Sunday, August 30, 2009

Multi-Athlete Speed Bag Hitting

Here, Zach Ruffo and a couple other dudes, Tim Platt and Brian Tichy beat the speed bag in tandem.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Double Vision - Double Baggin'

Speed Bag Skunk ripping it up on the speed bag. never get enough of this guy!

Did you see those lateral quadruple elbow strikes?


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Alan Kahn hits to Michael Jackson

Can't say I enjoy the music, BUT that isn't the point.

Alan has picked out a song with a very strong and noticeable beat. This is a great selection for someone who is looking to learn how to hit the speed bag to music.

All the best in your training,


Sunday, July 5, 2009

My Next Speed Bag Mission

I think my next Speed Bag Mission will be to start working in "trapping." Trapping is where you hit the bag and compress it up against the drum, or platform.

Here are a couple of videos that show trapping.

At the very beginning here:

And here as well:

If anyone else has any good resources for learning trapping, please let me know!

All the best in your training,


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Johnny Palomino - Speed Bag Star

Johnny Palomino, known as Showtime Johnny Pal.

Pretty cool finding these clips. It looks like this guy got quite a bit of notoriety for his abilities with the speed bag.

Anybody know what he's up to now?


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Everlast's Channel: SpeedBagSkunk - Amazing!

The featured video on Everlast's YouTube channel contains a ton of Zach Ruffo clips dropping speed bag bombs. Awesome stuff.

All the best in your training,


Friday, June 26, 2009

Speedbag Skunk Introduces a New Site

Zach Ruffo introduces a new site for everything related to MMA and boxing:

Check back soon for more. It looks like this channel might just blow up!


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Speed Bag Skunk with a Mohawk

Speed Bag Skunk, Zack Ruffo, is dipping into his bag of tricks, both by carving a mohawk into his manly locks and also by throwing a big thumbs up to the camera while he knocks the bag around with some sick quick linking.

Really nice coordination there!


Friday, May 29, 2009

How to Hit the Speedbag

I recently wrote an article, How to Hit the Speedbag like Rocky, for a very popular blog you may have heard of, The Art of Manliness. Here is the video I shot for it.

All the best in your training,


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Speed Bag Skunk in HD

Much better quality with the new camera!

Can't wait to see more!


Monday, May 18, 2009

More Mastery from Alan Kahn

Don't doubt Alan Kahn. He can hit to anything.


Friday, May 15, 2009

Alan Kahn - Tribal Dance

Alan Kahn explains a song which features a 6-beat rhythm, Trybal dance, by 2 Unlimited.

The part at the beginning where he hits, then lets you hear the song and then hits again is very beneficial for me. I really got a lot of takeaway from this one.

Thanks Alan!


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Punch Drumming to the Hamster Dance

Alan Kahn amazes me once again keeping time to the Hamster Dance on the speed bag! Hard to believe.

All the best,


Monday, May 11, 2009

Can't Believe These Punches

I a in awe with this new video clip from Speed bag Skunk! Almost no errors for 5 straight minutes in this clip, plus he is literally smashing it from all angles. Have a look!

Lots of work to do!


Friday, April 17, 2009

How to Hit the Speed Bag - Linking Punches

I don't even remember how many years I have been hitting the speed bag anymore. The first time I saw one was in a small gym that used to be about 20 minutes from my house. I had no idea how to hit it back then, but I asked one of the guys at the gym to show me how and he showed me the front fist roll. It sounded like a machine gun going through the gym when he hit it, it was so freakin' fast. I tried it out a couple times and could barely keep it going, but the interest was there and I soon bought my own set-up and installed it downstairs at my house.

Flash forward like 5 years and I have another homemade set-up that is awesome - nice and solid, giving clean, crisp rebounds, with no shaking or quivering. I have a handful of different bags - all different sizes and difficulty levels.

To help others learn how to hit the speed bag, a few months back I started this blog. I've been meaning to shoot some videos to help some of you to refine your speed bag hitting skills. I shot my first instructional video clip this week! I hope it helps you make progress in your speed bag training.

All the best in your training,


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Advanced Techniques from Alan Kahn

This is a succession of advanced techniques covered by Alan Kahn, the author of the Speed Bag Bible, the greatest speed bag reference guide that exists.