There are many training methods out there from the martial arts and the self defense industries. While all of them have some merit, a realistic and practical self defense program for the average joe should utilize training methods that could develop your skills fast!! One training method according to The Family Safety and Self Defense Institute and implemented by Total Fighting Self Defense here in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico as the primary training method is training on practice dummies. There are various types of training dummies but the two preferred dummies by The Family Safety and Self Defense Institute are the heavy bag and the BOB training dummy. If you don't have access to either of these two or can't afford either one than a pillow will suffice (to practice your strikes). There are many benefits for practicing on training dummies and they are as follows:
1- Many avg Joes don't have access to training partners so training on dummies can be done solo at your house.
2- Dummies don't require much space so you can practice in a small room.
3- Dummies can take a beating so you can practice with full speed and power without holding back or injuring it.
4- You develop hitting power. A crucial attribute.
5- You can experiment with different combinations at high, medium, and low lines
As you can see the primary training method should be practice on striking dummies or a hitting surface such as a pillow with occasional practice with training partners for partners drills and sparring (If you have a training partner of course.)
Till next time,
Ricky, FSI Certified Self Defense Trainer
P.S. you can see the dummy striking practice, partner drills and more when you sign up for The Complete Self Defense System.