Beginner (A1) Movement – Shadow boxing w/o punches or kicks
Basic Takedown Defense (changing height, moving feet)
Choke from Behind
Drill: A/B drill. Group A attacks, group B defends. Defenders in passive stance, eyes closed. Attackers choke from behind. During defense, attacks should try to grab at defender’s legs or get under the control arm to take defender down. Safety Note: Attackers should NOT actually perform the takedown unless ample space is available and everyone knows how to fall break safely. Simply exposing the opportunity for the takedown is sufficient.
Defense vs. Low Round Kick (absorb)
Defense vs. Low Round Kick (shin block)
Focus Mitt Drill: Round 1: pad holder calls for combinations 1-5. Striker delivers punches to focus mitt then throws appropriate low round kick at the end of the combination. Focus mitt holder either absorbs or checks the kick. Round 2: Same drill with combinations 6-9. Round 3: free work any combination, everything ends with a low round kick.
Headlock from the Side
Drill: A/B drill. Group A attacks, group B defends. Defenders in passive stance, eyes closed. Attackers headlock from either side.
Thai pad rounds from opposite stance. Round 1: Combinations 1-5 with kicks. Round 2: 6-10 with kicks. Round 3: Freework
Gun from Behind (touching), live side & dead side
Gun from Side, Behind the Arm (both sides)
Circle-of-Death Drill: 1 defender, rest of class attacks. All lower Level (1-3) attacks plus gun from behind (touching), and gun from side (behind arm). Have attackers & defenders go half-speed for 30 seconds to establish a rhythm of constant attacks, then immediately into the full speed drill for 60 seconds.