Drill: Partner groups; 1 curved kick shield. 3 minutes on the clock. Striker makes 3 round kicks right, 3 round kicks left, then Straight Punch with Advance from one end of the mat to the other, sprawls, and then makes Straight Punch with Retreat back to starting line. Striker and pad holder switch roles after completing the above. Encourage students to compete for max reps as a team. Winning team does not have to do 5 burpees at the end!
Headlock from Behind
Drill: Groups of 3; A/B/C. A’s are pad holders, B’s are Strikers/Defenders, and C’s are roaming attackers. A’s can call “ADVANCE” for 4 Straight Punches with Advance, “RETREAT” for 4 Straight Punches with Retreat, or “KICK” for round kick on either side. C’s can attack ANY B with Headlock from Behind.
Gloves on, 5 for 5 of the following defenses to preload combatives:
Inside Defense (review)
Defense v. Hook (covering)
Defense v. Uppercut
Round 1: A holds gloves like focus mitts for B, free work with combinations 1-10. On combos ending with the lead hand (1, 3, 5, 7, 9), holder throws a jab, and Striker makes Inside Defense. On combos ending with the rear hand (2, 4, 6, 8, 10), holder throws a cross, and Striker Inside Defense.
Round 2: Same as above, but instead of a straight punch, holder throws a hook after combo. Striker makes covering defense.
Round 3: Same as previous round, replace hook with an uppercut
Choke from Behind with a Pull
Drill: Groups of 3. A attacks B with straight punch, hook, or uppercut, one at a time. C can attack B with Choke from Behind with a Pull at any time. Encourage students to stack attackers if possible.
Spinning Heel Kick
Scissor Round Kick
Round 1: Free work; include combinations with round kicks, elbows, and knees.
Round 2: Off any combination ending in a hook (3, 7, 9), Striker makes Spinning Heel Kick
Round 3: Off any combination ending in a rear round kick (1K, 3K, 5K, 7K, 9K), Striker replaces Round Kick with Scissor Round Kick
Advanced Gun – from behind, attacker close (hug defense)
Drill: Ground, Pound, and Attack! Partner groups. A at one end of mat with curved kick shield. B waiting at other end with eyes closed in neutral stance, with training gun on floor next to them. A makes 30 ground and pound strikes to curved kick shield, then sprints to B and applies Advanced Gun – from behind, attacker close (hug defense). B defends and sprints to curved kick shield while A takes their place to stand in neutral with eyes closed. Partners continue switching roles for time.