With Sensei Ernie Molyneux

Sensei Ernie Molyneux, IOGKF 7th Dan and International executive committee member, returns to the IOGKF International newsletter with his popular ‘Kumite Drills’ series. In this edition Sensei Molyneux, along with Sensei Roy Flatt, demonstrate a range of bag work and combinations. Also included is a demonstration of two man Kata. Look forward to more Kumite Drills articles in the coming issues of the IOGKF International Newsletter...


See Sensei Ernie demonstrating a variety of bag work drills below:


When you are in the dojo concentrating on finishing your set of 20 punches or kicks, you rarely have time to look around you to watch the seniors and appreciate what you should be aspiring to.

There are so many different elements of basic training techniques encapsulated in this short sequence to learn from.

For example, how many times have you been told to keep your distance? Note how Sensei Ernie keeps his distance without even thinking about it. He steps in to deliver the attack (keeping his guard) and then just as quickly steps back again to keep out of danger of a counter.

How many times have you been told that one strike is rarely enough? Would you like to be on the receiving end of Sensei Ernie´s four punch sequence shown mid-way through the exercise? That would certainly be a show stopper in a real fight situation!

The video also illustrates the important role the pad holder should be playing. How many times have you just stood there holding the pads to get your breath back, instead of engaging with your training partner, moving around to make the exercise more beneficial for both of you? You need to be just as nimble on your feet.

It is a long journey from hitting the pad as a 9th Kyu, to the standard you see exercised here. But this is where you should be heading.


Sensei Ernie Molynuex, with assistant Sensei Simon Bushby, demonstrate ‘Two man Kata’ in slow and full speed versions.