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The often underrated, and always abused, training aid: The Kata

Posted 08-01-2010 at 12:39 PM by Squirrelfighter
Successful training in Mixed Martial Arts, or any Martial Art for that matter, requires adeptness in many areas of activity and competition. Examples of these are listed in the blog “Mixed Martial Arts as a Style” in the 11 aspects.


These areas are trained in several ways:

Single Technique Development (TD)

Combination Work/Shadowboxing (CW/S)

Full Contact Sparring (FCS)


TD is important for achieving an elementary...
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Mixed Martial Arts as a Style

Posted 06-10-2010 at 11:01 PM by Squirrelfighter
I was recently involved in a debate on this forum. In that debate I discussed MMA as a Martial Arts style. There are differing beliefs on this subject, but I for one do not consider MMA a Martial Arts style. In my opinion, and in my understanding of MMA, it is and eclectic mix of the best most effective components of each Martial Art combined with the unique attributes of the user. Where as my understanding of the definition of the term Martial Art is, a form of physical activity designed to...
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Developing Methodology and Personal Analysis - Pt 2

Posted 05-15-2010 at 04:27 PM by Squirrelfighter
The psyche is key to winning any kind of encounter in life. This becomes particularly true in a contest of fists, feet, and mind, “kinetic chess,” as it has been described. The natural human emotion in the face of pain is fear. Its been key to human survival and evolution for thousands of years. They very nature of a Mixed Martial Arts bout, or any other bout for that matter, is in countance to what is burned into our DNA. The body reacts in subtle ways that innumerate these areas. Before a fighter...
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Implications of Developing Methodology and Personal Analysis - Pt 1

Posted 05-15-2010 at 04:26 PM by Squirrelfighter
Personal Analysis and Methodology
In Mixed Martial Arts there is a growing trend, one that has been on the rise for twenty plus years, and in the case of Bruce Lee, forty plus years(though Bruce Lee’s influence on MMA is greatly debateable, his influence on those of his day is irrefuteable). This trend that has grown to unprecidented levels is that the blending of Martial Arts is not only a good idea, its necessary for the further development of Martial Arts in general. MMA is the embodiment...
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