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#178099 - 08/14/05 06:46 PM Sparring to Music
RossKo Offline

Registered: 07/25/05
Posts: 95
Loc: Kent, UK
Hi everyone,

This post is just to ask you guys and girls what you think to training to music.
Once when I was a Kyu grade (Freestyle Karate/Kickboxing) we were sparring and had done about 6 3minute rounds of semi contact and were all absolutely dead when my instructor produced a big old CD player and started playing fairly loud dance music. It was as if we all got some extra energy from somewhere and actually didn't look like Fraggle Rock any more!
I have recently opened up a club and have a good student base (so far) and want to incorporate it as part of their training but don't really want word to spread that I run some sort of Cardio Kickboxing class or Aerobics class when we have a traditional martial arts background. Maybe if I only use it sometimes? Does anyone out there use this kind of training. I have seen a CD that seems to perfectly fit the bill from Martial Concept as advertised in Combat magazine. What are your views.

Thanks in advance for any replies! ??
Train hard and act as if you like it!

#178100 - 08/14/05 07:00 PM Re: Sparring to Music [Re: RossKo]
shihan_chris Offline

Registered: 07/31/05
Posts: 64
At my dojo and the dojo I train at, we don't listen to music while training, but at home I do. I find that it really gets me going. Music always motivates me to do something, whether its doing karate, chores around the house, or spontaneously deciding to take a trip to Japan or Mexico.

#178101 - 08/14/05 07:43 PM Re: Sparring to Music [Re: RossKo]
Korbillion Offline

Registered: 11/06/04
Posts: 57
I cant say that I am a fan of it. I try to stress to myself and my students that motivation is something best internalized. Using music to that end is, as far as I am concerned, a short cut, and one that is ultimately self defeating.


#178102 - 08/14/05 11:51 PM Re: Sparring to Music [Re: Korbillion]
PierrePressure Offline

Registered: 07/02/05
Posts: 173
Ehhh....speaking from a student's standpoint, I'd say it would be a good idea occaisonally, like in a situation you just described. BUT, I also agree with the previous poster that to have it all the time wouldn't be good (because *like he said* you need to find your own motivation). Moderation and intuition are your keys .
"If life gives you lemons, you blow those lemons to bits with your laser cannon!" - Brak

#178103 - 08/15/05 12:38 AM Re: Sparring to Music [Re: RossKo]
jaret345 Offline

Registered: 01/05/05
Posts: 327
Loc: new york
i always listen to music while i workout and got to boxing it motivates me, and about what the other guys were saying i don't think theres anything wrong with listening to music at all especially during traing but when i'm sparring i'm usually already pumped up anyway so that doesn't really matter to me but still it helps theres nothin wrong with it

#178104 - 08/15/05 10:09 AM Re: Sparring to Music [Re: jaret345]
funstick5000 Offline

Registered: 07/16/05
Posts: 759
Loc: West Yorkshire, England
dance music and similar music is a few bph faster than the average heart-rate which raises the heartbeat so you have more oxygen in your muscles and more energy, this is why people in clubs can dance for so long (that and knocking back a couple of E's lol) it would have the same effect during your training.
Go seek the advise of a qualified instructor.

#178105 - 08/19/05 07:07 AM Re: Sparring to Music [Re: RossKo]
flipsamurai Offline

Registered: 08/16/05
Posts: 10
music works for me, it kinda sets me in a type of flow depending on how fast or slow the music goes.

#178106 - 08/19/05 08:44 AM Re: Sparring to Music [Re: flipsamurai]
funstick5000 Offline

Registered: 07/16/05
Posts: 759
Loc: West Yorkshire, England
it reminds of the part in shaun of the dead were they're beating up the zombie pub landlord with pool cues to the beat of a queen song, the even speed up for the four double time beats lol
Go seek the advise of a qualified instructor.

#178107 - 08/19/05 01:18 PM Re: Sparring to Music [Re: RossKo]
Kintama Offline
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Registered: 04/17/05
Posts: 2724
Loc: Massachusetts

but don't really want word to spread that I run some sort of Cardio Kickboxing class or Aerobics class

1st Dan kickboxing 'personal trainer' opening a club, playing music while sparring... why would anyone think that?
and why wouldn't you want word to spread? it's not less marketable than TMA, I wouldn't think. just as another marketing tip, you should change your title from 'personal trainer' to 'Headmaster'....just sounds better and more martial-artsy.

good luck with your new business/franchise venture!

#178108 - 08/19/05 03:27 PM Re: Sparring to Music [Re: Kintama]
funstick5000 Offline

Registered: 07/16/05
Posts: 759
Loc: West Yorkshire, England
just for gods sake man don't play eye of the tiger!!
Go seek the advise of a qualified instructor.

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