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Tips for holding pads safely

Posted by Matthew Chapman on

Hey Mittmaster Matt here. I get alot of emails about injuries and holding pads. If you don't hold pads safely its inevitable that you will injure your wrist, elbow or shoulder (or all three if you are very unlucky). Check out the video below which covers the key concepts to keep you safe when holding pads.  Enjoy

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Timing drills and focus mitt drills

Posted by Matthew Chapman on

Timing is essential in martial arts, competition and life. I remember Bill Wallace the first ever kickboxing champion teaching me “Cooking a steak, kissing a girl or kicking a person in the head…it is all about timing”. Without timing a martial artist will always be out of position and have a hard time (no pun intended) applying the techniques not only on the pads but also when sparring with a partner or fighting in the ring and cage. There is always a perfect time to strike. If the punch or kick is executed too early it will not generate maximum...

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Speed and focus mitt training

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When most martial artists think of speed they usually referring to the ability to strike quickly. While speed is sometimes hard to quantify it is easy to recognise in an athlete. Speed can be broken down into three interlinked components: recognition speed, processing speed and reaction speed. Recognition speed refers to the fighter’s ability to recognise a stimulus such as a punch flying towards the face. The fighter then needs processing speed to process this information and make a decision. Finally reaction speed is needed to perform the blocking technique required.  This entire process happens in a fraction of a...

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Slipping

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Slipping means avoiding a strike by moving the head, body or leg just out of the way. It is a commonly used term in boxing for avoiding punches by using evasive head movement. It is very important when slipping to avoid over-slipping, dropping one or both hands, or losing your balance. Over slipping refers to moving the head too far to either side which takes a fighter out of position for further defensive moves and inhibits the ability to counter-attack effectively. When slipping the expression “an inch is as good as a mile” is relevant. The punch or kick should...

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Round length

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The length of each pad work round depends upon the purpose of the pad work. Is the pad work designed to develop explosiveness or aerobic fitness or to develop lactic acid tolerance or something else entirely? Short intense rounds tend to stress the anaerobic system, while longer easier rounds can challenge the aerobic capacity. Round length The length of round is also dependent on the particular sport being practised. Boxing typically has three-minute rounds with 1 min rest between each round. Thai boxing also has three minute rounds but with 2 min rest between each round. MMA has 5 min...

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