the Unorthodox Striking Drills Thread
Just like the title says. I want to dedicate a thread to the odd but effective striking drills that some of us do. Whether it's what you do at home, at your MMA gym, a video a professional fighter has out... Anything as long as it's a little out of the ordinary.
I'll post two to start, one my gym does and one I do.
Heavy bag breathing drill
-Stand infront of your heavy bag, control your breathing.
-Take a deep breath and hold it
-While holding your breath, strike as hard and fast as you can, work good combos and posture but do not breath
-When you can't hold your breath any more, breath slowly and continue to strike.
Increase your cardio, works on striking while gassed, works on creating combos while gassed.
Tree opponent drill
This is the one I do at my own place. You'll want shin pads, tough gloves (MMA 4oz, not boxing), and possibly elbow and knee pads. Find a tree that's at least as thick as you are, and no branches till ~7 feet up.
-Stand infront of the tree. Decide a minimum distance that you're allowed to backpedal. 3-4 feet max.
-Set a timer for 3-5 minutes, depending on your conditioning.
-Work good combos, head movement, and stances. Switch from southpaw to standard, work different levels (head-torso-leg).
-Don't exceed backpedal limit.
-Push the pace hard.
-Strike lightly at first, incorrect striking technique will cause injury.
This will work WONDERS on highlighting your techniques. If you're doing them wrong, you'll know right away and can work towards perfecting them. If you're doing them right you can throw almost 100% into your striking. Also improves cardio, aggression, foot movement.