those about two years ago. At 10-km, it was considerably shorter than the distance he is used to, but the mud and the obstacles made the “short” run really challenging for him. I didn’t join him then because I was afraid to run in uneven paths. I’m still afraid to do that now.
    But I’m really thinking a lot about parkour, because you put it in my mind! 😀

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