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!
food? you all ready know what I am going to tell you.
2nd point. you cannot be training for a fight and going 40%...as you get halfway to your fight prep (example, 8 weeks so 3-4 weeks into it, you MUST start training 60-80% intensity)
going slower WILL teach you much more technique especially if you're also throwing punches and kicks properly from the ground up and from your hips, ESPECIALLY with speed
in my school, when someone has a fight coming up, we teach them to take punches to the head and face. so all of our guys go into fights with bruises and small black eyes :-P
1. dummy is a waste, get a training partner and train all the damn time in your home in his home, in the street, on the beach, park wherever. the dummy won't tell you when the submission is working
nor do they feel very realistic in terms flexibility, etc...