With hand target bags in my hands, Penguins and Explorers did their learned combination on me. Through those three moves of kick, punch, punch, students work on remembering the sequence, their accuracy in hitting the bag, and their spatial awareness of where the bag is.
I was pleased to see that many students adjusted their bodies closer or further from the bags to strike. That demonstrates that they understand the relationship distance between the bag and their body. Some of them kicked higher than usual because the target was high. Their body felt pressure when they made contact with the bag and depending on their depth perception, it may be harder or softer than they intended their strikes to be.
Working with the hand bags is a concrete way for students to realize the application of the self-defense moves and create a visual space in front of their body. Before using the hand target bags, students would punch and kick in different directions, even though the combination is toward one person in front of them. After working with the bags, students focused their strikes toward a central space because they remembered where the target bags were located.