Getting your kickboxing training in while being busy with school is definitely possible. Throughout my years of being a university student, I got to say it is one of the most stressful, and time-consuming types of experience of my life.
There was a time where I had to stop going to the gym because of the numerous amounts of assignments that I had to finish. I worked part-time as well so that I could pay off my bills, as well as my school tuition.
Doing all these things has taken up a lot of my time of not being able to train. Missing out on kickboxing classes has caused me to think about how behind I would get. To avoid thinking that way I was able to figure out a way to get my kickboxing training in.
Whenever I am taking a break from working on assignments, I would take the time to practice what was taught to me. Since I didn’t have equipment at home everything was done in a shadowboxing form. The techniques that I worked on are very basic.
However, practicing them prevented me from getting rusty. Once school was done, I went back to kickboxing class not feeling behind at all. Since that has been so effective for me. It came to my mind that I want to share with you the basic kickboxing drills that I did to stay sharp.
The following Kickboxing Exercises are:
- Shadow Boxing (Warm Up/ 2 X 3 Minute Rounds)
- Basic Kickboxing Dutch Drill Combinations (2 X 3 Minute Rounds)
- Leg Checking Technique(5 Minutes)
- Practice Visualizing & Performing How To Block Push Kicks (5 Minutes)
- Teep Kick (5 minutes)
- Rear Push Kick (5 minutes)
- Jab, Cross, Lead Hook, Cross Combination (5 Minutes)
- Shadow Box Again (2 X 3 Minute Rounds)
1. Shadow Boxing (Warm Up/ 2 X3 Minute Rounds)
Since I couldn’t make it to the gym to participate in the kickboxing classes for a couple of months. A method to help keep my technique sharp was to do a couple of rounds of shadowboxing.
I did two three-minute rounds of it at the beginning to warm up and practice throwing techniques that I know. I found doing this was a good stress reliever for school. Also, making sure the combinations that were taught by my coaches are still flowing together nicely.
2. Kickboxing Dutch Drill Combination (2 X 3 Minute Rounds)
Repping out the Basic Kickboxing Dutch Drill combination that my coach taught me was a good way to keep my mind and techniques sharp. Even though I don’t have a partner to do the basic Dutch drill with, I still found it very effective to practice on my own.
As stated from the photo above, The Basic Dutch Drill combination starts off in these steps:
- Lead hook
- Rear low roundhouse kick
- Lead low roundhouse kick
This drill can be done while shadow boxing, and on a punching bag from whenever you are practicing on your own time. Practicing this drill at home has been very beneficial in helping me keep my punching and kicking combination techniques sharp.
Once school was done, all the time of practicing the basic Dutch drill combination has paid off. I did not feel rusty at all once I got back into training.
3. Leg Checking Technique (5 Minutes)
I felt practicing checking leg kicks was a good way to work on my defense against kicks. Yes, having a partner will be a lot better because of how realistic it is. Since I didn’t have anybody to practice with all I could do was practice checking on my own.
My coach told me that practicing checks can be done by yourself. Just as long as you’re visualizing somebody going for a leg kick on you. All checking consists of is lifting your leg and flexing your foot at the same time to harden your shin to check kicks that come your way.
I found practicing this technique at home has helped me with my reaction time of when to check leg kicks. Once I got back into training at the gym, my leg checks have improved.
With an improvement in my reaction time, I am now able to check kicks faster without having as much hesitation.
4. Visualize Blocking Push Kicks (5 Minutes)
Visualizing blocking push kicks in a shadow boxing form is another good one to rep out. When I got back into training, I noticed an improvement has been made in my push kick defense.
If you are reading this and you don’t know how blocking push kicks works, don’t worry because I will be explaining how it goes.
Whenever your opponent is trying to push kick you with their lead leg you just simply use your lead hand and sweep it away as it is coming towards you.
When it comes to a rear leg push kick, it can be blocked and knocked away to your right side using your lead elbow. I wasn’t good at blocking push kicks before. However, having the time to practice it at home has allowed me to improve on the timing of it.
5. Teep Kick (5 Minutes)
While practicing the Teep kick during my study breaks, it has helped me to improve on it. The Teep kick might look like the simplest kicks to do, but it isn’t. I usually had difficulties with performing this type of kick.
During my time practicing it on my own has allowed me to work on the form of this kick. Since I don’t have a partner, I could still practice the motion of the teep kick. While in my fight stance I lift my lead leg and then push with the ball of my foot after.
The purpose of the front teep kick is to sting your opponent’s body with the ball of your foot. Since getting teeped by a training partner of mine while we were sparring, I got to say it sucks!
Getting teeped made me back away from not wanting to get hit by it again. Another way of how I practiced this kick was by using the wall at home.
6. Rear Push Kick (5 Minutes)
Another kick to rep out on your own would be the rear push kick. Practicing this out several times helped strengthen my hips for performing this kick. With stronger hips, I was able to push my training partner farther away from me than before.
Before, my push kicks weren’t as good since I didn’t practice them enough. Having the opportunity to practice them at home paid off and gave me the result I wanted.
7. Jab, Cross, Lead Hook, Cross Combination (5 Minutes)
Since I was practicing some kicking techniques individually, I then switched it up to just working on the Jab, Cross, Lead Hook, Cross combination. I believe this is very important because I don’t want to just rely on using just my kicks all the time.
Practicing this combination allowed me to keep the form of my punches sharp. With a good form, the more effective the punches are going to be.
8. Shadow Box Again (2 X 3 Minute Rounds)
After finishing with practicing technique, I went back into shadow boxing for 2 X 3-minute rounds. Going back to shadow boxing allows me to apply the techniques that I practiced along with creating a better rhythm & flow in my techniques.
I also found my cardiovascular system has been able to improve as well because of the constant movement that was involved while shadowboxing.
Getting your kickboxing training in is for sure possible even though you’re in school. It’s all about comittment & finding where to fit it in to your schedule. School can be overwhelming for most people, but I found taking a break to practice the basic kickboxing techniques was a good stress reliever.
Training the basics mentioned above is all you need when it comes to training on your own while in school.
If you have anymore questions about how to get your kickboxing training in while you’re in school, please feel free to leave a comment or send a message.
Hi there! I’m Austin, editor & owner of the Mixed Martial Arts Life or Lifestyle (MMAL) blog. Martial Arts have been one of my biggest passions for years & I have spent most of my life learning different types of disciplines. To find out more about my adventures & passion for martial arts, read all about it here on my blog.