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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Power side forwards or to the rear??

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Power Side Forward vs. Power Side to the Rear: The Eternal Martial Art Discussion

Power side forward vs. power side to the rear: which is better? This is a commonly debated topic among the striking arts. To a degree, whether to put the strong side forward or to the rear is also a common discussion in grappling arts circles. In truth, personal preferences and goals will factor into whether or not the power side should go forward or remain in the rear.

Power side - Sport at the rearWhat is your power side?

Strong side vs. weak side will be based on whether you are right handed or left handed. If you are right handed, your right hand would reflect your power hand. Hence, strong side forward means your right hand and foot would be forward. The rational here is both the right hand and foot would be far more capable of handling the tasks required of them since they are stronger. This is why so many self-defence arts stress the strong side forward.

Power side in sports martial arts

Sportive arts will follow a different paradigm. In sportive endeavors, the weak side is put forward for the purpose of setting up a massive power shot from the strong side in the rear. In a sportive endeavor, there are very few options available to those in the ring or the cage. The reason is an opponent will be moving and jabbing. Therefore, it becomes harder to find a clear shot. As a result, it becomes necessary to set up shots through using the weak lead hand and cutting lose with the weak side when an opportunity arises.

Power side in self defence

In self defence, this might not be a wise approach because time is not on the side of the person who is being attacked. Assaults commence and end rather quickly. Due to this fact, striking with the most powerful tool is vital and placing the tool closer to the target makes sense.

That said, you will likely be in a natural stance when you are assaulted and that means your weak side may be forward. You would have no choice but to act from the weak side. Rarely do you ever have any choices when you are dealing with an assault situation. This is do to the rapid nature of such clashes. So, for self defence purposes, it is best to train both the strong and the weak side to ensure you are capable of handling anything that comes your way. With the right effort and training, the weak side can be made much stronger.

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The Foot Sweep: Making a Classic Martial Arts Technique Relevant

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The Foot Sweep: Making a Classic Martial Arts Technique Relevant

One of the huge benefits of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training has been the modernisation of the martial arts. This is definitely a good thing because modernising the martial arts helps with improving training methods. There is one drawback though. Namely, there are a few old school (so to speak) martial arts techniques that can become somewhat forgotten due to the emphasis on MMA. One such technique would be the classic foot sweep.

Foot SweepThe foot sweep is found in scores of traditional martial arts. It is not commonly taught in many MMA programs and this is unfortunate. It is perplexing though since the foot sweep is found in both Muay Thai and in Judo, two arts that are a major part of MMA training. Granted, many Thai boxing classes opt not to teach the foot sweep due to the injurious nature when a foot sweep is performed as a kick.

So what is a foot sweep?

We are getting a little bit ahead of ourselves here. A foot sweep is a takedown or partial takedown performed by pulling, kicking, or otherwise dragging an opponent’s foot. In Muay Thai, this is traditionally done by kicking a fighter’s ankle as a counter to his kick. Since he is on one leg, the foot sweep is quite dangerous.

That said, there are other times a foot sweep can be performed and done so in a far less dangerous manner. Off balancing an opponent and dragging the foot can take him off balance. In a self-defense situation, someone may try to grab you, you could sweep his foot out making it very difficult for him to move efficiently and you can quickly run away. Of course, in more serious situations, the foot sweep could be used to break the structure of an assailant so you can strike more efficiently. Often, this is a technique used in traditional Muay Thai, but trained fighters know how to counter so they will not get knocked over all that easily.

One thing about foot sweeps is they require an understanding of the proper angles to hit in order to disrupt the opponent. If the angle (often based on the triangle position of how the person’s stance may be), is hit correctly, the person will fall over. Often, it is necessary to attack the feet in combinations in order to hit the correct triangle point. Each time an untrained person struggles to escape a foot sweep, he/she will become more likely to be swept.

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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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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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