This video shows beginners how to hold the pad for front kick to the groin, even for larger training partners. This concern comes up frequently from smaller students, especially ladies, when holding for bigger guys.
“Hi. I’m Glenda, and this is Randall. KravMagaTraining.com. We’re going to go over how to hold a pad properly when doing a front kick to the groin.
We have this come up a lot. We’ll have small people in class. Especially ladies, often times, and bigger guys, and they’re very nervous about holding the pad.
If I have somebody the same size as me, or someone who doesn’t kick very hard, I can get away with, I always want to keep my elbows bent slightly. I never want to completely lock my arms out regardless because I don’t want to hurt myself. But if it is somebody my same size I don’t have to do too much. I can bend my elbows slightly and take a kick. Go ahead and show me a kick. Full speed? Yeah.
If it’s somebody even stronger I need to adjust. So when he’s kicking full speed I’ll push slightly into it and make sure that my hips are back and flat-footed in a good stance. So I can take that, absorb that kick. Go ahead, full speed. Another one. Good.
So you can see about the only thing that moves on me is my hair. He’s a lot bigger and stronger than I am and, as long as you hold the pad right, you’ll feel confident and you’ll be able to work with bigger, stronger people.
Thanks for watching.”
“Pad training is not just for the person who is doing the combatives. Pad training ‘toughens up’ the holder or beginner student to prepare them for the impact of a self-defense or fighting scenario.”