This has plagued me for years...

Discussion in 'Standup Technique' started by Marvin Covar, Dec 18, 2005.

  1. Marvin Covar

    Marvin Covar Amateur Fighter

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    i've been into muay thai and other martial arts for quite some time now, and i've noticed that my shins still get bruises. they don't hurt or anything, they're just... there. i don't know if this is even the right forum to post in, but i see no injury forum here on sherdog so... yeah. LOL Thanks in advance, guys!:D
     
  2. Matt Thornton

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    This is what I saw on the Bas DVDs. I don't know if it's right or wrong, but you're welcome to try it. I haven't gotten around to it yet. But I pretty much believe it; Kyokushin guys know what they're talking about when it comes to body conditioning.

    Bas says that when you're "toughening" your legs for contact like Kyokushin, Thai boxing, or MMA, the trick is to get hard contact without bruising. So if you kick the bag, kick it just hard enough so that you get just before the point of bruising. This takes some time to figure out, but eventually you will. Continue to do this, and eventually you'll be able to work your way up the contact scale before bruising.

    The drill that Bas gives on his DVD is to stand across from your partner at the end of class. Each of you take turns throwing light leg kicks. The defender blocks one, throws back, then takes one, throws back, blocks, etc. etc. This way your shins and your legs get conditioned. During the drill, he says to make sure NOT TO BRUISE; if you bruise, you basically need to start all over again. Welts are fine, but not bruises, because they're deep and need time to heal.

    My guess is that you keep bruising and working through it, and your shins don't get to recover. I could be totally wrong. Try getting Tiger Balm or Thai liniment and rubbing it on your shins each night while doing the drills I listed. Hopefully it works.
     
  3. Trudge

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    if they don't hurt, you shouldn't really worry
    even top pro fighters legs get bruised
    if you can get blocked while throwing a leg kick and not be in pain, your legs are plenty conditioned!
     
  4. Trudge

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    p.s.Personal question, are you pale skinned because the paler you are the worse bruises tend to look
     
  5. Marvin Covar

    Marvin Covar Amateur Fighter

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    yeah, i'm pretty pale. i guess that explains why the bruises look so ugly. and i have girly legs. shit, when i used to wear my hair long, i used to get cat calls from construction workers when i walked around wearing shorts. imagine their surprise whenever i talked back. LOL
     
  6. Trudge

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    theres your answer then haha
    don't worry about the bruises man, as long as they don't hurt then you'll be fine
    there was a pic of Rizzo after a fight once and his legs were purple
    theres not many people whos legs were conditioned like his
     
  7. Matt

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    I wish I could tell you that there's some magic trick to it or that eventually you turn the corner and it just stops hurting. But the truth is that while conditioning can help a lot, your shins will never completely stop hurting, bruising, or getting bumps. And if someone tries to tell you that they have shins of steel and never feel any pain in their shins, they're lying.
     
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    Any place on your body that isn't dead has a blood supply, and any place you have blood you will get bruises. As long as you don't end up going, oww! Oww! and hopping around holding your shin in the middle of a match.........
     

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