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“Boxing Equipment – Hindrance or Help” by Tommy Thompson and Rocky Sondhi

Many gyms and martial arts clubs have a vast array of equipment covering many different elements. Everyday a new company produces a new piece of equipment, which is purchased by our state of the art gyms and clubs. Too much time training with a particular piece of equipment can actually hinder a boxer and martial artists’ progress, rather than help. Each piece of equipment should have its purpose and not be used for unclear reasons and objectives. Lets just take a look at the most common examples we can find in our gyms and do jobs.

Typically, we will walk in to the gym and find our training buddies firstly warming up. Usually, the skipping rope and shadow boxing is used, with our colleagues thinking they look like a new Muhammed Ali, full of movement and with sweat pouring down their faces.

This will be followed with a couple of rounds on the heavy bag, with all the mates watching in disbelief at the awesome power being generated. After recovering from the hard work, your buddies feel its time for a bit of one to one, so they call on another buddy to hold the pads, not thinking that he may have little or no experience.

To complete the workout, its time for the piece de resistance – the war! Who is up for the ultimate adrenalin rush! The man versus man challenge!

Lets consider the potential weaknesses of the pieces of equipment that are being used in this scenario.

Skipping rope

Generally, the skipping is done at one pace with an on-going conversation. This provides virtually little or no benefit to user. However, if the athlete introduces footwork variations and tempo changes, then there are huge potential benefits to the boxer.

Shadow Boxing

A classic case is demonstrated by the use of shadow boxing. Many, if not all, martial artists and boxers spend countless rounds hitting fresh air with little focus and clarity on purpose and reason. However, great benefit is gained by shadow boxing once visualization and a mirror are introduced into the process.

Heavy bag

Too much time spent hitting the heavy bag will possibly slow down the boxer’s speed movement, and accuracy, though power may be increased. More movement in terms of feet, hand speed and head overcomes these issues.

Focus Pads

In recent years the traditional karate method of learning i.e. moving up and down in straight lines has been replaced by instructors investing in focus pads, which is commendable from a boxing point of view. Problems arise when instructors hold the pads in a static manner representing unrealistic targets, thus stunting the growth of the athlete. Inexperienced trainers hold the pads in an unrealistic manner and the response provided by the boxer lacks variety in tempo and pace, and the return is unrealistic and does not represent the response that would be expected from an opponent.

“One to one” Sparring

These have been witnessed in countless gyms where you have two people just hitting themselves in an all out fight. A theme for the session and conditions for each of the boxers needs to be introduced to assist the skill learning process and minimize injury.

Each of the pieces of equipment that are available can be very beneficial providing the coach demonstrates creativity in its application. Unfortunately, there are too many instructors who fail to recognize this.

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