Today I got a chance to steer the topic of training in a slightly different direction by interviewing Atlanta’s own Pro Kickboxer and MMA fighter Warren Thompson. We have a lot of mutual friends, but this is the first time I got a chance to connect to Warren and by the looks of this interview it was long overdue. I’ll think you’ll enjoy the conversation.
1. Are you familiar with plyometric drills and what they do for your physical fitness and performance?
2. Are you currently incorporating a safe and effective progression of plyometric drills into your MMA, Combat, and Fitness training?
3. If you are incorporating plyometric drills into your MMA and Combat training are you properly initiating the Stretch Shortening Cycle (SSC)?
One thing I’ve learned about martial arts over the years is that the repetitive act of kicking and punching will make you more supple and better able to handle moving the iron in the weight room. The same is true if we reverse that statement as well. Moving the iron well will also make your kicks and punches much much better along with including power drills into your training.
However, even though this is the case during my career I’ve also observed that many martial arts practictioners and competitive fighters will emphasize the practice of the specific skills of their fighting, but will often times neglect incorporating sound elements of strength and conditioning into their program in order to optimize their fight performance. Today I’m going to offer you 3 strength and speed drills to take your kicks to the next level.
Guest Post By: Doug Fioranelli
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The Samurai Workout honors the tremendous warriors throughout history who displayed skill and a deep knowledge of combat and weaponry. Additionally a samurai warrior was known to devote his life to learning a skill that made his very existence a possibility. His skill consisted of all the physical and mental skills of body control and today this is the goal of the samurai workout I’ve included here. Include this into your training regimen.