Today’s question is: “should you ever hold your breath while sparring”. Many instructors would tell you that holding your breath is a big no-no, and generally I agree with them. What I want to talk about today, however, is a possible exception to this rule. (more…)
I sometimes get asked questions about how to breath while sparring, in particular, how to control your breathing when you are really fighting hard.
When you are sparring at an easy to moderate pace then it is a good idea to keep your breath regular, deep and even. (more…)
Here are some more ideas if you want to try anaerobic conditioning. The common theme this week is that more time is spent going hard than resting, so willpower is important here! (more…)
Last week we discussed some of the factors around incorporating anaerobic training in your conditioning routine. As promised, here are some real-life examples of anaerobic workouts: this week all the sample workouts have more recovery time than exertion time (don’t worry, you’ll need it). (more…)
I get asked fairly often when someone should incorporate anaerobic training into his or her conditioning regimen.
By “anaerobic” training I basically mean sprints and interval training – where you go hard and fast for a relatively short period of time. (more…)
People like doing what they are good at and avoid doing things that they are not so good at. It’s an ego thing: nobody likes looking like an idiot, and once martial artists get good at something they tend to stick with it. (more…)
It is widely accepted that weight training complements and improves good technique. Many grapplers and martial artists lift weights to make them stronger, faster, and more explosive. (more…)
In a really good training month I might take some BJJ classes, do some submission grappling sparring, take some private classes with a wrestling coach, run and lift weights for conditioning, do some boxing drills, do some yoga, and be a sparring partner for some NHB competitors at the club. (more…)
Endurance is the key. It doesn’t matter if you run in the park, skip rope, swim in a pool or go mountain biking: if you aren’t training to increase your stamina you are short-changing your potential on the mat. (more…)