Conditioning, Part 2

Andree has asked me to write a part 2 blog on conditioning. She has also written about her 2013 goals.  I’ll share my 2013 goal into this blog as well.

One of my goals for our studio is to implement a conditioning class for children that will focus on the following areas of fitness.  These are, Cardiorespiratory, Balance and Agility, Coordination, Flexibility, Speed and Accuracy, and Power and Strength.

Each class will focus on two areas of fitness and will include a specific skill associated with each category. This will also complement the Incentive Program we have and will allow more children to be involved.

The basic objective of the class is to teach specific drills and skills related to each category, as well as educate our students in why we train to develop the above fitness areas.  The class will be a challenge, but I believe that if you approach training with a specific objective in mind, you will not only be able to see tangible results, but will approach training in a scientific manner.

For example, our first class might focus on speed, power, and accuracy. The class will begin by sharing with our students that Kenpo stresses any form of hitting using speed, power, and accuracy, and that “today’s class “ will teach them how to become faster, more powerful, and hit with more accuracy.  It is important to know what defines speed, power, and accuracy, and then explain it to the class is simple terms. In this way, I believe, the class becomes more personal and carries more meaning.

Speed may be best explained as,  “getting from point A to point B as fast as possible.”

Power can be explained simply “the ability to exert force while performing an action.”

Accuracy can be described as, “precision in striking your desired target”, and, as my husband would also say, “knowing what targets to hit. “

Now for general training….

When I train, I try to have some specific area of improvement as a goal.

If I keep in mind the above fitness fundamentals, my training has more purpose and less randomness.  For instance, today I trained on speed, power, and accuracy, by performing at 30 second intervals of called off strikes into focus pads. I needed to not only hit hard, but to strike fast in order to keep up with the commands, as well as hit the target and not the bag holder, (who happened to be my husband).

Have fun with developing your own drills, and please, feel free to share any ideas you might have. I am always looking for new ways to train.


Have a productive 2013


Barbara White



Editors note: Thank you Barb – well written, I am always in awe of your physical and mental ability to push forward and to always be so positive.  Looking forward to Part III.  Andree