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Interview with Bob Breen

Posted by Matthew Chapman on

Interview with Bob Breen

    I was lucky enough to get an interview with Martial Arts Superstar Bob Breen about his thoughts on pad training.  Enjoy. There is plenty of gold in this interview.   Mittmaster Matt: Hello, Bob.   Guro Bob: Hello, Matt.   Mittmaster Matt: Do you use focus mitts?  Guro Bob: Yes all the time. But you have to use them for the right thing.  Mittmaster Matt: Which is?  Guro Bob: They are not for banging hard, but for understanding range, movement, accuracy, you know. And I try to make pad training very fluid.  Generally we do it on the spot for...

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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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Developing muscular endurance

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Developing muscular endurance

The longer the drill the more effective it will be in developing cardio vascular fitness. This type of fitness is commonly considered a result of keeping the heart rate at 60-85% of maximum for a minimum of 30 minutes. Longer drills help keep the heart rate elevated and minimise downtime when the student is not working. Regular pad work performed at 60-80% intensity will help develop aerobic fitness. Muscular endurance The repetitive nature of longer drills stresses the muscles as they have to perform techniques repeatedly with less rest. Training longer combos will develop the muscles ability to keep going...

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