T.A.W.G. Workout Rewind 8/19/11 – Driving Nails


“To increase speed and power, one must hit the bag hard. Regular practice is required to develop efficiency of movement when punching.” Ross Emamalt
Just like boxers, kick boxers, or MMA’ers, TacArnis students train to hit and/or be hit.  We have to condition our joints, our muscles, and our nervous systems in order to give and take a hit. Unlike boxers, kick boxers, or MMA’ers though, TacArnis students practice with weapons as well as empty hand.

Whether it’s hitting an opponents weapon as a block or striking vital areas in order to stop a ‘bad guy’ (or guys or guys and gals…) swinging sticks in patterns in the air is totally different from the impact, drag, and reverberation of really hitting something.  Even the ‘middle ground’ of using light contact striking with a live partner won’t condition the body for throwing a committed strike with a stick anymore than slap boxing prepares boxers for contact.

We make a point to do some kind of striking in every work out we can,

but today was all about “Driving Nails.”

I like the tire for this because:

  • It creates interaction between training partners
  • Trains the holder to watch/read the ‘telegraphs’ of the striker from the correct perspective
  • Lets the holder feel the force of a stick trick through the impact on  the tire
  • Allows the striker to see the ‘silhouette’ of a human target while striking the tire
  • Gives the striker the feel of hitting a firm ‘resistant’ surface
  • Forces the striker to apply adjustments between swinging air strikes and really hitting something.
There’s also a bit of ‘nostalgia’ in training with a tire for this.  It’s a cheap, readily available and improvised training aid… just like most of the early training tools are.  If it ain’t broke why spend way too much money on something that will only be ‘as good’ (or possibly not as good since it wears out faster).
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6 thoughts on “T.A.W.G. Workout Rewind 8/19/11 – Driving Nails

  1. Pingback: there is nothing like hitting something. « the things worth believing in

  2. Very well done. Simple, direct and without any of the all too common fluff artistry that is all too easy to show in “air striking combative assumptions”. Hitting a solid object gives the striker a much more realistic assessment of what it feels like to strike and how the stick is most likely to respond after firm contact has been made. I fully understand that a tire is not a human body, but neither is air!

    • Exactly! A tire is not a body, but it does offer the resistance and drag of a body in clothing, belts, gear, or what have you that air training will not prepare you for. Given the ratio of contact/impact training to total training time in boxing/mma and the like I think it’s a good habit to keep in a training program if the purpose is to do more than ‘preserve’ or ‘perpetuate’ an art. TacArnis is about USING a system, not just ‘preserving’ a system… of course you know that well enough… 🙂

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