2-16. FOAM PADS
Foam pads (Figure 2-21) are highly recommended to enhance training. The pads allow full-forced strikes by soldiers and protect their training partners. The pads enable soldiers to feel the effectiveness of striking techniques and to develop power in their striking. Instructors should encourage spirited aggressiveness. Pads can be tackle dummy pads or martial arts striking pads.
- a. The use of pads is especially recommended for knee-strike practice drills, kicking drills, and 3-foot-stick striking drills. The pad is ideally placed on the outside of the training partner’s thigh, protecting the common peroneal nerve. Pads can also be held against the forearms in front of the head and face to allow practice knee/elbow strikes to this area.
- b. Training pads can be requisitioned through supply channels or purchased locally.