Posted On:1/27/2009 9:47pm
Style: Tang Soo Do
I'm looking for some two-man exercises that can be done to improve one's ability to take a hit and physical toughness. We've got a few students at our school who can't take more than one or two hits of a type that merely daze others, and they don't seem to be improving.
1% Shark is better than you.
Posted On:1/27/2009 10:13pm
How often do you spar?
Posted On:1/27/2009 10:17pm
Style: 剛 and 柔
And what is your relationship to the students--peer, assistant instructor, instructor, head instructor, Grand Soke of Tang Soo Do?
Without knowing specifics of what kind of hits make them uncomfortable (face? head? body? appendages? With or without gear?), I would recommend hitting a heavy bag, kotekitae, and having someone strong kick a kick shield that they're holding. Sounds like sparring is too much for now.
We spar weekly, sometimes more often.
My relationship to the students is a senior belt frequently placed in a mentoring position and with enough pull with the instructor to suggest changes to the curriculum that will be seriously considered.
What, exactly, is kotekitae?
Last edited by Toptomcat; 1/27/2009 10:23pm at .
Posted On:1/27/2009 11:50pm
Style: ex-wrestling, boxing newb
I would suggest punching each other in the face. A lot. Hard.
Do you eat breakfast?
Posted On:1/28/2009 12:28am
Style: Kitty Pow Pow!!!
If you can't take shots then maybe this isn't the hobby for you. Mostly taking shots is a mentality thing and this isn't something you can do drills to improve. If you don't have the determination to keep going after getting hit, this may not be the hobby for you.
Posted On:1/28/2009 12:57am
Style: Muay Thai, BJJ
CHEW GUM! Work those jaw muscles
The gift that keeps on giving
Posted On:1/28/2009 1:26am
Style: On hiatus
Kote-ate/kotekite might be an idea to delve into.
Posted On:1/28/2009 2:15am
Style: MT, Judo & BJJ
You should spar hard contact, probably with thicker gloves and better headgear than you use now. 12oz gloves should do the trick, and I'm assuming you use those dinky little foam rubber helmets. Dash them and use boxing helmets. Then commence punching each other in the face, at least biweekly.
Posted On:1/28/2009 2:38am
Style: Dancing the Spears
12oz are light for sparring. They're on the heavy side for fight gloves but they';re fight weight none the less and pretty under protective for sparring. You can really hurt someone if you're older then 12.
Most gyms want you to have 16 ouncers for sparring. Personally I wear 14's but i'm a scrawny girl (unless I know i'm going to spar someone that annoys me, then I leave on my 10's). Guys on the bigger side should probably look at 18oz or even 20.
But yeh, it's really just a matter of mentality. Maybe they'll get used to it, maybe they wont. If they can't/wont cultivate the mental toughness to continue going then martial arts are not the physical pursuit of choice for them and they might just have to accept that.
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