Updated: Mar 20, 2020
Being both a student of martial arts and of exercise science, I have seen both sides of the argument of why weights (strength training) and traditional Kung Fu don’t mix and conversely why other athletic styles of martial arts endorse strength training.
Through my own martial arts journey I have trained in Boxing, Capoeira, and Kickboxing through my younger years, and Tong Long (Southern Preying Mantis) and now Practical Wing Chun. Through these experiences I have heard that weights will make you slow and bulky, and conversely I have heard that weights make you stronger and a better fighter. However, there was one point of view that I found that both strength coaches, and martial arts practitioners could agree on. That is fitness is vitally important.