Agility training allows martial arts students to change positions rapidly and effectively. This enables martial artists to evade an attack or get open to launch an attack (i.e. moving laterally in order to avoid an opponent's blow and thus being able to quickly launch an effective counter attack against an off-balance opponent). The ability to be move quickly, change direction and still be coordinated enough to throw an effective strike or kick is key to many martial arts such as Jeet Kune Do, Krav Maga, Kung Fu and Karate. Moreover, agility drills help to improve a martial artist's overall balance and reaction speed.
Beyond the agility drills listed below, many martial artists cross train and participate in other sports in order to maximize their agility and conditioning. Participating in other sports adds fun and variety to training routines and thus can help martial artists to avoid training burnout and lessen the chance of repetitive muscle injuries. Sports such as basketball, soccer and football offer great agility training.
All stretches and exercises should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. If you have had an injury or are in pain, please see a doctor before starting any stretching or exercise program. For additional stretches and exercises, please visit the main Martial Arts Physical Fitness section.