Beginners MMA Classes

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Beginners MMA Classes

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Beginners MMA classes at Function First Lincoln

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Beginners MMA Classes – Position Before Submission

Our beginners MMA classes cover the fundamental positions in Ju Jitsu, MMA and the grappling arts. You won’t be alone, training with other beginners building confidence together.

You will work on basic positions, this is vital. Being able to flow through the positions without thinking is key.  Once you can do this then we can pressure test each position. Can you hold your partner in a position so they cannot escape?

Once you can hold them still, now you can look at submissions. Armbars, chokes, kimuras etc all become much easier once you can hold someone still.

Beginners MMA Classes – Cross Training

As MMA is a complex art to learn. We divide our classes up into striking and groundwork. The striking classes include 20% takedowns so we end up on the ground. This is where you study the fascinating ground game in our Ju-Jitsu classes.

MMA requires an understanding of all combat areas that you will learn in the beginner MMA classes. Striking is, of course, a huge part of MMA. Learning how to enter into the clinch range would be another. As would be stopping your opponent entering into the clinch range. Defending takedowns and initiating takedowns all on your own terms. This is all covered in the beginner MMA classes.

Beginner MMA Classes – Outcomes

We have students train for various reasons. The main reason being confidence and nothing, we believe builds confidence quite like a combat sport. Others train to get fit and a fun healthy activity. Others train because MMA being a complex game stimulates the mind. It really is a thinking person’s sport. Of course, some train to compete but this is something we don’t force or require.

If you are happy training a few hours a week to study the art in martial art then we are just as happy as you are.

We hope this puts your mind at rest, we understand it can be quite daunting taking up a combat sport

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We always offer a free trial in all our classes and we always advise trying out a few other clubs too. Never buy the first car you test drive

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MMA Lincoln

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MMA Lincoln

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MMA Lincoln where the revolution is internal

MMA Lincoln 

In the late 1990’s I was cross training in kickboxing, traditional Jiu-Jitsu and Keysi Fighting method which on its own was a mixture of arts. I was introduced to something called Vale Tudo by my good friend Tony Davis who around that time was travelling far and wide to train with little-known fighters such Antônio Rogério Nogueira.

Since them what we now know as MMA has completely transformed and exploded into the mainstream with such epic theatrical productions such as the Connor McGregor vs Mayweather fight. This fight is reported to have generated around $400,000,000 that’s half a billion nearly which I hope you agree is insane.

MMA Lincoln Fight Team

At Function First MMA Lincoln we entered the arena in 2000 and had some fantastic fights. Stu Smith one of our coaches won his first amateur fight in Peterborough and the following few years we learnt some important lessons and gained some valuable experience.

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Stu after his first win

MMA Lincoln Journey

In our early days, we used to teach all the groundwork, takedown and striking in a one-hour class. But soon realised that regular students making it in two nights a week were struggling to pick up the work. So after some deliberation, we split classes into striking and grappling, MMA Lincoln.

It worked out better than we expected. Students that could only attend two nights a week could now train one hour in our striking class and one hour in our jiu MMA Lincoln class and the results spoke for themselves.

It also meant we had students who preferred the striking and those that enjoyed the grappling more. So we catered for those people also

MMA Lincoln Process

So within the first two years, our striking classes bred two K1 Titleholders and several solid fight team members. Starting at interclubs and working up to the bigger shows.

We are now building a solid fight team though it’s worth mentioning. We are not what I would call a fighters academy. Most of our students train for fun and fitness and the multiple benefits of martial arts. Both off the mats as on the mats.

Our fight team make up around 10% of our members. That seems a great balance at this point in time.

So hopefully be seeing you on those mats soon

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Punch Power Seminar Feb 2017

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Punch Power Seminar

Saturday 4th March 2017





Matt Chapman returns to deliver his fantastic improve your punch power seminar

This time round we will be looking at

  • Improving your punch power standing
  • Improving your punch power on the ground

Seriously, last time Matt held this seminar at Function First we all stopped halfway through to wrap our hands from the heavy hitting, very cool indeed

Secure your place by paying below or see our lovely ladies on reception

NO PAY ON THE DAY – COMMIT OR QUIT

 





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Talent Vs Hard Work

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The Hare and the tortoise.

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Ive seen this a lot over the years, new member joins the gym and picks stuff up so fast. All the other members are blown away and impressed by the seemingly effortless talent. I immediately think, “slightly higher maintenance relationship”

Now thats not a negative thing to say, its my job to notice these things and deliver the required coaching.

So heres how its played out so many times over the years, and i hope this resonates with some of you.

The ones who pick it up quick often get bored quicker or lose interest quicker and go looking for alternative stimuli. While their away missing a class or 2, i mean a class or 2 is no big deal right?

Well during those classes the tortoise gets the basics drilled and drilled and the tortoise never misses a class and stays consistent. The tortoise gets 10 reps in to every 8 of the hare, now that might not sound a lot but that means the what the hare does in 4 years the tortoise does in 3, thats a whole year of extra training and thats without missing any classes. Just attending the same classes and getting in 2 extra reps with a methodical consistent approach can make all the difference.

Now what happens is the hare returns to class after flying their remote control plane at the local model plane club where their also regarded as talented and the swimming club and the football club and the, yeah you get it talented at everything they touch club.

So they return to the martial arts club and they grapple with the tortoise, but now the tortoise is in control and the talent isn’t cutting it. They now feel frustrated and de moralised, i mean this just doesn’t happen at the other clubs (YET) they are the kiddy the gifted but now the scrawny little kids are all over them.

They go home deflated and now miss a few more classes, i mean why would you want to go to a class and be dominated and lose against tortoises?

And here lies the vicious circle of unfocused talent.

Consistency and focus are not just important for martial arts but in many areas of your life.

Wherever you are, be all there and be there often as hard work will almost always beat talent. 

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Interclub April 2015

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Well done all, you did so well.

Vipers were amazing, some wonderful attitude and technique, very proud indeed. It was so difficult to decide on a winner as the skill levels were so well matched.

Cadets, wow girl power in the arena, again fantastic attitude and effort giving the boys a hard time but great skill and sportsmanship from all.

Adults, some big steps taken for a few today, some lovely technical skill on display and some heart.

There was a few tears as expected, its a contact sport but the objectives were met and were so proud of you all. The purpose was purely to build confidence and i know you all felt the pressure, even the guys who have competed at larger shows admitted this afterwards.

I could hear the breathing from the stress and the emotions in the eyes, this is what its all about, pushing each other to places in the mind and body that most people will never experience.

Its character building stuff and will pay dividends over the years and throughout your life. It toughens the mind and body and it strengthens the mind body connection, and you cannot put a price on that.

I know as parents if your child’s out there it can be uncomfortable, it should be unless your a bit of a monster. We understand this and we value the responsibility you put in us as professionals to make sure your children are looked after and safe. They are in good hands and we would never let anything go on that was negative to anyones growth as a human, its all about team and sportsmanship and today it was abundant, not just from the competitors but the parents and others watching the event.

We salute you all.

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Comp team

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Bringing Home The Medals

Oh! and a disqualification

Well another great outing for the team.

Dom took the gold in the strike and grapple

Rob took silver in the strike and grapple

Mike took Bronze in the strike and grapple

Alfie got DQ’d in the kickboxing, unfortunately Alfie kicked his opponent’s legs after a warning.

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So a nice range of medals all the way to a DQ,

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The Odd World of Strange Grappling Moves

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The Odd World of Strange Grappling Moves

There are certain grappling moves to beware of. No, this is not an inference to the more dangerous moves such as heel hooks and neck cranks. On second thought, you DO have to beware of those moves and curtail their use. Most schools will have an outright ban on moves of that nature so we do not have to worry too much about practicing them. Schools will not have a ban, however, on moves that can be deemed utterly ridiculous and useless. And oh yes, there are quite a number of grappling moves of that nature.

There are a few categories in which the more ridiculous moves fall under. The first would be moves that simply are so low in percentage they could never work.

Low percentage grappling moves

The history of the martial arts is rife with some odd grappling moves.

 In the late 1980s, a number of grappling videos were released to capture the slowly growing market of students interested in BJJ. Many of these videos came out at a time when people were not familiar with the common ground positions of the standard resistance someone will feel when attempting to apply the move. In short, you end up with a few remnants of this lower percentage moves still floating around and they are best not trained too often. You never know. You might be able to use one now and then. However, they are not the high percentage moves that should be worked on a great deal.

Now, there is also (sadly) a way to undermine the effectiveness of moves that are very high percentage. Yes, an armbar and a triangle choke can be made decidedly less effective than they should be. How this occurs is when they are connected to a sequence that just has too many moves. In truth, it would not be the arm lock or the choke that is ineffective. The setup and the entry into the choke would be the flawed elements ruining the effectiveness.  Cutting down all the extra moves is a must in order to make the technique work. Be mindful of the fact that the more components there are to a move, the more opening exist for a counter. If it takes three moves, there are three points in which to escape before the submission is sunk in. If there are 8 moves, well, that is quite a long path before the submission is sunk. A host of opportunities are open for the individual to actually escape.

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Recovering After your Martial Arts Workout

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Recovering After your Martial Arts Workout

A lot of time, effort, and study is put into how to perform during a martial arts class. This is definitely a good thing. You do want to be prepared and to be in great shape when you attend your classes. However, you also will be required to put some time into thinking about what to do after class. Even a moderately paced martial arts workout can be a little testing for the body. When you have finished with your session, you will need to do what is required to properly recover after the workout.

Invest in your Martial Arts workout recovery

Not everyone puts much thought into recovering from their workout. They simply just look forward to the next class. There is definitely nothing wrong with this attitude, but it is also well advised to also invest time in making sure you do what is required to aid in your body’s repair of muscle tissue and to replenish its lost nutrients.

Good nutrition helps recover from your Martial Arts workout

Good food = good martial artsNutrition should not be ignored after a Martial Arts workout. When you are investing time in a high intensity cardio workout, lot of vitamins and minerals will need to be replenished. There are quite a number of nonstimulant workout recovery drinks which can do this. Beware of the sugar content on some of those drinks though. You ideally would want to keep refined sugar low. Others may suggest going the natural route and simply eating an orange as this fruit is considered perfect for recovery. A bit of protein in the form of chicken or brown rice is helpful. The key here is you want to add some carbs to your system so you have energy and you need the protein to rebuild and repair the muscle tissue stressed during the class.

Water is vital to your Martial Arts workout recovery

Water is vital to your recovery from a martial arts workoutYou definitely will want to drink some water after having worked out quite intensely. Sweating means you will have lost quite a bit of water during your workout. Martial artists surely need to replenish that water or else you will end up feeling dehydrated. Then again, you won’t just feel dehydrated. You probably will be dehydrated.

Give your body ample rest after the workout to recover. Rushing into the next workout without taking time out to help your body heel a bit can be the path to injury. If you feel excessively sore, you are going to end up in even worse condition if you do not take time out before the next workout session.

Recovery is a very important component to your martial art training. Never skimp or avoid doing what is required to properly recovery from your workout session.

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Cut Out Unnecessary Motions to Make your Martial Arts More Successful

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Cut Out Unnecessary Motions to Make your Martial Arts More Successful

One of the most common ways to make a martial art decidedly less effective would be to add unnecessary extra motions. What would be the best way to define an extra motion? Basically, this would be any type of motion that does not contribute to economy of motion, and slows down the ability to actually deliver an effective offence.

 The problem here is that there will also be times when movement is required. For example, when someone is charging on you and a kick would be a preferred technique, you might not be able to kick from where you are. You might have to move in order to deliver the kick. Would this be unnecessary extra motion?

It may or it may not be. There are certain factors that come into play when trying to define whether or not it is extra motion.

What is unnecessary motion in martial arts?

If you move  two feet out of the way of an incoming attack, you may be moving far too much. Six inches or so may have been enough. The extra movement is exactly that. It is extra and it is unnecessary. Intelligent martial arts training and working on improving distance would cut down on any excessive movement.

Over time, as your skill develops even further, your martial arts skills will allow you to have greater timing, speed, and overall attributes. This could lead to you being able to perform that kick without sidestepping at all. A common misconception about cutting down on unnecessary motion is that it must start on day one. This likely is not possible.  A beginner can only do their best based on their current level of martial arts skill. With good commitment, that skill level will improve to the point of smoothness, and a sense of logic will lead to cutting down on moves that are not necessary.

Of course, training methods will also play a critical role in whether or not the student will be able to avoid performing a lot of unnecessary movement. Martial arts training methods that put an emphasis on the volume of techniques will never aid someone looking to cut down on the amount of movement required to perform a technique in the simplest and most economical manner.

This is a critical point because simplicity and economy of motion are the only way to make techniques work in both sport martial arts and self-defense.

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Improving Your State of Mind Thanks to Training Martial Arts

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Training martial arts will improve your state of mind

Training martial arts will always have a number of positive benefits. Virtually everyone realises and agrees that training martial arts can be quite good for self defence. Others will be quick to point out that training martial arts will contribute to improvements in health and fitness. There is another area of improvement that can sometimes be overlooked. This would be the mental health benefits that can be gained from training martial arts.

Training martial arts can help relieve this feeling.

The notion training in MMA, kickboxing, or a traditional martial art could lead to improvements in mental health might seem more than a bit “out there”. It may be easy to assume someone is suggesting that studying a combat sport or learning self defence can easily replace serious therapy with a health care provider. No one is suggesting training martial arts are the sole way to treat a major psychological problem. However, the arts can be effectively used to create more peace of mind and enhance a positive mental state.

We know this because they have been doing so for centuries.

Training martial arts for stress relief

The easiest way this can be seen is how training martial arts can be a great stress releaser. No one likes to deal with pent up stress from work or other responsibilities.  Getting away from it all even if it is only for an hour or two can have a positive impact on your state of mind. Hitting a heavy bag or getting a really good workout in can definitely burn up a lot of stress in a good way. We all know that some of the ways people deal with stress are neither positive nor healthy, such as possibly drinking alcohol or smoking. Training martial arts offers a much better alternative.

Training martial arts takes your mind off things

The martial arts can also get your mind off of things that may be troubling you even after you leave the dojo. Thinking about your training or reading a book on the subject contribute to thinking about positive things. This would certainly be preferable to just wallowing on things that are neither positive nor helpful.

This is not to suggest the martial arts should be used for the purpose of permanent escapism. That would be a very self-defeating venture. At some point, you do have to take time out and deal with your responsibilities and sources of stress. Doing so at the proper time is recommended. Training martial arts can give you a reprieve until that time.

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