Expanding the Thai Clinch & Proactive Pad-Work (diary entry)

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Tuesday night’s first lesson was my teacher training currently focusing on blending Dutch and Thai kickboxing combinations. The teacher I am training is self-isolated with her daughter and the two both partake in these live video sessions.

 

We began with a warm-up that compressed the partner drills covered in previous lessons. This comprised of one-for-one kicking (with hand set-ups), two-for-two and then 1,2,3 combinations. I then addressed countering. Initially this was to bring in the shin-check and parrying again to ensure that these were also being drilled. However, we came to a slight sticking point on the scooping block and I went off on a tangent, coaching this with a counter.

 

Training then moved onto the Kickboxing combinations we have been working on and their pairing with the Thai clinch. After performing these as a build-up sequence, we went back to the original stand-up combinations, jab/rear leg round kick and tagged on a build up Thai clinching techniques. These consisted of forward/backward footwork/spear knee, forward/backward/right side/curve knee/left side/curve knee, forward/backward/right side/curve knee/left side/curve knee/right v-step diagonal knee/left v-step switch-diagonal knee and forward/backward/right side/curve knee/left side/curve knee/right v-step diagonal knee/left v-step switch-diagonal knee/backward change stance v-step diagonal knee/forward change stance v-step diagonal knee.

 

We finished with proactive focus mitt training. This training is designed to a) make pad training as close to sparring as possible and b) make the coach work almost as hard as the fighter. The first round consists of flash pad drilling; the second round of defence only tactics and the third combines both. There are numerous benefits to training this and it is best performed as a feedback loop where the participants spar, then go through the drill, spar again and then go through the drill again and so on.

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