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How to Hold Thai Pads: Round Two

Posted by Sarah Lobban on 5/14/2018 8:00:00 AM


Hi! It’s Sarah Lobban and Sarah Alpar, back with some more Thai pad holding tips (if you missed the first blog post, showing you hold to hold Thai pads for basic moves, go check it out).

Thai pad-based partner training can be an incredible cardio workout. The pads are incredible versatile, and you can work dozens of moves with them, including some, like kicks and knee strikes, that don’t work as well or at all with focus mitts. That variety is what makes Thai pads so fun. Now that we’ve covered holding for the basic moves, here are some more for you to try:

1) Body Shots


2) Knees from the Clinch


3) Push Kick


4) Elbow Strikes


5) Bob-and-Weave


After you know how to hold for all these strikes, and can quickly and fluidly transition from holding for one type of strike to the next, start working them together in combos. These will also work in some strikes covered in the previous videos (seriously, go back and watch them if you haven’t already!).


1) Jab-Cross, Elbow, Elbow, Knee, Knee


2) Jab-Cross, Slips, Body-Body, Slips


3) Right Push Kick to Left Roundhouse OR Left Push Kick to Right Roundhouse 


Remember, there’re no hard-and-fast rules about what a combo has to be. These are just a few examples. However, a few good guidelines for building cardio combos are:

  • Between 3 and 8 strikes (if a combo is two strikes, like a Jab-Cross or Push Kick-Roundhouse, have the striker repeat it a few times back-to-back)
  • Alternate left and right strikes within a combination
  • Keep good symmetry, especially with kicks – if you call a combo with a right leg kick, make sure the next combo has a left leg kick

There’s also no one right way to call combos, but again, there are some basics to remember. If you’re the pad holder, you’re the one setting the pace, so make sure you’re comfortable before speeding up.

You can do rounds one of several ways: by having your partner repeat one combo again and again, or by calling out combos at random and having them do them one at a time. Either way, you should set a round timer so that you can let your partner rest (if you’re working with them as a trainer) or so that you can switch and have them put on the pads (if you’re taking turns training). Three to five minutes is a good length for a round!

Burnouts are a good way to end a training session. These can be one or two simple strikes (like a Jab-Cross or kick) repeated over and over again until the striker is well and truly tired.

That’s all for now! Have fun getting your cardio on with these Thai pad combos. Happy training!


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