Holding Thai Pads without them 'twisting in' on me

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  1. Roger z2

    Roger z2 White Belt

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    Sorry if the title seems misleading; I can't really explain this in Thai boxing terms. I have been through the stickies as well fyi.


    So the problem is when I hold thai pads for combination drills ' 1-2-3-4' , etc it is fine because I adjust the pad to make solid contact. However when we do "punch out" drills (rapid series of jabs/straights)the pad keeps twisting towards me.

    Usually they are like /o\ , but I am told to put them very close with only a 2-3 inch space between them during the "punch out" to form a shield. Most people however end up punching towards the outside edge of the pad (where the wrist goes) and the pad just turns in towards my face :icon_cry2 . Not only am I worried about losing teeth (no mouthguards in drills usually) it strains my wrist.
    Fairtex Thai Pads [KPLC2] - Front View 2
    Link leads to an example of the kind the club uses.

    Any advice would be appreciated, I have class on Weds.
     
  2. vjvj

    vjvj Mr. Pibb + Red Vines = Crazy Delicious

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    Hmm, I hold for punch outs the same way I hold for a 1-2. Did they explain why they hold differently for punch outs?
     
  3. ASEGSEA

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    I know what you mean. Last week my lead arm was charlie horsing, so taking my partner's lead hook really tore it up on the thai pad. What I did was just hold it sort of sideways. I can't really describe it without the pad being in my hands other than having the pad rest more in my bicep than have my forearm/eblow absorb the blow.
     
  4. Roger z2

    Roger z2 White Belt

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    @vjvj
    We normally have them outwards like.. [i just googled victory pose, and not as far out as that]
    http://www.mysticbeingyoga.com/images/victory copy.gif
    and move them towards the centre to anticipate the strike; for punch outs we hold them stationary in the middle.

    @Law Bob Loblaw
    Do you mean you have the pad supported by your body> upper arm > lower arm> pad? I would do it like that but I think it would comprimise my partners training by having him go for body level jabs by bringing the target down... unless I misunderstand?
     
  5. vjvj

    vjvj Mr. Pibb + Red Vines = Crazy Delicious

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    Hawt pic... Just kidding ;) Ok, we actually never hold them in a victory pose like that. As my coach likes to say, "you're not fighting a two-headed monster", we keep them centered for both normal pad work and punch-outs. So I guess I can't help you, lol...
     
  6. Bebop

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    Same thing at my gym. We basically hold the pads out as close together as possible, and the puncher goes left-to-left and right-to-right, not opposite, which I think may be the cause of the differences with our experiences. I'll admit, though, that it does feel awkward to punch that way if you don't get a wide enough base to sway your hips through each punch.
     
  7. Roger z2

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    Our punches go left to left and vice versa as well... I think I may have made things worse by posting that pic :S.

    I found this (not me) when the smaller guy (southpaw) does his last Jab Cross, Cross combo the Asian looking padmans left pad, it twists in about 45-50 degrees on the second cross. It's ok for him in this case because he has it so far away from him but if I have it close for the punch out my pad will move his punch into my face...

    [If anyone wonders why I am so concerned; I'm half the weight and 6" shorter than everyone in the class, as well as the fact I want to give decent pad training.]

    any other ideas on hand grip on the thai pad?
     
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    By left-to-left, I mean left hand to left hand. If you're doing it this way, the pads turning inward shouldn't be a problem, since that's the angle the punches should be coming in anyways.
     

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