Placement and Pad Drill

This basic pad drill includes tai-sabaki (body shifting), limb-clearance, a straight palm-heel, a dropping-slap and a rising face kick. Rather than drill such things individually, I believe it is better to drill them in innumerable combinations so they are always viewed in a combative context (it’s more fun too). We begin by practicing the combination on a partner, with control, so we get to practise the placement of the techniques on a human body. We then take the same combination onto the pads so we can practise the methods with impact. Partner drills lack power, and hitting the pads is not the same as striking a person. The two forms of practice therefore complement each other.

All the best,


PS The YouTube link can be found HERE

Practical Kata Bunkai: Placement and Pad Drill