The following article was written for Fight Quality by Greg Wootton, a UK Muay Thai fighter, personal trainer and Coach.
The relationship between a coach and their student is a very special thing. Built on dedication, solidified through loyalty and sealed by faith it is a unique element involved in sports. However, combat sports can be separated from the others by the intricate and intimate requirements of a coach in martial arts and fight sports.
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We’ve already covered protein sources you should be eating in our article on the Top 10 High Protein Foods You Need To Be Eating, and now we’re going to cover the next of the three major macronutrients; Carbohydrates.
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Tendonitis is the common name for a range of different injuries that can be caused to the tendons of the bodies various muscles – the strong cords of tissue that connect the muscle and the skeleton, and are needed to move the bones and joints when the muscles contract and relax.
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Whether you train in boxing, MMA or any other martial art, it’s an ongoing process of improvement, learning new skills and improving your instincts and fitness. Whether you train as a hobby every now and then or it’s your full time career, there are a number of steps you can take to make sure you’re getting the most out of your training.
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Shadow boxing is probably one of the easiest forms of training. You don’t need gloves or other gear, you don’t need a partner to hold pads, you don’t need a bag and you don’t even need to be at a gym. Shadow boxing is one of the few forms of training you could practise almost anywhere at any time. You don’t have to just focus on boxing either, it’s easy to throw in kicks, elbows and knees if you’re more of a kickboxer, or even practice stepping in for takedowns or add in a few sprawls if you’re training in MMA.
While it may initially feel a bit silly attacking air, shadow boxing actually has a whole load of benefits which can drastically improve the rest of your training.
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BookMartialArts recently approached us asking if we’d give some of our advice on what we think makes a good MMA training camp, what you should look for and what sort of gear you’ll need to invest in before hand. We of course helped out, alongside a range of other MMA websites, in order to help build up a great guide, The Definitive Guide on Choosing the Right MMA Camp.
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Maybe you’ve just starting training, you’ve been to a few classes and decided to start running to up your cardio. Maybe you’re a fighter and you’ve ramped up your running to get ready for a fight. Either way, you’ve been running for a while and you get this pain shooting down the front of your lower leg, and it turns your run from what could have been a personal best into a painful hobble.
Welcome to the world of shin splints.
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I’m sure you’ve heard at various different times in your training about muscle fibres, and more specifically ‘fast twitch’ and ‘slow twitch’ muscle fibres, and the importance of training specifically to develop each type. But what the hell are the different types of muscle fibre? This article is going to run through the two different types, what they do and how to develop them and most importantly what ones you want to develop to help improve your martial arts.
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As a fighter you’re constantly looking for an edge to get you ahead of your opponent. You can drill technique constantly, but to become a complete and well rounded athlete you need to develop speed and power as well. You need to be able to go from relaxed to full power in a split second, and the way to get there is to work on becoming explosive.
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When you walk into the gym it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the huge array of equipment for you to choose from, and find yourself faced with choosing which pieces of equipment are going to be the most effective to improve your strength and conditioning. For the most part, all the different equipment is going to improve a different area – the squat rack is going to help you develop overall strength, treadmill sprints are going to help you develop the high intensity/short burst cardio you need in the ring. But what if there was a piece of gear, just one thing, that’s going to give you game changing conditioning, explosive punching power and the kind of muscle endurance that’s going to keep you punching and kicking well after the final round. Sound too good to be true?
Meet the Kettlebell.
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Whether you’re a seasoned professional fighter or you’ve taken up a martial art for fitness, nutrition is important. The overused phrase is that getting in top shape is 20% gym work and 80% kitchen work, and when it comes to the nutrition side of things protein is top of the list. The benefits of protein are endless – it helps keep you feeling fuller for longer, can stop insulin spikes (believed to contribute to fat storage) and most importantly helps build and maintain muscle, and the more muscle you have the easier it is to get rid of fat.
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As a follow up to the article we posted a few weeks ago about why you should be strength training as a fighter, we’re going to provide you with a basic training program to help improve your strength without adding mass (assuming it’s accompanied by correct nutrition) and so increase your power to weight ratio, the ‘golden number’ as it were for a fighter.
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We all know that fighting isn’t just about technique. If you have perfect technique but don’t have the stamina to keep fighting for more than 30 seconds then you’re not likely to have a very long career. Instead, fighters have to develop the endurance to last multiple rounds whilst they use their technique to outscore or knock out their opponent. It’s not that simple though, and there are numerous points of view about the best way to build up endurance, with the most common idea being regular 3-5 mile runs, otherwise known as roadwork.
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There are several schools of thought when it comes to cross training martial arts and weightlifting, the vast majority negative. I train in Muay Thai, so what I generally hear is “well the Thai’s don’t use weights when they train and they’re the best in the world” but you get similar arguments in all disciplines ranging from ‘body weight works better than weights’ to the most common “I can’t gain any weight because I need to fight as light as possible”. However, I started weight training well before I started Muay Thai, and I’m a big proponent of it, so I’m going to try and lay down some facts to try and change your opinion and more importantly give you a powerful new tool in your fight game.
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