TRAIN­ING TIME

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Mar­tial artists who want to boost the ef­fec­tive­ness of their hands by as­sim­i­lat­ing boxing meth­ods have it easy when it comes to ac­quir­ing gear, James %HQQHWW VDLG ´$OO \RX QHHG DW ÀUVW LV D KHDY\ EDJ 'RQ·W SRXQG RQ LW be­cause that can play havoc with your el­bows and shoul­ders later on. Just use it to de­velop power.

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Why is spar­ring so im­por­tant? ´7KH EHVW WUDLQHU LQ WKH ZRUOG FDQ tell you to stop drop­ping your OHIW KDQG XQWLO KH·V EOXH LQ WKH IDFH EXW \RX ZRQ·W UHPHPEHU WR GR WKDW ³ XQWLO \RX JHW SXQFKHG LQ WKH KHDG EHFDXVH \RX GLGQ·W GR LW μ

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