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post #51 of 319 (permalink) Old 04-22-2007, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Great posts man, this is inspiring me to get back into fighting shape. Getting too old for the game though.
Even if you're too old to pursue it as a career, it's definitely a great way to, like you said, get back in shape.

If you really improve quickly and you want to test yourself, there is always amateur competition, and I definitely suggest it if you want to fight.



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I was working the other day doing the bag drills I've described earlier in this thread and I decided to start working some ground and pound with the bag that I lift.

First, you can practice hands all you want, but the best strike to practice is the elbow. The leather gets you used to the abrasions that you sometimes get from grinding the elbow into someones face and it definitely helps your feel more comfortable throwing them.

Also, practice changing positions. I do this by going from sprawled out with my chest at the bottom of the bag and my elbows tucked under like after a sprawl and I practice moving to side control and then to north/south, then to side control on the other side, then to knee on belly to the mount and then lift myself up using my forearms and sprawl my legs out slide my body back to the end of the back. That's one rep of a bag movement. Remember, while in side control, the sprawled position and north/south, to keep the legs spread out and resist the urge to pull them in to make movement easier.

That excercise is practical, good for the abs, upper core, shoulders and arms and, if you do it fast, it really helps with cardio.

Remember, this isn't the same as training with a live partner, and you lose some of the benenfits of human resistance, like getting thrown when you break that sprawl, but it's really good to work on speed, physical conditioning and to continue to drill the technique.



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Maybe you should just edit youre first post instead of posting like 20 times ironman.
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Maybe you should just edit youre first post instead of posting like 20 times ironman.
It's easier for me (and maybe other people too) to follow changes in my training that way and when people have questions or comments it would get a little bit confusing if I edited that into my first post,



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Sorry man, i just re read what i said and i totaly sound like an asshole. Im sorry buddy.
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Sorry man, i just re read what i said and i totaly sound like an asshole. Im sorry buddy.
No worries. I understand that if you don't look at it that way it can look like I'm padding posts.

Anyway, here's a new entry for those guys who are interested:

I've been training with Eduardo Rocha for about 3 weeks now and I'm a small guy training in the adult classes, so I give up about 40 pounds and 4 inches to all of my training partners.

I was working takedowns on thursday and it's not a huge space, but it works fine. I realize that most of my training partners don't really have takedowns, because they just want the fight to go to the ground so they can work for position than a submission.

I don't know if it's just a side effect of them being beginning grapplers, but they aren't thinking about their position or their first submission attempt while we're standing and it's like giving me a head start.

We were chilling before we got started, just throwing each other around a little bit and I shot on one of my partners but, instead of grabbing his legs for the double like he expected me too, I transitioned to an outside leg sweep to set up side control, but I placed my legs farther up to set up the armbar.

The other guys were so surprised that I threw down a bigger wrestler that they wanted to see what I did. It wasn't anything complicated, just a basic outside leg sweep, but it was something that they hadn't seen before.

The point is, don't give up the fight while your still standing. Be aware of what position you could end up in next and what submissions your opponent might try to set up.



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I realize that not everybody has a bag that they can toss around in their garage like I do for conditioning, so I thought I would add some bodyweight exercises and some low-freeweight exercises that guys can do that requires next to no equipment.

The first is the jumping pushups. Push the body up off of the ground (I usually clap, but just as a habit at this point) and then down like a regular push up, it's not really a foriegn drill to most guys who were high school athletes, but it is definitely something that I don't see used enough in MMA training.

Second is the straight-one armed lift. If you have freeweights this is a great exercise. Hold the weight in front of you with your legs bent and pull the weight back so that your arm is pulled back and your body torques away from the ground. This helps to build physical strength in the upper arm, shoulder and, if you are doing alot of torquing on the body, the abs.

Remember, do fast sets of these exercises with short breaks in between.

Jumping squats and sprawls are also good for building explosiveness as long as you are doing the fast repetitions and short sets with short breaks.



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When I started taking Aikido my instructor explained to me that you can't beat a wall. "The wall is better grounded then you are."

I learned this the hard way again training with this week. I was rolling with a training partner, snaking out to get to guard and I cracked my head on the plywood board that Eduardo uses to protect us from running into the actual wall.

Thinking about this in the context of a streetfight, it's an important practice. While, in MMA, we are conditioned only to think about things in terms of open space or, at most, just the cage or ring, in a streetfight you have to think about walls, chairs and other people.

In aikido, they always talk about being aware and awareness practices. This is fundamentally important, even when you are grappling and incredibly focussed on pulling out your submission, you have to be aware of where you are in space or you're going to run into something and hurt yourself.



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Yeah, getting a KO is a great feeling.

Today's training
Striking: 8 3 minute rounds of heavybag work, with focus on hands, elbows and knees.
3 sets of 20 sprawls
5 minutes on heavybag (clinching)
1 set of 20 sprawls
5 minutes on heavybag (clinching
1 set of 20 sprawls
20 minutes of shadowboxing, focus on keeping the hands moving

Today was a half day, so I just focussed on striking.
How do you practice sprawls?

And i don't look at fighting blogs but i will start to now.


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How do you practice sprawls?

And i don't look at fighting blogs but i will start to now.
In that drill it's just a straight away sprawl. I throw a left-right combination and sprawl all the way to the floor (also trying to keep my elbows down to remember underhooks). Once I'm down I try to pop back up as quickly as possible to full standing, throw the left-right and then do it again.

There is another drill I do during striking training where I just have whoever is holding the thai pads or hand pads shoot on my when they think I am getting to focussed on my strikes or making some sort of mistake. I sprawl or try to pull guard (preferrably spider).



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