Planning to have a session in the garage with my freestanding punch/kickbag tomorrow. I’ve used it quite a bit but it’s only been in the last dozen or so sessions I feel I’ve started to get a better understanding of how to use it to practise and develop my skills.
Some of the different routines I’ll run through are:-
- Warming up – at about a quarter to half speed I’ll run through an improvised sequence of techniques, working to use the full range of stances and good execution of techniques.
- Practising basics – I’ll run through the full range of striking techniques, doing about ten reps of each and practising on both sides of the body.
- Working on kick height – My lateral flexibility isn’t great so I like to work on my mawashi and yoko geris to try and improve the height I can execute them at, I’ve got a couple of lines of tape around the bag to mark the level I’m seeking to reach with each.
- Practising sparring combinations – I like to work on my footwork and putting a few techniques together with the last technique landing on the bag. It helps me to find technique combinations that feel comfortable and to try and improve execution of others.
I like having sessions with the bag. Having a session on my own gives me the opportunity to work on things following club training sessions or to prepare for future training.
You can feel and see when a technique connects well and work to improve it. My bag stands on a spring which gives it a certain amount of movement so I can build in some element of working with it’s movement and timing techniques. Plus I feel like I’ve had a good workout afterwards which always feels good.
Do you use a bag for practise? Got any good routines?