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Why Quality Punching Bags Can Take Your MMA Fights Up A Notch

Author : Cameron Rochelle   Top Author

The worth of a fighter lies in his strike. This concept holds true regardless of which arena, combat style or level of competition you are in. The more skilled a fighter is in landing well executed and professional blows the better his overall fighting style becomes. Thankfully with the evolution of fighting sport and fighting styles the equipment used to train a fighter has improved drastically. One of perhaps the most dynamic and versatile tools when it comes to strike training is the punching bag. Over the years punching bags have taken new forms in an effort to allow strikers in a variety of skill sets to improve their striking ability. Being aware of which style of bag you are using can be a major factor in the success of your strike training.

The first thing that has to be taken into consideration when choosing a style of bag is your fighting style. Depending on what style of fighter you are the appearance, weight and type of bag will change drastically. The heavy punching bag is a standard tool to any fighting style and acts as good universal tool to allow practice on high impact punches and kicks. This is a great start piece of equipment for most fighters. An additional add-on to the heavy bag that would be ideal for boxers especially would be an uppercut doughnut to allow for combination training.

The next thing to take into consideration would be your level of experience. If at first you are just trying to hammer down the technique of a strike, a universal heavy bag will be adequate. However, as you become more and more proficient in your style, getting your hands on a more style specific punching bag can be extremely useful in helping you learn how to target your strikes. Whether this is a grappling dummy to practice holds or target blows or a throwing dummy to better practice your MMA combinations and tosses, a bag that has been shaped to better reflect your opponent will help bring accuracy to your striking style.

Now that you have the striking technique and accuracy down you are going to want to start looking at bags that offer some movement and response. While striking dummies and heavy punching bags are effective tools in an arsenal of equipment, the speed of movement they offer in response to a strike is limited at best. This is where perhaps one of the most effective punching bags comes into play. The speed bag not only requires you to use the proper technique and great accuracy, but also there is movement and response required in order to use the bag properly. Being able to gauge the timing of strikes, distance and movement of a target is a must when it comes to boxing, kickboxing or MMA style fighting. By rotating in speed bags to a training regimen at various heights, a fighter can really improve their timing and create well rounded striking techniques.

Whether you are a kick-boxer, boxer or MMA fighter, the use of punching bags to improve your striking is critical. As you progress in your skills, a diversity of punching bags can help you improve not only the technique and force of your strikes, but also the accuracy and your ability to accurately gauge timing and motion. Any fighter that is able to unleash strikes that are forceful, technically solid, accurate and well timed is an opponent to be feared. If you are just getting started, are heading back to basics or are just looking to boost your fights to the next level, getting back to the bags is a great way to push the envelope.

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