• By: Pedro Candeias
  • Date: 01/02/2017




“Have you ever seen a weird guy that is in the gym throwing the Smith Machine bar through the air with low weight or jumping after a squat as he wanted to fly with a bar with just a few kilograms or pounds?


Why isn’t this guy lifting heavy loads to show everyone in the gym he is “strong” – after all, this is what every guy do, right? Especially when there are beautiful girls around.


So, I’m going to tell you that he probably is a Karate athlete that knows exactly what is Ballistic Training and its importance to be more Explosive!!!


That’s right, follow that guy and make what he makes: mix Ballistic Training with Plyometrics, Maximal Strength, Strength Endurance, and so on. All of them are crucial so you can be a faster and healthier Karateka.


All you need is to know how to use them in your Classes and Training.”



Most of Karate movements and actions are Ballistic, right? They are fast movements that go full speed until the end.


Ballistic Training is used, essentially, to improve the Velocity dimension of Power (to know more about what is Power and how you should train it to increase your Karate level, click here and download our Free Ebook “10 Key Points to Be More Explosive).


When you train with light loads (so you can enhance the speed of the movement) you are more likely to slow down your movement earlier.


This way, you are not stimulating your muscles up to the end.


Ballistic training solves this problem!


Instead of making a quick squat (when you come up), you make a jump with maximum speed and height; instead of making a quick bench press, you must throw the bar as fast and higher as you can.


Simple, right?


This is Ballistic Training… don’t break the movement at his end; take your feet off the ground or throw the bar or the medicine ball and catch it again (or you can make several exercises with a partner or a wall).



This way you can reach much higher levels of Power and Concentric Velocity. And your Karate will become much, much more Explosive.



But should I do just Ballistic Training?!? Of course not…


First, you must prepare your muscles and tendons (and other anatomical structures) to support the ballistic exercises. Because they are made at your maximal capacity and can injure week body structures.


But you’ll learn all you need to train and how to organize your train with Karate Science Academy! It’s our job and our mission…


If you want to know more about Explosive Karate, click here.

Karate Science Academy has a mission: to take Science into all Dojos in the world.


P.S. – Power is a type of Rapid Strength and it’s made of two dimensions: Velocity and Force. It’s very important that you know how to train both dimensions of Power so your students and athletes Karate can become more Explosive.