Not always we have the physical (eg. during a trip) or economic (professional punching bags and wooden dummy are expensive) opportunity to be able to train against something to hit at full power.
In this article we see a very very simple trick to turn every pole, beam, column, pillar, tree or other in an effective training target.
Even without conditioning (hands, feet, knees, etc.), let's see in a really trivial way to hit an hard surface:
- Let's find a cloth (eg. a sweatshirt), an extensive towel or other rags that develop in length
- Let's make sure that the fabric is not too thin or excessively damaged
- Let's fall back several times the fabric in the direction that allow to reach the maximum length
- Let's wrap multiple layers of fabric around our pillar, maybe at various heights (to simulate head, abdomen, legs, etc.)
- Let's put particular attention to the edges and to very uneven surfaces
- Let's make a knot on the side that we do not want to hit
An alternative solution, just as easy is the following:
- Let's take some pieces of fabric a bit 'smaller / thinner than the previous (but very long)
- Let's wrap our hands / feet several times and in a very firm / strong way
- Let's make sure we have our hands well covered in the points with which we want to hit
- Let's fix the knots on the wrists / ankles or the back of the hand / foot
- In the case of the hands, if the fabric does not allow for knots we can simply use the closure of our fist as fixing
In both cases we can replace the fabric with strong and flexible plastic parts, with ropes (or with what we have).
These "tips" are useful to:
- Who wants to start a minimum of conditioning
- Who has not had a chance to get more appropriate tools
- Who wants to practice creatively on unusual targets
Finally it should be said that in both cases before hitting at full power (eg. a wall):
-.Let's make sure to have the right precision, technical skills and minimal conditioning to deliver full power shots without harming our body (wrists, elbows, ankles, etc.), it is absolutely not obvious
- Let's make sure that we have properly fixed the fabric in stable way
- Let's do not give the maximum power immediately, we have to increase gradually
- If we feel pain or any kind of discomfort we must stop immediately (damage our body does not lead to any result)
After seeing the correct mental attitude to face a fight to the ground, we review some physical and practical advice in order to have a good chance to prevail over our opponent:
- Let's economize the use of our limbs, if we can block multiple opponent's limbs using less than 2 limbs (eg. only with our position) we gain the ability to control opponent's reactions, inflicting further damage
- In any situation let's take into consideration every possible (partial or full) revolution / slip / rebound (etc.) on all axes X, Y and Z (plus the intermediates); we have to use weight, levers and natural force of gravity to increase the tension on our opponent (or to free us), we will get terrific results without the use of active effort
- In case of deadlock situations, we can use vibration, torsions and small movements to swing to reach the right position to prevail (or to free us, depending on the situation in progress); however, we avoid any kind of stiffness
- If we do not want to be moved we have to maintain a center of gravity as low as possible and expand our position in a stable manner (eg. on several body elements); a stable pose, however, must not preclude us the possibility and the useful space for rapid movements
- On the ground it is often thought only to create levers / constraints / assets, let us not forget that we can also use common standing attacks (punching, kicking,
- We have to use superior forces against inferior forces, hard parts against soft parts, powerful muscles against small ones, flexible parts versus rigid (etc.); we have to try to avoid confrontation at par or worse at a disadvantage
- We need to use our whole body, muscle chain, consequential motions (etc.); more parts we involve in a consistent way (hips, abdomen, etc.) more the workload becomes bearable; we have to economize and to distribute the efforts
If our life is in danger every resource must be used intelligently and without restraint (even teeth, nails, etc.), in all other cases we must use our reason to guide our actions; the greater is our preparation, the lower we will need violence to prevail.
In the next article we will deepen even more some advanced concepts on how to gain crucial advantages in the ground fighting.
Today we see a very simple exercise for the upper limbs (named "the 6 stones"), it allows us to develop some of the most important skills for a fighter:
- Quick reasoning
- Let's take 6 rocks with similar shape, weight and size (preferably sanded)
- Let's put the stones within a rectangle in a free but symmetrical position
- Let's position the stones at a close range but not in contact
- We can stay on the ground, sitting or standing, it is indifferent
- The important thing is to easily reach the stones with our hands
- Let's seize 2 stones with our hands, one per hand (we have to move quickly)
- Let's exchange their positions with the idea of maintaining the symmetrical arrangement
- Let's seize the next 2 stones and let's exchange their position, always maintaining the original provision
- Let's gradually increase the speed
- We can choose 2 stones at a random distance instead of proceed in order
- When we gain some skill we can use different shape / weight stones
- With increasing of coordination, we can use the stones in our hands to pan for a third one and occupy its space quickly
- The most difficult variation is to dynamically draw new symmetric dispositions in real time (eg. a triangle, a circle, etc.)
The exercise exposed requires a low physical effort, has a duration of about 10 minutes and can occasionally be inserted within the normal daily training (the important thing is to maintain balanced the normal effort of each session).
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