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We like: 2004 Basic Conditioning Practice Taiwan

Next in our “men who hate trees” series is a classic by our teacher Mike Martello (RIP). Mike shows a series of conditioning exercises for hands, arms, legs, and body. Many of which you can also do with a partner. The key is technique and body mechanics, which you can clearly see in this clip. Like Mike says:
The idea is not hit the tree extra hard, but let the natural body weight of the limbs hit in repetition.
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We like: Han’s baji tree practice

Hitting trees is big in some of the traditional styles in CMA as a form of “hardening” exercises if you don’t have a partner around. I remember once in Beijing hitting trees in the area near my apartment, when an old woman came up to me and scolded me for “destroying” the precious trees. Anyway, I had to move on to another patch of trees. Maybe we’ll open a new series “men who hate trees”, if we can find more good tree hitting clips. Continue reading

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