Friday, March 2, 2012
Hitting Pads Don't Equate To Fighting
I'm seeing a lot of fighters hitting pads and mitts with some pretty cool combinations. Folks see Floyd Mayweather hit pads with his Uncle Roger Mayweather and copy what they see. It's the "Mayweather" system of mitt training. Coaches call out 5, 8, 10 punches combinations with slips, rolls, bob and weave, etc. Instead of sparring, a lot of guys will hit pads instead. You have to spar! Boxing, kickboxing, etc. are combat sports that require sparring. Your coach calling punches out for you and giving you preset moves is not going to do it. Drilling stuff on pads is cool, but you have create your own combos and adapt what you do to different opponents. Keep in mind that you're not going to rip of a 10 punch combo on a quality opponent, unless he's hurt or tired. Use the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) methodology. Stay basic and use fundamentals.