Dit da jow (hit medicine)

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Dit Da Jow is a popular Chinese liniment used to heal external damage such as bruises or sore muscles. There are several different recipes for Dit Da Jow, most of which are considered to be a “secret formula” passed down from masters to students.

Often a martial arts master blends his unique mixture of many aromatic herbs such as myrrh and ginseng, which are combined to stimulate circulation, reduce pain and swelling, and improve healing of injuries and wounds. The tradition became known as “hit medicine”. Many people have also found this sort of liquid analgesic to be useful for reducing the aching of muscles, and arthritis andrheumatism discomfort.

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Today Dit Da Jow can be bought online and through martial arts catalogs or it can be directly obtained from a Chinese apothecary or master. Commercial ‘hit medicine’ can be bought under such brand names as ‘Tiger Balm.’

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If you purchase Dit Da Jow already made, it is best that you purchase it bottled in glass and not plastic. Authentic Dit Da Jow that contains herbs like camphor, frankincense and myrrh, combined with alcohol can leach the chemicals from the plastic bottle and contaminate the liniment, making it totally useless or dangerous.

 

Skipping Rope

Essential item for your training bag: Skipping Rope

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The skipping rope is a must for any fighters conditioning program.

Skipping rope training will enhance: •Coordination •Agility •Quickness •Footwork •Endurance

In addition to the obvious physical benefits, jumping rope is fun. There are always new footwork patterns that you can develop and practice.

You can purchase a quality skipping rope for less than 10euros. You’d be hard pushed to find a more effective conditioning tool for less. To top it off you can easily take a skipping rope with you no matter where you travel.

Unfortunately, despite the obvious benefits, most athletes outside of the boxing gym are unfamiliar with skipping rope training. Many strength and conditioning coaches have replaced the jump rope with more elaborate and expensive training tools.

The skipping rope is a tried and true method for improving conditioning and coordination. If you have never jumped rope before, you can expect a challenge. The rope can be frustrating to a beginner and you won’t become proficient with the rope overnight; it take time and practice.

First, you need to purchase a quality rope. I recommend a light weight plastic speed rope. The speed rope will allow you to maintain a much faster spinning pace. You can find a quality rope at most sport shops or through any boxing equipment supplier.

After locating a rope, you must determine the ideal length. Common rope lengths range from 8-to-10 feet. Most ropes that you find in shops will be 9 feet. A 9-foot rope will be long enough for most athletes who are 6 feet tall or shorter. Athletes over 6 feet tall may require a 10-foot rope. Typically you may need to adjust your rope. One way to determine the ideal length is to step one foot in the middle of the rope. The handles should reach up to approximately armpit height.

Lastly, to keep the rope in tip top condition, don’t let it become tangled at the bottom of the training bag. Once a kink appears you’ll be forced to buy yourself another rope!