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True Grappler
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I'm not the biggest fan of "blogging" but what the hell.

June 20, Combat day:

2 hours of freestyle grappling and takedowns practice. Also practice for groundnpound and for guard passes.
1 hour of boxing and clinch-striking, mostly knees.
Simulated fight: 3 rounds of 5 minutes each with the first 2 minutes of each round purely striking and the last 3 of takedowns and submissions.
1/2 hour submission training

Cooldown:

Bench press: 3 sets (each set 12 reps)
Kickpress: 3 sets
Shoulderpress: 1 set
300 situps
 

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So here's what today's workout looked like:

June 22, Weight conditioning
Benchpress: 10 sets of 12 reps, 15 second break between sets
Straight kickpress: 15 sets of 12 reps, 15 second breaks between sets
Should/overhead press: 10 sets, 10 second break between sets
Curls with freeweights: 10 sets of 12, 10 second break between sets
Calf/hamstring kickpress: 15 sets, 15 second break between sets
3 sets of 12 military pullups

Cooldown: 2 mile jog and 30 minutes of boxing
 

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Today's a fight day, so I'll give a walk through of my routine.

Jog: 1 mile
Weigh-in: I don't cut weight because I'm a natural 155.
Do bench, overhead and leg press with the weight of my opponent.
Eat.
Do warm-up striking and takedowns and watch some fight tape. (I watch Chuck Liddell if I'm looking for a KO and the old Gracie's if I'm looking for a submission, tonight I'm looking for a sub.)
Fight time.

I'll post how the fight goes.
 

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June 30 : Combat Training

2 mile jog (treadmill)
1 hour kickboxing (striking pad)
2 hours grappling, mostly guard passes
Simulated fight: 3 rounds, 5:30 minutes each (first day practicing with extended rounds)
1 more hour kickboxing and clinch striking

I made the decision to start overtraining by using weights when I jog and using 16 ounce gloves for striking instead of 12 ounce gloves, which means I'm basically adding an entire MMA glove to my hand. I also started using ankle weights for kickboxing and clinch striking. It's definitely alot more work, but once you take the weights off and hit the punching bag for a little while then you feel so much faster and stronger.
 

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The Don said:
Congrats man.. did you get any video and when is your next contest?
My next fight is supposed to be at the end of August, but that's just my next MMA bout. Sometimes I do TKD tourneys or grappling competitions to keep myself sharp.
 

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Excellent Training Routine. I am gonna try the ankle weights when i'm kicking pads. Sounds like a good idea and sounds like it works. By the way do u shadowbox for 15-20 mins? I do while i'm holding usually 2-5 pounds weights in each hand. It's pretty much what you do with the ankle weights except with your arms instead of legs. I get the same feeling when i put em down and throw a few punches at a pad or bag. I feel Stronger and Quicker.. Keep up the good Work IronMan :)
 

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I don't shadowbox as a part of my regular training routine, but I do when I'm just standing around or watching tv, during comercials. I perfer to hit the punching bag just because it gives me an idea of how hard I'm hitting as opposed to just my hand speed.

I do weight my gloves, usually just the wrists, because if you weight the knuckles then you start to rely on the momentum of your fists, with the wrists you minimize that. It also helps with guarding and blocking, because you don't get tired as easily.
 

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Me niether, i just do it as part of my warming up before the actual training, I also use weighted gloves in the gym, i use my buddies, but when i'm at home i just use some small weights. but i see what your saying with the momentum and such.
 

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Since I got back in the states about six months ago I've been doing free-running, which is a european sport, also known as Parkour. I've been on it on my own time as a way of keeping up my cardio and toning the whole body.

Parkour is basically a martial art within itself. It's called "modern ninjutsu" by some, but mostly it's just the art of movement. It's the way of getting from point a to point b with absolute grace and doing things that we don't think about. It's like a sport where all you need is your body and the cityscape.

I know that my approach sounds a little bit far fetched, but if anyone is interested I can start a thread on Parkour as a park of MMA training, which is what it is becoming for me.
 

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IronMan said:
Since I got back in the states about six months ago I've been doing free-running, which is a european sport, also known as Parkour. I've been on it on my own time as a way of keeping up my cardio and toning the whole body.

Parkour is basically a martial art within itself. It's called "modern ninjutsu" by some, but mostly it's just the art of movement. It's the way of getting from point a to point b with absolute grace and doing things that we don't think about. It's like a sport where all you need is your body and the cityscape.

I know that my approach sounds a little bit far fetched, but if anyone is interested I can start a thread on Parkour as a park of MMA training, which is what it is becoming for me.
go for it I am some what familiar with Free running but do not know the details
 

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I've dropped my benchpress, kickpress and overheadpress from my regimen in order to focus more on form grappling and striking, as well as increasing my cardio.

The revised regimen:

Warm up - 8 rounds of 3 minutes shadow boxing with 18 ounce gloves and 6 rounds of 3 minutes on the heavybag (all of this is just hands)

Grappling I - 10 minutes of sprawls (1 30 second break in the middle), 20 minutes of takedown drills and Roman-Greco wrestling (alternate training partner every 2 minutes), 20 minutes of submission grappling (alternate partner every five minutes)

Striking I - 10 minutes of straight heavybag (working combinations, knees and kicks), 10 minutes of hand-pad striking (for accuracy and speed) and 5 rounds of 3 minutes live sparring (no partner alternation)

Cool down - 20 minute jog
 

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It's not so much that I train my ground work more than I train my standup, because I do spend alot of time shadow-boxing and doing Muay Thai training, but I'm 5'6". 95% of the guys that I'm going to fight are going to be taller than me. The reach I lose in standup seems to give me an advantage when I have an opponent pulled in tight in my guard or when I'm in the mount.

I train where I know I will have an advantage.
 

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i know what u mean. im 5"7 and i train my ass on my stand up because once in fight i couldn't take a guy down, like his takedown defence was to damn good. so now i always make sure that i can trade if it ever comes to that again
 

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I've never had that issue. If a guy can stuff my straight wrestling takedowns, which most guys can't, I have judo and my standing submissions to fall back on. I can also pull guard on pretty much any 155 pounder I've ever stepped in the ring with.

If it comes to a throwdown, I really only have a few combinations, but I'm strong enough that I can drop someone with a big right hand or a knee. I prefer knees, but I do end up using my elbows and hands more, because they're faster.
 
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