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Old 04-25-2008, 04:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What kinds of cross-training are the best for MMA?

Someone I know has recently suggested that training and the acquisition of skills in soccer will also help an MMA artist.
Someone else suggested the shotput or the javelin.
I believe that none other than Onganju,my main man, has suggested dance, and after seeing a classic movie with Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire, and seeing some of the high kicks Ms. Charisse could throw with genuine authority,not to mention how limber and fast pro dancers like her and Fred Astaire get to be, I can see how dance training could translate into martial arts ability.
What would you suggest with regard to cross-training for the purpose of furthering your martial arts career?
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Old 04-25-2008, 02:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, it's good to get away from the daily routine once in awhile and go to an indoor climbing gym. Flexibility, endurance, grip, and a good bit of fun.
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Old 04-25-2008, 08:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Some BJJ guys OCCASIONALLY do yoga, I think yoga is gay and mostly useless but it prolly helps these guys' flexibility.
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Rock climbing, yoga, grip work, triathlons, swimming, cycling, sports in general.
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yoga, pilates, dance, gymnastics is a really good one for MMA (increases strength and balance). Rugby... not a lot of skill accquisiton but you will familiarize yourself with pain.
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i forgot about swimming. very good recommendation b.c for some reason it's unbelievably tiring! Your core temp. does drop due to being in the water but from how I feel when I swim, I think it's a hard workout for the heart and lungs.
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someone beat me to climbing but i'd like to re-emphasise how useful it is.

It's fun. I hate gyms, they bore me, and lifting weights is only slightly more interesting than watching other people lift weights, which really isn't very interesting.

and it's F-ing useful too. my strength, balance, and endurance have all noticeably imporved since i started climbing regularly.

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