Stressing the basics (hands up, elbows tight, chin tucked, eyes forward) I have used what my boxing coach, Wes Foster, taught me and integrated it into kickboxing. Based off of Roger Mayweather's mitt work these drills stress a tight guard and immediate reactions all the while using the five basic punches of boxing. Check out this clip on Roger working with a young girl:
Starting with just focus mitts and punches we slowly worked drills such as this:
- Mitt Holder (MH) right cross
- Puncher (P) covers with left, counters with cross-hook-cross
We continue to build with other strikes and responses eventually adding in round kicks, elbows, and knees! At Three Harmonies the emphasis is more on self defense in all my classes, so most of our kicks are to the legs and even then I focus much more on handwork, clinch work, and working within clinch range (knees / elbows / head butts etc.).
We train hard and have a lot of fun learning basic self defense and getting in shape. If this type of training sounds like something you would like to try out, stop by and visit us at the NW Jiu Jitsu Academy 942 N 95th St. Seattle, WA.
- Click here for our current schedule (we also offer Kali and Combatives classes)!
- I am also offering a year end special: From now until December 31, 2011 all registration fee's are waived on new students (savings of over $40!).
Train Hard. Train Smart.