PHK tests are tough. You can’t “buy” the degrees, you will not get them for just taking part. The students have to show proficiency in 3 main aspect of PHK training: strength, form, and application. The standard is high.
Check out 3 videos from our recent student’s tests, beginner’s 1st Kap and 3rd Kap.
Third video shows our student Vašek, 66 years young gentleman, going through some 1st Kap tests. No excuses! Continue reading
My Sifu told me that the “oldtimers” always squeezed the fists hard when training the sets for strength, slowly, each movement one by one. Think Jai Kiu, “Controlling Bridge” in “Taming the Tiger” or “Iron Thread”.
Old time Masters also used many other devices to train the grip – jars, bundle of chopsticks, stone locks, head long poles – grip strength was obviously very important to them.
To train the grip is a very demanding endeavor not only for your hands and fingers, but your CNS as well, so it is advise to have a long rest between the “sets”. Best would to train the trip throughout the day – but it is not very practical to carry a jar, a brick, not to mention a stone lock or a heavy long pole….
Grand Master Lam Sai Wing had a secret weapon against the (hand) weakness in his sleeve – literally. Continue reading
How to get stronger?
What should the beginners focus on?
How about advanced students?
Check out a short interview I have conducted with my Master of strength, Pavel Tsatsouline, StrongFirst Chief instructor.
Listen carefully to his answers, and apply them not only to your strength training, but martial arts training as well. Continue reading