Top 3 Kicking Drills for Power and Conditioning by Ognjen Topic

Top 3 Kicking Drills for Power and Conditioning by Ognjen Topic

[Video] Top Kicking Drills for Power and Endless Conditioning

by Ognjen Topic of North Jersey Muay Thai

Ognjen Topic is regarded as one of the best Muay Thai fighters and technicians within the United States. His style is a combination of trickery, transitions, and pattern breaking that you can witness here – Ognjen Topic IKF Highlight World Title Fight.

Ognjen’s style requires extreme levels of conditioning – tricks and fakes don’t sell well without speed. To reach this level of power and endless endurance you may think that Ognjen runs marathons. Actually, it is quite the opposite.

Topic has adapted additional rounds of padwork and specific drills to sharpen his Muay Thai technique and conditioning at the very same time. The drills below are a major part of what he uses to stay in top form.

Ognjen Topic’s Top 3 Muay Thai Kicking Drills for Power and Conditioning

Notes from the video to remember.

Drill Number One:

Jab – Rear Kick & Cross Switch Kick. Using the power from the punch, as you pull your right shoulder back, the left kick instantly releases (the pull back from the punch acts as a “wind up” for the kick”). The same happens when throwing the cross in combination of the switch kick. As Ognjen explains, ensure that you are balanced and ready to keep a continuous flow of good technique for this drill to be efficient.

Drill Number Two:

Speed Punch & Double Kick. Alternate sides when kicking. This drill serves as conditioning for both the upper and lower body, the double kick ensures that we are balanced after throwing a flurry of punches that all properly reset.

Drill Number Three:

Varying Weapons at the Same Distance. You will witness Ognjen land the long knee and kick from practically the same distance, this ensures that when you are tired, you can still judge the openings and find a way to close the distance with a long knee – breaking the pattern of the kick that the opponent is adjusted to witnessing.

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