Category: Injury Prevention

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 »

Great Core Exercise for MMA/ Combat Sports Training

Medicine ball training is not very complicated.  There are so many useful adaptations where a somewhat benign exercise can become redefined by adding the weighted ball.  I like two types of medicine balls – those that bounce and have a stickiness or those with handles on the side of them.  The exercise shown above needs... 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 »

Fight the Fat From the Bird and its Trimmings

Whether you practice martial arts or not, you have some great meals ahead of you over the next few days.  If you don’t have a lot of training scheduled, or you are eager to seize your free weekend to begin getting into shape; I have given you a couple workout programs that you can do... Read more »

Vitamin D - Key Component to Being Health

Since I wrote my tips to being healthier about a week ago, I have seen several short stories on the news on the importance of vitamin D throughout the winter season.  Although I briefly mentioned this in my list, it seems like a bit of elaboration could convince many of you that it is a... Read more »
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Bas Rutten Makes Your Knee Strike Stronger

Attach cable to ankle and begin in a fighting stance. Make sure you start a light weight to avoid injury. Do not compromise your form. Still allow the hips to drive forward on this exercise and maintain your balance. Also, make sure you control your leg returning into the fighting stance. Begin with 2 sets... 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 »

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 »
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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 »