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Learn how kettlebells can enhance your strength for martial arts.

How to Add Kettlebell Strength to Your Martial Art Technique

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April 24, 2014
Updated May 29, 2020

The Connection Between Martial Arts & Kettlebells

Unconventional workout implements like kettlebells and steel maces are some of the best functional tools available, and some of the oldest. Implements like the steel mace have been used since the 12th century. The emergence of these workout techniques in the modern day is related to the combat athlete’s need to train by engaging the entire body at once. In martial arts like kickboxing and jiu jitsu, this full body engagement is pivotal in helping practitioners add real strength to their technique. In addition, the somewhat awkward position that kettlebells and steel maces force you to use allows you to apply your newfound functional strength when combat time arrives.

“Technique without strength is useless.” Joe Rogan

Watch as Joe Rogan and Onnit founder Aubrey Marcus discuss unconventional training tools and their impact on combat. You’ll also learn their favorite kettlebell and steel mace exercises.

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The Kettlebell & the Roundhouse Kick

The roundhouse kick is a staple in kickboxing; it is just as important as the jab in boxing. Proper roundhouse kicks require power, timing, and coordination. They require full body movement, just as many kettlebell exercises do as well. Kettlebell training allows you to enhance your kicking power through rotational core and leg strength through drills like the Alternating Clean, Windmill, and Overhead Sit Up.

Watch Joe Rogan discuss proper technique for the roundhouse kick, as well as how kettlebell training enhanced kicking power. He then gives Onnit founder Aubrey Marcus some tips on how to throw a proper kick.

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Joe Rogan
Joseph James "Joe" Rogan is an American comedian, video blogger, actor, writer, podcaster, and martial artist. He is best known for his work on NewsRadio, his work as a colorful commentator for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and as a host for Fear Factor.

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