Sunday, 9 May 2010

Dont Drop Your Guard when Striking!

Lyoto Machida got knocked out at UFC 113. He fought against Mauricio Shogun Rua. The cause of the knockout was due to Machida throwing a punch to Rua, but at the side time getting caught with an overhand right to the side of his head.

The following was said by Rua,

“I noticed that every time he would try to attack on the timing of my kicks, he was attacking, but without his guard in proper place with his face exposed,” said Rua, “so that’s why I worked a lot this time, not only on the kicks, but also for (the) overhand right punch to surprise him when he was trying to move in for my kicks.”

Many times on this website you will read articles stressing the importance of a good guarding hand at all times, but never more important than when throwing punches and kicks of your own.

If you have seen the fight you will notice exactly what Rua is talking about. Machida did drop his guard on many occasions during the short fight which did not even last a round and paid the price because of it. This is not to say that Machida is not a great fighter because he is. However he got sloppy and lost because of it.

Allowing bad habits to form such as dropping ones guard is not something new. It has probably happened to all strikers once of twice in their martial arts training.

This is why it is so important to return to basic training every now and then. This will allow for a martial artist to check, preferably in front of a mirror or with the help of a trainer to see whether bad habits are forming and is a great way to rectify them.

Performing basic training is the only way to achieve this and something that should be undertaken by all martial artists regularly.


Marks
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Friday, 7 May 2010

Tips for Smoothing out Basic Techniques

Basics are the cement which holds all martial artists fighting together. Without good basics one will never develop into an advanced fighter and it is for this reason that they must be drilled again and again.

Unfortunately though, it is very easy to concentrate on advanced training and basics can often get neglected. If this happens one will find that bad habits will develop and sloppiness will occur.

The following are steps which can be taken to work on basic techniques and hopefully they may help you to smooth out the rough patches which you may have developed.

Slow down – This is the first thing to do. Slow your training right down so that you are almost performing the technique in slow motion.

Train in front of a mirror – The mirror will tell you exactly where you are going wrong. It is probably the most useful training apparatus one can have.

Think about the technique – Some people train with music on which is fine, however if you are trying to work on a basic technique, turn the music off and maybe even train on your own so you can think about the technique and focus on it 100%

Drill it – Drill the technique until you can perform it perfect ten times in a row. Try not to get frustrated here as it can take time.

Although you may think that you may have regressed due to the fact that you have to work a basic technique try not to let it bother you. It is actually good because it gives you a chance to work your basics again, something which you may not have done for a while and it can break up a possible repetitive workout regime which may have developed.


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