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The Mechanics of a Fighter's Step

By Jonathan Stamey (March 03, 2009)
Posted in School of Boxing
Orthodox Fighting Stance

This may seem trivial to some, but burgeoning mixed martial artists always have difficulty with the fighter’s step (my own terminology). Hell, I see professionals that have limited mobility because of it.

The difference between the average pedestrian and a fighter is the pedestrian can walk forward without having to return to a particular position before they take another step.

The simplest explanation for t… (Read more)

Egoless Training

By Jonathan Stamey (March 03, 2009)
Posted in Fight Psych 101

Egotism is rampant among fighters. You could argue it’s necessary to have an ego to be able to fight well. A fighter without confidence is as good as dead inside the ring or the octagon.

You see so many brash fighters out there.

I really do understand what they are trying to do, so I can’t knock them even though they can seem delusional at times.

But what I can’t stand is when fighters or people who want to learn how to… (Read more)

An Intro to Cutting Weight for a Fight and The 4 Ways to Accomplish It

By Jonathan Stamey (February 17, 2009)
Posted in The MMA Diet
Kenny Florian Weighing In

The idea behind cutting weight before a fight stems from the concept that you want to be the biggest and strongest within the weight class at which you fight. So theoretically the fact that you have done so will give you an advantage over your opponent. Given that skill, technique, and will are about equal the fight will be won by the bigger stronger fighter.

The perfect exa… (Read more)

How Much of the Fight Game is Mental?

By Jonathan Stamey (October 30, 2008)
Posted in Fight Psych 101
Fight Psychology

Maybe a better question is, how much of the Fight Game do YOU think is mental? Perhaps a little day dreaming exercise will help us figure that out. Keep reading, and try it out…this is about as cathartic as it gets.

What Percentage is Physical? What Percentage is Mental?

Sports psychologist Gary Mack, author of Mind Gym: An Athlete’s Guide to Inner Excellence, likes to have his profess… (Read more)

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