THE FIGHTER'S VIDEO GUIDE TO HARD-CORE HEAVY BAG TRAINING
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(Jan 01, 2008)
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In this Paladin Press video production, Wim Demeere shows you how to make a heavy bag come alive so that you can master the critical skills needed to survive a fight. Learn:
- The five types of impacts and how to make the best use of them
- Proven, innovative drills to maximize your fitness level and fighting ability
- Creative ways to grapple a heavy bag, including chokes, takedowns and armbars
- The 10 most common mistakes people make in heavy bag training -- and how to avoid them
- Solid information on how to choose the right bag for your needs, how best to hang it and how to care for it so it lasts for years
Whatever your fighting art or goal, this dynamic DVD will take your fighting and martial arts skills to a whole new level.
About the Actor
Wim Demeere has practiced a variety of martial arts for more than 20 years, studying mainly Chinese systems and several full-contact fighting styles such as sanshou and Muay Thai. He won four national titles and a bronze medal at the 1995 World Wushu Championships. He is the former national coach of the Belgian Wushu fighting team, and still trains fighters for international competition. Learn more from his website.
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Regardless of your fighting style or art, regardless of your goals for training, sport, fitness, or self-defense, training on the heavy bag will take your fighting and martial art skills to a new level while increasing your power and fitness levels.
I was impressed when I read the book, but I was blown away with the companion DVDs, "The Fighter's Video Guide To Hard-Core Heavy Bag Training." Wim Demeere has put together an exceptional video training guide for anyone who uses the heavy bag for training. This DVD set will undoubtedly assist you in taking your fighting and martial art skills to a higher level. The two discs have an approximate running time of 264 minutes and contain a wealth of training advice and drills to incorporate into your own routines. I will briefly outline the contents of the two discs.
Disc 1 starts with a short introduction and then goes into common mistakes often made when training with the heavy bag such as hitting too hard, pushing not hitting, not breathing correctly, standing too stationary, sliding off the bag, and dropping your guard.
From there, Demeere goes into DVD chapters on ingraining basic techniques which he divides into: Basic Mastery - jab, range, movement; Intermediate Mastery - variations, types of impact, simple combinations, sparring with the bag; and Advanced Mastery - types of impact in combination, progressive level change, different rhythms on the bag, and countering.
Continued teaching on this disc includes developing combinations drilling basic combinations, variations of these, physical conditioning, strategic progressions, tactical progressions, biomechanical training, combining stronger and weaker techniques, and versatility. As I mentioned above, there is a tremendous wealth of information here.
The last part of disc one is titled "Working On The Hanging Heavy Bag" and it focuses on clinching, grappling, the Muhammad Ali drill, hit and stick, ground work, and finally concludes with "dancing with the bag."
Disc 2 starts with partner training. Demeere teaches how to brace for impact, and then teaches reaction speed drills such as angled orientation, reacting to a surprise, and precision reaction. The machine gun striking, including variations such as learning arithmetic and how to use machine gun striking are great anaerobic conditioners. Drills such as the elevator, floating bag, changing levels, punch and freeze and pull back and hold are also included in this section.
The DVD just keeps on going with more drills and techniques on the freestanding heavy bag such as the metronome, sweeping techniques, grappling techniques, takedowns, footwork, throwing the bag at each other, and how to work on the bag alone. From there, Demeere takes the bag to the floor and teaches how to work with the bag on the ground. He covers hitting the bag, grappling with the bag, striking techniques, basic mount, side control, the north-south position, in his guard, in your guard, and transitioning on the ground.
When you don't have a training partner to throw, Demeere shows how to incorporate heavy bag training into throwing and advanced techniques. He guides you with throwing, sweeping throws, pickup throws and takedowns. Nearing the end, Demeere covers some realistic training drills on the heavy bag where you can use a rope as an arm or attach a stick to aid training.
Before his concluding remarks, Demeere ends the program by showing a little weapons training on the heavy bag using a training knife and stick. It is enough to make the viewer thing of ways to go beyond what Demeere showed and continue training variations indefinitely.
The production quality of these DVDs is top notch, and Wim Demeere is an exceptionally talented martial artist and instructor. I wholeheartedly recommend this DVD set to anyone interested in making the most of his or her training on the heavy bag. Combine the DVDs with the book Demeere wrote with Loren Christensen and you will have the best of both worlds: written and video instruction on one of the most simple, but useful, training tools available - the heavy bag. All you'll need is to follow these guides to take your skills, power, and conditioning to a whole new level.
Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of the DVD set Streetfighting Essentials.