Training at the Pao? First read this.
When you work out in combat sports, the person who can have the most impact on you is your coach when he keeps you pao and focus.
If you end up with the right coach, you can make huge improvements in a short period of time.
Conversely, if you end up with a bad coach, you can make little or no progress by wasting much time.
Now if you often do or keep the hitrs in this article you will discover many approaches to training at Pao that you have to know how to do if you want to train and train your training companions or your competitive guys well because there is not a single way as often seen in gyms and above all it can not be the same way for everyone because depending on the type of training of the moment it is necessary to use a certain approach or a mix of these.
How to choose the approach?.
Based on several factors:
- Athletic preparation
- Technical preparation
Now a small premise, contrary to popular belief, just because someone is Thai or Japanese, Filipino, Chinese, etc. does not automatically make them good trainers.
Like all things in life, there are good trainers, average trainers and even those who are incapable and dishonest.
If you talk to some guys who have had the experience of going to Thai camps or filipinos, some of these guys will tell you that they have found amazing teachers and others who will tell you about beautiful places but that nothing exceptional as masters, this happens for two reasons:
- When there’s a business, you’re going to get into the dishonest.
- When you’re there a month, what they do is you do a lot of athletic preparation.
- Not everyone has the pleasure of explaining the real “tricks” by showing you 4 techniques that you see here too.
So it’s important that you get to know yourself well before you go on an adventure hoping to find the master of your dreams.
Experience anyway beautiful and to do maybe to the holiday so the girlfriend does not “kill” you but sometimes far below expectations and we are no longer in the 90s, today there is internet with all the systems attached.
Ps. Now don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t mean that you can learn from the internet but that it’s no longer like when you knew a martial art for some photos in a magazine and you went hunting for the master by hearsay, often you can see already before what it is.
Now returning to today’s theme everyone, even if he does not notice, has a way of holding the pao and calling the shots to the other and with a certain pace, intensity, emphasis and power.
Some trainers will put a lot more effort with some guys and competitive fighters, while others work equally well with everyone, this unfortunately often happens in gyms and if you are not part of the competitive teams not because you are poor but just because you do not want to match, for age, for character, for other reasons, in the end you risk being “neglected”, this is an approach that I do not like,because I understand the focus towards the agonists but you are still paying for a service.
Below is a list of approaches that stand out and are the best for those who keep you Pao, and I’ve also put you in the worst ways.
I tell you this because you have to be more aware that those who keep you Pao are making you train and at that time the quality of your training also depends on him, and when you keep the Pao you have to know that you can and must have these approaches consciously.
Now it is in no way a complete list and if there is or you know any other way that you use write me because I am pleased to add other approaches to the article but these are the most common that you are likely to encounter with those who keep you paos.
Ps. Some trainers are a mix of these ways.
Now why do you need to know these different approaches to keeping the hitters?.
Because if you want to become a good trainer as I told you before you have to differentiate according to the type of training you need to do and the type of stage of athletic preparation the most correct way to keep the Pao to focus on the specificity of the person you are training.
The Paos you can’t and you have to keep them the same way all the time!!
This approach applies to any martial art that uses hitrs as a form of training although it clearly emphasizes more in sports such as Muay Thai, MMA, etc. but can be “exported” to other martial systems and arts.
I’ve divided your approaches to keeping paos into two big categories:
- Best WAY TO TENERE THE PAO which are the methods that give benefits.
- THE GOOD MODE THE PAO that are the wrong methods that make you waste time.
What is important is to look for the categories of good trainers and above all change them according to the stages and type of training / opponent and especially if you are a trainer is a starting point to pay attention to an aspect that is often taken for granted, but there are so many ways to keep hitpers to your fighters, you have a great responsibility.
BEST WAY TO KEEP PAO
This approach to keeping pao is aimed at building cardio.
This way of asking for shots at pao has the “simple” purpose of making sure you are Fit, means with an athletic preparation and a resistance to the top.
If you start with this approach right away and you’re not trained as soon as the trainer tells you that you have to kick 30 kicks each leg you start crying and rest assured that you won’t make it, you don’t have the athletic preparation to deal with this.
If you’re overweight, you’ve just arrived at the gym after months of inactivity or different limbs, you’re unlikely to do a pao workout with this approach but if you do because you may have said you’re tough and you’re already fit you probably won’t be able to finish the workload they require.
The cardio approach to pao is great for people who have an upcoming match or want to adapt to having pro stamina.
Those who keep the Pao examine your cardio and in the time sitting after sitting turns you into a machine of punches, kicks and those who have more.
Very interesting is to increase the number of hits per round that must go up with training.
Although these trainers can be very technical, the main goal is to “kill you on your own shots”, they have to exhaust you, take you to the limit, so they will ask you for combinations or single shots indefinitely.
If a coach knows you have a match, it will turn you into a cardio machine because they know that your cardio and endurance have a big impact on your performance in combat.
This approach is great for preparing the match and for people who want to be FIT.
The limit is that the volume of shots on a single technique can lead to, for example, your kicks hurting after 5 rounds of shots.
When you train with good coaches who have this approach it is easy that they will “break” your technique and try to rebuild it in a real style suitable for the type of fight you have to do like Thai Muay, MMA, etc.
This happens especially if you have a different martial past than the type of match you have to prepare or from the sport or art you are practicing now.
Starting with your footwork and working up to your kicks and punches, these trainers will recalibrate the way you fight especially if it’s influenced as I told you by previous martial retaliated or coming from too Western a “background.”
These are my favorite trainers to work with, because they give you corrections that other people don’t or can’t give you.
They are not afraid to speak freely and say that you have a “terrible” technique (if they are kind!!).
After each kick and punch, they will accurately scan your shape with a microscope.
They will start to correct every little detail, your hand back or low, turn your hip, your chin down the position of your hands and the guard, the weight of your body as it is broken down, etc. are some of the typical phrases you’ll hear after a few moments to the pao that it’s easy to start hearing.
Whether you are a beginner or advanced athlete, they will correct you.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve already made 50 matches, they will continue to break your game.
The first time you work with a technical trainer you will find that all the training to the hitrs revolves around that technique alone, maybe you could be taken by the despondency because it could be questioned the way you pull.
Some guys hate going with these trainers because they think they already have the perfect style.
Sometimes people ignore the advice that is given, which I don’t recommend and it’s not very wise.
It’s great for developing a better technique and improving but they will make you understand how much you need to improve by giving less emphasis to your athletic preparation with a less intensive Pao approach.
The aggressiveness of the elbows, knees and clinch.
Every coach as you’ve now understood has its own style of preparation for pao but there’s a kind of approach that if you find it’s extraordinary, when the trainer emphasizes a lot the use of elbows and knees going to work with an aggressive fighting style that approaches you with punches, elbows and knees not to mention the clinch.
These trainers are great at teaching you how to push forward aggressively.
When you work with this approach you will definitely pull hundreds of elbow shots that come forward in a combination of punches and knees.
Instead of kicking hundreds, most rounds to the pao will consist of elbows, knees and clinches.
I particularly enjoyed these trainers because it works in areas of your way of fighting that other trainers don’t touch.
While everyone will ask you to throw combinations of kicks and punches, these trainers will focus on the elbows, knees and clinch.
They are great because they teach you an aggressive style of combat but give less emphasis on technique and skill but more on aggression.
Whether you’re punching, kicking, kneeling or throwing an elbow, they want you to do it with maximum power, all at 100.
You’ll hear phrases like “stronger” or “harder” that are constantly being said to you to emphasize that they want you to go stronger.
Whether you’re kicking, a body shot or a one-two, etc., everything you shoot has to be done at maximum power.
If you don’t have enough skill compared to your opponent, the power of your shots can be the best thing you have at your disposal to defeat it.
These trainers can help you develop more power and will teach you to relax before hitting.
When they ask you to do 10 kicks, they will give you a little break after each kick so you can shoot every kick with maximum power.
This approach is very good for developing more power and strengthening your techniques but less emphasis on skill and technique
I find it very useful!!
These trainers will make you laugh as they make facial expressions and animated movements, constantly push you to your limits, force you to move continuously in all directions.
Being animated and fun, it will make you feel the ring or the training space much smaller than you really see the constant movements.
The shots and combinations to the pao are very pleasant, they will teach you a number of different techniques and help you find an energy that you did not know you had.
While these trainers may not be able to give you advice on your technique, they will provide you with training tips that will be useful in sparring and in the match.
Watch out that if the energetic trainer goes through from days of high energy to low mood, there’s a good chance he’ll take exciting drugs, if it’s constant is his character, you have to look for this.
The good with these trainers is that you do highly motivated, high-energy training cycles but if it exaggerates it can be unscientant if it’s a bit “too much” animated and can also be unea agreeable, it also depends on your mood and its (if it’s done).
Attention does not mean “slow” in the truest sense of the word, but a typical Thai rhythm with strong explosiveness.
These trainers are able to slow down everything you do and teach you the correct Muay Thai rhythm.
They will tell you to kick with good technique in the first place and add power later.
At first, these guys might seem a little out of their minds when they go back and forth in front of you, trying to get you to imitate their movement and rhythm.
However, this is the best way to learn how to move with a proper fighting style and it will do you very well.
They will constantly tell you to “relax, relax.”
By slowing everything down and relaxing, you not only realize that you are able to throw harder kicks and punches, but you also retain a lot more energy.
This is an ideal coach that everyone should work with.
It teaches you the correct Muay Thai rhythm and will teach you how to relax but usually pao sessions are less intense as cardio than other ways of pulling at Paos (depends on whether you are fighting or not but worth training with these trainers)
Those who keep the pao allow you to do everything you want to do about the hitters.
They literally say “do what you want” and they will move the pads to contact your shots.
If you want to throw elbows, knees, kicks or punches, absorb all your blows with pao.
Working with a freestyle trainer is like working on an interactive heavy bag that reacts to your every move.
These trainers are skilled at holding the pao and are very experienced, have an incredible speed of reaction and move towards each of your shots.
You can only meet a freestyle trainer if he knows you know what you’re doing and how you train, he knows you well.
If you’re inexperienced or unknown, don’t expect a freestyle trainer to work with you right away.
You need to be able to generate your own rhythm and work at your own pace.
Freestyle as an approach gives you the freedom to work on anything you want but it doesn’t give you any direction, no correction, you have to be self-sufficient and you know how to work on your shots.
Keep up the guard
The trainer who is fixated on “keep your guard on” is someone who will pull you a lot of shots throughout the training session at the pao.
While most trainers will occasionally take a hit at you, these trainers do so to find an uncovered spot on which to let their shot or shots in.
These trainers will keep you alert and attentive and make you “pay” when you accidentally lower your hands after a punch.
Every time you lower your guard or throw a punch, kick etc., expect to receive a few blows from them.
These trainers are great that you have to work with, because they will help you refine your defense and make sure you don’t just think about pulling on the pao.
The “keep on guard” trainer simulates a real fight, with the correct approach and flow of offenses and defense.
This approach ensures that you always stay alert and don’t “enjoy” the pao session very much
These trainers will teach you the importance of defense.
Your defense will improve but you can get hit in the head sometimes with the pao and it’s not pleasant, it can be dangerous.
They know how to motivate you and adjust their style to the pao for every athlete/student.
These trainers can give you some small tips that make a big difference in the way you fight.
Their way of keeping the pao will change depending on who they are in front of and based on what specific training the person has to work on.
If someone is a beginner, they will pull down the cardio and emphasize the technique more.
If they are working with someone advanced, they will offer some tips that can really help in combat.
These trainers have a lot of experience at pao and have worked and brought success to a huge number of different fighters.
They know what it takes to be the best in combat sports and will pass you valuable knowledge but only to people who are willing to learn.
When it comes to hitting paos with someone who is a top, they will ask you for different combinations with a lot of fluidity but without them being somehow tied but they make it feel very natural despite the important variation of shots and strategies.
Top trainers are the best you can find because they work on the right things and they will make you better, you can’t ask for better.
Standard 1-2 and Kick combinations.
You will know that you have found this approach when everything you do in 5 rounds can be summed up in a one two and kick, right or left, or a knee one, two, right or left, etc.
These trainers make you do some combinations several times until you don’t even have to know what shots in combination will call you later because it’s always the same.
While this might seem boring and monotonous, it’s actually very useful because you often perform basic combinations that you’ll use a lot in a match.
Repeat the basic combinations over and over again, allowing you to use them without thinking.
This is something you should see in your sparring session to help you create strong groundwork for your game in combat.
This approach is very valid because drills in basic combinations become natural reflexes in your game but can get a little boring after a while and can get tiring hitting with the same combo over and over again.
The Big Ego
When you arrive at a new gym you have to expect that trainers can change many of your techniques especially if you have many trends with traditional martial arts legacies of or Kickboxing and review the techniques in a more Muay Thai style key or MMA where the use of pao is widely used.
While it’s a very normal thing to experiment with, there are some trainers who will try to change your entire way of being, regardless of your background.
They say other trainers are “not good” and will try to correct everything in their own style, both what you do right and what you do wrong.
These trainers have a huge ego and think they are better than all of them, they don’t usually last in the gym for too long, because of their character.
If you can’t worry too much about their ego, they usually share many very useful tips that can help you improve.
These trainers are often very prepared and full of knowledge, they have a good technique even if they believe that their way is the “only way” to do something well.
WORST WAY TO KEEP PAO (TO AVOID)
Like any job, there are some people who work hard and there are others who don’t.
These trainers may be lazy when it comes to you, but they could work harder with other people in the gym who are competitive fighters.
Whatever the case, training with a lazy man is simply useless and you notice him from his movements because he always seems bored, probably because he’s tired or went out the night before.
Expect to see that he is often watching the stopwatch waiting to finish.
You can even meet a lazy trainer who decides to end a pao session by doing fewer rounds or making them shorter and usually do so if you’re the last one doing the pao rounds and no one else is paying attention to your shots, it’s just you and him.
This behavior is not serious and professional.
Since these trainers usually do not last long in gyms since after a while no one wants to train with them, do not worry because you will easily get rid of them without doing anything.
If you’re lazy too and don’t want a hard round of pao it’s ideal for you but these trainers don’t push you, they don’t correct you or make you improve, there’s no point training like this.
And he does it more and more, making you think you’re ready to challenge Mc Gregor, or Buakaw.
Everything you do is “perfect” until you realize it does the same thing with the one after you, and with the one after that, and with everyone.
After your 5 rounds of shots at the Pao you feel like a champion to hear you say that you are like a pro, but when you leave the gym you see that the same coach is telling a beginner “very good”, even if it is sucking at this point I hope you understand that he was making fun of you.
These trainers is the equivalent to the guy who goes to every girl saying she’s the prettiest girl she’s seen, hoping to get her number and an exit.
These trainers are trying to hoard students to take private lessons or paid training sessions with them. Take their compliments as fakes and hypocrites because he does them at all, you’re not the only one to receive them.
With these trainers you feel good you take confidence but you don’t know if it’s true or if they’re lying.
I don’t want them.
You can’t keep pads
I met some trainers who were absolutely terrible at keeping the paos.
They’re holding you the Paos to train your punches or kicks, and while you throw whatever shot it is you feel completely uncomfortable, they take the Pao halfway when you kick, so it takes all the weight off your kicks, they pull the Paos back a mile away when you throw your punches so you’re pulling out of the distance Etc.
Ps. There’s a way to train this but that’s not the case.
When you find one of this trainer incapable you immediately realize it because it all seems uncomfortable and always out of proportion, it is usually someone new in the gym who has no experience, a fighter who is not used to training, etc.
They may be good fighters, but they are very poor in keeping the pao.
So just because someone is an incredible fighter, doesn’t make them a good trainer or able to keep you pao.
On the contrary, someone could be a great trainer and be an average fighter.
Or be both, there are no correlations that give certainties.
Nothing to say but if it’s not capable it doesn’t make sense that it keeps you pao, forget it because you would work out badly.
He has to work first to learn how to keep them properly.
Now I think you have a clearer idea of how to keep and work on the pao.
This type of training that is essential in your training is not something trivial and simple but it is a real laboratory of testing strokes and you need to have much more awareness about this type of training and that’s why I wanted to dedicate time.
What’s important is that you know these approaches to use them and recognize them according to your real needs, because working on pao must be functional to your current state and the areas of work on which you are lacking especially in the preparation of a match or simply for yourself and improve your skills.
Have a good workout for pao!!
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