Category: injuries in martial arts

MMA Explosive Sprawl Training Drill - Without a Partner Can Aid Women in Takedown Defense

It is an ongoing argument which art or sport provides the best foundation for mixed martial arts fighting.  A single style approach to training for mixed martial arts matches has become obsolete for champions like Anderson Silva, Randy Couture, Andrei Arlovski, Matt Hughes, George St. Pierre and Rich Franklin.  Each of them could be characterized... Read more »

Weak in the Knees?

Many athletes experience sudden weakness in their knees without being able to attribute it to anything in particular.  This onset of an achy feeling and weakness can be easily managed with a few additions to your workout regiment.  Strengthening the muscles that support the knee should involve some aspect of balance training. By integrating stability... Read more »

Best MMA Exercise 3 of 5: Ball Throw and Sprawl

Starting Position: Throwing Weighed Medicine Ball Against Wall Position 2: In the time that the ball is being slammed against the wall, perform an explosive sprawl to the ground.  Hopefully you have been enjoying this week’s series on MMA’s best exercises.  I have narrowed it down to 5 – one for each day of this... Read more »
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Best MMA Exercise 2 of 5: Ground Training on Heavy Bag

Heavy Bag Ground Training A great addition to my series this week on MMA’s best exercises is grounded heavy bag work. This exercise is great for anyone who wants intense explosive training that works the upper body and core.  It is very comprehensive and can be done by even the hard-core exercisers who is just... Read more »

Best MMA Exercises 1 of 5 : Guard Sit-Up

Andrei Arlovski Performing Guard Sit-Up with Elbow Strikes. Each day this week I will post a new exercise that should be part of an MMA training program.  These exercises require an integration of explosive power, core work and strength.   If you are not an MMA fighter, which most of you are not, these are still... Read more »

Achy Back? Strengthen Your Lower Back Anywhere

An achy back, is no unusual experience. Regardless of the sport you practice, lower back pain is common among all of them.   The need to move through flexion and extension  (bending forward and leaning back), lateral flexion (side bend movement) and rotation (turning at the waist) is mandatory for sports and functional movement throughout the... Read more »
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Are You Wrapping Your Hands the Right Way for You?

Whether you train boxing, kickboxing, MMA or muay thai, your hands should be wrapped.  Even systems like Krav Maga use hand wraps as a means to protect the hands from abrasions and safeguard the joints from injury.  Although it is still possible to injure your hand with your hands wrapped, it will cut down on... Read more »

Yoga for Martial Artists: Part I

The importance of flexibility extends behind throwing kicks to the head.  It used to be that martial artists along with dancers had the most impressive flexibility, compared to other types of athletes.  The resurgence of yoga classes at most local health clubs has familiarized people from all walks of life with the values of flexibility and breathing.  Even the... Read more »

The Science of Balance: Taking Your Martial Arts Training to a Higher Level

Superficially, good balance is looked at by most as the avoidance of getting knocked over.  Therefore, martial artists are considered to have great balance because they spend so much time performing power movements on one leg (i.e. kicks).  Today there are so many tools and applications available to improve balance on a microscopic level.  Some... Read more »
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MMA Injury: IT Band Injuries are Sneaky

Most mixed martial arts fighters that I have met regularly train explosive kicking and sprawling drills. The nature of this type of training combined with boxing, grappling, running and some form of plyometrics, places tremendous strain on the hamstrings, adductors (inner thighs), gluts (outer hip) and the IT band. To avoid tightness and stiffness in... Read more »