New Pads, Harder Kicks! (diary entry)



Tuesday night’s second class was my teacher training client. We used Dutch Kickboxing as inspiration for a series of drills to promote a more aggressive approach to our close-quarter fighting as well as more free flow at the new range and the chaining of kicks with punching combinations.


We began with back and forth kicking. This drill is designed to prompt a fast response to receiving a kick. Each kick should be delivered as soon as the previous one has landed, teaching the person retaliating to respond to any vulnerabilities exposed by the attacker. I also insisted upon hand movement to set up each kick. The next drill involved throwing two kicks in succession in the same rallying fashion. After this we set up two series of combinations designed to properly chain punches and low kicks, a staple and hallmark of Dutch Kickboxing. The first one linked the inside low kick and the second linked the outside low kick. Each series or rally consisted of three combinations, each a build-up of the last. The first one was jab/cross/inside low kick, jab/cross/inside low kick/jab/cross and jab/cross/inside low kick/jab/cross/hook/cross/uppercut/inside low kick. The second was jab/cross/outside low kick, jab/cross/outside low kick/jab/cross and jab/cross/outside low kick/jab/cross/hook/cross/uppercut/outside low kick.


We then took the punch/kick combinations onto the Thai pads – testing out a new pair – and looked at sharpening up form and power. I used the RDX Muay Thai focus pads which are proving to be popular with my clients being compact, nicely shaped and very durable.

We also covered variations on the kick, specifically a technique sometimes called the “Dutch Kick” which can be performed at very close range.

Muay Thai & Dutch Kickboxing link


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