As a martial artist, your body is the “instrument” you use to communicate with in combative form. And the more finely tuned your instrument, the higher degree of efficiency and effectiveness it can express, and the greater your ability to move your body and adapt instantly and harmoniously to whatever type of opponent happens to be in front of you will be. While your entire body is the martial instrument, the various elements used in striking such as your hands, feet, elbows, knees, and even head, make up what are often referred to as the combative “tools of the trade.” Each of these various combative tools needs to be developed, maintained and/or sharpened on a daily basis in order to be kept in perfect working order and be most efficient and effective. A proficient martial artist must possess the ability to relate their various strikes to an opponent as part of an intuitive arsenal, and develop the ability to strike from any distance, at every angle and with either arm or leg to take advantage of the moment. To help facilitate this, the continual development and refinement of the various striking tools should make up a significant portion of your training regimen.