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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Bootcamp Sessions Are Perfect for High Intensity Martial Arts Training

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While some do enjoy a more low intensity martial arts training experience, others are more interested in testing themselves to the limit. Whether they wish to do so in the dojo or in competition is irrelevant. Their ultimate goal is to prove they are up to th challenge of striving for greatness. This is where bootcamp training can prove to be enormously helpful. Basically, a solid bootcamp training program will ensure the body is in the right shape and condition to handle a higher level of intensity in martial arts training.

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Bootcamp training is commonly thought of as a means of losing weight in as quick of a manner possible thanks to high level intensity workouts. This is definitely true and among the main reasons why so many people will be interested in signing up for bootcamp classes. This was not the original reason why these workouts were designed. Their original revolves around getting athletes into perfect shape for an athletic contest. For those interested in getting into perfect physical condition, a bootcamp session can definitely help you get into perfect shape.

There are quite a number of benefits a bootcamp session can deliver that a standard cardio and strength training workout cannot. This is why it is best for performance athletes to enroll in bootcamp sessions.

One of the best outcomes of a bootcamp session would be resiliency. This means the body would be able to handle the harder workout sessions associated with more serious fight training sessions. The human body can handle quite a bit of physical exertion, but only when it has been sufficiently prepared to do so. This is not to suggest that bootcamp workouts are brutal, but they are challenging. It is the challenging nature of the workouts that allows them to make the body so physically resilient.

The workouts also do wonders for improving conditioning. The aerobic component of the exercises aid in ensuring cardio conditioning is improved immensely. Without the proper level of aerobic conditioning, higher levels of training become difficult if not impossible.

Muscular endurance becomes another major component of training. When the muscles fatigue, they are not able to perform in the desired manner. The bodyweight training component of workouts will definitely improve and enhance muscular endurance immensely. Bootcamp training puts a great deal of emphasis on the goal of increased muscular endurance.

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The Study of the Weapons of Antiquity Still Has Value in the Modern World

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Old school weapons in our modern world

You could thank the Kill Bill movies for reinvigorating the study of weapons in the martial arts. In particular, Samurai sword training has become popular. In recent years, the Game of Thrones television series has raised interest in learning about the western sword and weapon arts. While many take up such study, most assume this is solely for fun and personal enjoyment instead of any actual real practical application.

The truth here is there are quite a number of modern applications drawn from weapons training.

Weapons training has a bit more use than many realize. By weapons training, it is meant the student studies some of the older weapons fighting methods from antiquity. It does not refer to the use of the modern knife as an offensive tool. There might be some very old systems of weapons fighting that have been lost mostly to the ages. In the modern world, people do not know the proper way swords work. Barring Olympic fencing, knowledge about weapons training is limited to those who learned the intricacies of older weapons via the traditional martial arts.

Is the study of these older weapons solely for entertainment and personal education purposes? To a degree, there are those that just enjoy weapons training because it is something different and unique to do. So be it. Let them enjoy their training!

Others will simply take on weapons training because, well, you do have to move a lot and this means calories are burned. Also, the constant movement of the upper limbs contributes to muscle development in the arms and shoulders. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with that. DVDs have been released promoting workouts based on weapons systems and the content of the material is almost exclusively rooted in a unique means of getting toned. Again, there is nothing wrong with that.

The true beauty of training with older weapons is, however, there are a lot of unique empty hand applications that come from weapons training. Bareknuckle boxing, karate and systems of Chinese martial arts can trace their origins to the old weapons systems of previous generations. Investing a little time in learning these older systems can lead to unlocking a number of empty hand secrets that may have been lost to time. Upon learning some of these older techniques, the modern application of these moves begins to make much more sense.

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Building Concentration in the Young Ones is a Major Benefit of Martial Arts Training

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Martial Arts helps concentration in kids

Martial arts lessons for kids can have very positive effect on those enrolled in the classes. One of the biggest benefits would be improved focus and concentration. This is a good thing because our technologically driven society is one that does not always contribute to improving the lost skills of focus and concentration.

Martial arts helps kids concentration

Technology is a good thing and no one would ever say the technological improvements we see in the internet and television are not without value. Neither television or the internet are solely for entertainment. There is great informational benefit to investing time on the computer and even watching television. Educational programming can help very young kids supplement their learning quite a bit as long as they are watching the right channels.

The problem that arises is so many choices in television programming and internet websites can lead kids to switching channels and surfing websites with great frequency. Bored after only watching three minutes of a program? Change the channel! The first images appearing on a website are unappealing? Jump to a new site! While convenient, kids might up discovering their attention span suffers and suffers greatly. A poor attention span is not going to be a good thing when attending school or even when in situations designed to promote socialization.

This is where martial arts classes for kids can be a huge help.

A lot is mentioned about martial arts classes for kids being good for concentration and discipline, but the reasons why are not mentioned with much clarity. The truth is there are some very simple and basic ways in which kids martial arts classes can develop such skills.

A martial arts class will be one hour long and follow a specific structure. This does not mean the class will be overly regimented or not be fun. Rather, a full hour must be spent in the class and the class will be spent on the performance of the tasks at hand. There is no channel switching or internet surfing involved!

In all seriousness, there will be times when a person cannot simply walk away from something that bores them quickly. Getting through an eight hour or more workday is critical for all adults. Kids need to learn what is required to handle necessary tasks and do so with the right attitude. Martial arts training just may help them do just that.

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