It takes a slightly twisted individual to engage in Mixed Martial Arts competition. It’s one thing to study a martial art in hopes that it would protect your life one day; that in some dark alley, you might be lucky enough to have practiced the perfect kick to maim your would-be assailant. Im sure that many of us have fantasized about karate chopping a gun out of some bandit’s inexplicably feeble grip, and sending him home empty handed, dejected by his lack of skills. It’s another thing entirely to willingly engage in face-to-fist combat with a trained fighter… in front of your friends in the audience and the screaming girlfriend of your opponent.
Jiu Jitsu, translated “gentle art”, is a complex grappling martial art that has garnered a lot of respect in recent years. With the foundation of the UFC, Jiu Jitsu was seen be be an incredibly effective virtually dominant martial art.
Instead of striking an opponent to the point of knockout, Jiu Jitsu relies on the one’s ability to choke or break the joints of an opponent. Early in the UFC a smaller, lighter fighter reigned supreme using only Jiu Jitsu. This all-out dominance has changed, but the efficacy of the art and the importance of it’s use can be witnessed in all mixed martial arts fighting today,
Boxing training should be the fundamental groundwork laid for anyone working to develop their striking skills. Too many fighters in today’s age neglect their boxing abilities. As a result, they end up remaining easy to hit and unable to effectively set up the combinations that help to make their attacks land.
The footwork you will develop by working with a boxing trainer can be applied to all stand-up fighting arts, and will keep you out of harms way. If you become adept enough with boxing footwork, you can win fights simply by moving around, making your opponent chase you, and tiring him out before your attack.
While there are many forms of kickboxing, Muay Thai kickboxing is by far the most useful for self-defense. It is also the best kickboxing for improving fitness and building strength. While the following summary of Muay Thai kickboxing training might be a little intense, this form of martial art can be made to suit your needs and help you get in shape while learning how to kick butt.
Muay Thai kickboxing is probably the most brutal fighting style known to man. In all martial arts, there seems to be a combination of aesthetics, or how pleasing something looks, and functionality, how well something works. In Muay Thai, the way your technique “looks” is meaningless. Pretty moves are replaced by the cutting impact of elbows, the muscle deadening blows dealt by shins, and the brute force generated by knees. When it comes to dishing out some damage, Muay Thai kickboxing reigns supreme.
The evolution of fitness and exercise programs has been drastic over the last fifty years, picture a frumpy Charles Atlas vs. Arnold 20 years later. From a performance standpoint, world records are broken every year. Football players get faster and faster, while simultaneously becoming more massive. Science continues to develop, and we understand more and more about the human body, thus learning cooler ways to make it grow or become more explosive. A good personal trainer stays on top of such science, and finds a way to incorporate new techniques into achieving your goals. However, a great personal trainer understands the meaning of motivation, and compassion. The science can take a back seat to hard work.
If working out was easy, everyone would be in great shape. There would be no need for New Year’s resolutions, crazy diets, or all of the ridiculous fitness equipment sold on late-night infomercials. Let’s face it, for the average working American, it’s a challenge to gather the motivation and discipline to exercise regularly. Hiring a personal trainer is a fantastic way to keep yourself on track.
Part of having a personal trainer is accountability.