Posts in category "exercises for martial arts"

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 »

POW MMA Intern - Injury Free & Back to Training

Hi Again, My name is Piotr Lewkowski, I have been sharing my experiences as an intern at POW MMA here in Chicago.  I am a senior at UIC – in the Department of Kinesiology.  One of the many benefits of going to UIC is their relationship with excellent local businesses throughout Chicago.  UIC is continuing... Read more »
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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 »

Diary of a POW! MMA Intern: His Exercise of the Week

Diary of a POW! MMA Intern: His Exercise of the Week
My Exercise of the Week: My MMA workout of the week is what I call the “Total Gym.” Essentially it is the same movement as the ab-roller except done on a suspended cable with a pulley. Using a wide stance with the hands roughly in a shoulder-width position, you “roll” forward slowly, making sure the... Read more »

Explosive Drill to Improve Throwing/Takedowns

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RJ Cohen a member of the Cohen Judo Club with locations throughout the Chicago-land area has an impressive grasp of how strength training needs to integrate sport specific applications for judo players.  Judo is becoming more popular in the MMA community.  Karo Parisyan, a 4 time International Judo Champion and MMA fighter has demonstrated the... Read more »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »