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Old 05-11-2009, 07:29 PM   #11 (permalink)
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don't do your kicking a tree idea. Aside from the fact that Mr Miagi taught us all in Karate Kid III that trees don't attack us... You're gonna hurt yourself.

If you cant afford a bag, check for a used one on kijiji or craigs list. If you can't afford a used bag... i dont know, maybe something filled with sand? Just don't go kicking an immovable object like a tree unless you've got a hankering for some serious shin injury. it takes time to build up your trebeculi -- don't rush it and break the thing making it weaker.

striking a tree with your shin, with force = terrible, terrible, terrible idea.
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:12 PM   #12 (permalink)
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don't do your kicking a tree idea. Aside from the fact that Mr Miagi taught us all in Karate Kid III that trees don't attack us... You're gonna hurt yourself.

If you cant afford a bag, check for a used one on kijiji or craigs list. If you can't afford a used bag... i dont know, maybe something filled with sand? Just don't go kicking an immovable object like a tree unless you've got a hankering for some serious shin injury. it takes time to build up your trebeculi -- don't rush it and break the thing making it weaker.

striking a tree with your shin, with force = terrible, terrible, terrible idea.
But it worked for Van Dam in kickboxer
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You cant make your shinbone stronger you can just make the muscles around it better , work your calves, jump rope, jump alot of rope
Oh, I thought you could make your bones more dense/stronger.
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:19 AM   #14 (permalink)
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well essentially the more pain you can migitate the harder you can kick without getting that sharp pain in your shins. Your better off conditioning it rather than strengthing it because if you condition it it will build up its own strength
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seems to be a little misinformation floatin around this thread. i'm no doctor but i did kickbox for 13 years and there were some widely accepted beliefs pertaining to this:

There are two main factors when improving your shins for kicking. Nerve sensitivity (the deadening thereof) and trabeculi. Both are improved upon in the same way, kicking a bag over and over. Trabeculi are microscopic, thin, tubular, bone tissues which deposit and grow on your bones. When you break a bone, for example, the lump that heals around it is made up of this material -- primarily calcium, it's a highly rigid tissue. Muscles have no, or a very negligible, effect on strengthening your shin bones. These bones are all but exposed, the muscles do not provide structure to this part of your body.

The very best thing you can do to build up your kicking power, your ability to not break your shin and a deadening of the pain associated with a shin strike is to work a bag. If you don't have one... use something else heavy, but able to absorb the energy of the strike. Don't use something rigid like wood. a hanging bag of sand might be your best bet (i don't know, maybe there are better things to use -- i still suggest checking out online listings for a used bag), although i imagine that's gonna hurt like a bitch too, you're at least less likely to break something with the sand.
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I posted this in my greeting thread too, but wish to ask the following. Doesn't all these methods rather make your shin bone to weaken? I know it is actually about the nerves, but can't see how beating up your shin bones are going to make it physically stronger. I can only see it causing your shins to get weaker. Is my logic flawed here?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQkt6ZDtVS4 Just kick the bags, use the pads spar easy and jump rope and you will be fine. It takes time, but check this out, this could happen to you!
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I posted this in my greeting thread too, but wish to ask the following. Doesn't all these methods rather make your shin bone to weaken? I know it is actually about the nerves, but can't see how beating up your shin bones are going to make it physically stronger. I can only see it causing your shins to get weaker. Is my logic flawed here?
You can certainly go overboard and fracture or break a bone in training but the shin is really tough. If you are kicking a bag -- which absorbs a large portion of the impact, you're about as safe as you can be. Repeatedly striking with any bone in your body will, over time, build up these rigid mineral tissues which actually reinforce the existing bone. It is one of your body's natural defences to bone injury.
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Thanks for the help! I'll look into purchasing a used bag, but in the mean time I'll focus on strengthening my leg muscles (jump rope, squats, lunges, etc.)
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Old 05-14-2009, 08:56 PM   #20 (permalink)
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