Category: Boxing Injuries

Best MMA Exercise 5 of 5: Armbar

Armbars on the Rope The final exercise in the Best of series of MMA exercises is the Armbar on the rope.  At first glance, or without having a jiu jitsu skill set, this exercise looks like a double leg lift.  This movement is similar to several acrobatic training drills.  I have actually taken a few... Read more »

Best MMA Exercise 4 of 5: Bear Crawl with Resistance

Bear Crawl with Resistance We are on the fourth day of MMA’s Best 5 Exercises.  Each exercise that has been given integrates some form of explosive training and offers a nice twist on core work and increasing body strength.  This picture is awesome because it shows how some guy added resistance to this drill when... 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 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 »

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 »

Interview with Chicago MMA Fighter Mark Miller - How to Adapt Boxing for MMA

When you ask most MMA fighters about the key components to MMA training, they testify that they are boxing, Thai kicks, wrestling defense and Brazilian jiu jitsu.  Although this is rarely disputed, there are more layers to this answer than the mere practice of these 4 different sports.  In fact, MMA has evolved into its... Read more »
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Boxing Cross Training Workouts

The concept of cross-training for the boxer is a fairly new concept.  Since boxing is not a sport included in collegiate athletic programs, like football, baseball, basketball, track or soccer, it has missed out on the opportunities of these fore mentioned college programs.  Without that collegiate affiliation, boxing has missed out on the discoveries and research of... Read more »

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 »

Common Injuries in the Martial Arts: Part II Lower Body

The lower extremity injuries that most martial artists come across are not necessarily unique to martial arts.  They range from the same types of tendinitis’, ‘pulled groins’ and ‘tweaking knees” that we hear about from our parents playing a game of tennis or golf.  But the fact is, that the commitment to the training offers... Read more »
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Common Injuries in the Martial Arts: Part I Upper Body

You do not have to be a professional martial artist to be concerned with injuries interfering with kicking and punching skills.  As with many other athletes, incurring sport injuries is detrimental to improving martial arts techniques and overall forms and fighting skills.  Many professional martial artists will tell you that their injuries are sport specific... Read more »