Originally Posted by bloodknuck
in my current kickboxing class, this is how it is broken down ALMOST every day. (skipping warm up + cooldown)
20 minutes : punching bag, combinations (elbows, hooks, crosses,) then after like 20 sets of say a 4 punch combo, 4 more punches will be added on, for a set of 10-15 more.
20 minutes: kickbags + thaipads. combinations of 5-10 kicks, repeated for sets of 10. sequence of combination will be changed 2-3 times.
ive been training like this since december, 3-4 times a week. i know how to punch/kick properly...my only drawback is my flexibility, but everything else is good.
im starting to train less at this gym because i can only improve so much doing this same training routine for a certain amount of time.
and my friend gives me shit for not coming, when he kicks my ass at sparring (coz im new) he claims it to be due to how i never come anymore to "practice" technique on punching bags + kickbags.
is he right or just full of shit?
Before I respond to this directly, I would like to note that I agree wholeheartedly with AdRath. Having the tools (technique) and applying them are two separate halves of a whole.
As for the original topic at hand... Your friend could be, in a way, wrong about what he said. That is, in the sense that its not so much the tools that you're lacking, but the application. However,further developing those tools is not a futile excercise.
At one point you said that you can't get any better than you are at hitting the bag/pads. I'd have to disagree. You said you started sometime in December, which means that you've been at it for six months. You can't reach perfection in that amount of time. I've been doing it for over six years, and I still benefit greatly from guided bag/pad work. Occassionally, I might drop my hand during this attack or that attack, or who the heck knows what. And when I do, my instructor or a peer can point out a more efficient way of doing whatever it is that I'm doing.
It is essential to develope good habits for fighting, and the class that you've described sounds like it could do that for you. Even things like maintaining good hand position while attacking, proper weight distribution to maximize power and balance, good footwork -- all of that makes an enormous difference in a sparring match, competition, or real world situation.
However, what does seem kind of lame is that your class doesn't have any type of drill that helps with applying techniques... That could be problematic.
Regardless, your decision to train a little less at that gym is understandable, but I'd suggest that you appreciate the value in what they do offer (unless you find something much better). But, about that flexibility...
Do you stretch after your workout? Some people I know, surprisingly, do not. This will make them become increasingly stiff over time. Where as, routinely stretching after a practice session will steadily increase your flexibility.
Either way, I wish you luck.