Beginners Information

Tiffs kick boxing class - two women and instructor practicing with a kick shield

  • In my classes we go through basics, partner work, block & counters, pad work and often a circuit.
  • All these sections combine together to develop your kickboxing skills as a whole.
  • Some parts might seem less exciting, but to do that jumping spinning kick you’ve seen in the movies you need to learn the basics first!
  • When working with a partner – work as part of a team.
  • You will do non contact partner work right from the start. This will help your understanding of distance. It will also improve your understanding of technique work on the pads and shields.
  • When working on Pads try to look for speed and accuracy rather than power. Think of your footwork and positioning both before and after you’ve thrown the techniques.
  • When you shadow spar, practise the techniques and the footwork you have learnt in training. It is fine to focus on a couple of techniques and work to improve those.
  • If you want to work on your power you need to come and train in classes where bag work is incorporated. There is a 10am Wednesday Women’s Bagwork Circuit Class at Kicks and Mixed Bagwork Classes on Thursday at 10am and Sun at 11am.
  • Please let me know before training if you have an injury of any kind.
  • If you are ill, please do not train. Training will not sweat it out and speed up your recovery time. Training when ill only seeks to infect your fellow students (who don’t thank you for it), and it is more likely to prolong your illness as it will further lower your immune system.  Wrap up warm, stay inside, drink lots of fluids, rest, and come back when you’re better!
  • Please bring a drink to training. It is important not to become dehydrated. Water or juice diluted with equal amounts of water is good for training.
  • Please make sure when training in the day or evening that you eat something beforehand. To train efficiently you need to have energy. Our bodies convert food into energy. I don’t mean a big meal, but if you’re training in a daytime class please don’t turn up having not had breakfast. If you’re training in the evening, and you had your lunch about 5 to 6 hours ago you do need to eat a quality pre workout snack; a low sugar energy bar; a handful or seeds and raisins; a banana; toast with peanut butter and banana.  If you leave too long between eating and training you blood glucose levels will be low and you will compromise your training.
  • After training it is also important to eat – protein and carbohydrate to both re-build and refuel your depleted energy system.
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