“To increase speed and power, one must hit the bag hard. Regular practice is required to develop efficiency of movement when punching.” Ross Emamalt
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.