Elastic Band Training to Help Tighting Form – Muay Thai Techniques

How the Elastic Band Helps Me I started using the elastic band in training with frequency maybe a month ago, when I came back from Pattaya, mostly because I...

How the Elastic Band Helps Me

I started using the elastic band in training with frequency maybe a month ago, when I came back from Pattaya, mostly because I wanted to train my punches to come back straight and stay tight. I had used it periodically before (enough that I thought to bring it all the way from the US, although I don’t remember ever using it there) but this was the first time of systematic use. When I use it for my punches on the bag I noticed that it had an amazing effect on my kicks, keeping my off-hand tight, and as I used it more and more I felt my whole form becoming more cohesive. It keeps you from being lazy by forcing you concentrate on the entire movement of a punch. It teaches focused practice because if you aren’t paying attention you can snap your strikes back into your face, which I’ve done a couple of times.

What I don’t show in the video is what I consider the best part, which is when you put the gloves back on. (I alternate one round of resistance band, one round regular bagwork with gloves.) Your muscles kind of remember the limited lines of resistance and they stay within those lines, which is very cool. I’ve noticed a lot of progress in my form in this last month, so I thought I’d share this discovery.

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A 100 lb. (46 kg) female Muay Thai fighter. Originally I trained under Kumron Vaitayanon (Master K) and Kaensak sor. Ploenjit in New Jersey. I then moved to Thailand to train and fight full time in April of 2012, devoting myself to fighting 100 Thai fights, as well as blogging full time. Having surpassed 100, and then 200, becoming the westerner with the most fights in Thailand, in history, my new goal is to fight an impossible 471 times, the historical record for the greatest number of documented professional fights (see western boxer Len Wickwar, circa 1940), and along the way to continue documenting the Muay Thai of Thailand in the Muay Thai Library project: see patreon.com/sylviemuay

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