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.