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    What is the difference, or benefits between using a curved focus pad or straight?

    esther
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    Post by esther on Thu Jul 02, 2009 9:06 am

    Hi Tony, ive been thinking recently, what is the difference/benefits between using a curved focus pad and a straight one? I notice that general shops only seem to sell straight ones.I know that in our club FFMA we all use curved ones, so i was curious really. Thanks Tony thumbsup
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    Post by Tony Terranova on Mon Jul 06, 2009 12:25 am

    Hi Esther,

    The whole subject of pads can be subjective with many opinions here are a few of my views on pads:

    Small flat focus pads are better when you are punching and kicking (combinations for transition movement). The curved ones can be more difficult to kick if they have a large curved face and especially if you are kicking bare foot
    Curved small focus pads are better for combination punching which include uppercuts and hooks as the punch neatly tucks into the curve part of the pad
    Small focus pads should be used for light technical kicking, although with good pad and accurate striking skills you can increase the power with care. Small focus pads are good for speed and accuracy.
    Thai pads are great they can be used for heavy kicking and combinations with elbows, punches and knees they are not however as good for speed drills when punching as are small focus pads
    Kick shields should be used for heavy kicking drills and practicing rugby tackles as you know we practice rugby tackles at our club as that prepares our nervous system in the unfortunate event we get into a confrontation with a big rugby player with a few pints inside his gut to fuel his quest of a good scrap he will run at you and try and slam you down it is good practice the counter movement for this and to increase our resistance against such a slam -

    Good pad holding is a skill and a rare skill if you want to know more on the science of pad holding speak to Alan MacDonald as he is the best pad holder at FFMA.

    Keep up the good work at class you are doing well

    Your friend
    Tony. T

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