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    Anyone have any tips on making shins and forearms hard ! for blocks etc .. thanks

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    Default Re: Shin and Forearm Conditioning

    There's the "rolling pin" method. Take your standard rolling pin and go up and down your shins every night untill they become hard and desensatized.
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    Default Re: Shin and Forearm Conditioning

    I've heard a glass bottle, like the old pop bottles, work too. I haven't tried this yet though.
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    Default Re: Shin and Forearm Conditioning

    kick things with your shins.....hit things with your forearms.
    these are surefire methods for making them tough.

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    lately iv been hitting my forearms together, lightly at first, still pretty light.. outer to inner obviously.. to get used to those spots getting hit.. its helped some..

    also if you have a hanging, water filled soda bottle as a punching bag. you can practice your blocks and condition your forearms.

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    Any excessive impacts on the extremities do damage. Weigh this against the pain you may feel for a day or two if you are in a real confronttion compared to the months of pain you will feel toughen these areas. If you are serious about in the ring combat or in a position where you need to defend yourself on a re-occuring basis, then look at toughening your extremities. If you are looking at just being ableb to defend yourself, then spend that time you would commit to toughening up into better or more practical skills.
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    Default Re: Shin and Forearm Conditioning

    we do a drill that we call the (big surprise) forearm conditioning drill.

    -Face your partner in a horse stance
    -you and your parnter execute an inward downward block palm down (works the inner forearm)
    -flow through to an outward extended block (outer edge of the forearm)
    -bounce back down to a downward block (again, outer edge of the forearm)
    -then switch arms

    this makes for a nice 3-count drill. As your forearms get tougher, you can increase the power of the blocks to really "bang" the forearms.

    For the shins, I've had pretty good luck with just blasting the heavy bag. Start in the middle, as you get tougher, throw the kicks lower on the bag where it's more dense.
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