Martin P. Mieloszyk’s Advice for Strength Training in Kendo

Martin Mieloszyk dedicates significant time to practicing various forms of sword arts, including epee and sabre, as well as kendo, which is based on samurai sword techniques.

Students of kendo, Martin Mieloszyk notes, benefit greatly from strength training in their arms. Traditionally, individuals have used weighted shinais (swords), but these instruments may place undue stress on the wrists, contributing to poor form. Instead, students may want to use wrist weights as they practice, since these place stress not on the wrist, but on the arm. With wrist weights, the back, shoulders, chest, and arms are strengthened, bringing about improved results.

When purchasing wrist weights, people should generally opt for adjustable weights, which allow them both to fine-tune the exercise to their individual skill level, and to make easy adjustments as they progress. While wearing wrist weights, individuals can still hold a shinai, or simply make the movements necessary for the strike, with hands empty. (A wooden dowel can also be used to simulate the shinai handle.) Kendo requires the ability to make quick and accurate strikes; these skills depend on the strength and agility of several muscle groups in the arms, chest, and back, which may be greatly improved with the use of wrist weights.


About martinmieloszyk

Fluent in English, Polish, Russian, and French, Martin Mieloszyk has traveled the world in pursuit of education and cultural enlightenment. Currently residing in New York, Martin Mieloszyk started his career as a Regional Manager at Porsche Cars North America, Inc., in 1998, followed by a four-year tenure with First Allied/Wells Fargo Bank managing public relations and subsequently its investment banking departments. In 2004, Martin Mieloszyk accepted a position as Chief Corporate Officer with SSMC Bank and later joined the Royal Alliance division of AIG, where he contributed to the development of the company’s marketing and sales strategies. As a result of his efforts, the average investment amount increased to exceed the established company quotas. Most recently, Martin Mieloszyk served as President for L’Marc International, Inc., as the head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Division. In this capacity, he performed multiple business analyses; consulted with business owners or management teams who intended to sell, acquire, or merge their companies; and developed targeted marketing strategies for those businesses. An alumnus of Paris-Sorbonne University, the largest school of literature, languages, culture, and art in France, Martin Mieloszyk earned a Bachelor of Science in Information and Communication and Slavic Studies. While living in Great Britain, he attended University of Oxford and obtained a Master of Computer Science in Programming and Software Engineering. Finally, Martin Mieloszyk graduated with honors from the University of Warsaw in Poland, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Economic Sciences. A Board Member of the Polish Slavic Center, Martin Mieloszyk is also affiliated with Polish American Congress and The Kosciuszko Foundation (formerly the Polish-American Scholarship Committee), which was founded by Dr. Stephen Mizwa in 1923 to connect Polish students with American universities. In his spare time, Martin Mieloszyk serves as a member of the Polish National Fencing Team in epée and sabre. He also practices Kendo, meaning “Way of the Sword,” and takes part in Kendo tournaments, displaying a contemporary Japanese martial art of sword fighting derived from the traditional samurai swordsmanship.
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