Circuit Training for Karate Nerds

Here are a few examples of workouts I’ve created that combine MMA-style conditioning drills with karate techniques.  Take a look at each and let us know if they might be helpful to you.  If you have suggestions, please share them with us!

This first workout had three five-minute rounds and lasted about 15 minutes.  There was no rest between circuits; as you can see, the cardio was front-loaded and then followed by exercises that allow for active rest.  (Clearly I need more practice with burpee pull-ups!)

I did the second circuit after a two-mile run.  This is round four of four to show you that if I can do it, anybody can get through my training sessions!

The last example is the first set of four.  It includes my very first attempt at ring dips, so please be gentle.  (I got better at them as the workout progressed.)  This workout was more for strength than for cardio, so I added a five-minute finisher on the heavy bag.

About moaimartialarts

Lucky enough to grow up with the martial arts, I have felt their positive influence throughout my life and am especially interested in sharing these experiences with others. I enjoy working with youth and adults to give back some of what I've received. If you would like to learn more about Uechi-Ryu/Shohei-Ryu Karate, or if you want to find people to train with, please contact me. I am the head karate instructor for the Meriden Martial Arts Club.
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4 Responses to Circuit Training for Karate Nerds

  1. Sampson says:

    I’m pretty sure you have the next P90x on your hands if you start yelling out nonsensical motivational sayings in between circuits… And add a soundtrack, I suggest Van Halen, but none of that Van Hagar stuff.

    Sincerely yours,

  2. Dude, P90x is the new GloboGym!

  3. Matt says:

    I think I saw some nigiri game in that first video! Higaonna Sensei is known for his abilities in that if you need further inspiration –

    Thanks for your vids, some great inspiration in there.

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