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Rhythm drill

Posted by Matthew Chapman on

Once the basic defensive techniques of blocking, slipping and rolling have been learnt repetition is needed in order to make them an integrated part of a fighters skill set. The best drill to provide this high level of repetition is the rhythm drill. The rhythm drill is used to maximise repetition of defensive skills such as basic blocks, slips and rolls. The fighter throws continuous jab- cross punches at a quick pace. At anytime the pad holder can throw either  A left body hook A right body hook A left head hook A right head hook A left jab A...

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Parrying

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Parrying is a defensive movement that uses a quick deflection usually by the hands to redirect a strike. Parrying a strike is better than blocking a strike as a parry redirects the punch or kick off-line and therefore avoids receiving any impact. Parrying takes a little more training than blocking but with a little practice is easily integrated into an effective defensive strategy. Parrying also requires better timing than blocking as it is important to intercept the attack at precisely the right moment to avoid over parrying or under parrying. Overparrying   Over parrying means reaching too far to redirect...

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Pad work progression

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In order for pad work to develop as much skill as possible it is necessary to progress from simple moves and combinations into more complex patterns and drills.  New students of pad holding need to get comfortable with the basic pad positions and simple combos first before attempting more elaborate technical combinations. If the pad holder tries to run with the pads before they can walk bad habits can be developed and poor technique is the usual result. Everything needs to be learnt in a step by step process that allows for a gradual increase in both intensity and technical...

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Styles of pad holding

Posted by Matthew Chapman on

There is no one set way to hold the pads some coaches prefer a more relaxed style, some encourage more aggressive striking and some work a more technical pad style. It all depends on the coach’s personality and the goal of the training. Regardless of which style the pad holder prefers it is worth working through the following eight variations to help produce a well rounded fighter.  Attacking pad work. Involves the coach calling high-intensity power combinations that develop aggression and an intense fighting style Defensive padwork. Defensive pad work focuses on tightening up the defensive movements of the fighter....

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Considerations for mma pad holding

Posted by Matthew Chapman on

There are some additional specific concepts that need to be considered when doing MMA pad work. First of all there's the reality that MMA includes takedowns and striking on the ground so pad holding needs to reflect this unique part of the sport. While kickboxing and Thai boxing pad work will develop great striking skills they need to be modified in order to work for MMA. MMA Stance The stance in kickboxing for example is too high to be effective in MMA. Standing tall with straight legs which helps with kicking reduces an athlete's ability to sprawl and wrestle effectively....

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