Posts in category "Cross training"

Avoid shoulder injuries in 2014 from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Avoid shoulder injuries in 2014 from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Are you addicted to ground training?  If the mat is your second home, invest 3-5 minutes on each training day to properly prepping your shoulder joints.  Kimuras, omoplatas and Americanas are unavoidable when practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Even if you have respectful training partners, the shoulder can be susceptible to so many different types of... Read more »

Make Your Punch Faster

There are so many ways to improve your punching.Most people want to improve either their power or their speed. Punching style is irrelevant.  A straight right hand is fairly standard.  If it’s not straight, it is most likely a  hook, uppercut or an overhand.  This drill works great in increasing the speed of the punch... Read more »

Killer Leg Exercise: Power Lunge & Plyo Series

Robbie Cole is offering a great leg strengthening exercise in the video below.  Robbie, a Muay Thai instructor shares one of his favorite exercises.  I have done this drill and love it.  If you are suffering from a bad lower back you should remove the jumping portion of this exercise.  Other important safety tips include:... Read more »
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The Diet of an Exercise Science College Student: Diary of an Intern

The Diet of an Exercise Science College Student: Diary of an Intern
My intern from UIC’s Department of Kines is very focused on his diet.  Aside from being part of the infastructure of POW, he is very educated on nutrition and his course work has provided him with an amazing understanding of how the body really works. His name is Piotr Lewkowski. Exercise also makes me that... Read more »

Upper Body Power Training

Here my client using a 14 pound mecine ball.  The starting position should be either in a fighting stance or a shoulder width position.  Unless you are doing it from a fighting stance, in which case your elbows will be alongside your body, I like this drill with the elbows out.
This is a great exercise for building upper body power and strength.  It is fundamental to those who train in the combat sports.  This plyometric also builds coordination and helps to reinenforce the concept, ‘keep your hands up.’  If you seek more punching power, give this exercise a try.  I do series of 30 second... Read more »

Tire Training, Achieving the Perfect Fighting Stance

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This drill is a cool variation on shadow boxing. I use a tire sometimes to work on balance and maintaining my center of gravity. This tire is the perfect size for me. It is also a great way to work on circular movement. It can help you learn how to move right and left. If... Read more »
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3 Great Footwork Drills

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This movie includes 3 footwork drills. They can easily be incorporated into any type of combat sports class. They are excellent for classes that have circuit work. Of course you can hone your stance and footwork on your own by doing these solo. As your footwork becomes more fluid, you will reap the benefits of... Read more »

Punching Power for Boxing/MMA A Simple Cable Exercise

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There are so many great exercises that enhance punching power.  Squat jumps for example will make your punches more powerful.  The power of a punch is generated from the legs.  In fact, the biomechanics of the punch begin with the muscles in your feet (off the ball of your foot) firing through the calf and... Read more »

Develop Punching Power: Great for Cross-Training

There are so many fantastic sport specific exercises for boxing, muay thai, MMA and kickboxing.  I consider this to be a fundamental exercise.  It offers a true application of straight punches.  The difficulty with this exercise is that you need to know how to punch before adding it to your routine.  This exercise expects you... Read more »
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Freerunning, Better Suited For Fight Scene Choreography

I will always promote the martial arts as the most amazing and comprehensive training experience.  But I marvel when I watch freerunning or parkour.  Although it is easy to combine these two hobbies, you do not need to have martial arts or gymnastics skills in order to learn freerunning. For today’s aspiring martial arts styled stuntmen,... Read more »