Originally Posted by Pashak
As some of you may know, I have been training UFC (lol) for some months and I would really like to test myself in amateur fights in the future, however for that I still need a lot of training and a lot of improvement specially with the kicks and the ground game.
I have 3 questions.
1.- Do you think it would be a good idea to buy a dummy and use it to train some submissions?
Obvioulsy I know that submitting a real person will be 1000000x more difficult than submitting a dummy, but I believe it would not be a bad idea to use it at least to practice over and over again some submission move so when it comes to grappling with a real person I don't have to think stuff like "wait, I should first grab his left arm or right arm? oh fuck...should I turn to my left or to my right?"
2.- Sparring sessions. How to be well prepared for a fight if the sparring sessions are always very light? We use only 30 or 40% of our force, that is good to avoid injuries but I am afraid that I will get very used of taking very light punishment and when someone will land a very strong punch or kick in a real fight I will be mentally broken simply because I was not prepared physically or mentally to take punches.
So what is the solution? Using protection gear but going at 90% of force or what can I do?
In a sparring session your opponent goes at 40% of his force and tries to not hurt you, in a real fight the opponent will try to Knock the fuck out of you with every punch he throws.
3.- My condition is not bad but it can be much better, aside of all the training I have to do to improve it, is there any kind of food that helps you with your stamina?
Thanks a lot in advance!
I would say shadowboxing/mitt work and alot of grappling/shooting and defending takedowns would be key for the fight game. Also, heavier sparring with headgear, shin pads, and possibly some body protection would be good. It is one thing to have good cardio, but it is another to specifically have good cardio for the positions you are going to be in and the things you are going to do in the fight. You will have the right kind of muscles prepared well and mentally you will be more used to any kind of situation the fight will bring.
Also, if your shins aren't that conditioned, make sure you set up your kicks well because I'd imagine that if someone checks a hard kick that that would hurt pretty bad on an unconditioned leg lol.
I would also say it would be wise to just meditate, just focusing on your breath and trying to stay as calm and focused as possible while doing so. This well help you keep a calm mind in case you take a hard shot during the fight, so instead of panicking and making rash decisions, you will keep your composure. Andy Hug did alot of meditating and mental preparations for his K-1 fights, and Jon Jones does so as well, as we all know.
I would also say cutting back on red meats would help alot, as those seems to be pretty heavy on your body and can probably be detremental to overall training ability. UDO oil is suppost to help alot for recovery, Carlos Condit uses it, its expensive shit, though. It's about keeping balanced calories and UDO oil helps keep all of your essential fats in order. Fats and carbs get burned off more than anything when you train hard, so replenishing them will be key.
I'm not a personal trainer or anything but from what I've read online and from other forums, and just from some of my own personal experience, I would say that is some decent advice. I'm sure there is alot more to be covered, though, as you can never know too much, especially when it comes to something like MMA.