8. As a Pad Holder, You Are a Coach
It’s up to you, the pad holder, to lead your partner during the drill. You set the intensity, and you’re a valuable source of constructive feedback. View your role as that of a coach helping someone with their training.
9. Correct Bad Technique
Give your partner good feedback to help them improve their technique. For example, let them know if their jabs are coming up too short (“T. rex” punches), they forget to go back to a proper fighting stance, they forget to protect their head and face, or they keep dropping their gloves below their chin while they’re striking.
10. Pay Attention at All Times
If you lose focus as a pad holder, you and your partner are more likely to encounter poor technique and possibly injury. Remember that you’re in control of what strikes your partner throws, so be ready whether it’s a powerful roundhouse kick or a combo that includes close-range strikes such as elbows and knees. Remember that the pads are the focal points of the drill and that they are your responsibility.
If you are uncertain about a particular pad holding technique, be sure to ask an instructor for clarification. Safe and effective pad holding is crucial for partner drills. Training with proper pad techniques ensures that people don’t develop bad habits and that they’re preparing themselves for more advanced drills down the road.