MartialArm

http://www.martialarm.com is another link for them. It's
interesting to say the least. My first impulse was to look into
buying one. But my experience in M.A. is too new in my eyes to
decide what a good training aid is or is not. So I figured I'd just
stick to a heavy bag for awhile, until I hear through the grapevine
from experienced people in kenpo that they feel it's a good
training tool.
 
I have to say, I like the look of it. I am in the process of buying a house and keep finding things like this that say to me, "Phil, you need this in your garage, if you ever find a house to buy." That looks worthwhile.
 
my problem is i have no garage, and i cant train in the house. at least with this i can attacth it to a wall or fence outside, and brave the scottish winter to train!
 
Originally posted by Sharp Phil

I have to say, I like the look of it. I am in the process of buying a house and keep finding things like this that say to me, "Phil, you need this in your garage, if you ever find a house to buy."

If money is no object then I recommend the products from FocusMaster:

http://www.focusmaster.com/products/

They have one with a (straight) arm as well.
 
I think this one has a moveable arm, correct? If you attached it
to your wall, and executed a kick (at least a kenpo kick the way
I was taught) you'd rattle your whole house (at least the way
they're built in south Texas).
 
Tim Hartman covered a wall of his school with them. They rock. It really helped my JKD punches.

But yeah, they're pricey. I haven't had the guts to talk to my wife about it, especially after she got me the TiVo which was also fairly pricey.
 
Originally posted by arnisador

Tim Hartman covered a wall of his school with them. They rock. It really helped my JKD punches.

Did you do anything with sticks on them?
 
Originally posted by arnisador

It'd chew up the pad covering pretty quickly. We do use the sticks on the BOBs though.

Is that solely what you use? Any other recommedations for
sticks? What do you think of the tire dummies? The biggest
problem I have with those is trying to ever get rid of it ... ya
just can't throw tires away.
 
Frankly I mostly use someone else who has sticks in their hands, but you can anchor a stick in a vise, use a tree, a canvas heavy bag (I don't like the "feel" of this though), etc. The tires are good but as you point out there is a convenience issue.
 
that "focusman" doesn't look terribly useful, whatdya think? it's not very intimidating either.:p

but the focusmasters look really neat.
 
are there any other new really neat training aids out there? i like toys.
 
Ah, what happened to the wooden dummies of old? I remember when we used pieces of our burnt down house to form a wooden dummy just so we could practice on it. Who am I kidding, that focusmaster looks sweet!! I suffer a bit from traditionalism on my MA so I couldn't see doing away with my mook jong training, but wow, I do love "toys"!! Anyone who would like to donate to the 7starmantis toy fund is welcomed!!

7sm
 

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