Started the session with the usual padwork and trying to incorporate the new pad drills we went through last week to make the pads more dynamic and realistic as pads don’t hit back! Boards even! Good work on the pads as I always say, fight fitness is also so so important as skills are not what you should solely rely on. The ability to fight or run (flight) is equally important.
Moved on to a few more adapted pad drills afterwards such as cross, hook, cross, round kick which now incorporates the tight hook inspired by Guro Bob Breen and also using Bob’s 4D concepts (box) against jab, cross, big hook, big hook and then using four round elbows also helps drill in muscle memory. I was talking to Bob about this yesterday and mentioned it during the class. But sometimes you make a plan of what things you are going to do and in combat things don’t always go the way you expect them too so the plan goes out of the window. Better to go with the flow and react to what is happening in real time, but don’t complicate things by planning some flash moves, arm bars, locks or as Bruce Lee called them ‘an exhibition’. Keep it simple and if the opportunity arises to hit with one of your many tools that you have gained, then go with it. Last night after jamming up your opponents big hooks while taking the energy out of one of them you were both left looking at each other with both thinking what to do next. Don’t give them this time to think, hit them with something and either get out (flight) or continue to hit them with various strikes but try not to stay directly in front of them which is predictable. As I showed you, palm strikes work well as well as round elbow strikes, thumb eye wipes, shredding, face ripping, blah blah blah… ha ha!
Then finally and one of my favourites from Bob’s portfolio, is the (non-telegraphed) backfist which I have been drilling into my bag workout building on speed and accuracy as you noticed being on the receiving end of it. Ha ha When done correctly, you just cannot see it coming until it’s too late and a very effective weapon. But it’s hard to train out that big backfist swing which is clearly visible and can be trapped. Keep the line of the strike linear and straight keeping the hand loose until the time of impact. If it is pre-empted, then change the line and use the straight vertical punch or slap the other side of the face.
Next week we’ll get back into Dikit, as I think it would be prudent to continue the work we have been doing with Dikit and seeing if we can take it a bit further. Remember that Dikit is a flow drill and only a small part of the bigger picture but trains sensitivity and feel, also hand eye coordination. There’s no guarantees that a knife strip will present itself or that you will also have the chance to feed back some of the techniques we use in training. But having a toolbox full of different tools is better than scrambling about for a 10mm spanner when you really need one. Ha ha
Have a great week and weekend and will see you all next week. Ouss…