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Offline Mitch Powell

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What's your favorite training drill?
« on: May 25, 2003, 09:02:08 PM »
What's your favorite training drill? Let's share some training ideas.

I like to use focus mits (hand pads) to practice blocking and striking. I've noticed when you bring out the focus mits people think you are going to practice punching or boxing drills. I like to use them to practice my Kajukenbo block/strikes.

I practice "hardline" Kajukenbo so my primary block/strikes are upward, downward, short inward, short outward, long inward and long outward.

Now, you often hear hardline methods call their blocks-- block/strikes or strike/blocks. The reason for this is when we block we don't place our arm out and let the attacker hit it (block), we actualy practice striking the attacker's arm with our arm as the attacker is trying to hit us. (Sigung John Bishop talks about this on one of his posts). So, when we block we are actually striking the attacker.

Now for the drill. I pair the students up. I have one put on a focus mit. I have them stand facing each other in a front stance. Then I have the person holding the mit swing at the other student as if they are punching or striking them. The defending student executes their block/strikes into the focus mit depending on where the mit is coming from.

To practice upward block/strikes, I have the attacker execute a downward overhead strike with the mit. To practice downward block/strikes, I have the attacker execute an uppercut punch to the ribs with the mit. To practice long outward and long inward block/strikes, I have the attacker execute a roundhouse punch to the head with the mit. To practice short inward and short outward block/strikes, I have the attacker execute a straight punch to the face with the mit.

I usually have the students practice about 25 block/strikes per attack, covering all six block/strikes, from both the left side and the right side. It's a great workout. I have found the students develop a lot of power, focus, and confidence in their blocking and striking ability.

Just a note, Sam Carter, one of our newer black belts, did a lot of this type of training as he rose through the ranks. During a demonstration at the Vallejo fair last year, Sam did a left long outward block/strike as the attacker threw a right roundhouse punch and Sam broke the other black belts arm.

It was nasty. A plate and five pins later, the arm is back together and the guy is actually training again. For the record, that fight was over after the first move, which was in essence was just a block!

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Offline Nagi

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Re: What's your favorite training drill?
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2003, 11:52:52 AM »

I love kicking the double clapper pads and one of my fav is a 3 kick combo bear with me. Rear left round kick (1/2 circle) Rear right leg spinning hook kick (full circle) rear right leg dropping down to my left knee spinning sweep (full circle)

Inner outter round kick off of the front leg(fake a back turning kick and kick off of the supporting front leg into a round kick all in the air

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Re:What's your favorite training drill?
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2003, 01:07:31 AM »
Hammer fist on focus mits.  Repeatly throw the hammerfist as fast and hard as possible until you have beaten the mit all the way to the floor.  Holder has to be strong to keep from having their shoulder hurt.
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Re:What's your favorite training drill?
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2003, 07:40:29 AM »
I think my fovorite is, what I call bag drills. I place senior belts around the gym (at stations) with hand pads, kicking pads, kick bags, paddles, and blocking sticks.

The students have to run to each station and perform a task.

At a few of the stations there are mats set up and the students are required to tumble get up and take on an attacker or kick a bag (depends on the station). If they end up in a line and have to wait to perform the task, students are required to run in place.

The object of this exercise is to get their heart rate up and still perform the task. As our rate goes up we lose motor skills. This helps to show the student and correct the student.

I also use this training technique on future Special Agents of DHS at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy with the exception that they have to take an attacker down and handcuff them.

It is fun for all...

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