6 Components of Quickness for MMA

In my last article I showed you a great drill to improve your footwork and movement to help you be a lightning-quick mixed-martial artist.

Got a lot of great feedback on the drill and I know a lot of people will be adding it into their arsenal of effective exercises.

But there’s a lot more to quickness than just footwork…

Whenever I brainstorm, I like to do something called a mindmap.

So when I sat down and pondered about what it would take to truly improve quickness, this is what I came up with.

Check out the 6 components of quickness by clicking on the image below (it’ll open in a new window):

As you can see – it’s not exactly a simple quality to develop.

If you hit 1 component properly, you will improve your quickness, but if you hit 2, 3, 4 or all 6 – you’ll hit each and every component and will be quick on the ground, with your punches, with your movements on the ground – basically all of the important movements in MMA.

Let’s take the ‘Horsepower’ example – if you don’t have a good base level of strength in the movement patterns specifically needed in mixed-martial arts – like powerfully stepping forward and backwards, then you’ll never be able to attack and retreat in a flash.

Or the ‘Gas’ component – if you don’t have the cardio and muscular endurance to maintain your quickness for an entire round what good is it unless you can finish a fight within the first couple of minutes?

So this clearly illustrates the need for a strategic and synergistic approach to training quickness, much like a mixed martial artist must learn grappling, wrestling, striking and clinch work to be a complete fighter.

Without specifically training your quickness, you’re missing one of the most important qualities a fighter can have, as shown by champs Anderson Silva, Frankie Edgar, Jose Aldo and Dominick Cruz, not to mention other top fighters like Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans.

If you can take this document and create an efficient and complete quickness program – that’s awesome and more power to you.

But if you see the importance of developing your quickness and want the guesswork taken out of it, I’ve come up with something just for you.

I call it the QUICKNESS KILLS program…

It’s a 4-week program designed with one goal in mind – to make you the quickest fighter you can be.

I’ve selected only the most effective exercises and drills for this program and there’s absolutely nothing else out there like this for MMA athletes.

If you see the importance of being able to step in, strike, then step out without taking any damage, then this program is a must-have for you.

For more info, visit the link below:

http://EricWongMMA.com/quickness-kills/ 

guest
47 Comments
newest
oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
trackback

[…] [More Info on the 6 Components of Quickness for MMA Here] […]

aaron reis
9 years ago

Ive enjoyed your other programs and use them in my gym for my fighters. i run a MMA & Jiu Jitsu gym in utah and have about a dozen pro MMA fighters that i train. its always important to me to give them the best possible training around, and make sure they have that edge in their matches weather its a MMA fight or grappling tournament where they will go match after match & have to maintain strength and endurance. my guys have used your weight cutting program, nutrition guide and circuits and in my quest for more, im excited for your quickness training manual & program. speed is key in our training as the faster you move the more options & weapons you will have. we are constantly working speed drills and footwork drills to make sure my fighters are running on all cylinders at all times. im sure… Read more »

Matt
Matt
9 years ago

I’m a high school senior that has not yet accomplished anything in wrestling. This past summer I’ve been working my butt off trying to get stronger, faster, and better. My last wrestling season I almost beat the western mass champion. I had him on his back and then the round ended. I want to beat him this year. This kid cuts a lot of weight. From 130 down to 112 and I don’t cut weight. I need to use my speed to overcome the strength he has. I believe I have the skills to do it as long as I can get more speed. I’m quick now but I feel I can definitely improve. Technique overcomes strength and speed kills, power doesn’t. I need this program to help me get to the top. I want to leave my mark. I want to show that it mattered that I was there.… Read more »

laura
9 years ago

please do something else like this again. I didn’t read my emails. I guess you snooze you lose right? I’m a owner of a very small personal training company and a female boxer who started fighting at 31. I can fight. I have a lot of power and good technique. Just need all the help I can get. I’m an inside fighter. Need to improve my quickness. Plus my headmovemnt is not great. Thank God I can take a punch!

ags
ags
9 years ago

thank you Eric! i am from Fiji (have you heard of that..guess not! its a small island in the Pacific) still no… anyways..well guys are guys and when we see opportunities we grab onto it…this is an opportunity for a guy from Fiji, i am a public servant and my work revolves around ” protection and saving (people/property/animals)its my calling..cant run away from your calling…once i was injured in the right arm..lost a tooth, fell in a culvert unconsciuos during a brawl..well the thing guys go through. i have never lost a one on one fight (3 out of 3)oh it feels got to win, the satisfaction is the new age drug i could say…not that i use drugs since my work involves drug testing every year…but you know what im saying..a win is a win, i have never gone through any kind of martial arts training since i dont… Read more »

Carl Cooper
9 years ago

Hi Eric, thank you for all your tips which I have been using to help me gain any advantage that I can get. I am 41 years old and have just recently began competing in Pankration. Although I have trained in Martial Arts for many years I have noticed that as a Krav Maga instructor have lost a lot of my speed and power, in fact I developed a problem with one my knees and I went and see a sport physio who said that my legs were weak. I never believed that my legs were weak, they looked and felt normal to me. So this lead me to up my ‘game’ and get fit and using some of your exercises. I have been developing more power and my knee pain has now cleared up and also a lot of the other niggly pains that I used to get elsewhere… Read more »

Alex
Alex
9 years ago

Hey Eric, your last few posts on quickness have been great, as usual. You’re spot on when you say that quickness is crucial to success in the Octagon. As someone who’s been training in the martial arts since he was 8 years old, I definitely know from my experience in sparring that being able to attack quickly and suddenly without taking damage is one of the keys to success. Now, as sophomore in college and an aspiring professional mixed martial artist, it’s not easy juggling academia, work, and MMA training/physical conditioning. It involves making a lot of sacrifices in terms of free time and social life, but my determination, passion and dream keep me going. You’re a great coach, I’ve been following you for about a year now, and I’d love to take my quickness to the next level with your program, to truly make the most out of my… Read more »

Josh Smith
Josh Smith
9 years ago

Well, Eric I need this obviously to get quicker. I am a 17 year old kid who is trying my hardest to get into MMA and this would be a great asset to helping me get there. I am a small kid only being 5’8″, 135 lbs, so yeah this would really get me going. I love MMA and really hope to one day make a career out of it. So, not only would this really make me happy, it would also really help me improve on something I will need to succeed and that is my speed and quickness. As a small fighter speed is a big role and I am not very quick with my hands but I am at moving on my feet. I love MMA and have a passion for it. I won’t stop until I get there. I have been following you for a while… Read more »

mariz
9 years ago

Well I have a small company with my mr Steel, we are amongst other kb and bulgarian bag trainers, as well as strenght&conditioning coaches. In Holland this is not very normal. We get to train a lot of fighters, so we devour everything we can get our hands on. At the moment we are looking for our own facility, so we have to save up, so I would love to get your program for free, than I can proof that I have something very interesting but didn’t spend anything:))

Charles
Charles
9 years ago

Hello, I would love the speed training drills for the following reasons sir, I work as an Officer in Colorado Springs. I have learned that I need to make decisions very fast and the failure to react quickly could get me hurt or worse someone else. I would not squander the opportunity to use these drill to make me better, I promise.

Chris
Chris
9 years ago

Hey Eric. I live in Bribane over in Australia. Gotta tell you man, im a big fan of yours. I recently bought your e books and already my game is improving, but i gotta say, speed is still an issue for me. I have conditioning, hand speed, power over all my training partners but i am lacking speed in the transitions especially. I agree with what you say, “speed kills”.I would love to devote more attention in the attacking and footwork aspects of your plan as i would prefer to stand up with guys but i just dont know how to train these qualities other than by just standing up and emphasising movement both in and out and laterally. i have had only 2 mma fights and a couple of grappling tournaments but have consistently trained in bjj and muay thai for the last ten years as well as train… Read more »

Felipe
Felipe
9 years ago

It is true that quickness is one aspect of our training that is easily left behind.
So much that after years of training, I began to train other fighters who would constantly asked me to help to get quicker and to improve their speed while keeping their strength and power. I obviously began researching on this topic but found out that the few things that I could find are basic to say the least. I believe this program will not only help me to become a better fighter but help my students become better fighter. I believe and teach the philosophy that you have to be a strong fighter in all aspects of fighting and life in order to succeed, this program will help me to fill out the missing piece of that puzzle.

Nate Miller
Nate Miller
9 years ago

Eric, I think that quickness is the key to any type of an explosive sport. I play football as well as practice mixed martial arts, and both of them have required that I develop my fast twitch muscle fibers. I have always used the formula (simplified) Mass X’s Speed= Power. This has been proven true on the field, or in the cage. The quicker I have become, combined with my weight, has led to devastating blows to other humans. Much of the sport specific training I have done has enabled me to be a successful athlete, and I truly believe that yours will be more effective than most. I’ve seen your techniques and strategies for fitness, and I think that you’ve got a lot dialed in. I’m a friend on Facebook, and would love to see you post more on your wall there, too! Thanks for all your help since… Read more »

Nick Hong
Nick Hong
9 years ago

Hey, Eric, I am currently using your OAPU program and some of other programs which you have released onto the internet. They work really well, thanks for that.

I am currently training in muay thai, bjj and wrestling and feel that I do need to increase my overall quickness. I do 2 polyometrics sessions per week, extracted from Mark Hatmaker’s elite fitness, however, I found while they give enormous improvement on muscular endurance, no much result has been observed so far.

Your work is appreciated, thanks. (I’ve been introducing some of your routine to some of my friends who competes for armateur sanda in China (Cant drag them to your website, they dont understand English), you deserve a big thanks from them too.

Garret
Garret
9 years ago

Hey Eric, I am a big fan of your Mixed Martial Arts training techniques. I started using your strength and conditioning program back in November to prepare for my amateur fight in December. The medical personnel was checking my heart rate and said, “You must do a lot of cardiovascular exercises”. I remember when I first moved to San Antonio, Texas; I was in really bad shape. I started to look up any and all information on nutrition and exercise that I could get my hands on. I was 5’7 weighing about 180 lbs. 4 months later, I dropped to 140lbs. I developed an interest for exercise physiology and began reading material for the ACE personal trainer certification. I also found out about you, Eric Wong. I realized that I was over working my body with the numerous amounts of exercises that I was doing. After my fight in December… Read more »

Tom
Tom
9 years ago

Essay, nah hell, I’ll break the rules But I’m telling you right now, being slow drools I fight MMA and train every day I need this program to help me win Hopefully by sub or knocking a face in If I knew what to do it would all come true But Eric, that’s where I need some help from you I am from a country, that lacks in MMA knowledge A result that may, turn your game to porridge This program would give me the path that I need To reach a new level of quickness and speed Because being 0-1 Is just no fun Now what would I achieve? A win if I please I would also expand my knowledge Something I didn’t do in College! I will follow this program At a rate like no man So give me this opportunity And see what it’ll do to me… Read more »

Tom
Tom
9 years ago

Where I grew up, there were always a lot of fights, around every street corner, behind every wall. The only thing that kept you alive was your ability to take hits and deal them FAST! If you weren’t quick, and the fight got too long, someone else would step in and hand your @$$ back to you. There’s always those who are gifted and are naturally quick as lightning. But for most of us, it takes someone else to teach how to really be fast, and deadly. To me, and most real men, winning a fight is about more than just pride, it proves that you deserve to walk around like you have something of value, and that what you make in life is something you earned. That’s something everyone has engrained in the deepest parts of their soul. Few good warriors are born, many, are made. Beyond sheer strength,… Read more »

bigmum
bigmum
9 years ago

Hi Eric I would like to receive your programme “Quickness Kills” because your instruction and advice really works. Everything is sensible and your videos are concise, action-packed and easy to follow. My son and daughter are martial artists and have represented their country (Scotland)in international competitions in karate. I like to assist them with their quest for improvement and your exercises are brilliant for keeping me up to speed. As a family we seek knowledge from all masters. As Great fans of mixed martial art fighters we hold you in high esteem. After using your programme I personally would benefit from the increase in my speed and agility as I am 44 and I am fitter now than I have ever been in my life, although being very petite I was fast as a child. I regret not having used my fitness in my youth and encourage others to maximise… Read more »

Craig Wainman
Craig Wainman
9 years ago

This offer couldn’t have come at a better time. I am leaving in 20 minute to meet with a group of high school boys. Some are wrestlers, but all of them have recently started training in Jujitsu. Of course they all want to be MMA super stars. I train w/them twice a week in Jujitsu and they all know I also work out using crossfit style methods. The kids have asked me to help them get quicker and stronger for wrestling and Jujitsu. I would really like to help and not hinder them, and though I think I know what keeps a 51 year old man in shape, I don’t feel qualified to train youth. I would be training them for free obviously, and any help would be appreciated. Most of these kids are from economically lower families and neighborhoods. Our Jujitsu trainer also volunteers his time, and that is… Read more »

Frank Sloan
Frank Sloan
9 years ago

I am a MMA fighter that is young in my career. Since starting my career I have achieved a 6-0-0 record with one belt going for another on the 6th of November. After this November fight I was picked to go overseas and fight in Italy on team USA. Mainly because of my domination on the person who held the title last. I lift three to four times a week so horse power is really not an issue with me but I really could use a quick snap in my motions. I am reaching to be the best all around fighter around and I think this would help me. If you could send me this it would be beneficial as well as appreciated. You know some people talk a big game about being the best they can and not being stopped and few back it up I truly will not… Read more »

Kev
Kev
9 years ago

Hi Eric, I’ve boxed for a couple of years. I’ve been in the ring with guys who are much bigger. They don’t scare me. I’ve been in the ring with guys who are stronger than me. They don’t scare me either. Better technique than me? Nah, I’m still gonna come at you. You know what scares the living shit out of me though? The guy I can’t hit. Because how the hell do you beat the guy you never see coming? Or the guy you take a swing at…and get fresh air? Everything else you can compensate for but speed changes everything. Does it matter how hard my left hook is if it never reaches your ribs? Does my footwork count if I can’t move fast enough to get out of range of your bloody jab? No. You still make me look like a chump. Frankly I’m sick of being… Read more »

Viktor Mate Takacs
Viktor Mate Takacs
9 years ago

Hey Eric, I may be your first hungarian subscriber. I admire your efforts to build a community and share your knowledge. I don’t do MMA. I began martial arts training with judo in 1990, took several years off, than carried on with Kyokushinkai Karate. I trained for two years in the US (Seikenkyokushin Dojo, Fort Collins, CO). In the gym where we had our classes, others did MMA. I love MMA because it is practiced among the same principles our Founder (Sosai Mas Oyama) stood up for, namely: learn from everybody, create your own martial art. And that’s exactly what he did. He studied numerous martial arts, took what he liked, added his own ideas and created a system which worked perfectly for him, and he believed, that it will work for everybody who wants to become strong, resilient and is willing to put the necessary work into it. He… Read more »

Darryl
Darryl
9 years ago

I just started a Personal Training business, and I want to start to incorporate MMA into my business profile. Before I share any MMA exercise or complete program, I want to try it for myself. I can then pass what I’ve learned from doing the exercise along to my clients. You always have an advantage whether it’s sparing are training others if you do the exercise yourself, and besides it doesn’t hurt to get faster. Practice makes perfect, and faster is one step closer to being a complete athelte. After the program I know I’ll be faster than I was a month ago and with speed comes strength. Those are the two components that improve on a daily basis. I am not one of those trainers you see in the gyms who are slim and trim, but I continue to work hard and with programs like this and what I… Read more »

Mikey
Mikey
9 years ago

I am a college freshman and have followed your programs and advice for about a year now. I’m leaner, stronger, and a better wrestler than I ever thought I would be. I train six days a week in the hopes of one day achieving my dream of becoming a professional wrestler. I know your programs are designed for MMA fighters but they have been a great help for me in the ring when I train. Ever since I joined my high school’s wrestling team I knew I wanted to become a pro-wrestler. However, at 5’6” and 140lbs, it will be hard for me as most companies favor size and physique. That is why I started doing MMA training: to have something to set myself apart. If I want this dream I will have to fight every step of the way to prove that I am a superior wrestler to anyone… Read more »

Ryan
Ryan
9 years ago

I’ve been following the advice you’ve given out for free for the past 4-5 months now and I’ve noticed some huge gains. Specifically, I used to workout 4-5 days/week, but after reading an article you posted, I devised a new plan where I cut my training down to 2-3 days/week. I was afraid that this wouldn’t be enough, but you’ve given out solid advice that has helped me before so I figured I’d give it a shot. What happened? I made bigger gains in the next month than the previous 6 months!!!! Plus, I have a lot more free time and way more energy in my MMA training. So now, with this quickness package, I KNOW it will work because everything I’ve used from you has done what you said it would and I NEED it because I find that because I am not very skilled yet, if I could… Read more »

Aaron Cook
Aaron Cook
9 years ago

I am an amateur fighter right now with a record of 0-2. I would like to continue my MMA career by going pro. I know it sounds corny, and I’m sure it’s every fighter’s dream, but I would one day like to be in the UFC…possibly even a belt holder. Never know what the future may bring. Martial arts IS my life. I’ve done it since I was a child, and it is my one and only passion and addiction in life. I truly believe I have the drive, determination, and potential to make it into the UFC. The UFC has world class fighters that I’ll never be able to compete with unless I have the proper training to do so. I believe your program could help me on my journey of winning my first cagefight, going pro, and helping my skills while in the UFC.

Ben
Ben
9 years ago

I got nothing, how much is it? 🙂

Ben
Ben
9 years ago
Reply to  Ben

I don’t know I want to get quicker.:)

D
D
9 years ago

Eric This is a great program idea. Right now my training is focusing on Mauy Thai and I need my quickness more than ever. I don’t know if i can reach the full 250 words to describe why I need this program because it simply comes down to this: I doesn’t matter my skill level in striking, if I can’t move it’s useless. I can have the accuaracy of Anderson Silva when I throw a punch but if I can’t move in to hit the target, then out to avoid the counter, it is completely useless in a fight. I might be able to rock out a punching bag but those don’t fight back. I am a very strong believer that footwork is the number one arrsenal of your fighting skills. This is easier said than to actually accomplish it, and one that I constantly have trouble with. I need… Read more »

sean
sean
9 years ago

I love jiu jitsu and muay thai. I approach all aspects with an open mind. But the most troubling part for me has been acheiving the speed needed for attacks and reactions. That is not to say that slow, not in the least. But thinking about the fighters you mention who use speed as part of their arsenal, it becomes apparent to me that without a program focusing on becoming faster that I’ll always just be the same fighter on a plateau scale rather than seeing a quick progress and becoming a quicker fighter. Obviously I could take the whole “drill it a million times” which I will, but being able to actually have drills that focus on creating a faster fighter would only boost my game. Thus giving that extra motivation, push and desire to be the best/quickest fighter possible. When I think about people in mma, jiu jitsu,… Read more »

roman pribyl
roman pribyl
9 years ago

I am not fighter, and my english is not really ok for that essay. I like your website and workouts, that is why i would like to get this free program.

thanks roman

Jeffery
Jeffery
9 years ago

I think I need this program for a few reasons. The first is I’m a 42 year old training MMA so that I can eventually do a fight, kind of a bucket list thing. I think that by doing this program, augmented by the other things I’m learning from you, I could not only make it possible, but also successful.

The other reason is I think that this program would help my general health.

Thanks Eric

fredy
fredy
9 years ago

the most important aspect in MMA is the ability to get in and out of the pocket in a flash reason being, is you do not know whether your opponent is some world renowned fighter and if you can develop the ability to be quicker then them have more spring in your step accompanied by a good game plan you will be successful. The biggest reason i need the quickness program is because i am slow to get the technique off, much of which is due to not enough quickness. I do karate but technique can only take you so far and because i am not the quickest fighter i tend to get stuffed with the jab quite often and i find that my arms gas out quickly as well. By having your quickness kills program i feel that i would have a much better chance of winning my matches… Read more »

Rob
Rob
9 years ago

This would be a lot easier if I could leave a video of me getting my ass handed to me in MMA class. Not only would you send me a copy of ‘Quickness Kills’ but you would have no choice but to hop on a plane and fly over here to train me personally. I’ve been out of the gym for a good two to three months (life) and finally got my lazy ass off the couch and joined a good gym. The other day I took the mma class and we drilled takedowns. Single-leg, double-leg etc. It was brutal. My sprawl was half good; I could get down there pretty quick, getting back up…not so much. After the class my legs were shaking like Ichibod Crane in the Headless Horseman. To be quite honest I need help in pretty much every aspect of the game. And even though I… Read more »

John
John
9 years ago

Also just starting out with your MMA workouts. Over the past few years I’ve managed to build up strength, muscle and endurance … but the speed side of things has slipped. I need to do something about it and fast! “Quickness Kills” sounds to be just the answer!

Joseph
Joseph
9 years ago

Im just starting out in MMA and I agree Quickness is just as important as power, endurance, focus, ect. So every piece of information I get I soak up like a sponge and this Quickness Kills program is going to be the ACE up my sleeve!!! So help me evolve in MMA….

Turls
Turls
9 years ago

MMA is hard,hard,hard! I love it but I hate it, I live for it but I loathe it, and I don’t even fight – well, we do, but its not our full-time gig – we don’t train every day, but we have a great little stable based on CSW, supported with excellent standup and freestyle wrestling coaches (Olympic level). I can never sleep after a session – its become part of my life, and although I work an advertising job, the warrior comes out each week at certain times, but sometimes the warrior within gives in, and gases, and that, kills me! ARGH!

And to the lady above, remember, we are all fighters – its not the size of the dog, but the size of the bark in the dog!

Robin
Robin
9 years ago

Hi Eric. At first I have to say something about me. My name is Robin. I am from Central Europe, Czech Republic and I am 30 years old. I have study martial arts since 7 (for 23 years). I began with judo, kungfu and acrobatics mainly. For last 6 years I am a coach of our team (www.elvisgym.cz). Since the time I do Brazilian jiu jitsu / MMA only and RBSD (reality based self defense). I have studied physical education and mathematic and I have master degree (Master of Science). These all are my background. But YOU give me the most important information for my work as a coach not until for last half year. Your work got my work to higher level. So I would like to thank you for hat. My best fighter has the 5th November his 7th fight (his record is 5-2-0). His opponent is better… Read more »

dragonmamma/naomi
dragonmamma/naomi
9 years ago

I’ll leave the essays for the actual fighters here; I’m just an average Josephine trying to stay fit while adding excitement to my workouts.

SJ
SJ
9 years ago

Hi, It has been a while since i started reading your post, i must say that these have helped me alot. Though i am not in to street fighting as such but your programs and short videos has allowed me to achive a great physique and mental strength. MMA has always attracted me, its not all about just fighting its for your own good, so that you can defend yourself and others when needed. I would like to get this program so that i can become more self confident and take down those who wish to mess with peaceful life of people, this program would help me achieve a never found speed and agility to lure in my opponents to a quick and painful ending. I and would recommend to all of you out there to have a look at all the things that this person has to offer. Great… Read more »

Joe Martinez
Joe Martinez
9 years ago

Well Eric to be honest with you, we have a small MMA team made up of ex gang members and dropouts and other school age kids that come from low income familes. Most of our equipment has been bought by selling barbecue plates. We can’t affored to bring MMA stars to our gym or even high level Jiu Jitsu teachers to teach us new techniques. So when chances to get free material come around then I try to take advantage of the deals. We not only encourage learning MMA but we teach these kids to become better individuals. Two of our guys went back to school and one of them will be graduating from a college course he is taking. We have kids that have left their gangs to be able to train with us. If they want to continue training with us they are required to be in school… Read more »

shahid
shahid
9 years ago

i am a professional mma fighter and i am also a stand up fighter in muay thai and taekwan do. i train at my own gym here in the middle east. bahrain is were in the middle east. i am trying to make a great gym here and looking to make the most deadliest fighters ever and i think a program for quickness is very important for them. most of what we do in our gym is your workouts and i just make its intensity more or even the diffiulty.. i personally prepare for my fights only through your workouts and increasing its level and also sparing wid my team and since i am the head coach i do not have ay coach coaching me here.. so its all the program i depend on. this program can take our level to a new one from strngth and power to even… Read more »

Prabhu
Prabhu
9 years ago

I am a Holistic Health Care researcher from India, specializing in the performance improvement of professional fighters. Though I am not a professional MMA fighter, I consult with many professional fighters, some of whom are into MMA. My research interests include Homeopathy, Bach Flower Therapy, Reiki, EFT, Meditation, Yoga, and Nutrition, applied to the needs of professional fighters. I specialize in injury management, nutrition, and mindset training of my professional fighter clients. Personally I have trained in Northern Long Fist Wushu, and also in Muai Thai which I continue to practice regularly. I need your “Quickness Kills” program as I am planning to start an MMA gym here in Hyderabad, India where I live. I am inviting some professional MMA trainers to run the gym, and we will not only test your program in training, we will send you feedback of your program’s effectiveness. It would be my pleasure to… Read more »

Michael Gilliam
9 years ago

After three years of wrestling, I’ve realized that wrestling, being a component of MMA, helped me not only improve for football, but also made me realize that wrestling conditioning itself helped me with my poor excuse of cardio, but most importantly, it also improved my mental toughness. So, after winning two annual tournaments in a row during high school, you can say wrestling was my gateway drug to MMA. I use to live in South Korea near a military base, and I use to go to the gym’s free MMA class for the fun of it. I was automatically hooked after getting my ass beat and going through the mental toughness. But, my main problem why I got my ass beat was because I was gassed. Now I’m in California playing D3 football as a nose tackle (240lbs. 5’11” 4.8-40, 31 inch vertical, 4.37 5-10-5 shuttle), and I’ve noticed that… Read more »

Peedy
Peedy
9 years ago

Okay, this is a great idea Eric. Kudos to you. I am about to enter my 5th decade in the the martial arts and if there is one consistent I have seen through all those years, it is how really important quickness is. They say that all else been equal the stronger man wins. But we know from our own experience that given the value of technique and quickness, all else been equal it is the quicker man that usually wins, bot the stronger. Little guys whip bigger and stronger guys all the time, with skill, leverage and being damn fast! You can’t hit, grab, choke what you can’t “see”. So here I am, in my 50’s, still training regularly but finding that whilst my gas is still there (relatively speaking!) the quickness, or in my case, the lack of it, is what lets me down and gets me caught.… Read more »

Tommy
Tommy
9 years ago

Athletes today are breaking performance barriers- they’re getting stronger, smarter, more equipped, but most importantly, they’re getting faster and quicker. If one was to look at history, then the perfect example of this was the great Bruce Lee. Whatever the man may have been doing, eating or training like, he was, and still is, one of the fastest and greatest martial artists of all time. Pretty much no one could come close to matching mighty Bruce’s athleticism. Speed kills- there is no other argument. You can be as big and muscular as you want, but without speed and quickness you are inferior to the athlete next to you that can land that combination a split second quicker or react a fraction quicker. I have never been one of those athletes; I have always been slower, more sluggish and in general less ‘mobile’ than my peers. And in a high school… Read more »

Scrap
Scrap
9 years ago

Hah I was the ‘quickest’ to respond! No but I still think I need the program reguardless of my superior internet skills. I have been training in MMA for about 2 and a half years. I started out with Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai and eventually added more boxing and wrestling into my game as well. I have been training at a gym called CTC for the past year and a half, it was a very nice gym, 2 fighters who trained there(Kamal Shalorus and Tim Kennedy) fight for the WEC and are very close to title shots. Out of nowhere they announced the gym was closed. This was two weeks ago. This has happened to me before and having your gym close is pretty depressing. It was the closest by far and I am in the process of finding a new place/places to train. My old coach started teaching… Read more »