This is a great piece of equipment. It is made by taking a boxing speedball, removing the laces, strap and bladder, getting a saddler to stitch webbing to a leather strap and then stitch this new reinforced strap to the bag. New stronger leather thong laces are fitted. The bag is then filled with aquarium gravel and hung so it is approximately head height.
The bag will weigh approximately as much as a human head.
This bag develops the structure to deal with a target that will move when we hit it, has the weight and similar hardness to the head, is at head height so it is perfect for developing that skill.. punching to the head.
It help us get a feel for hitting to the centre.
It certainly can help us develop our ability to land a second finishing strike in a very short time, chasing the centre as it moves from our first strike.
This bag also gives us feedback on how our power development is going, though we never try to deliver more power in this or any of the other training.. power comes naturally from the whole system working together.
The speedball we use is a tennis ball with some elastic string through it and hanging suspended from above and fixed to the ground below.
The ball is fast and responds quickly to our hit.
It works in a similar way to a boxing floor to ceiling ball but is much a smaller target and moves much quicker.
This ball is great for training the reflexes and targeting, and timing especially if we are training stepping and shifting with the strikes.
This is an old boxing bag shoved into a corner. Absorbs the kicks just great and develops the ability to sink through the target. These get used a lot.
A hanging bag can be great to use for striking and moving around, for turning and striking, for hitting and chasing. Ideally when hit, the hanging bag doesn’t swing much but just jolts around where it is.
There are a few kettlebell exercises that will greatly enhance VT training.
Squats in a sumo squat really help develop power in the core for stepping.
Laying down and punch up into the air develops punching power.
Leaning over pull-ups can greatly help lap sau power.
I strongly suggest learning how to use kettlebells properly before incorporating them into training for VTK.
A piece of broomstick shoulder width long with a string wrapped around it and a weight attached to one end of the string. 1kg is enough to start. The stick is held in the hands at arms length, chest height. The wrist rolls to unwind the string and allow the weight to just about reach the ground, then wind it up again. The opposite wrist rolls are used to unwind and then wind the string again. That constitutes one set. See how many sets you can do. It’s great for wrist strength.
Mark out the stages of the footwork for taking a VT step forward. Paint these footsteps in permanently. This template will be used a lot.
The student begins by standing with facing a little across the centreline, then getting the movement right for the first part of the step, where what is to become the front foot comes towards the centre a little as the waist turns to face along the centreline. When that is good, the next part is practiced, where the movement is on the centreline, the back foot holding it’s line, and the front foot coming back out from the centre to it’s natural position.
In our method, these conditions must be met in the step, and the template greatly enhances and speeds up the learning of the movement.
A rubber knife is great for training knife defences, because we can train to defend against a strike that is really trying to drive in. Training with hard knives makes the knife wielding partner hold back, and this interferes with our timing, range, position, and can even lead us to believe a defence will work when it won’t and we need to find another solution.
A 30kg weight vest is an awesome piece of equipment to invest in. Great for increasing the value of battle punches for leg strength. Also helps with feeling the structure of stance and movement.
This is a large heavy plastic bag such as a feed bag part filled with gravel. It’s best wrapped with carpet to make it last longer. The bag is attached via rope and a clip to a weight belt which is worn near the hips and used to drag around using the stepping action. Great for developing power in the step.
This is a flat inflatable medicine ball. Slammed against a brick wall or on the ground is great for power in core expression. Also can bounce and throw to each other to toughen up, get stronger and absorb impact.
A 15 metre one and a half inch power rope is excellent for getting the core involved in the movements. It develops strength in the core, arms and legs, and is a great cardio exercise.
There is more equipment of course but I’ve found this is all we really had time to use, with all the other work going on, and our sessions were all 3-4 hours long. This is all the equipment we need.