We’ve all had to adapt our training because of the pandemic. For our part we have done a lot more solo pad drills, shadow sparring and grappling movement drills. While we first did these out of necessity, we have now seen the benefits these forms of practise can bring; so we are intent on including them when normality resumes, albeit less frequently and as an lower overall percentage of training.
Solo Pad Drills: We always did these, but relatively infrequently. We have now created a solo training kata (Tandoku) which we intent to keep as part of training, but not as a grading requirement. We are also currently doing a lot of open rounds with them for fitness and conditioning.
Shadow Sparring: The distanced “sparring” is proving useful for footwork, movement and fitness. Students like it too. We plan to keep this in warm-ups and as another gentle way to help ease beginners into sparring.
Grappling Movement Drills: These are often integrated with the solo pad drills. These involve shadow throws and core groundwork movements. At first, some of the lower grade students were struggling to get the solo movements to accurately reflect the throwing actions. Prior to the pandemic their throws were looking good, but it’s obviously harder to replicate it when there is no body to lift. Things have moved on and their visualisation and movement have improved a lot. I’m interested to see what influence has on their actual throwing when normality returns. I’m expecting a very positive one due to the increased internal awareness of the body’s movement during the throwing action. I will be continuing this post-pandemic for “repetition by stealth” and to give them more options for home solo-training.
I’m interested to know what others have learnt / adopted during the pandemic that they intend to keep going forward?
All the best,