Partner Practice is essential for learning and mastering self defence.

Posted by Christopher Allen

When you master the fighting skills we teach at Tring Krav Maga, those skills will become a part of you. These techniques will become second nature to you. They will start to feel like reflex reactions. This is when these techniques get really cool.

You will start noticing targets on people as they approach you on the street. When someone grabs your shoulder from behind you time will slow down for a split second and you will begin the chain reaction of moves to defend yourself. But at the same time you will be so hyper aware that you will realise (before it’s too late and he’s on the ground) that it’s just your mate saying hello. This kind of confidence can’t be bought.

And it’s a good feeling let me tell you. Knowing all the time that you have mastered the techniques that can bring any man to his knees no matter how large or experienced he is puts you on a different level.  Anyways mastering self defence is pretty cool. But it takes a bit of work to get there.

By far the most important thing you can do to master any self defense system is to practice it full speed.

This is what separates the amateurs from the pros. One common problem many self defence students encounter is that they don’t think they can get this kind of full speed practice outside of a dojo.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. You can practice anywhere, with anyone.

How to Practice Your Martial Arts Skills:

  • First of all you don’t need a special training area (if you have one it’s an extra bonus), the fact is you can practice inside of your own living room, garage, backyard, bedroom etc.
  • You don’t need fancy equipment.
  • You will need a training partner, but they don’t have to be into self defence training (although this helps). You can use a friend, girlfriend, parent, uncle, even your mum (okay mum probably won’t like attacking you, but she may still might be willing to help you train).
  • The only equipment you should really consider buying is a pair of focus mitts, a groin guard (this is a must) and maybe even a gum shield. The other essential – a pair of focus mitts.
  • Focus mitts are like mini punching bags you put on your hands like a glove. They enable you to practice all kinds of strike at full intensity without putting your partner into a lot of pain.

    The cool thing is that although they fit on your hand they can still be used to practice groin strikes, kicks, knee strikes, elbows, and even head butts. Focus mitts are pretty universal.

    Another great benefit of using focus mitts is that your training partner can move them around while you try to hit them. In real life attackers don’t usually stay in one spot.

    The only way to make sure you know how to hit a moving target is to practice on one. You can also practice using different strikes as your partner moves the focus mitt closer and further away. This is crucial to simulating a real fight.

    In real life you never know if your opponent will suddenly step back forcing you to throw a punch or if he will move in close enough for you to use an elbow.

    Being able to decide which strike to use at what distance is a skill that is hard to learn from a video. Focus mitts teach you how to choose the right strike at the right time. This is really important stuff.

    Finally using focus mitts will teach you what it feels like to hit something at full speed. Practicing strikes in a mirror is an important part of the learning process, but full speed practice is an absolute must of you want to developing balance and rhythm (crucial to any effective fighting system).

    Hitting something full speed, feeling your weight shift, learning to not get off balance and learning how to follow up with more strikes are some of the most important self defence skills you can learn.

    So if you want to step up your self defence and you do not have focus mitts to train with I would highly recommend enrolling yourself in a martial art or self defence class which uses equipment that you can hit.  Judge the academy by how much equipment they offer for your training, a professional academy such as Tring Martial Arts provides alot of equipment for your use.

    Tring Martial Arts provides martial art, fitness and self defence training and more information can be found at

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