Blog Article: Kickboxing Drills - February 2015

Kickboxing Drills - February 2015 - 11/03/2015

In our Kickboxing classes during February 2015 we worked on various defensive skills. The delivery system we were working against was Muay Thai and the drill was what we call the 4-count drill.

The basic Muay Thai 4-count drill consists of a lead round kick to the leg, a rear cross, a lead hook and a rear round kick to the leg. I say basic as there are many other variations of this drill that can be worked into the same format and mixed with this drill making it more complex.

The 3 defensive principles we used were:

1. Blocking
2. Evading
3. Stop hitting/interception

The first principle, blocking, is the most basic but I feel the most important as under pressure you will always fall back on basics which tends to be the skills with the least movement or effort... the simple ones. Having the most effective ways of blocking a strike is also essential as some are more efficient than others. Generally speaking, the many boxing systems available (whether Western, Thai, Filipino, Burmese etc) have great defensive techniques. 

The second defensive principle, evading, requires a little better timing but also better cardio vascular conditioning due to the fact it requires movement of either your head, torso, legs or whole body. You really want to be a moving target as much as possible but as you tire you can no longer move your legs as well as you could when you are fresh so you will then need to move your upper body only.

The last defensive principle of stop hitting is from Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do (the way of the intercepting fist) and basically states that when your opponent strikes, you will hit them during their attack without getting hit yourself... intercepting. Bruce Lee said that this was the highest stage of martial arts; being able to hit the opponent before they can hit you. This principle is the most difficult as it not only requires the utmost timing but also requires a certain type of personality. If you have a natural defensive quality to yourself, are a little shy or you flinch then it is unlikely that you will be the type to utilise stop hitting effectively. Personalities often dictate the way a person fights (and trains!).

There are many other defensive skills available to the modern day martial artists and we will look at them in more depth in a future blog.

I hope this has been helpful to you.

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All the best, Neil.

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