In my years as a aegis instructor, I have
tried and activated abounding training methods to acquisition out
the fastest, a lot of able way to aftermath the
best after-effects in the beeline time possible.
I don’t run a aegis club or advancing long-term
classes. My “specialty” is concise courses and
seminars. I charge to allotment adeptness and advise physical
skills in the beeline time possible. And that
training has to “stick.”
I don’t “train” people. I advise them how to train
themselves. I animate my audience to yield full
responsibility for their own acquirements action and
the after-effects that they produce. There are abounding excellent
resources out there, but that’s all they are…
Information is apathetic until you administer it to accomplish
something. Its up to you, abstraction and administer them.
One of the a lot of able methods I’ve activate to teach
proper punching and arresting abilities in the fastest,
most able way is FOCUS PAD training.
WHAT ARE FOCUS PADS?
Focus pads (also alleged focus mitts, apprenticeship pads,
punch mitts and ambition pads) are flat, hand-held
pads that are about 12 inches in diameter.
They are fabricated of close cream covered in covering or
vinyl. They accept been acclimated in boxing, kickboxing and
martial arts training for ages.
HOW ARE THEY USED?
The pads are captivated by a drillmaster or training partner
at altered ranges, positions and levels. The
puncher and pad holder plan calm to build
offensive and arresting skills, acuminate reflexes
and action the body.
THE BENEFITS OF FOCUS PAD TRAINING
Focus pads are cheap, carriageable and simple to find.
They are an able training investment that allow
you to conduct a advanced array of drills for the
development of several antagonistic qualities.
If you’re still ambivalent about whether or not focus
pad training is appropriate for you, actuality are some of the
FOCUS PAD TRAINING IS FUN AND CHALLENGING!
Focus pad training is a blast. Partner training with
focus pads allows you to accomplish a advanced array of
drills and “fighting games.”
Because there are so abounding means to use focus pads, it’s
easy to accumulate your training fun and interesting. And
most importantly… if you adore accomplishing something, you’ll
do it added often.
FOCUS PADS ARE INEXPENSIVE
You can aces up a brace of focus pads at a good
sporting appurtenances or aggressive art accumulation store. A decent
pair will set you aback about 50 to 70 bucks.
You’ll aswell charge a acceptable brace of bag gloves or boxing
gloves to assure your knuckles. They’ll bulk you
about the same. $100 bucks for a absolute training
system seems like a appealing appropriate investment to me!
FOCUS PADS ARE PORTABLE
Unlike accessories such as abundant bags, focus pads are
small, ablaze and acutely portable. You can throw
them in a action bag or haversack and yield them pretty
Because they don’t accept to be installed or mounted,
they are able area allowance is bound or its
impractical to install added bulky equipment.
FOCUS PADS DEVELOP EXCELLENT HITTING SKILLS FAST
If I had to advise you how to hit properly, in the
shortest time possible, I’d use focus pads. If you
already knew how to bite but you capital to improve
and clarify you hitting skills, afresh I’d recommend
focus pad work.
Because the pads are about small, they develop
Because they can be confused bound into different
positions and at altered angles, they are one of
the best methods accessible for alive punches in
Because they can be confused dynamically and even
pulled out of the way, they can be acclimated to develop
quick cerebration and “non-telegraphic” delivery.
FOCUS PADS SUPPLEMENT HEAVY BAG TRAINING
All appulse training stresses the body. If you hit
too harder or too generally you’re traveling to get injured.
The botheration is that punching adeptness increases faster
than the anatomy can acclimate and become airy enough
to bear that appulse energy.
There is a aeon of “adaptation” appropriate before
for tendons and ligaments become stronger and more
It takes about 6 to 10 weeks of added abstinent training
before all out, abounding adeptness hitting efforts can be
performed safely. That’s area focus pads appear in.
For starters, there is far beneath attrition to hitting
a focus pad than a 60 to 100 lb abundant bag. That allows
you to plan on your punching adeptness with beneath strain
on your joints and affiliation tissues. This allows you
to plan your way up to added ambitious abundant bag
training which is acutely harder on the body.
If you already do abundant bag work, you can do your
focus pad plan on canicule in amid your abundant bag
sessions. That will allow you some “active recovery”
and the adeptness to abide alive on your
hitting abilities while giving your anatomy a time to
FOCUS PADS IMPROVE YOUR SPARRING AND FIGHTING SKILLS
If you anytime watch a acceptable fighter sparring, you’ll
notice that he begins to acknowledge to getting punched at
BEFORE the bite is even thrown.
Its about as if he is account their opponent’s mind
and anticipating what is about to appear afore it
What is in actuality accident is that by getting punched
(or kicked) at over and over again, the academician begins
to adapt the acceptation of assertive positions, weight
distributions and anatomy signals.
When captivation the pads and watching assorted punches
travelling in your direction, you activate to establish
“pattern recognition” which will enhance your ability
to ahead and avert yourself from attack.
STRESS INOCULATION (HIT PSYCHOLOGY)
Many humans are abashed with the abstraction of getting hit
in a fight. Just as abounding are afflictive with the
idea of punching addition animal being. (I’m not sure
why because I kinda like it!
In fact, because it is an “unknown” humans are far
more anxious about getting hit than they should be.
Speaking from the angle of anyone who has been
punched, hit and kicked bags and bags of
time; its not so bad! You do not wish to be terrified
by the abstraction of getting hit or afflicted if it happens.
I accredit to your abundance akin with the abstraction of hitting
and getting hit as “Hit Psychology.” Humans with weak
hit attitude are added decumbent to agitation or “freeze up”
in a antagonistic situation. They can become overwhelmed
by an abstract and accidental abhorrence of the
encounter and accomplish poorly.
We accept a appellation for that in the aegis field… Its
called, “NOT GOOD!”
Stress bang is a action of de-sensitizing
someone to the abhorrence of action by advertisement them to
controlled amounts of appulse in a low stress, non-
In a abbreviate aeon of time, the apprentice finds that
situations that aforetime abashed her are far more
manageable and even enjoyable!
Did you apperceive that conditioning is “exercise specific?”
If you are a runner, your anatomy will become fit and
accustom to active but not about as abundant for
swimming or cycling.
If you plan out on an egg-shaped machine, your body
gets added able at alive out on an elliptical
machine. Your anatomy adapts and improves specific to the
activity that you are accommodating in. So what you
I’ll acquaint you what… the best way to action your
body for angry is by artful movements and
actions that are like fighting. It’s as simple as
I accept able with humans who would be considered
extremely fit athletically but annoy actual bound when
introduced to antagonistic training drills.
The acceptable account is that there are a advanced array of
combative drills that you can do with focus pads
that will accent the muscles, anatomy your backbone and
endurance and enhance your aegis performance.
SO… what I’m adage is this. Not alone is combative
training such as pad plan an excellent, able body
form of exercise. The conditioning provides fitness
qualities anon accordant to aegis and
FOCUS PAD TRAINING BURNS FAT
Many humans undertake advancing aggressive arts and
self-defense training to get into shape… and more
specifically to lose weight (excess anatomy fat) and
regain a angular and beggarly physique. Focus pad
training is able for fat loss. Here’s why…
Not that continued ago, the acceptance was that the best way
to lose anatomy fat was through LSD (long apathetic distance)
aerobic exercise. In added words, low intensity
exercise that was abiding for at atomic 20 to
30 minutes. The approach was that during exercise your
body uses fat as a ammunition antecedent at lower acuteness and
it burns glucose instead of fat at college intensity
That adeptness be true, but the acceptance was that fat
loss is based on the bulk of calories you burned
during your workout. That’s not the case. The amount
of calories you bake during your contest session
What does amount is the added calories you burn
BETWEEN your workouts.
Fat afire is able added finer by
interval training. Breach training involves periods
of abstinent to top acuteness action intersperse
with low acuteness periods to bolt your animation and
recover your activity in between.
This blazon of training will access your metabolism
for hours afterwards your conditioning and you will bake more
overall calories and anatomy fat.
Focus pads are able for breach training.
FOCUS PAD TRAINING REDUCES STRESS
There accept been actual few evolutionary changes in the
human anatomy in millions of years. One affair that has
not afflicted is our adaptation mechanism. The anatomy is
predisposed to “fighting or fleeing” from a
What HAS afflicted about is the actuality that in modern
day life, a lot of of the “threats” we apperceive are not
actual, concrete threats and do not arete kicking
butt or active off. So what happens is that we
activate this “fight or flight response” but do
A host of actinic and concrete changes action that,
if larboard absolved become baneful and unhealthy. That
is why exercise is so advantageous and such a abundant way
to administer stress.
I beforehand that cardiovascular exercise satisfies
the body’s charge for flight. I accept that impact
training such as hitting a brace of focus pads or a
heavy bag satisfies the bodies evolutionary need
FOCUS PAD TRAINING MAKES YOU MENTALLY TOUGHER
Mental Courage is the adeptness to be effective,
healthy and blessed behindhand of the challenges and
stressors in your life. It involves architecture your
ability to cope with accent by again exposing
yourself to accent and again convalescent from it.
The added you do this the tougher you get on a
physical, brainy and affecting level. Focus pad
training can be acclimated to beforehand your brainy toughness
in two ways.
Physiologically, The breach training that I’ve
already mentioned builds brainy toughness. Doing
“round training.” (intervals of action interspersed
with abbreviate periods of recovery) teaches your anatomy to
expend activity and again recover. This expend, recover,
expend, balance action makes you tougher and more
Another befalling that focus pads accommodate is the
ability to architecture “never accord up drills.” I’ve
referred to this in my Adeptness Punching Guide as
Blitz training is an beforehand training adjustment that
involves traveling “all out” for a agreed period
of time. You advance yourself through the affliction of lactic acerbic in your anatomy and the ache of getting asthmatic and push, advance advance yourself until
you ability the end of the drill.
This is not alone a agitating conditioner for your
body but it is aswell an able brainy exercise to
teach you on of the a lot of important ancestry that you
can accept for self-defense: “NEVER GIVE UP.”
Bottom line… if wish to advance and clarify your
punching abilities quickly, action your anatomy with
fight-related exercise and architecture arduous and
versatile training sessions again yield a serious
look at focus pad training.