|Academy of Combat Newsletter #157
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Time: 6pm to 9pm, Friday August 18th, 2017
Will/Machado BJJ Championships 2017The Will/Machado BJJ Championships are coming up fast and will take place on September 9th in Melbourne. There will be a seminar with Rigan Machado the next day. It's best to get accommodation and plane tickets arranged very soon if you are going as prices will only increase from now on. Online registration can be found here.
We will have 2 brand new Thai Boxing bags up by next week. Come in and give them a bash!
Well done to Brielle Pierson and Gary Shadbolt who competed at the Canterbury's Top Grappler Youth Tournament on July 23rd. We are very proud of how you both performed as you were up against some very experienced competition.
3) There is Friday Night sparring 6-7:30pm for BJJ, MMA and Thai Boxing. If you haven’t sparred before please book a sparring etiquette appointment at reception before your first session.
4) There is an open mat on Saturdays for sparring and drilling from 12pm until 2pm.
Beyond Technique: Essential Fighting Skill Attributes, Part 2
In this the second part of a 2 part article I will discuss the most important attributes with short descriptions and comments below.
Timing: Delivering and landing the right strikes at the right time and executing effective defense and counter-attacks. This attribute is trained and refined through sparring, realistic offense and defense drills and pad-work that focuses on striking when the target is presented.
Distance: The ability to control and maintain the correct distance for optimal attack and defense. This requires very efficient and precise foot-work. Again the training of this attribute should be built into controlled sparring, drills and pad-work
Working Angles: Developing the ability to move on angles in both defense and offense is a very useful skill and will give you a decisive advantage.
Rhythm: This includes working the opponents rhythm, setting it up and breaking it; the mark of a great fighter.
Speed: The physical execution, mental reaction and processing time are the major factors determining the speed of attacks and defenses, however, any of the other attributes outlined here also play major roles in determining overall speed. Constant drilling with a mind-set of increasing speed without sacrificing form is the main way to increase your speed of execution and as mentioned above the development of other attributes will further increase your speed.
Explosiveness: One of the most important attributes in the fight game. Many of the sports specific training programs today focus heavily on this attribute. A great deal of attention was given to explosiveness development following the Soviet Olympic successes and exposure to the Bulgarian research into what has become known as Plyometrics.
Leverage: If you want to develop maximum power, with minimal energy wastage then you must develop an understanding of, and use leverage in, the execution of your techniques. This requires an in-depth analysis and knowledge of the bio-mechanical principles that underlie the techniques in the system you are training.
Balance: Having a well developed sense of positional balance and control of weight transfer is necessary to be able to adjust to the constantly changing aspects of a fight, in any discipline. MMA forces the practitioner to develop this attribute more than any other discipline. Balance in motion must be developed to a very high level for all fighting disciplines.
Focus (Developing the Zone flow state): The mental ability to channel the attention into executing the best performance at the time. This attribute is acquired through practice and performance with increasing levels of pressure and can be enhanced thought the use of hypnosis and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) techniques.
Accuracy & Precision: Delivering strikes accurately, countering precisely and performing maneuvers with optimal efficiency and leverage will greatly improve the effectiveness of your game. This attribute, as with timing, is developed through sparring and precision pad-work.
Tenacity (will to win): A poorly understood attribute that appears linked to deep seated emotional aspects of the mental make-up. Although most athletes come into their chosen discipline with this attribute seemingly built in it has most likely been generated by experiences up to the time of taking part in the discipline they have come to be motivated to excel in. This is another attribute that can be enhanced with hypnosis and NLP.
Endurance: A basic attribute that must be maintained in order to get the most from your training, friendly play or competition in any discipline. This should include mental, emotional and physical endurance. Endurance is built through training in a way that constantly extends your previous and own predetermined limits.
Strength: Given that skill levels are similar, the stronger practitioner will always have an advantage. Strength developed through a sports-specific program with actions pertaining to the particular discipline that you are engaged in will enhance your performance in any physically demanding pursuit.
Non-telegraphic delivery: This attribute is especially important when engaged in a competitive situation that requires rapid execution that eludes the opponent's defensive actions and counters. Constant practice, with the focus on good form, in front of a mirror or with a coach giving positive feed-back will improve this attribute.
Flexibility: Although I refer here to physical flexibility this should also include mental flexibility. By physical flexibility I mean to the physical range of motion of your body. This allows for faster and more precise actions when performing the movements of any discipline. Mental flexibility refers to the ability to change strategy, should the need arise, during the performance.
Technique Flow: Physically being able to move from technique to technique both within offense and defense and between them is an attribute that must be cultivated in order to excel in all competitive activities. This is developed in controlled sparring conditions "playing" where the goal is not to win but to develop your game.
Economy of Motion: The ability to execute the techniques without any unnecessary movement will enhance many of the other required attributes outlined in this article. Improvement of flow, speed of execution and non-telegraphic delivery are directly influenced along with enhancements in endurance, explosiveness and timing. It is important that technique execution is analyzed so that the most economic movements are selected and trained.
As mentioned above, these attributes will be acquired during training in the particular discipline that you engage in. However, you should also seek out and practice other methodologies that improve these attributes as that will have a very positive effect on your training and performance.
The development of your ability in any discipline that you are engaged in is entirely dependent on your mind-set and the attitude that you have when you train. Develop an attitude of doing quality training and a goal of constant improvement whenever you engage in any training session.
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