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Stand up 101
I posted a similar post in the grappling thread
I'm new to mma and can't make it to an mma gym right now, so i'm trying to learn everything I can from home.
So what are the first things i need to know/learn in stand up.
What are techniques I should first learn as well.
Well, for my first post, perhaps my story will shed some light.....
Due to some significant life changes, like re-locating, changing jobs, getting married, homebuying, etc... I was out of the the game for a few years and really wanting back in. I knew I had a lot of work to do to get ready.
I got a couple heavy bags, a speed bag, weight bench, and floor mat and set it all up in my garage. Started practicing combinations, kicks, footwork, and ground technique. High emphasis on speed and power. Figure out your weak points and focus on bringing them up. I had to work on my hooks, for example. Got a lot of inspiration from youtube fight vids and workout vids. Watch and learn.... practice, practice, practice.
I hit the weights, and did lots of cardio, calisthenics, and core strength training. High emphasis on the physical conditioning. After about 6 months, just when I found a good local academy, I was back in fight shape and ready to rock.
Anyway, that's what worked for me, your mileage may vary. Perfect and rehearse you punch and kick technique. Invest in some good gloves, pads,and shin pads... you don't want to put yourself on the injured bench, I learned this one the hard way lol. Home practice is a great way to refine your basic technique and power, so take your time and most of all, have fun with it !! :D
First of all feet position and balance is important, left foot forward, right foot back, spread only as wide as your hips (for orthodox fighter, opposite for a southpaw) get up on the balls of your feet so your heels are just off the ground,you should be able to twist and crouch without losing balance, put some chalk on your heals and if you leave marks on the floor 20 pushups hahahaha, getting your heels off the ground helps you rotate your hips when throwing hooks and leg kicks and you put less pressure through your knee's when your legs can rotate on the spot. Try a right leg kick on a bag with your heel up on your left foot then try it with your left foot flat on the ground, you will notice that with your heel up you will be able to rotate your body into the kick, with your heel down your left foot will stick to the ground and you won't be able to get as much power and you will feel your knee twist more, if you miss the kick you could easily blow your knee out, up on your toes more you will just spin around if you miss. Same with hooks, throw a right hook, both of your feet should point more to the left as you rotate and follow through with the punch.
Keep your hands up,left hand at the front about 8/10 inches away from your face, right hand up near the right side of your chin with your palm towards your chin, tuck your right elbow into the side of your rib cage, throw a left jab, when the jab goes forward put your right hand palm facing your opponent up in front of your mouth and nose so you can just see over the top of the glove, this protects your face from a counter jab from your opponent, when throwing a right hand as the right goes forward bring your left up and put it against your left ear, tuck your elbow into your rib cage, this will protect the left side of your body. After a combination of left/right reset to the starting stance and do it again. BREATHING while throwing punches is something that beginers forget to do, the best method I found was to count out loud when punching, left right left right count them out 1 2 3 4, you breath out when you throw punches, when you throw a quick snappy left right you can do that with 1 breath but you still blow out twice but half a breath each punch but thats later on, just do it slow and get the tecnique first, Practise this over and over again until it just happens without you having to think about it and then all you will have to worry about is tecnique in the future as you progress with your skills.
Hope this gives you a starting point.
Some good info from Stumper there, and I can't agree more on the breathing part. I kept gassing out during stand-up until I realized I simply wasn't breathing enough. Got to keep the blood oxygen level up to stay in the fight. I conciously take a breath with each punch and kick now, and it works well.
The best piece of advice I can give new strikers is to relax. If you go 100% full power off the bat chances are you will be too tense to learn anything and get winded right off the bat. Good coaches will have you working the basics very lightly and just learning how to be comfortable and relax. Good luck!
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