MMA Lincoln – How A Wrestler or Judo Player Can Be At A Great Advantage

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MMA Lincoln – How Wrestling or Judo Player Can Give you a Great Advantage

Are you an amateur wrestler or accomplished Judo fighter? If so, you might find your skills to be a great advantage in the world of MMA. While the pros may have good takedown defences, amateurs might not. For those with quality takedown skills, doing well on the amateur circuit is attainable.MMA Lincoln - Wrestling advantage

Why so? Basically, there are certain realities to the amateur circuit that might not be the case on the pro level.

MMA Lincoln – Amateur MMA Vs Professional MMA

Amateur mixed martial arts is a lot different than the professional ranks. Most would be MMA competitors are most familiar with what they see on television. These events would be the professional fight leagues. Watching such events can give you the impression all MMA bouts look like those on the pro circuit. This is not necessarily the case as the amateur circuit may be a little more raw. Fighters have not been able to round out their game simply because they have not been fighting a very long time yet. Therefore, they might have holes in the game. Among the most common holes these fighters will have is weaknesses in takedowns. At Function First MMA Lincoln we take strategy very seriously, you must have a good game plan.

MMA Lincoln – Fight strategy

By their very nature, amateur MMA fighters are mostly coming from a single discipline. They might be mainly Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or kickboxers and are rounding out their game with other arts. Among the areas where most martial artists are weak would be with takedown defense. Takedowns are the game of the wrestler and the Judo fighter. In MMA, they might have an advantage since the other artists may be easier to take down. The wrestler might find this a little easier than the Judo fighter. The reason is the wrestler can perform a shot from a great distance. He can be out of striking range. A Judo man might have to get a little closer which puts him in striking range.

Either way, repeatedly taking an opponent down can lead to winning a round. If you win all the rounds, you win the bout.

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Does this mean winning is a foregone conclusion? No, no one would suggest this. All that is being stated is takedowns can give a grappler a number of advantages. For those with such a background, the amateur MMA circuit is well worth exploring.

You will have to round out your game. Striking and submission skill will need to be developed to an acceptable level. Takedowns can take you far, but they will only take you so far. Your game does have to be well rounded.

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Dealing with Weapons: A Critical Aspect of Martial Arts Training

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The truth about weapons

One very popular aspect of self-defence training would be the ability to deal with weapons. While learning such tactics is popular among would be students, the truth is most of their impressions about weapons are based on what they have seen in the movies. While it might seem easy to disarm a knife or a gun in a film, that is because the scene is choreographed. In other words, it is not real. There are certain factors that must be understood about dealing with weapons. These factors would be you will be at an enormous disadvantage when dealing with weapons. Attempts to engage an assailant that has a knife or a gun can lead to being severely injured or even killed. Therefore, a more judicious approach to dealing with the weapons must be used.

Movie style weapons

Weapons –  types of predator

First, you must understand there are two types of predators that will try to use a weapon. These would be the resource predator and the process predator. The resource predator. wants something from you. The process predator. is someone that is interested purely in committing acts of violence.

Dealing with the resource predator generally means you are dealing with a thief or someone that wants property. While a violent person, the resource predator may only be interested in using a threat to get what he wants. In other words, he may draw a knife or a gun, but he is only interested in, say, your money. Once you hand over the money, he will leave knowing the longer he stays where he is, he runs the risk of being caught or getting into a confrontation. When you can diffuse the situation by giving him what he wants, you increase your chances of survival. Trying to engage him likely will cause the situation to get worse.

Weapons and the resource predator

The resource predator is a far more dangerous animal. Worse yet, you may have no other option other than fighting him even if he has a gun or a knife. The resource predator is the rapist and the murderer. He will try to kidnap a victim, move the person to a new crime scene or tie others up. Obviously, you cannot allow this to happen. Escape is certainly the better option, but if you cannot escape you have to fight. Improperly fighting an armed assailant is not going to end well.

Therefore, you have to train with someone that does really understand what is required to engage a weapon. There are realistic and serious ways of doing this and these tactics are taught by those martial arts instructors that are highly skilled at what they do. Look for a legitimate personal defence instructor when wishing to learn about the weapons defence aspect of martial sciences.

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Sport MMA Emerges for Kids

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MMA competition for kids

Kids and martial arts seem to go well together. The thrill of competing in  safe and controlled environment allows even very young kids the ability to learn the sportive side of an art. Most are familiar with the traditional point karate competition circuit. With the newfound interest in grappling, more kids are enrolling in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu events. And now there is emerging a MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) oriented kids competition circuit.

At this point, many will think the emergence of MMA for kids is impossible. How can kids compete in cage fighting. Actually, they won’t. Kids mixed martial arts tournaments are not the MMA you see adults competing. Rather, the events for kids are scaled back and made a lot safer.

These events are commonly called “Pankration” and “Sport MMA” events. Probably the best way to describe them would be a combination of point karate, judo and submission wrestling. Basically, the designers of these events have simply taken three different tournaments that have a long tradition with kid’s competition and combined them. The events do not take place in a cage or a ring. They take place in the traditional format for a kid’s event: a tournament mat. This not only creates for more appealing visuals, it adds to the safety of the event as well.

Honestly, safety is the prime component to these events. The promoters of kid’s tournaments realise the purpose of the events is for the kids to get out and have fun. Of course, they also have the potential to walk away with a trophy or a medal which is another benefit. For those kids wishing to build up their self-confidence, competing in such an event can be a true self-esteem builder.

The time invested in training for a kid’s MMA/Pankration event also has the benefit of teaching a goal oriented approach to learning the martial arts. Training in the dojo takes on a different phase when there are tournament oriented goals on the horizon. As such, the training can make such events quite the experience for the young ones taking part in it.

These events are becoming quite popular and will likely continue to grow in popularity. Why would they not? They have a great deal to offer the young practitioners of the martial arts. Who knows? The next great mixed martial arts superstar might get a start on the Kid’s Sport MMA circuit.

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Cardio training for martial arts

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There will always be questions that arise regarding how important cardiovascular conditioning is to martial arts training. For those that are competing for a fight, the answer is cardio work is enormously important. This is certainly true and reflects advice that is well worth taking. That said, there is a somewhat troubling assumption that comes out of hearing such an assessment. Namely, people assume if they are not training for a competition, they do not need to worry about their cardio work.

This really is not the best attitude to take for two reasons:

  • The better your cardio is, the more enjoyable you will find your classes to be.
  • The better your cardio is, the healthier you will be.

Battling RopesHowever, it would be accurate to say you do not need to really put in the full amount of cardio work that would be on the same level as a performance athlete. A significantly high level of endurance is not required to get through the average martial arts class. The intensity level of such a class is not really that high. Here is a true fact for those whose cardio might not currently at the level they want: a martial arts class is a cardio workout. That means you will be improving your cardio and conditioning as you attend classes regularly.

However, you just might be struggling right now. You may be new to the classes or you might have had a layoff from training for quite some time. Regardless of the reason, it is well advised to take a few simple steps to improve your conditioning. This way, when the time comes to take your class, you will be in good shape and condition.

How to improve your cardio fitness

The way to improve your conditioning is not all that difficult. You just need to perform some basic cardio work for 20 minutes a day for about three days a week. Obviously, this will not turn you into a cardio dynamo. However, you will see your endurance levels improve dramatically. Running, jogging, jumping rope, and step aerobics can all contribute to enhancing your cardio for your martial arts class.

Once your cardio improves (and it will with consistent effort), you will discover getting through your class is easier and the class itself becomes a lot more enjoyable. You won’t be able to improve in the arts if you do not enjoy your sessions. Investing time enhancing your cardio will ensure your workouts are always positive and eventful ones. Even a little bit of cardio work can go a long way.

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Kicking’s Role in MMA and Self-Defence

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Is there any truth to the notion kicking is really a secondary technique in MMA?

Truthfully, kicking does have a place in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). There many who are not huge proponents of the use of the legs in MMA, but such an assessment is entirely accurate. similarly, a certain conventional wisdom has emerged over the past few years that kicks are not very good for self-defence either. This belief comes from the notion that because kicks are not used to a huge degree in MMA, kicks are not useful techniques for the street.

Head kickSo, are kicks a relic from prior decades when traditional martial arts training was more popular? In actuality, there are many uses for kicks in MMA and self-defence.

The main issue with kicks in MMA is such techniques can create an opening for a takedown. You also are vulnerable to a rear cross when employing rear leg kicks. As such, kicks have to be used a little bit more carefully when training for the cage. (Those training for kickboxing or point karate will be able to use a lot more variety in their leg techniques) The “judicious process” starts with using the highest percentage kicks which would be the lead and rear roundhouse kick. The Muay Thai roundhouse kick will be the preferred one to use for many.

Where the kick is directed also will play a role in its effectiveness. The inner and the outer thigh are the most common targets. For those that are not great kickers, these might be the best targets to stick with. Those that have exceptional kicking skill, higher targets such as the head might be workable.

Also, those that are good at kicking that might find the sidekick and the front push kick workable in MMA. Other kicks can be added based on the skill of the person.

For self-defence, the round kick, the front kick, the sidekick, and the stomping kick all have their role. The targets they generally attack are the illegal ones in sport competition. This would include the groin, the shins, the knees, the insteps, and so on. While effective, kicks can be limited in terms of their window of opportunity in a self-defence scenario.

Kicks are also very attributes based. That means you have to develop the flexibility and muscular endurance to use them effectively. Once you do that, there is no reason why your kicks cannot be devastatingly effective.

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Close-Quarters Combat for Martial Arts

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Close-Quarter Clinch in action

Close-Quarters double clinch in action

The value of close-quarters fighting

Those that have mastered the art of close-quarters combat will quickly point out they gain an edge in MMA and street self-defence. The value of close-quarters (clinch range) fighting is enormous and it can provide a great edge to many fighters. However, there are martial artists that prefer to stick with kickboxing and grappling in their training. While there is nothing inherently wrong with such an approach, those that do not work close-quarters fighting find themselves possessing an overall game that is not completely developed.Close-quarters fighting strategies have many benefits to them. Once you take time out to examine the benefits, you quickly realize why training close-quarters/clinch tactics is advised.

The weapons that can be employed in a close-quarters fight are enough to end a fight quickly. Knees and elbows are common in a sportive environment. These tools can be employed in a self-defence environment along with the equally devastating technique of a headbutt.

Grappling can be performed from close-quarters. Those that tie up in a clinch can control an opponent and segue from controls to a throw or a takedown. To put someone on the ground really places the individual in a bad situation. That is why it can be considered a wise strategy. This then brings us to our next point about close-quarter combat.

Skill in close-quarters does not only enhance your ability to take someone down. It also enhances your potential to avoid being taken down. Controlling an opponent in a close-quarters situation means you have the potential to nullify many of their takedown attacks.

Close-Quarters from back

Close-quarters from the back

In addition to being able to stop takedown attempts, close-quarter clinching can be used to control someone that is trying to strike you. You will see this in any boxing match. However, the rules of boxing prevent any offensive actions from the clinch. Obviously, you cannot throw or use headbutts. In a self-defence scenario, you might be legally allowed to do so.

Not very many people understand how to fight in a close-quarters environment. While many will flail around in this range, only truly trained martial artists and fighters has solid skill in close-quarters. Therefore, this becomes a very powerful range for them.

Close-quarters combat is also very low maintenance. That means you do not need a lot of strength of stamina to be effective in this range. As long as you have a number of high percentage offensive and defensive tools, your game likely will work for you. In fact, it just might work very well.

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Random ramblings of Martial Anarcho Philosoph

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I thunk this day. I have so much martial information that it would be impossible to teach it all to one person unless they lived with me and i gave them lots and lots of my time.

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I also thunk i want more and i know very little really, i want to do what Bob Breen did the other week and blow everyones head in with a jab after 20 years of training elite level.

I then thunk, its impossible to get bored teaching, if it ever happens to you then you havent been taught how to coach, develop, study and create.

We are creators, scavengers, copy and pasters doing it with style and purpose, engagement in the arts and awareness of the source. Finding things no one ever taught you, making it work in sparring against seasoned players then knowing although you found it it has been found before, but finding it makes it yours, you own it.

Depth of knowledge as opposed to a million techniques, a concept is worth a thousand of em

On the mats as off the mats.

Peace my lovelies

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    Making the Transition from Sport BJJ to MMA

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    Making the Transition from Sport BJJ to MMA

    Without a doubt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu remains one of the most important arts to learn when wishing to compete in MMA. Even submission wrestling stylists will invest a great deal of their time training in BJJ to round out their game. Not all BJJ players invest a lot of time training in MMA (striking) oriented scenarios. This can put them at somewhat of a disadvantage when trying to make the transition to MMA rules. The fundamentals of BJJ never change but the way in which the art is used in MMA changes quite a bit. In short, there are quite a few differences that have to be taken into consideration.BJJ

    The first thing that must be understood is MMA is a much more top game oriented environment. The guard is most definitely an important position to learn for MMA but you really do not want to make playing a guard game your “Plan A.” The reason for this is you have to deal with strikes reigning down on you from the top. Certainly, it is a much better to be on the bottom in the guard than it would be mounted, in side control or in a scarf hold. However, many have been defeated due to being hit too brutally in the guard to make using the guard a first choice option.

    This brings up another point. On the BJJ tournament scene, you can get away with having limited takedown skills. Even those with weak takedown defenses can survive and win a match since a takedown is “only” worth two points. In MMA, a takedown is given much more weight. If you are taken down one time, you can lose the round. If you are taken down more than one, you would have a very hard time winning the round. And this only refers to the scoring aspect of the round. If you are taken down with a wrestling takedown, you will be in the unenviable position of having to deal with ground and pound assaults.

    Submissions become harder to apply as well. The lack of a Gi, the sweat and the inclusion of MMA gloves can make submissions a little harder to employ. Also, submission illegal in BJJ such as the heel hook are legal in MMA. Spending additional time getting used to these formerly illegal locks would be a wise plan.

    Does it take a lot of effort to make the transition for sport BJJ to MMA? There is quite a bit of effort required, but anyone willing to make the right changes in training will find making the transition from sport BJJ to MMA a smooth one.

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    Martial Arts and Nutrition

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    The Role of Nutrition in Martial Arts Training

     Training in the martial arts requires quite a few things in order to gain a high level of proficiency. What you eat is one area that should never be taken lightly. While many will be willing to put the time in to enhance their strength and their conditioning, a lot of people will overlook the nutritional component of their training. This can prove problematic because overlooking nutrition can lead to a host of performance problems.

    Two common dietary mistakes people make when they train in the martial arts is they will either eat a diet too little in carbs or simply eat a diet that is just an outright poor one.

    Eating too few carbs is done because the person wants to drop weight. The problem here is that to take part in martial arts training, you need energy. That energy has to come from carbs. For those wishing to lose weight, it would be best to eat (good) carb early in the morning and cut them off after 4pm. You will likely burn a lot of your carbs in your workout.

    Eating a terrible diet will really work against all your training goals. Diets high in fat and refined sugar will not offer enough quality fuel to perform. Often, junk food is too heavy and it will really weigh you down. That means your performance will be diminished.

    Not eating enough carbohydrates will lead you to becoming tired out very quickly. Eating a lot of fat will make your performance sluggish. Either way, you won’t be enjoying your martial arts sessions very much since you won’t have the endurance to get through your workouts.

    You do not have to eat a Spartan diet in order to train for your regular class time. Now, if you are training for a fight, that is another matter. You will want to eat a very strict diet. However, when simply training as a student that wants to learn, you do not have to overdo it with your diet. It is suggested that the diet you do eat is a healthy one.

    This means you want to eat lean protein, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and good fats. Try to eat organic whenever possible. Such a diet will benefit your training immensely. The right diet can lead to better training sessions. Remember, the more you get out of your training sessions, the better the chances your skills will improve.
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