Random Musings in preparation for actual useful content

February 8, 2011

Its been forever since I have gotten round to updating this blog. What prompted me to start it up again was to let everyone know some of the developments we have been making with regards to MMA technique, strategy and within strength and conditioning for the sport.

This post will act as a preview for whats to come in the next few months as I am commiting to blogging once a week from now until forever, feel free to hang around. If your involved in the sport you will be glad you did.

So here is what ive been thinking and playing about with.

Cage work

    Cagework describes the offensive and defensive techniques and strategies that take place along the fence. This is unique to mma and is such a vast animal that I believe it can be considered as the fifth physical aspect in MMA (the others being boxing, muay thai, wrestling, jiu jitsu and strength and conditioning). Its practically an entire discipline in itself. If you can back a guy up and shove him into the fence, unlike in a boxing ring, his back heel makes contact with the cage his stance goes to crap and he becomes a victim. I see that paticular thing happening a lot. More and more people get their balance screwed up and get KOed along the fence.

    We also have takedowns, takedowns defense, stand ups, offensive and defensive clinch striking and off course ground and pound. You may have a handle on this from training the individual sports but if i add the prefix Cage to each of the above aspects are you really confident you have it covered? If you do not have a cage or wall to work on you might be screwed as the top teams develop.

    Apart from a few things here and there I havent seen a solid resource shedding education on cagework. So ill take it on myself to create one. As always your feedback is appreciate so feel free to comment.

    A true offseason.

    I always hark on about the importance of strength training and prioritising it. when you have no fights coming up get lifting 4days a week eat crap loads and stop sparring. In my experience what happens is that guys will do the 4 day programs, leave out all the rehab stuff, stretching, warming up etc (all the stuff that stops them breaking), dont eat enough and spar more than ever.

    This really but the brakes on strength development and usually sent them to overtraining ville. Fortunatly Lovey came to the rescue. After trying to stop the love machines knee with his face Titan came up 2nd (he wishes me to state that he completed his takedown). Now i had a subject who wasnt allowed to spar, had a good static strength base and great lifting technique.

    So after 12 weeks of programming that aimed to maintain his static strength and improve his spring strength and reactive ability I have created the 5 minute nightmare. The guy who helps prep guys for fights but doesnt do extended rounds himself. All of his physical characteristic (well apart from conditioning) have leaped. We are talking vertical jump, 1RM,s, drop jump, 5RM’s etc. His technical ability has been maintained (from jumping in to the technique classes) but know hes a much better athlete. He will be able to get in shape again quite easily (conditioning is more about sparring and willpower) but is now a crazy super athlete. Due to Titans sucess everyone seems to be more willing to stick with the program which rocks. Moral of the story do as I say and you will be awesome.

    My Next Fight

    I will be competing against Andreas Bernhard 8-1 on Cagewarriors 40 in London for their first show of their 2011 campaign on February 26th, at the famous HMV Forum in Kentish Town. Ill be fighting alongside my Team mate Graham Afterburner Turner as we both work towards rocking out some matching belts. Training has been superb what with almost the entire pro team training for bouts in the same weekend.

    If your interested in viewing some organised ultraviolence let me know or check out cagewarriors.com.

    That will do for now my new plan is to keep these short, sweet and regular.

    But as always, ill give you what you really came for

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