Using a Curved Leg Kick Pad - Muay Thai

Discussion in 'Standup Technique' started by moonlightdrive2, May 9, 2008.

  1. moonlightdrive2

    moonlightdrive2 White Belt

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    When using a curved leg kick pad with the handles like this one: Windy Shield from Combatsports.com
    (this is an awesome pad by the way):

    Is it typical for the holder to have their own hand jab into their ribs when receiving hard shin kicks (thigh kicks and body kicks)? Is that just the way it is when using this style of pad/handle, or does that only happen if the holder is not holding the pad right?

    If that's just the way it is, then that's fine. But thought there might be a way to adjust the hold that I haven't figured out yet.

    Thanks!!
     
  2. Mastodon2

    Mastodon2 Orange Belt

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    If the pad is held tight and the limbs are locked against the body then they won't jab the holder when he receives the impact.
     
  3. Chinaboxer

    Chinaboxer Blue Belt

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    it's very easy to hold pads wrong and get hurt. when you hold a kicking shield for a round kicks, put the arm through the middle handles then put the other forearm across the top of the kicking shield.(no need to hold the top handle unless they are front kicks).

    here is the most important part of holding pads, never just hold the pad tight to your body. yes, you want to start there but just before impact, you want to "meet" the leg, just before impact. this way, you don't get the brunt of the force. the harder he kicks, the more you should "attack" his leg with the shield to meet the force. understand that this "meeting" with the shield is a slight movement, don't over do it or you'll end up over extending yourself.

    this also applies to holding focus mitts for boxing. if you don't "meet" the punches, your shoulders will take the full brunt of the force and eventually you will injure yourself.
     
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