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Old 06-19-2006, 01:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Everbody in MMA shadowboxes, because it helps us feel like we're training when we don't have any equipment. But I've always wondered: Do you actually learn anything from shadowboxing?
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Old 06-19-2006, 02:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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hmm good question, it does help with muscle memory, but I am not sure what else I guess it all depends on how seriously you take it.
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Old 06-19-2006, 03:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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OF course it's working on your skills and combos. I shadow wrestle which helps with takedowns and sprawling and muscle memory
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hmm shadow wrestling... that just sounds odd... but I understand as sadly I find myself doing stuff like that not for training just when I am bored...
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Lol yep i'll just be walking down the hall and pretend to take someone down with a shot......*sigh*
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Everbody in MMA shadowboxes, because it helps us feel like we're training when we don't have any equipment. But I've always wondered: Do you actually learn anything from shadowboxing?
Yes you do. As Don has stated, it helps with muscle memory. It also helps train the nervous system by "imprinting" mental images of performance into your sub conscious mind.

When shadowboxing, it is not just to drill pre-set combos and footwork. When you shadowbox with intent and intensity, the point is to be facing a mental opponent and to spar with them. If you're doing it real well, your opponent will not be staying static like a punching bag. Rather your mind will make them move, attack and counter, causing you to move, attack and counter in mind. This is where you'll see folks shadowboxing in a way that developes their footwork as well as hand co-ordination. In this way, a lot of the more minute and imperceptible mental adjustments are made even prior to the actual stressed actions and reactions of an actual match.

Studies have shown that those who just go out and repeatedly train an action physically, have shown a great deal of improvement when incorporating mental training into their regiment. Whether that consists of visualization, meditation, or a forms of "shadow" training, it's significant enough to merit its usefulness.
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Thanks for the insight. It certianly does work better for striking techniques then grappling. But it does wrok.
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I would think that shadowboxing also significantly improves muscle tone in the right areas - a bit of a power training exercise... so not only creating muscle memory, but also proper muscle tone.
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I would think that shadowboxing also significantly improves muscle tone in the right areas - a bit of a power training exercise... so not only creating muscle memory, but also proper muscle tone.
I think it also helps speed when your not actually hitting an object you have a tendency to be slightly faster at least that is what I have observed
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