MMA And How To Train For Success

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Mixed martial arts is a very exciting and complex sport that combines various elements of boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and different wrestling disciplines.

But as much as it is exciting, it’s equally (if not more) demanding on both your body and mind. It has the potential to tax all of the energy systems in your body, and you need to practice it with caution.

Many athletes reach a state of overtraining because they always try to do too much work in too little time. But, with the right tactics and a sound training program, you can work out for a long time and become an excellent fighter.

It’s clear that to become a well-rounded fighter, you need to focus your attention on multiple things: you need speed work, agility drills, working a heavy bag, sparring, and more.

For the sake of simplicity, we won’t go over everything here. Instead, we are going to go through the various training aspects that are specific to the sport: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, wrestling, boxing & kickboxing.

It goes without saying that metabolic conditioning is crucial. You also need speed and power training, and strength. Without these, no matter how good of a fighter you are, you won’t last long.

Now, in the span of a training week, you need to distribute your training load evenly so you can:

  • Get quality practice for each aspect of MMA.
  • Give your body enough time to recover.

This is the principle of specificity at play: if you want to get better at something, practice it more.

For example, on Monday evening, you can practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Your goal here is to practice grappling (for you to be able to effectively get the upper hand when you are in very close proximity to your opponent) and improve your skill in ground fighting.

On Tuesday evening, you can practice Muay Thai. With it, you get to learn and master clinching techniques, as well as learn how to effectively use your fists, elbows, knees, and shins to strike the opponent and defend yourself.

Moving on to Thursday, after a day of rest, you can spar with a partner or a friend. This is a great way to both hone in your fighting skills and have some fun in a low-pressure environment.

On Friday evening, you can go for a wrestling workout. Again, since being in close proximity and trying to get the upper hand on your opponent is such a big part of MMA, honing your wrestling skills is crucial.

And finally, on Saturday you can go for a boxing or kickboxing workout. This is an excellent way to work on both your aerobic conditioning and striking techniques. You can alternate between boxing and kickboxing on a weekly basis.

It’s also important to tailor your training week based on your preferred training style. For example, some people prefer to hone their stand-up and striking skills and leave grappling on the back-burner. For such individuals, including more Muay Thai, boxing and kickboxing will help them become proficient in their preferred fighting style.

And remember that while these activities are going to help you become a balanced and proficient fighter (these are sport-specific practices, after all), remember that including power/explosiveness, strength, and speed exercises within the training week is important.

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