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    Default Clothes we train in.

    Have you ever tried any tecs wearing big bulky outdoor clothing? Wow, it sure makes for a big difference.. I'm talking the ideal phase defenses such as Crashing Wings wearing a bulky coat.. Sure made for some laughs last night.

    oh and another thing.. for females- don'tcha just 'love' crashing wings

    If you've not trained in winter clothing.. Try it.. it's boggling.. slippery nylon jackets, clunky boots.. oh yeah... this makes for a whole new Kenpo

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    Default Re: Clothes we train in.

    Very good idea! I live in San Diego so all techniques must be practiced in shorts-

    I used to try to throw kicks with roller-blades on in the early 90's but pivoting was too difficult.

    Seriously though, training in bulky clothing or leather jackets, jeans, and casual shoes (not sneakers) is a great way to experiment with your material and see what works and what NOT to do.

    Great question!

    I like to wear my GI top at all times because if I can get out of a grab (lapel for example) with that on then casual clothes will be a snap-

    The above is just my opinion.

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    Someone from England was talking about that same thing. He made everyone in his class go back and change back into their street clothes for class.

    Sounds like a hoot.

    I personally don't have to worry about that because I'm in my gi 24/7. I'm a bit of a geek, but it's good to be prepared.

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    Default Re: Clothes we train in.

    I used to train in anything I might be wearing, including heavy winter clothes. You're right, it changes everything. For winter clothes, I found it best to modify my Kenpo to resemble some of the Northern Chinese systems. Longer, more looping strikes, with a lot of body twist. Forget the straight punches, quick jabs, etc. And take heart- he's probably just as bundled up, and having just as hard a time as you are.

    Anothr thing to think about is target selection. All that padding can make a lot of the usual shots ineffective. But a good finger whip to the ears..., !!!!!

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    Default Re: Clothes we train in.

    Up here we have to wear a lot of warm clothes in the winter, many layers to keep you warmm. Most of the fights we see in the winter happen in the bars, not outside the bars. I know someone hitting me in the torso in the winter would not do much because being from the south I have to wear a couple extra layers. In the past I have done classes in the winter in the park that was near my school, it was pretty interesting to see the results.
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