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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Lately my workouts have been focused more on martial arts. My new trainer has a martial arts/MMA background, and he's been using more fighting technique in my workouts (punching/kicking drills, etc). He teaches the MMA class I currently take once a week, and I've started doing Krav Maga again once or twice a week.

This trainer also seems to like to do more functional strength training, exercises that train your muscles to work together as you get stronger, instead of the isolation that typical weight training does. He also has me doing a lot more cardio. My endurance is slowly getting better, and I'm learning awesome stuff at the same time.

The only thing that worries me is the differences between Krav Maga and the martial arts used in MMA. Krav doesn't have the typical stance I've seen, being squared up with your opponent (hips and shoulders forward). The stance I've been learning (trying to learn) in MMA is more sideways (smaller target for the opponent). There are a few other differences, probably because Krav seems to be more focused on self defense in the real world (doesn't have to be perfect, just effective), while the stuff in MMA is focused on fighting against people with similar training.

However, Krav Maga qualifies as part of my workout schedule during the week, and unless I get something to replace it, it's going to stay that way. I've only just started the MMA class, so it's not like I'm working towards competing or something; I just enjoy it.

As long as I learn to kick ass in some way, I'm happy. Now that I've lost enough weight to be considered healthy and look good naked (not perfect, but I don't need that), kicking ass effectively is my new goal. It's also a fantastic workout.
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    Thanks :).

    I prefer going to actual martial arts classes than things like cardio kickboxing or other "fitness" classes specifically because I'm learning to defend myself while getting a workout, and the instructor can correct my form. Also, we're always learning new things while burning the basics into our memory. The drills have a purpose besides burning calories, and there's an actual reason besides weight loss to make your body do things it's not used to.
    3910 days ago
    That's awesome I've been looking into something like that because the idea of working out by learning to defend myself seems like a more exciting reason to get fit than going to the gym to hit the machines.

    Anyway - thanks, it's always nice to hear/read your ideas have had success for others.
    3910 days ago
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