Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: The Game of Human Chess

This is a short attempt to capture the beauty that is the martial art of brazilian jiu-jitsu in the world of mma and on the tatame. There is so much out there, that if I used everything, it would be many hours of footage.

By Terry Ng

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MMA Strength And Conditioning: Strength Training At Its Best!

There is no doubt MMA strength and conditioning is an absolute must in today’s competitive arena if you are looking to compete in the world of fighting.

Lets face it, fighting is one of the hardest physical acts a human being can do. This is why I wanted to talk a bit about MMA strength and conditioning and it’s importance to your success. Take a minute to tune in and continue reading this article.

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First of all, as a strength and conditioning specialist I have had the fortunate opportunity to work and train an array of professional fighters. Its no secret that the physical demands of competitive mixed martial arts can challenge an athlete in the most extreme manner. Depending on your martial arts sport or competition some bouts can challenge an athlete by ranging for them having to compete in three 3-minute rounds, three 5-minute rounds, and some championship MMA bouts can go for five 5-minute rounds.

This means that an MMA fighter has to have a tremendous level of conditioning in order to be successful in the ring. Just being able to survive this particular work to rest ratio can be challenging much less trying to perform at a high level.

The key to formulating a successful strength and conditioning plan for a fighter must involve an array of different things. First of all, he or she must be sure that they are good with their mobility. Mobility and movement based drills are essential for an MMA athlete to be successful. Whether you are being tied into a pretzel by a grappling specialist or on your feet blasting off kicks you have got to have good mobility. In addition to this a fighter must work on intensifying this mobility through the act of resisted movement. Being strong and powerful through certain movements is essential in making sure that you don’t get hurt and that you allow your competition to shoulder that burden.

A fighter’s MMA work capacity is yet another key element in him or her being successful in the ring.

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Even though a fighter is not technically “all out” throwing punches and kicks “nonstop” for an entire 5 minute round they are still throwing a bunch! Because of this an MMA fighter must have the work capacity to work longer and harder than his or her competition. This is where the work capacity comes into play for these elite level athletes. MMA fighters have got to have their strength and conditioning program dialed in to help them to be their best if they expect to win. This is something that takes careful planning and consideration by someone like me to make sure it happens. The key is starting off with the basics. Without learning good sound lifting technique and mobility drills a fighter might as well not train. Remember that most any fighter can train hard, but only the champions train smart my friend.

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Spending Time at a Muay Thai Training Camp

If you are looking forward to go on a fitness trip then joining a Muay Thai training Camp in Phuket, Thailand would be a great idea. Indulge in an exhaustive training program in a lovely ambiance and get the experience of your life!

If you are martial art lover or if you are planning to take up any combat sport as a hobby then you must visit the tropical island of Phuket in Thailand at least once. Muay Thai is growing as a sport each day and what can be a better place to learn it than the country where it originated from. Though many ‘Muay Thai‘ training camps have come up in other countries as well, still Phuket is considered as a heaven for enthusiasts of this sport. The increasing number of camps in Phuket region shows the mounting popularity not only among the aborigines but also among people coming from all parts of the world.

Spending time at a Muay Thai training camp in Phuket can be exhaustive but at the same time fascinating.

Most of the people around you will be involved in kickboxing and other exercises included in Muay Thai for at least 6 hours per day and 6 days per week. When played in the ring it is considered one of the deadliest sports. So you need to be really tough and strong!

A member of a Muay Thai training camp, Phuket wakes up at around 7-8 am and does some warm exercises like skipping, running, weight training and stretching or even yoga.

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Next, they are made to do some technical exercises directly linked to the sport such as kickboxing, shadow boxing, heavy bag kicking, clinching and sparring etc. The schedule in most camps is divided into 2 parts 2-3 hours in the morning and 2-3 hours in the evening. When you are a novice it may be a little difficult for you to adjust, but as time goes on, gradually this strenuous schedule will become a part and parcel of your life. The fitness training program includes teaching the trainees ring skills and disciplines which they would require during professional fights.

If you do not plan to take up Muay Thai as a professional activity and are just interested in engaging in this activity as a hobby, training camps in Thailand especially Phuket ensure that they are worth the amount you are spending on them.

Some reasons to go for these camps are- weight loss, fitness training, and mental stimulation and even to throw away addictions.

3 months is the ideal time to spend n a Muay Thai training camp to turn into a professional fighter. Even in 1 or 2 months you will be able to observe miraculous results and your physique as well as mental fitness will not go unnoticed once you return to your home.

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What to Expect From MMA Training

During training, fighters are taught proper fitness procedure and given MMA training tips to improve their fighting style.

MMA fighters, both amateur and professional, are asked to follow certain training procedures depending on their weight class and strength. One of the most common adages by trainers and fighters alike are, eat less and move more. This is to maintain their weight in the weight class they are in.

Professional MMA trainers categorize fighters depending on their strength and skill, ground fighter, wrestler, or striker, so that proper MMA training can be applied.

The strength of ground fighters is the ability to force and grapple an opponent onto the ground where they apply their end-of-fight techniques such as joints locks or chokes. With this strength, fighters are taught in MMA training the basics of wrestling for proper and safe taking down and pinning of an opponent.

On the other hand, wrestlers have the strength for a takedown, using both grappling and striking techniques. The last kind of fighter is the striker.

Strikers are known to end and win a fight on their feet.
These categories are also considered as some of the basic skills or fighting techniques in

MMA fights. The best MMA fighters try to combine all these skills for a powerful and effective fighting strategy.

It is also in MMA training that amateur fighters are taught with the core rules of the sport such as:

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No Biting
No Eye-poking or gouging
No Groin Attacks
No Fish-hooking

These are to ensure that though MMA is a contact and physical sport, safety is always first.

MMA training also lets fighters learn how to apply the basic skills and techniques they learned in the training program through sparring and realistic situational drills in an actual MMA octagon cage. This prepares the fighter, physically and mentally, for tougher opponents and future fights.

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Sports Science on Muay Thai kicks break Bats, Check it out.

In this episode of Sport Science watch a Muay Thai fighter breaking bats!!!!

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Is Muay Thai Kickboxing a Good Street Fighting Martial Art

Muay Thai or Thai kick boxing has seen a surge in popularity in recent years thanks to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) where many of the competitors employ this brutal and sometimes deadly art.

In fact the Gracies were inspired to promote mixed martial arts matches after a trip to Thailand where they saw competitions similar to those in their native Brazil. Muay Thai has been the national sport of Thailand long before the UFC though, and steeped in ritual. The sport can also be found in other parts Southeast Asia and is known as Pradal Serey in Cambodia and in and Malaysia as Tomoi. What attracts many competitors to this martial arts form is its lighting attacks of hands and feet. Unlike Western style boxing, traditional or “old school” Thai boxing didn’t end until somebody got knocked out. It is a brutal and demanding combat sport.

In Thailand training begins at a young age with boys beginning training as soon as they are able to walk. Women are also involved with the sport and have their own tournaments.

American Kathy “The Punisher” Long who is a regular contributor to Black Belt Magazine also competed in Muay Thai and is now training several male competitors as well as commentating for UFC. There are competitions and schools every where from California to Russia as the sport remains popular.

The sport which been around in one form or another for centuries and is steeped in tradition and rules. Buddhist rituals are part of traditional so in Thailand a fighter will take a trip to a shrine as well as meditate. The fight itself is preceded by a symbolic dance called wai khru which also acts as a form of warm up exercise. The headband and armbands worn by the fighters also have meaning. The headband is called “mongkhol” and is a blessed by a monk and is worn for good luck, but is taken off before the fight while the armbands remain because they offer protection to a fighter and won’t be taken off until the fight is done.

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The fight itself is broken up into five three-minute rounds with two-minute breaks in between each round. Matches are decided by knockout like in the old days as well as a modern point system. Three judges decide who carries the round and the one who wins the most rounds, win the fight. There’s a referee in the ring with the fighters though and prevents injuries from occurring and stops fighters from grappling or doing anything else that violate the rules which only allow for striking.

Few see the weaknesses of Muay Thai because if is brutal moves using hands and feet as a fighter employs “Art of the Eight Limbs.”

The sport form we now know today stems from Lerdrit which was taught to the Royal Thai Army. Forward movement, kicks, knees, locking, grappling and elbows are all major concepts in Lerdrit with the major difference being that one uses and open hand not a fist like Muay Thai.
Though this method is combat tested it still has the difficulties like Muay Thai.

First one must remember this a sport which is limited in what someone can do and how they can move. In Thai Boxing opponents are always coming at you straight on with rules prohibiting many moves including wrestling on the ground. This can bring an end to a Muay Thai fighter’s deadly assault once they are taken down. Also there are no defenses to weapons. In a street fight there is much more to the fight then hit and get hit back. Judo may be a competitive sport in Japan and around the world, but only rules separate competitive Judo from what one might use for self defense in real world situations. In fact

most UFC fighters find themselves having to study another art form in addition to Muay Thai so they survive matches with better trained fighters.

On the street a Muay Thai fighter isn’t ready for battle, a mistake made by a lot of sprot martial artists, since you’re not dealing in a fair fight. Full contact may make a person tough, and you most certainly can knock someone out with a good blow to the head. Muay Thai for the street is simply inefficient. There are a lot faster ways to dispatch someone. The lesson here is you can enjoy a sport like Muay Thai, but study a martial art that you can use outside the ring. Survival is pass fail and nobody cares about how well you score.

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Sport Science discussing why GSP is a super star when it comes to MMA! Great video!!!

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What’s Breaking Your Fall? Putting Safety First When Choosing Mats For MMA

Interest in the sport of MMA around the world is escalating.

Competitive versions of MMA, such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship, captivate audiences of millions on TV and Pay-Per-View around the world. Is it any wonder then that many men and women are looking to follow in the footsteps of their heroes, and are taking up Mixed Martial Arts training?

As a physical sport, there’s always a danger of getting hurt when training in MMA in its many forms.

Whether this is from an errant punch of kick, a submission hold being applied for a little too long, or form taking a bad landing, practitioners have a duty to themselves to make sure that they are training in a safe and secure environment.

Even with MMA training in break fall techniques, landing on a solid surface can cause severe injuries, both in the short and longer terms.

The available of a selection of MMA mats should help to alleviate this problem. Mats for Martial Arts aren’t just necessary when training in a gym, sports hall or dojo. Many people now like to train and spar with a partner outside those times. It is very important to make sure that you’re protected when training at home and mats for this purpose can be easily obtained.

When looking for an MMA mat, be sure to consider the thickness.

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A standard gym mat is not designed for regular landings of the type that happen in MMA. A much thicker crash mat may prove useful in the very initial stages of training but is likely to not provide for solid footing during training for intermediate or more advanced Mixed Martial Artists. These could lead to rolling an ankle. Instead, you need to look for a mat that is custom designed for the sport. Anything less is not safe for the body.

Two main options are available. The first is a large floor mat, professionally prepared for MMA use. The other is to buy a set of jigsaw MMA mats, each smaller and designed to be slotted together. Although a large mat is much more convenient, jigsaw mats also have their advantages. The smaller floor area makes these more suitable for storage in a training facility where the floor is used for multiple activities. This may also apply for home users. Further, for those on a budget, it is possible to buy a small number of jigsaw MMA mats and then to upgrade by buying more at a later date. Because these are designed to a standard size and specification, it should be possible to continually increase the sparring surface area as budgets allow.

So, do think carefully if you are training in MMA, particularly if you are looking to train outside a class environment. MMA mats can prove an incredibly useful safety precaution and should be at the top of your list of items to buy.

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MMA Clothing – Perfect For the Fighter and the Fan

If you are a fan of mixed martial arts, or MMA, you know it is one of the most thrilling sports out there.

There is so much action that there never is a dull moment during a fight. Even if you are not a fighter yourself, you still can express your love and dedication to the sport by wearing MMA clothing. You have so much to choose from these days because the sport has advanced greatly the past few years. From T-shirts and hoodies to jerseys and shorts, you never will be without your favorite clothing.

The most popular MMA clothing has got to be the T-shirt because it can be worn with just about everything.

There are so many brands as well, so you will be able to represent your favorite fighter’s sponsor. Not only will you be telling people that you are an MMA fan, you also will be supporting your favorite fighters as well. This is because most fighters have T-shirt companies as their sponsors, so they will get royalty money from each shirt that is sold. Some of them even have signature clothing lines, which is the best way to tell people who your favorite fighter is. You could wear it every time he fights to help cheer him on.

Another popular line of MMA clothing is the youth collection. Just because the fighters are older does not mean that children and teenagers cannot be fans.

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What better way for them to show people they love MMA than by wearing clothing? Some kids wear football jerseys, so it only makes sense to have your child wear an MMA jersey if that is what he likes. Other clothing that is popular is training gear. You can get shorts, tanks and jackets with your favorite MMA brands on them. Even if you do not train at the gym, you still can work out in style.

Among the fighters, whether professional or amateur, popular MMA clothing extends to the shorts as well.

This is one of the most important parts of a fighter’s wardrobe because it is one of the few items he wears during a match. Again, there are a variety of brands and styles available. Even a fan could wear them to lounge around in. To see the full clothing line that you can get to show that you are a true MMA fanatic.

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Just watched Marcello and JT training check it out. Great training fun to watch!!!!

http://youtu.be/eDBqw0ZjBKk

Marcello showing why he is one of the best in the World in No GI BJJ/ Submission Grappling!!! Fun watching two of the best in the World training no GI/Submission Grappling. Marcello is the current World BJJ and ADCC Submission Grappling World Champion. I would guess JT will be one before it is all said and done!!!

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Travis Lutter  Submission Grappling  Are you ready for a No Nonsense, Real Deal Mixed Martial Arts, Jiu-Jitsu/MMA Academy? Try out our World Class program in Fort Worth TX Risk Free for 30 Days. That’s right, come train for free in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, BJJMuay Thai KickboxingMMA, Submission Wrestling or bring your child to one of our Kids Programs for 30 Days FREE,plus our BJJ 60 Day Money Back Guarantee.  Travis Lutter