This evening’s lesson brought my client up to his sixth hour of Combat Conditioning. We focused on pulling and pressing actions involved in martial arts actions covering stand-up, clinch and ground. This was followed by two 5 minute rounds of MMA sparring.
The lesson began with a series of callisthenic exercises and dynamic stretches. This was then followed with line-work drills covering different stances and techniques. We first moved footwork from Western Boxing, Muay Thai and Wrestling followed by ground-fighting movements. This was layered in with punching, kicking/knees, takedown entries and submission callisthenics respectively. We then took these movements over to some resistance exercises.
The following exercises are inspired by force-vector and dynamic correspondence based training. The concept is that training movements in a certain direction as certain simple exercises has a corresponding benefit to activities and sports that generally move in that direction. However, it should be noted that such training can be counter-productive if the participant focuses more on mimicking techniques using resistance training methods.
We did the following exercises
Cross-punching – Resistance band pushing and pulling versions of the same movement
Spear Knee – Resistance band pushing and pulling versions of the same movement
Double Leg Takedown – Resistance band pulling and pressing against force coming forward
Butterfly Guard – Pulling with resistance band and pressing a human body
Each of these was then followed with technique confirmations using focus mitts or in simple drills.
The lesson finished with 2 x 5 minute rounds of MMA sparring.
Please see below relevant links: