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“MMA Blog” Articles for May 2010

The Benefits of Situational Sparring

By Jonathan Stamey (May 31, 2010)
Posted in School of Boxing

Out of any training tool I could recommend to you there is no better way to practice than the use of situational sparring.

I’m sure you can guess what it means, but for clarification I’ll explain what it is for you.

Situational sparring is essentially real sparring with limitations. The idea is to practice only a couple things at once. For example, before the round begins you’ll designate certain punches or cer… (Read more)

One Way to Land the 1 2 3 Combination

By Jonathan Stamey (May 26, 2010)
Posted in School of Boxing

Here’s a video I shot the other day while I was working on getting the angle I want to attack with a jab-right hand-left hook combination.

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If you liked the video and want more detailed … (Read more)

How Sparring Helps Construct a Realistic Defensive Mindset

By Jonathan Stamey (May 24, 2010)
Posted in MMA Blog

One of the easiest things to overlook while training is your defense. Everywhere you look there guys and girls, amateurs and professionals alike that relentlessly pursue perfection with each offensive combination thrown.

What you don’t see, are those same people relentlessly pursuing defensive perfection or even pursuing it at all.

This doesn’t become a problem until you mix it up with som… (Read more)

The "Becoming a Pro Fighter" Case Study: Sparring Session 1

By Jonathan Stamey (May 19, 2010)
Posted in MMA Blog

Essentially the idea behind this series is to give everybody an idea of what it’s like training to fight professionally. I’m not a novice by any means so you’re not catching me at the very beginning of my journey, but you are seeing me transition from a guy who just loved the sport(s) to a guy who wants to make a career out of it.

I’ve already given most of you the backstory in my last several po… (Read more)

From Checkers to Chess: How to Know When You're Ring Ready

By Jonathan Stamey (May 16, 2010)
Posted in MMA Blog

There’s a huge difference between training and live sparring…I mean huge. I’ve been boxing for about four and a half years, but I’ve only been sparring for two weeks really.

Now that’s not to say I haven’t sparred before now, because I have, but this is different.

The last two weeks has been the real deal. We’re in there trying to knock each other’s heads off. And the only thing keeping u… (Read more)

Fight Using the K.I.S.S. Method

By Jonathan Stamey (May 11, 2010)
Posted in MMA Blog

That’s right…keep it simple stupid—one of my favorite acronym’s that I’m going to try to employ during tonight’s sparring session.

Perhaps it might be a principle you’d like to adopt too.

I’ll tell you why.

Know your Strengths and Weaknesses

Far too often I complicate things when I spar or grapple. Meaning I attempt to do things I’m not trained to do, but I do them anyways because I want to practice… (Read more)

Becoming a Pro Fighter: Seein' the Black Lights

By Jonathan Stamey (May 08, 2010)
Posted in MMA Blog

It’s just apart of the sport. Everybody’s going to see them sooner or later. The only question is how often will you see them?

They say when you get hit and hurt bad you see black lights—the black lights of unconsciousness. But I don’t know nothing about that. I’ve had twenty-eight fights and twenty-eight wins. I ain’t never been stopped
Muhammad Ali, 1967

Last night—in the third week of my jour… (Read more)

Becoming a Pro Fighter: A Venerable Second Pair of Eyes...Your Trainer

By Jonathan Stamey (May 05, 2010)
Posted in MMA Blog

There’s a reason why fighters have trainers. I think for a while I thought that I could train myself just as good or better than someone else could train me. And that may be true to a certain extent, but there’s one thing I’m absolutely sure of—a fighter can never reach his full potential alone…that includes me.

My main reason for bringing that up is what I experienced this past Th… (Read more)

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