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Shin Conditioning – To Do or Not To Do?

The Dangers of Shin Conditioning in the Martial Arts

kicking muay thai bag Rick Tew's NinjaGym Martial Arts Training

We recently received the question below from someone online.

“When training shins, how often should this be done?”

Here is what I say:

We don’t advise students to do too much focused trainning on their shins. What you see in the movies is unrealistic and hitting your shins with a stick to deaden nerves is rather barbaric.

You risk causing fractures and when you get older, you could develop arthritis and other issues.

Unless you are a pro fighter – be careful with how much pressure you put on your bones.

Regardless – always and only kick BAGS

Running barefoot and or with shoes that allow you to put more weight on the balls of your feet helps too.

Also – try sitting down and lifting your toes UP and feel your shin when you do this – you can feel the muscle moving forward to shield the shin bone.

Now lift your toes 200 times with resistance 🙂

When sparring – get used to lifting your toes up to add more protection when you block with your shins.

To give your body the most time for recovery – training to failure every 4 days will be enough. You need to give the body enough time to HEAL.

What are your training strategies? Please share your thoughts in the comment box below.

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Rick Tew

Creator of NinjaGym® and author of, Winjitsu – the Mental Martial Art. Rick Tew can help kick-start your adventure in Mind, Body or Spirit. Rick has been teaching martial arts and speaking on personal growth all of his adult life.

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