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Liver Drills

Posted by Matthew Chapman on

The liver is a large blood filled organ on the right-hand side of the body under the lower ribs. The liver is extremely sensitive to impact, kicks punches and knees to the liver are all equally effective. It is extremely difficult to continue fighting after a clean shot lands to the liver. It hurts so bad that all you can do is lay on the ground in a foetal position gently moaning. For this reason it is therefore worthwhile working combinations that target this area. Liver Combo 1 (Boxing) Liver combination 1 is a boxing combination that mixes punches to...

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Interception Drills for Boxing, Kickboxing & MMA

Posted by Matthew Chapman on

Intercepting an opponent’s attack is one of the hardest skills to develop as it takes great special awareness. Interception is all about timing your strike to land at the precise moment when the opponent steps into range. Strike too early and the technique falls short, strike too late and the technique is jammed and only partially effective. Bruce Lee believed interception was the highest level of skill and so named his martial art “Jeet Kune Do” which means the way of the intercepting fist. If it is good enough for Bruce, it’s good enough for me. Interception jab The pad...

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Footwork

Posted by Matthew Chapman on

Footwork is one of the most important skills in combat sports. Footwork dictates whether you are able to get close enough to strike, positions you for follow-ups and gets you out of danger when needed. I cannot over emphasise how important footwork is. As footwork is so critical, it should be included in every session. It is vital that a fighter develops the ability to move in any direction, smoothly and on balance. A fighter’s feet and legs are his powerhouse responsible for initiating all movements and generating power. If the fighter has poor footwork they cannot control range, cover...

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Distance and control

Posted by Matthew Chapman on

Defence is entirely a matter of distance. Staying too close to the opponent reduces the reaction time available to block, evade or destroy. Being too far away from an opponent makes initiating difficult as one has to step into range to strike which telegraphs the attack. For any technique therefore it is necessary to maintain the optimal distance for that technique to be practical. Trying to punch from a long-distance will result in a lunging punch that is easily counted. The defensive distance drill was designed to develop a fighter’s sensitivity to the importance of distance. It is also a...

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Dirty boxing

Posted by Matthew Chapman on

Dirty boxing or infighting was made popular in the UFC by wrestlers such as Randy Couture and Jon Fitch. These Greco Roman wrestlers found they were effective in controlling the clinch and striking from close to set up take downs. Dirty boxing which involves controlling the neck and arms of an opponent, whilst throwing short hooks uppercuts, elbows and shoulder bumps has now become an integral part of MMA training.  The person who controls the clinch is also usually the person who can control where the fight takes place. A good clinch makes take downs easier as the fighter has...

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