How to Improve Your Martial Arts Quickness : Reaction Punch Drills

How to Improve Your Martial Arts Quickness : Reaction Punch Drills


Michael Lewis with Yeshua’s Ryu Martial Arts
on behalf of Expert Village, we’re going to talk to you today about speed drills. Now
we are going to help your reaction time by using a drill using focus pads. Now your partner
is going to have to be, going to have to sort of change things up for you, make sure that
there is no timing to it whatsoever, but your partner is going to hold up both shields.
One is going to be slightly closer than the other. Not dramatically like one’s out of
reach and the other ones to close but it’s going to be probably about six inches difference
between the two. Either the right is out farther or the left is out farther. Now my, my responsibility
in this drill is that I’m turned around here and I cannot see which one is closer. So immediately
as I turn whichever one I see is the closest, that’s the one I’m going to throw a jab to.
If I turn back around, I turn back; I’m going to punch the one that’s closest. Now, the
responsibility of your partner is to make sure that they’re changing it up, that they’re
not just alternating between one and the other. They?re going to have to change it up. Sometimes
the right will stay out three times and sometimes the left one will stay out two times and that
way you’ll begin to develop a reaction time. Because you cannot see what’s going on and
you have no idea and you have to turn around and your brain has to be able to figure out
which one is closer and which one to throw the jab to. If you want to make it a little
bit harder and more challenging, not only would you just throw a jab at either or, you
must throw a specific punch to whichever pad. So say if I’m going to throw a back fist at
this shield, if this shield is closer, I’m going to throw a back fist, however, if I
turn around and this shield is closer then I’m going to throw a reverse punch and that
way it makes it a little bit harder so you have to differentiate not only which shield
is closer and which one to attack first but also which strike to throw and of course you
can vary all your strikes so that you can practice all the way around and sort of cover
all your scripting of hand strikes.

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