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Hojo undo translates to mean "supplementary training" and it is a key element of the fighting traditions that developed on Okinawa, which were heavily influenced by the fighting traditions of China.
Creative practitioners from previous eras did not have access to all of the scientific knowledge that we have now, nor did they have access to the same materials (Do you have any high density foam for focus mitts anyone??), but they used what materials they did have to fashion tools in order to develop their skills as much as possible.
These practitioners were not simply satisfied to do what their teacher had done, they sought new ways to strengthen and condition their bodies for the rigours of combat. Think of Rocky in Rocky IV and you will get the general idea!!
Conditioning the body cannot be done in isolation from the mind, and as such, supplementary conditioning provides countless benefits to everyone, and with the added bonus of making your techniques and skills more effective, you can also decrease stress and improve your emotional well-being at teh same time. Click on the links below to find out more.
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