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“MMA U” Articles for October 2009

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Open Guard

By Jonathan Stamey (October 28, 2009)
Posted in College of BJJ
Standard Open Guard

Open guard is kind of difficult to define in the sense that it’s dynamic (constantly changing or moving) and not static like much of the closed guard position.

So if the closed guard is when your feet are hooked together around your opponent’s … (Read more)

8 Closed Guard Strategies for MMA Beginners

By Jonathan Stamey (October 17, 2009)
Posted in College of BJJ
Closed Guard

I’ll be taking you guys through all the basic brazilian jiu jitsu positions, but we’ll start with closed guard. Defining what it is, what it looks like, and following that with your strategies from the top and bottom.

Defining the Closed Guard

In the closed guard you have your legs wrapped around your opponent on the ground with your feet hooked together behind him.

Which fighter has… (Read more)

MMA Strength and Conditioning for Beginners

By Derek Manuel (October 28, 2009)
Posted in Mixed Martial Arts S & C

I often say that much like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, Muay Thai and Boxing are the mandatory ”arts” in mixed martial arts, so too is strength and conditioning.

But why?

Because you are preparing yourself for an unpredictable war that can tax your body in SOOO many different ways.

And in order to ready yourself for all those situations you need to develop almost EVERY physical attribute of… (Read more)

Your Must Have MMA Start Up Kit Sponsored by EliteMMA.com

By Jonathan Stamey (October 11, 2009)
Posted in MMA Equipment
16 Oz Training Gloves

When I went in for my first private boxing lesson I had zero equipment. Which was ok because they provided what was needed.

So if you decide not to grab any gear before your first MMA class that’s cool too, most gyms will have some of what you need while you decide whether or not you like it anyways. No sense in blowing the money just yet.

But what if you do like it? What should you buy fir… (Read more)

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