One of the most effective, efficient, and fastest methods for teaching proper punching and striking skills is focus mitt and kick shield training. This type of training is fantastic for beginners to teach basic skills and learn the new movement vocabulary.For the more practiced student it will take you up 100 percent in your fight ability.
The pads are held by a coach at different ranges, positions and levels. The puncher and pad holder work together to build offensive and defensive skills that sharpen reflexes and condition the body.
Here are more detailed benefits…
It’s fun and interesting
Focus mitts are fun and engage the “fight game instinct”. Performing a wide variety of strategic sequences while feeling the impact and hearing the popping sound on connection of the mitt provides immediate feedback. With each training session you increase your offensive and defensive ability.
Learn kickboxing skills quickly
You can pick up basic skills faster, and develop the visualization of a real person directly in front of you. You have no choice but to hit the target given to you. On the heavy bag alone, one often forgets to really focus on a spot letting punches fly reducing the most you can get out of every punch.
Focus mitts are small so they insist upon the development of accuracy. When moved quickly into different positions and at different angles, they are one of the best methods for developing eye hand coordination and accurate combination punching.
As they are moved into different angles and depths they can be used to develop quick thinking, timing, and "non-telegraphic" delivery.
Holding Mitts improve sparring ability
Focus mitts can teach one how react to being punched at before the punch is even thrown. Reading their opponent's mind and anticipating what is about to happen before it does.
While holding mitts you can see punches and kicks travelling in your direction, as you begin to establish "pattern recognition" your ability to foresee and defend yourself from attack is enhanced.
Fight Flight adaptation (HIT PSYCHOLOGY)
Focus mitt training can be the first step in simulating sparring, or actual all out fighting due to a danger situation calling on self defense. Little by little one can learn to deal with fight flight so as not to freeze.
The mitt holder can answer back a combination with a slap towards your guard to test your defense block reaction. You can soon answer back with your own counter.
For most people the idea of having someone throw punches at them is uncomfortable and brings about immediate anxiety. Panic sets in and one freezes in combative situations.
Focus mitts increases your comfort level with being in the similar position of hitting and being hit. Developing the ability to block and counter, react and direct under pressure.
As a holder yourself you can see weaknesses in the puncher’s positions. For example, when your partner throws a left hook and had his guard low, as a holder you can see it while it's happening, and visualize what counter you might use simultaneously. If you can see it your mind, you can see the counter you would use. So your mind is training to respond immediately.
After several focus mitt sessions you will see a major increase your kickboxing skills. We have high skilled trainers that are willing to work one on one to bring you up to higher levels through focus mitt training. To start you only need 30 minutes per session.