Let’s Talk About ‘Iron Body’ First
Who would’ve thought that Kung Fu could also do this kind of training too? Many styles of traditional martial arts incorporate body strengthening training into their regimes and ‘iron body’ isn’t so much a style of its own.
The type of training that the gentleman in this video invests a lot of time in. According to livestrong.com, Iron body is a subset discipline within Shaolin Kung Fu.
Students of this martial art form subject themselves to daily exercises that harden body tissue. The practice is applied to the legs, trunk, hands, arms and head.
There are four tiers of iron leg training. At first, the legs are simply slapped with the student’s own hands in a half kneeling position 100 times each.
This is done two to three times daily for three to six months. The next level involves the same practice with a sturdy canvas bag filled with mung beans.
After another several months, the beans are replaced with gravel. The final step places steel balls in the bag.
The first phase of the torso begins with the use of the fists to repeatedly strike the abdominal muscles, chest, outer arms and ribs. The practice is done every morning and night for up to six months.
Beginning students use a canvas bag that measures approximately 10 inches by 10 inches for iron palm training.
The head is hardened over time through static contact with other objects. Areas of focus are the forehead, the top of the head and the back of the head.
Kung Fu Master vs Kickboxer
This ‘Iron Body’ Kung Fu master ended the fight brutally against Kickboxer in China.
In the video below, ‘iron body’ training doesn’t do much of anything, and this is, unfortunately, just another challenge match between someone who doesn’t know how to fight and someone who does. At least the guy in this video lands a couple of okay looking kicks before he gets knocked out.
Check out the video below and see how an alleged master of ‘iron body’ Kung Fu does against a kickboxer.
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