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- Stand in a forward facing sitting stance.
- Extend both arms outward in front of body and clinch the fists.
- Tighten fist, wrist, and forearm until they become an integral unit but keep upper arm and shoulder relaxed so arm may move quickly.
- Pull one fist back to its corresponding hip while rotating it to a thumb upward position. Keep wrist straight.
- Lower and center the outstretched arm until the fist is pointed at a solar plexus target on an imaginary opponent of your same height standing in front of you.
- Point of impact of your fist will be your first two knuckles on front of the fist.
- Punching Motion
- As you begin the punch, the extended fist will pull back to its hip, rotating to a thumb upward position on the hip.
- Simultaneously, the fist on the hip will push forward to the solar plexus target, rotating to a thumb down position.
- The two fists will pass by each other at their half way point on the way to their next position.
- Start thinking about snapping the respective hip behind the punching fist.
- Repeat the punching motion many times.
- Move the hips in rhythm with the punches.
- Keep the knees bent and do not let the body rise as you punch.
Procedures to use when holding a target for a partner during a training drill.
Hand Targets. Hard targets serve several purposes:
- They give students something to focus upon when practicing a technique.
- The sound they emit when struck encourages students to use quick, powerful techniques.
- The targets may be moved around to give students a moving target to hit. The direction the surface of the target faces may be changed to permit different techniques to be used in combination.
- Slap hand target. Slap hand targets are constructed of two individual hand targets connected together at the handle. This means that when the target is hit properly, the two halves smack together making a loud slapping sound. When holding the target, do not hold it where it may be knocked into your face when it is struck. If you partner is much stronger that you are, you may need to hold the target with both hands.