10 Exercises to Help Striking For MMA
Almost four years ago I released my first dvd Combat Kettlebell Systems. On the dvd I introduced a lot of sports specific movements for mma and bjj. On the CKS dvd I used mostly kettlebells for this. I introduced newly developed movements to help improve your striking and ground work. My second dvd, shadow-jitsu, I continued with the mma/bjj theme but using only bodyweight. Since then I have refined and developed more movements to help your striking for mma, boxing and kickboxing. Here are 10 of these movements with a brief description of their purposes. Enjoy.
1. The jab drill: This is a forgotten drill that was taught to me by my father, former number 6 ranked feather weight boxer. It emphasizes the importance of the jab and helps with rhythm and timing
2.The shoe shine: this boxing drill helps sharpen your uppercuts flow better and helps with hand speed.
3.Machine gun kicks: this exercise helps add speed, timing and torque to Thai style kicks
4.Thai knee combo: Helps with conditioning and simulates Muay Thai knee strikes.
5.High pulls: Ive adapted this kettlebell exercise to mimic an actual punch. Punches involve a pushing and pulling dynamic that this exercise helps harness. It also helps with hand speed
6.Bottoms up uppercuts: this one helps develop proper mechanics for your uppercuts. It also helps develop torque, pivot and hand speed. It is also a great core and bicep exercise
7.The fighters figure 8: A favorite amongst my certified Kettle-Jitsu coaches. Develops speed and power for hooking style punches. Also an amazing full body exercise.
8.Combat cleans: these are cleans performed from a fighting stance. This make this exercise pretty close to throwing an actual punch. Helps torque, pivot and its an excellent full body exercise. Make sure you have a solid kettlebell foundation before attempting this one
9.The pull and punch: My most recent development. Combines an upright row with a press and pivot. Works timing, power, pivot, focus and torque. This one will have your heart pumping in no time! Check out the Kettlsjitsu Revolution download that contains some of the movements from this article!