Category: boxing

For the Love of the Sport

WHOA! ELeonard, Let me first clarify, my knowledge as a fight fan alone qualifies me to say whatever I want. But so happy you posted your opinion and expertise on the sport of boxing, it forced me to revisit my favorite fighters and fights. I don’t normally carve time to watch youtube videos,  I tend... Read more »

Strength Training for MMA/Boxing

Single Arm/Leg Balancing Press http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiSIIsH-L2Y This is one example of a joint stability exercise that we have integrated into our routines at POW. July and August have had a goal of joint stability. We rotate our goals every 1-2 months. It is a challenging exercise, but I love it because it can be done in... Read more »

MMA Meets Kettlebell Training, Part 5

This is absolutely one of the best exercises ever!  It is the perverbial ‘total body’ movement.  It requires balance, a strong core, focus, coordination and technique.  The actual movement even without the kettle bell is challenging and completely applicable to mixed martial arts.  The movement is biomechanically sound and depicts how to properly get up... Read more »
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MMA Meets Kettlebell Training, Part 1

Repeat the same motion as you did for the rear uppercut.
Kettlebells can be compared with other modalities of training.  There are several great functional exercises and tools that can be used to improve athletics.  Kettlebells are an excellent addition to a MMA workout routine because of their biomechanical muscle replication.  They can be used to recreate the body’s involvement when doing kicks, punches and takedowns.... Read more »

4th of July is 100 Year Anniversary of 'The Fight of Century' - Reminds Us of Racism and its History in America

100th anniversary of the ‘Fight of the Century’, Jack Johnson verse Jim Jeffries is being honored this holiday weekend.  This event marked more than a historical event in the sport of boxing, but had a sociological impact on race relations in America. It was July 4t, 1910, that the ‘Fight of the Century,’ took place. ... Read more »

Greetings From Las Vegas, Center of MMA

One of my favorite perks of being a writer has always been visiting other trainers and martial arts schools all over the world. For over 10 years, I wrote for print, which is much harder than writing for the online audience. There is so much planning that goes into a print story.  Covering an event... Read more »
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Rich Franklin Gives Tips to Southpaw MMA Fighters

Rich Franklins Shares Basic Southpaw Tips A Lefty’s Jab is Thrown Over the Top. “As a lefty I am always fighting a righty.  I run into the problem that my opponent’s lead foot is directly in front of my lead foot.  This places us in an open stance.  What I am trying to do is... Read more »

Tight Shoulders & Pecs Slowing Your Punching Down?

Once you are in place, then use the opposite hand to help rotate the body off the floor as if to turn towards the ceiling.  This stretch is very intense.  Push slowly at first and do not be surprised if you can not roll much of your chest off the ground.  It will help to take the leg, as you see in the picture and reach it back towards the arm that is stretching.    Hold for 15-30 seconds at a time.  Warm the shoulders up first before doing this stretch.  It is ideal to use this stretch throughout your workout.
Tight shoulders are hardly unique to boxers or punchers of any kind.  All types of athletes experience lack of range throughout their shoulder joint which ultimately leads to poor sport performace.  This is certainly happening during this fine Spring season as baseball has begun.  Mike Pelfrey from the New York Mets has been experiencing shoulder... Read more »

ChessBoxing - Really and Serious?

Can you beleive there is a World ChessBoxing Organization and they have championship bouts?  It is exactly what you think -chess and then boxing. The concept is to combine a thinking sport with a fighting sport.  This integration is intended to display brains and brawn.  I guess that woulod make for the perfect man.  So... Read more »
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Stitch, MMA's Favorite Cutman Gives Insight into a Dream Job

Jacob “Stitch” Duran is a warm and friendly face inside the octagon.  Why, because he is there to protect the fighters.  Although he is not the only one, he has a calming presence and a trusting smile that brings fighters a small amount of comfort if they think about the potential injuries they may incur... Read more »