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What is Alpha Padwork

Alpha Padwork is a form of utilizing focus pads in what I like to call a “Dynamic Simulation” The intention is to bridge the gap between striking a stationary punch bag and engaging in a live fighting experience to really bring your boxing training to life! Focus is on explosive, accurate, and aggressive striking making sure we are safe, efficient and effective in our defensive principles with a keen eye on Head movement, Blocks and Footwork. In essence we take typical boxing fitness drills and evolve them from 2D to 3D by applying “Layering theory” to produce the Dynamic Simulation.

It must be said that it’s hard work physically and mentally for both trainer and striker but it’s an unbelievably fun and rewarding way to train not just your body but in developing your overall character along the way. Alpha Padwork is a life skill and is a grounded, versatile and systematic approach to boxing mitt work that easily allows you to contribute your own creativity absent of rigid structure.

 I challenge you to be Alpha!

Who is Alpha Padwork For?

Alpha Padwork is for anyone and everyone looking for something innovative to add to their health and fitness regime. The online coaching tool serves as a two-sided coin.

  1. The tutorial can be used as an online boxing training tool where I coach you through a three part beautifully crafted video filmed in 4K how to safely, efficiently and effectively punch to the head and body with Jabs, Crosses, Hooks and Uppercuts whilst defending yourself against attacks using head movement, blocks and footwork. Coaching can take place anywhere! At home, in a park or at the gym as the product is available via desktop, laptop, tablet and smart phone.
  1. The flip side of this tutorial is that I coach you how to hold pads and give you the foundation you need to create Alpha Padwork style programs of your own. Now you’ll have the ability to coach your team, training partners, friends and family anywhere in the world. Are you a struggling boxing coach or Personal Trainer? Don’t be, set yourself above the competition by not settling for Average when you can have Alpha! My mission is to create the very best boxing coaches and fitness trainers in the industry who are capable of training any level of athlete from absolute beginner looking for a new dynamic method of training to improve their health and conditioning and make them feel like a “fighter” all the way through to full time professional athletes looking to become the next World Champion. Anything is possible with the Alpha Padwork coaching system now it’s time to ALPHA UP and prove it.

Online Training

What we have here is a three part online tutorial product that you will be able to purchase and stream in your own time using a simple login to this very site.


This is the most important phase of the Alpha Padwork educational course and I highly recommend you start here.

a. It’s in level 1.0 you’ll learn the physiological components that make

up the hand, how we go about protecting ourselves to train with

consistency and sustainability and why this is important both in

punching and pad holding.

b. Establishing a grounded stance.

c. Foundation Punching.

d. Defensive principles.

e. Develop boxing drills.

f. Develop boxing combinations.

g. Attack and Defence Protocol.


Leading on from the strong base you’ll create from level 1.0 the next level consists of the following:

a. Creating combinations to exploit multiple targets. “Sandwiches”

b. Speed, Rhythm and timing drills based on Type 2a muscle fibres.

c. Intermediate “Layering.”

d. Introducing “Number systems.”


Taking the Alpha Padwork coaching system to its final level we look at the following:

 a. An insight into the Central Nervous System and the critical role this
plays in Alpha Padwork.

b. Advanced Layering

c. The End product.

d. The Active Creative.

e. Mastery.


Alpha Padwork is a revolutionary educational product. There are some incredible boxing coaches and athletes in the world and it’s because of this that my journey and evolution will never end. The “finished article” does not exist and I’m sorry I can’t give you that. I hope to be right up there with the very best coaches on the planet why don’t you come and join me? Because what I can give you are the tools and ideas you need to transform your approach to combat training be it for fitness or competition.

 You’ll have to work hard to truly call yourself Alpha but I’ll be with you every step of the way to make sure that happens.

I challenge you to be Alpha! You’ll never look back.

 Thank you for taking the time and here’s wishing you all the very best on the course.

 Yours in fitness

 Darren Richardson

Alpha Padwork Head Coach.

British, European and World Kickboxing Champion.

Who Is Darren Richardson


My name is Darren Richardson; and I’m not your average coach. As mentioned I am a multiple British, European & World Kickboxing Champion of the WKA (World Kickboxing Association). I’m also a certified fitness professional based in London, England.

I started my journey in fighting at five years old in 1988 and have Black Belts in several disciplines on my way to accumulating a competitive record of 135 Wins and 13 Losses. I became obsessed with boxing and martial arts both as a fan of combative sports and a fighter and in particular the athletics required for success in the combat disciplines.

I travelled the United Kingdom, Europe and the World training and competing in martial arts, predominantly Kickboxing taking on all comers in open tournaments and fight nights competing across multiple weight classes from 75kg to Open weight divisions. In truth I wasn’t sensational at any singular aspect of fighting but I understood the theory of movement, the requirement to adapt and to be the most well rounded striker I could be so as to never run out of ideas or options on the mat or in the ring. I abandoned all restrictions of the southpaw and orthodox stance and being punch or kick biased, I would let it all flow together. I used multi directional footwork to create unorthodox angles to deliver offence and defense, which meant I took very little damage. Combine this with Knockout power in each limb genetically inherited and amplified through the countless repetition of technique and that was enough to convert a young boy with chronic asthma who grew up on a council estate into a man who will forever carry the title – World Champion!

In 2007 I took this passion for boxing, martial arts and athletics in general and became a certified personal trainer at a leading London health club it was here my experience began to evolve further and I developed my own Personal Training Systems based on five principles:


• Strength and Conditioning.

 • Boxing and Martial Arts.

 • Physical Therapy.

 • Nutrition.

 • Personal Development.

It wasn’t long before I accumulated a high level of success with my ever expanding clientele and what separated me from other coaches and fitness professionals was my ability to hold and maneuver focus pads. My clients loved the Alpha Padwork system. From builders, bankers, accountants and salesman I was training men who wanted to FEEL like the fighters they’ve grown up watching but in an environment where the variables were controlled and there was zero percent risk of injury. Then I unveiled the program to WOMEN! To my surprise it was Alpha Padwork’s uptake by the ladies that has been both surprising and so unbelievably encouraging. I have coached many females to embrace the Alpha program and they are throwing punches, kicks, elbows and knees safely into focus pads as part of their body transformation and fitness regime. I’ve been running both individual and group sessions for the last 8-10 years training and empowering literally HUNDREDS of ladies in boxing and martial arts with the unique Alpha Padwork style and this is only in a single small town in West London. Can you imagine what it’s going to be like when Alpha Padwork goes national and then global?

I look forward to reaching, influencing and transforming the lives of many more people from all walks of life through this incredible fitness portal and I’m so grateful for everybody who has contributed to this point.

Alpha Padwork has been over ten years in the making and after thousands of hours and hundreds of thousands of repetitions I’m ready to share this with the world and be the coach who can really make the difference between Average and Alpha!

Darren Richardson

Alpha Padwork Head Coach