Clinch Striking Practise On Punchbag – Head Pressure & Posture

Here’s a simple drill that you can do on the punch bag that will really help you to improve your striking and boxing at close range when you’re in the clinch in MMA.

As soon as you’re involved in any kind of clinch in combat sports then your posture is going to be a priority and there’s no more important part of that equation than the head position. If you look after your head position then you will automatically correct many of the potential issues with your posture. If your posture is sound then you’ll get many other benefits including better strength for striking, wrestling and takedowns and better defence against wrestling and takedowns.

In this MMA Drill you simply switch all of your focus and attention to keep the head in a position of strength. You constantly keep the head pressuring the bag while you go to work with your boxing skills and close range strikes.

Here are the key points in this drill:

Don’t look down, train yourself to ensure that your eyes are on the bag (the opponent) and never on the floor

Watch your posture, keep the hips out and the back concave along with the head up so that you’re always in a position of strength

Keep moving around the bag so that your head position is constantly being challenged and you have to make adjustments as you would in the clinch

If you spend a lot of time hitting the heavy bag then this drill is a great way to mix up your training.


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