Today we’re going to go over safe practices with your training partner.
Practicing safely is important, especially in a class environment. When it comes to contact drills, where we attack our opponents, it’s important to remember that the goal is to practice what we learn and to NOT intentionally hurt our training partner.
Accidents do happen so I want to share 3 things that I’ve learned in class to practice striking my opponent safely.
1) Attack the Shoulders (or anywhere below the neck) – The reason for this is because even a full blow to the shoulder doesn’t cause as much damage as it would to the face or the throat. The shoulders are also lined up to the height of the face so it helps with practicing how high to strike.
2) Strike Past Your Opponent – This follows up on attacking the shoulders. If my striking arm can shoot past my opponent’s shoulders, it indicates a face shot because that means I was able to get inside my opponent’s space. If my opponent disagrees, I put my hand behind their neck to clinch them in to let them know that I, indeed, have control.
3) Use Open Hand Strikes – Open hand strikes are great because it doesn’t bruise my opponent that easy and it’s also easier to recover from, in my opinion.
These are my 3 ways to strike safely.
As we get used to striking safely and controlling our strikes, we should work towards striking our opponent’s center because a full palm to the chest is equivalent to any strike to our opponent’s face.
Ultimately, the goal is to practice safe striking so that you don’t end up hurting your opponent by accident.
Question: What are some ways you go about practicing safely when you’re training with a partner? Let me know in the comments!