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  1. Ivan

    Adopting a competitive mentality

    Hi. As many of you know I have begun to compete in jiujitsu. I have attended two competitions now, for a total of four matches, and have also watched teammates compete and noticed different things. I have another competition coming up at the end of this month, a round-robin tournament and, of...
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    Footage of me in the London IBJJF Internationals

    Hey guys, I'm back again with some more footage of me in the competition. This was my second competition ever and I won my first match by a triangle choke submission and lost my second match for entrance to the semi-finals by points. I have identified weaknesses in my grappling and I am already...
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    Help with diaphragmatic breathing?

    Hi. Over the past few months I have tailored my gym routine to be more strength, rather than hypertrophy based, so that I can combine all of my training towards a common goal rather than keeping gym and martial arts separate. During my breaks between reps, I do my best to practice diaphragmatic...
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    My first BJJ competition

    Hi guys, I havent been active in a while. To recap, after my issues with my striking journey, I decided to switch to grappling full time. I already had some very minor BJJ experience but I dropped all my striking apart from some light technique on my own and started taking as many grappling...
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    More shadowboxing footage of me

    Hi. I have not been active recently on here or on my own website - I have approached university exam season which involves heavy studying and I have also been preparing for my first BJJ competition on the 19th June along with 11-15 hours BJJ schedules weekly. Ever since not making the cut for...
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    Anyone have experience with curled finger pushups?

    I have been looking for ways to continue strengthening my grip and I came across curled finger pushups. It seems that I, and many others, do finger pushups "wrong". I have attached a YouTube video that demonstrates this. As soon as I tried this method of pushups, I pretty much collapsed...
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    Breathing exercises

    Hi. I would like to write an article on breathing exercises that help improve striking (exhaling at the tip of a strike) as well as overall performance. I was hoping you could provide some of your own exercises and how to do them and how often below. Also, why do you think they are useful and...
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    Research notes on building physical strength

    Hi again, I am making this thread to impart as much as I can on my knowledge of building strength. I have been researching different books on this matter and would like to share what I have found. I couldn't find a more appropriate forum "part" to post it on so I just put it on General Martial...
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    The distaste for strength in martial arts

    Hi. I am writing an article on the attitudes towards physical strength in martial arts, and would like to get your perspective on this issue (if it is an issue, I personally feel that it is) in martial arts, since you're all much more experienced than me. Every since I started training, I saw...
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    I had my shot and I failed

    Hi guys. As you know I have been working towards joining a specific boxing amateur team for a while, improving as much as I can. They had tryouts today and, well, I didn't make the cut. I drove a mate home, who was also in the tryouts (he did make it) and though I was dejected, I thought I could...
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    Figure 8 Arm/Wrist Lock

    A few years ago back when I was at my old traditional jiujitsu dojo I was shown a technique called a figure 8 wrist lock. I am writing an article on odd and weird submission type moves that could be applied in BJJ, and I realised that I had never seen this specific technique utilised. I'd seen...
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    My lack of amateur fighting experience is impacting my confidence

    Hi. As many of you know, I am mainly self-taught, especially when it comes to boxing. Although I have been to gyms with coaches, that would sometimes give me snippets of advice, I never had a coach that would give me the time of the day. I've been hoping that I would come across a coach who...
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    Chinese proverb

    He who blames others has a long way to go on his journey. He who blames himself is halfway there. He who blames no one has arrived. - Chinese Proverb I was hoping someone could help me understand what the last part of the proverb means? Currently, I am halfway there. I am a big proponent for...
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    How do you spar someone who is faster than you?

    I was at my local kickboxing gym and I feel that I have made some improvement in terms of being more aggressive in sparring. However, one of the instructors that I spar with is considerably faster than me - given that my main tactics when it comes to sparring are to outbox and rely on punishing...
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    The Mind-Body Connection

    Hey guys, I have been continuing to expand and write articles on my website. This is one that I wrote recently that I would like to share with you. Over my years of training I became fascinated by the connection between the mind and the body. I have heard many people claim that those who focus...
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    Improvements in my shadowboxing

    Hey guys. Ive been working on your advice since the last time I posted as well asked for advice on an amateurs boxing forum. I was told I needed to focus on punching at head height and full extension in my punches. I have also started to introduce blocks as part of my shadowboxing, and also I...
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    When should a boxer be flat footed and when shouldnt they be?

    I recently asked for feedback on my footwork on some sparring videos and you all told me that I should focus on staying on the toes of my feet. I have been working diligently on this over the holidays, and have just finished recording myself doing some shadow boxing. Looking back at the footage...
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    What are your preferred methods of training speed?

    How do you or how have you trained to improve your speed? I am going back home for the Christmas Holidays for 2-3 weeks and every time that I go abroad or on holiday I like to run my own personal "training camps" in which I solely focus on specific aspects of my improvement. In this "training...
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    Attempting on-your-toes boxing footwork - please critique!

    Hey guys, I'm sorry to be a bother, I know it's only been a couple of days since my last post with footage of me, but given that I am shifting my footwork almost completely, I thought it was important to get feedback on it sooner than usual to avoid getting into bad habits. I'd rather focus on...
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    Boxing Sparring Footage 12-12-2021

    Hi. As per my last post, I stated that I was having trouble with an opponent. In the thread, I said I would try to post some sparring footage so I can get some feedback on what and how to improve. I am specifically looking to improve my footwork. I am the guy with the grey sweats and black...
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    Dealing with fast jabs

    Hey guys, how's it going? I was recently allowed to try out for the Amateurs Boxing team in my gym by attending a session. At the end of the session, we had a couple of rounds of sparring. I always look to pair up with people who seem bigger or more skilled than me, as I believe that I should...
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    Achieving the one handed pushup

    Hey guys, I know it's been a while since I last posted. To catch you up on what's been going on in my life, I finally recovered from a chest infection that impeded my wellbeing for over two months. I've been getting back to training and attempting to join my local amateur club which has been...
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    Legendary grapplers

    I have been involved in martial arts for almost my entire life. However, apart from some judo classes as a kid, and some japanese jiujitsu classes I didn't fully appreciate as a teenager, I have only ever been involved in striking: Taekwondo, Boxing, Kikcboxing, Capoeira etc. I picked up BJJ...
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    Inexperienced in hard sparring

    Hey guys, Ive just been taking a summer break from studying and returned home to my parents new house (they moved while I was abroad). I immediately found some kickboxing classes and a gym and trained as hard as I could. I took part in the sparring, and I found myself to have improved great...
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    Boxing and Peek-a-boo: The Key to technical success

    I have been practicing drills Mike Tyson used in his training, for months now. I have also been interested in his style of boxing, pretty much since I started. Due to my problems with not being able to stand my ground in the ring, I never navigated towards it. But after months of drilling...
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    Can I have some more criticism on my shadowboxing and heavy bag work?

    Shadowboxing Heavybag I have mainly been focusing on improving my footwork and technique and I am slowly making more progress with my infighting boxing as I wish to utilize the peekaboo boxing style. Please give me some criticism, specifically on footwork and technique :D
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    Criticise my boxing

    I have just been training with my friends as it was a nice day outside and I have two clips of me doing some drills. I was hoping I could get some criticism on my technique. I am the guy in the red tank top. The first video above is a drill of me doing some head movement, specifically...
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    Strengthening knee ligaments

    A while ago I made a post in which I stated my concerns for my knees. I managed to soon after consult a physiotherapist in person, and I was diagnosed with patellofemoral knee syndrome. It's a very common injury in male athletes, which develops as a result of overworking/overtraining, and...
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    The Pendulum Step

    Hey guys I haven't posted in a long while. I have been practicing the Pendulum Step. This is the footwork demonstrated by the Kazakhstani boxer in the video below. The Pendulum Step is footwork used to be able to maneuver in and out of your opponent's range. It's a hit and run style of...
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    The importance of intent?

    Intent is something that has been on my mind since I first began studying martial arts. To me, intent is your conviction to achieve or overcome the obstacle in front of you. I believe it is a key psychological or spiritual component not just for martial artists, but for fighters, athletes and...
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