Pad Work Drill #2
Pad Work is an important part of any martial arts, or combat sports training, where striking with the hands, arms, and legs is permitted. In Progressive Martial Arts, we use a variety of different target pads including focus mitts, thai pads, target shields (kicking shields) and focus paddles.
The majority of our pad work is done using either the focus mitts or thai pads, and our series of standard drills can be practiced on either.
Training with the pads is an important part of our training because it is one of the most effective way to improve our technical skills, while also developing our speed, distancing, timing, coordination and cardio. When using the pads, you are able to work on a wide range of skills and move around in a fighting style, and make contact with a target.
Always start out stationary and throw your first two or three sets (of the drill you are working on) with light contact, slower than your usual speed. This is done to test your range of distance, and adjust with your training partner so that you are both ready. Gradually increase your speed, remembering to breathe as you work out. Once comfortable with the drill, you should have your partner move around, this will force you to adjust your distance and timing, in order to land accurate hits.
Pad Drill #2 is the Jab and Straight Cross, or Gyaku Zuki. Drill #2 is a part of the Core Curriculum at Progressive Martial Arts Academy, and is a prerequisite for advancement to the Yellow Belt level.