Thanks for the help. I know the bag is a piece, but I kinda bought it from the neighbor that traded me the stand. I spend $80… should I just pitch it? I was looking at the Ringside Thai Heavy Bag. It says it’s over 100 lbs. and topgrain cowhide. Whatdaya think? Here is a link if you wanna look at it: http://www.ringside.com/store/prodinfo.asp?number=THB&variation=&aitem=78&mitem=111 .
I did have a few questions about your recommendations. What are Teep Kicks? For knees, is that just bringing the knee straight up? I think I’ve only done thrust knees where I brought the knee up and gave it a nice strong hip thrust outward and kinda leaned back. I’m assuming clenching side knees are where I get close and clench the bag and bring my knee up at the side, then slam it inward? When you say '2 quick jabs then roll to the right and dig into the kidney, are you talking about 2 quick taps and then “rolling” to the right then PUNCHING the kidney?
I applogize about the basic quesitons, but its been a while since I took kickboxing (>2 years) and the kickboxing I took was very Americanized. I now remember my private instructor always making me go fast and technical for the first part of the lesson and then all out at the end; thanks for the reminder. Also, reguarding properly extending the hip and turning the ankle inward for a nice powerful hip kick (not snap kick, damn it ), will this promote flexibility? Flexibility has ALWAYS been my week point, and I should improve it. Is this “active stretching”? Should I stretch before this?
Reguarding the inability to train at a gym, what do you suggest I do? I am attempting to use kickboxing to get back into past times that I really enjoy, but I work over 55 hour per week (on rotating shift work) and attend school for about 16 credit hours per semester (still have homework, mind you). So I guess right now the only useful work I can do is bag work… after I graduate in Fall 2005 I may buy a set of Thai pads and pair up w/ a partner for a little more interactive pad beating. I would spar, but I’m in the Navy and it’s difficult to find someone that actually knows what they’re doing… Everyone’s the expert! Eventually I will join a gym again, though.
To date, I’ve jumped from a decent 12% bf to a whopping 22%. Will training on the bag help me drop fat? I remember that when I trained Kickboxing and BJJ, I never had to cardio. The winter months of upstate NY are coming, and it’s HELLA cold. If I could substitute this for some of my cardio sessions (around 2 or 3 per week), that would be sweet. Mike Mahler put out a High Octane Cardio article out a while back where he recommended waylaying the bag for about a minute, then jumping straight to a K-Bell/D-Bell exercises, and repeating for like 10 cycles… How would I ‘go easy’ on my shins in this respect? Should I just stick to punching it for this style of cardio?
Thanks for all the help man,
I have been training Muay Thai for >3 years now. You seem very enthusiastic about it and want to develop. However, bear in mind that Thai Boxing isn't just about how hard you can kick/punch an object that does neither back at you. You need to think about technique, strategy, etc. With that said, it also sounds like you don't have much time to join a good Muay Thai facility and get trained, therefore you have to resort to just "training" on a bag.
First of all, your bag sounds like a POS. =] Given all the problems you have had with it, it really would be worth it if you invest in a new bag. Might I suggest something >100 lbs? Maybe one that is 200 lbs? Or if you can afford it and accommodate it, get a full length and a half length bag. You can dedicate the half length one for punching. And for gawd's sake get a leather one.
Yes, kicking is a bitch, but why are you killing your shins right from the get-go? My advice, take a few rounds to work on your technique, to land at the right angle whilst extending your hips. Work on getting that strong pivot, that jump step, getting your arm out and the other blocking your face; work on the recovery etc. In short, go easy for the first several rounds. You will still condition your shin but you will be able to keep going for longer. THEN towards the end, go hard to finish it up. (Think of it this way, if you were to run 3 miles, would you sprint the first 400 yards or the last 400 yards?)
Some exercises you can do include: 2(3) min rounds of kicking, both legs, teep kicks, double/triple kicks (focus on speed); knees, thrust knees, clenching side knees; punches of all sorts and different combinations, fast jab with a hard right, 2 jabs with a roll to the right and a dig into the kidney, etc.; elbows of all sorts; and then put everything together. Vary the intensity, also work some rounds where you are barely hitting the bag and instead are focused ONLY on speed. Work on interval rounds where you do 10 seconds of light fast punches and then 10 seconds of HARD all out; vary the time interval.
Again, remember that working on a bag will only take you so far.
Hope that helps.