How can I be a silent (and compact) ninja?
July 3, 2007 5:31 PM Subscribe
Having recently moved to a small flat with little outside space, my free-standing kick-boxing bag is of no use. Even if I had room to hurl myself at it, I'd annoy the neighbours.
What sort of equipment can I use to practice Thai boxing and grappling at home?
posted by ajp to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm surrounded by neighbours on 5 of 6 sides, and the 5th wall has precious little space for mounted equipment because there are windows in the walls. Anything I get will either need to be relatively unobtrusive, or easily stowed away. So far I'm thinking of investing in:
1. Grapple dummy.
2. One of those flat, wall-mounted sandbags for punching.
3. Elastic-mounted speed-ball for speed punching.
Does anyone have any experience of purchasing or using these things? Are those wall-mounted sandbags really bad for joints?
One real problem is how can I practice kicks? I'd prefer something that can take a good solid impact.
Any other suggestions? I have plenty of other kit (skipping rope, gloves, weights, Thai pads etc) and I do get to train in a gym, but I'm specifically interested in training I can do by myself, in my own lounge. I can mount things on one wall, possibly, but I really need to insulate whatever I'm using so the sound won't travel. I think a grapple man on a thick wrestling mat might be the best I can hope for. Shame I can't punch it without the lights falling out of the ceiling in the flat below.
Any creative suggestions most welcome :-)