If you train mixed martial arts (MMA) you might have to prepare for an upcoming fight sooner or later, even if it is only on amateur level. Professional MMA fighters work hard on getting their bodies and minds ready for an opponent. Having well rounded skills in stand up and on the ground are a must even if you excel in one more than the other. UFC fighter Renzo Gracie shows you in the video below how to sharpen your fighting skills in all areas so that you are equally comfortable on the ground as in stand up.
Stand up MMA training:
Keep in mind that all MMA fights start out in stand up. Even if you are not a lethal striker you at least have to be able to dish out some well aimed shots to slow your opponent down. You also must protect yourself at all times. Adding strength training to your MMA workouts will help you pack more power into a punch.
Leg kicks are very useful when feeling your opponent out or simply keeping him at bay to prevent him from punching you. Muya Thai training is best for this purpose as well as conditioning training to desensitize your shins. As useful as leg kicks can be when they are used strategically, they also open the door for takedowns since you will already be partly off balance. Don’t use leg kicks to show off during a fight! This is not a kata demonstration and you will only dig your own hole.
Takedowns are your bread and butter in MMA. You have to master them from an offensive as well as defensive end. Naturally, fighters with a strong wrestling or judo background tend to excel here. Gracie shows several judo throws and jiu jitsu takedowns in the video below. Great opportunities for takedowns usually present themselves when your opponent attacks (especially with leg kicks since it will be easy to break his balance under the circumstances!) and in the clinch.
Ground MMA Training:
It goes without saying that jiu jitsu is the only thing that will help you survive on the ground as it consists of submission techniques that can be used as defense and offense. Even if you face an opponent like Brock Lesnar who can ground and pound you into Neverland, keep in mind that Frank Mir submitted him with a leg bar in their first match.
If you cover all these major components in your MMA training you should be able to become a well-rounded fighter, just like Gracie.
For more info on Renzo Gracie:
- visit his personal website
- check out his professional MMA fight record on Sherdog
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Watch Renzo Gracie’s MMA training in the video below: