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How to Design a Martial Arts Gym at Home

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Dedicated martial artists know the importance of practicing the sport outside of the dojo. You'll find that practicing at home allows you to develop and hone your skills, and you can easily create a martial arts gym at home with a few pieces of equipment.

Step 1

Find the space. A small spare room, basement or garage can be turned into a martial arts practice gym.

Step 2

Install a heavy bag to develop power in your kicks and punches. You can hang the heavy bag from the ceiling or use one on a stand for this type of practice.

Step 3

Install a double-end bag. Double-end bags are similar to speed bags, except they're secured at both the top and the bottom. They're hung with elastic rope so the bag sways when it's punched, which helps you develop speed and reflexes. Install the double-end bag a few steps away from the heavy bag.

Step 4

Place tape on the walls. Use short pieces of dark tape -- such as duct or electrical tape -- to mark spots on a wall or pole at various heights for targets when you shadow box or kick.

Step 5

Hang a mirror. A mirror is a vital part of martial arts training, as it allows you to see your form. Hang a full-length mirror in the part of the room that has plenty of space for practicing your kicks or katas.

Step 6

Lay down a mat; if your floor is hardwood or concrete, use a padded mat. This will protect your knees when you practice jump kicks and falls.

Step 7

Include training gear such as jump ropes and boxing gloves to help supplement your martial arts gym. A few dumbbells or resistance bands may also benefit your training.

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