Reading Kicks & Movement in Sparring.

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I use this drill with my students and in my own training.

I found it really good for reading the movement of my opponent. As its a safe drill beginners like it and they learn the motion of blocking in addition to being kicked at full speed.

It would be interesting to see how practitioners drill this concept.

 

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I like that. I've been working on developing a series of drills to help students learn to recognize punches and kicks. Any thoughts on developing that for low kicks (we rarely kick that high)? My concern is getting a pad out on a thigh kick, for instance the bigger pads could reach, but they'd have to be held by the top, so they'd be awfully slow getting to target.
 

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Another two complementary drills:

1. Never stop at the kick range and "power point" (so every kick will weak or more "prepared" - slow)
2. Looking/observing/reading the feet position. It indicates what the opponent wants to do or what we can do with danger - so we can prepare for that or move away before it comes.

I am saying that, because if I want only to read the hips and wait the kick quietly, I am likely to be trapped by a more experienced opponent. On the other side, I use it myself. I throw a telegraphic kick just to stop the opponent and going were I want (right distance and right angle). Or I move hips without kick... "Not to be there" is the easiest and effective (seen in MMA all the time - step back/aside).
 

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I use this drill with my students and in my own training.

I found it really good for reading the movement of my opponent. As its a safe drill beginners like it and they learn the motion of blocking in addition to being kicked at full speed.

It would be interesting to see how practitioners drill this concept.

I didn't hear what was said but it looks similar to what I tell my students. I tell students to pay attention to what the kicks and punches of their partner looks like when we to pad drills. I remind students to hold the pad in front or close to the body to help create the feeling that the attacks are coming at them. I give them things to look for and to be aware of movements. Some just hold the pads off to the side and just become a person holding a pad. Others actually do what I tell them and become engaged. Once you are engaged you for that you are holding a pad and start to study the attacks that strike the pad. instead of me holding a pad for my partner, it becomes comes more like strike this pad so I can study your punch.
 

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Another two complementary drills:

1. Never stop at the kick range and "power point" (so every kick will weak or more "prepared" - slow)
2. Looking/observing/reading the feet position. It indicates what the opponent wants to do or what we can do with danger - so we can prepare for that or move away before it comes.

I am saying that, because if I want only to read the hips and wait the kick quietly, I am likely to be trapped by a more experienced opponent. On the other side, I use it myself. I throw a telegraphic kick just to stop the opponent and going were I want (right distance and right angle). Or I move hips without kick... "Not to be there" is the easiest and effective (seen in MMA all the time - step back/aside).
#2 is why I pay close attention to the legs in feet. A person's stance will dictate what can or cannot be done while in a specific position. When ya person looks into martial arts stances and clothing, he will begin to see how that system tries to conceal the footwork and stance. Aikido is notorious for this, kung fu has crazy footwork to hide motion within motion.
 

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Good drill for beginners. We do much the same but I have the pad holder begin to slightly lift the knee on the kicking side as they turn into the kick. Does a couple things;
1- they get used to receiving the kick standing on one leg helping develop balance.
2- they are developing the timing needed for leg shields.
 

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A person's stance will dictate what can or cannot be done while in a specific position.
Yep, I would train it more (or first) than reading hips.

Against good and fast kicker when I see hips, it's too late. Any defence may prevent major damage but always painful, specially if set up.

But reading a stance... Before any (hip) movement, I can start running away and shouting "Maaaam!!" :D (Or anything less embarrassing than this.)
 

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