Every mixed martial arts fight begins on the feet so it’s a wonder why more fighters don’t develop devastating striking skills and look to lay their opponent out. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of guys out there that have average to above average striking skills, but for all those guys there are twice as many who don’t take the time to get good at the stand up game. Amateur fighters are especially bad at this, because the level of talent isn’t as deep so they don’t see the devastating leg kicks or the fluid combinations.
Female fighters are just as guilty in this area, because if you look at the current pool of fighters you will be hard pressed to name more than a handful who actually have decent striking skills. That said if you are serious and want to be a solid mixed martial artist then develop your stand up. You don’t want to be that guy or girl who is good on the ground, but can’t punch their way out of a paper bag.
The number of drills available to develop powerful, accurate kicks and punches is limitless, however there aren’t many that are more efficient than ones involving a heavy bag. The heavy bag is a staple piece of equipment in every MMA gym across the country and should be one of your main sources of training the deadly techniques. A banana bag is going to help you hone your elbow and knee strikes as well as your kicks and punches. You may feel a little awkward or uneasy at the beginning, but stick with it an you will be a pro in no time.
The first thing you should work on when using a heavy bag is technique. Practice throwing your jabs, crosses, and combos so you hit the right target and learn to keep your hands up when you punch. Once you get that down it’s time to pick up the intensity and get to work on some hard core mixed martial arts training. Here are a few essential drills that should be a part of your daily work, especially if you are a novice. The more you progress in your training the more you can mix it up.
- Rounds - This is the most basic way to develop solid striking, increase your cardio, and practice going 3 or 5 minute rounds. Focus on combos and speed at the beginning and work into power shots as you progress. The more rounds you can do will give you an advantage over your opponent and develop solid the skills needed to take the fight into later rounds.
- Pyramids - For this drill you will pick a kick or punch combo that you want to improve on (no more than 2 or 3 techniques) and starting off by throwing it once. The next time you will throw the combo or kick two times. Keep working until you get to 5 or so and then make your way back down. Focus on technique at the beginning and then speed while keeping your hands where they need to be.
- Elbow & Knee Combos - Many mixed martial artists don’t spend enough time working one elbows and knees. These are devastating strikes that any kickboxer or cage fighter knows can end a fight so make sure to practice them regularly. If you work on them and your opponent doesn’t then you are going to be at a huge advantage.
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