Pad DrillPublished 16/12/2013
Here is another training drill from my little repository I keep in my phone. The category this time is Combat Fitness. In this context, fitness is tested through pad based impact combinations. Core punching (whilst wearing bag gloves) and kicking techniques are taken from Karate and adapted to the more upright free flowing posture where maximum impact is key. These are the type of drills that we commonly cover in the Quad Core sessions - link here 

Good technique is vital to facilitate a smooth transition between movements. Each technique must flow without give away, and energy must be focused on the effective application and not lost through inefficient movements. Some combinations feature techniques in such an order that these transitions become particularly tricky to execute without wasting energy - which becomes the challenge. This particular one requires good footwork (not just in kicking) to ensure high impact is maintained, whilst continuously driving forward.

Jab | step up with rear leg to lead roundhouse kick | Jab | Cross | Rear roundhouse kick | Cross

Keeping as upright as possible on the kicks is key to effective transitions and of course, ensuring that the kicks are both driven and grounded from the supporting leg.
 
 



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