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Bruce Lee's five ways of attack on the focus mitts

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Bruce Lee's five ways of attack on the focus mitts

Bruce Lee was way ahead of his time in his conceptualisation of martial arts and fighting sports. Bruce had a very intelligent and discerning mind and was capable of analysing fighting movements and patterns and developing simple solutions that work in nearly all situations.  His five ways of attack are adapted from concepts developed in fencing. The five ways is a great method of looking at how and why certain attacks work. Bruce noted that regardless of the technique, range or style used there are only five ways to attack your opponent  Single direct attack  Single direct attack is pretty...

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Belly pad timing drills

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For timing drills the belly pad is useful piece of kit as it keeps the pad holders hands free to hold pads while kicks can be delivered to the belly pad at anytime. A simple drill has the pad holder (wearing a belly pad and focus mitts) moving in and out of distance whilst holding the mitts for various combinations. In between punching the mitts the hitter can start by using a defensive front kick on the belly pad. A defensive front kick is used to push the pad holder back whenever they get too close. Or they can chase...

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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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