Knowing How To Train For A Mixed Martial Arts Event
I wrote about how to get into an event in Oregon. I am going to inform you about things you should know now about training. Even with instructors teaching you stand-up or ground techniques, you still need what is called a game plan. To get this game plan together you should know the venues exact rules of the cage or ring before training for a match. Every venue is different even though they have the same boxing commissioner the rules may vary from show to show.
Capital City Cage Fights is one of my personal favorites. Standing up you can strike with any part of the body except for with elbows and you may not strike the spine. The spine is considered from the top of the head as if a Mohawk were present and down the spine of the back. This is a no-no in all venues, pro and amateur. If you are standing and your opponent has three points grounded he or she is considered downed. Some venues allow kicking to the body of a downed opponent but make sure first. If you are both downed knees to the body and elbows to the body are usually permitted as well.
Grappling is not as cool as it sounds in the amateurs. Arm bars, key locks, kamuras, Americana’s, and so many more are legal. There is even a straight chilies lock that is legal. There is no twisting of the knee or ankles however which means no knee bars, heel-hooks, ankle locks, ect. I have yet to compete in an amateur venue that allows these unfortunately. So in the amateurs it pays to train a good solid ground defense and lots of hard hitting stand up and ground and pound techniques. This is also what the crowd wants to see.
The crowd is what you want to excite. It's a tough sport in competition alone but if the crowd likes you then the promoter will ask for you to come back like the FCFF did for me after my first win. You have to keep the crowd excited or else you will have to find more venues to compete in and that means being the underdog almost all of the time. The crowd gets board with the ground game sometimes with techniques like "lay-and-pray" methods. If you keep it exciting on the ground and move through each transition quickly then the crowd is usually okay with the ground game. The crowd is morbid and wants to see carnage and blood so a lot of striking on the ground or preferably stand up will please them a lot.
Ultimately a win is a win, but you really want the crowd pumping you up with their praises. Unless you enjoy the reverse and want to be the bad boy that feeds off of the boos. That is your choice. However you choose to present yourself, just be sure that you are aware of the technical rules and train properly with a game plan to bring down your opponent and get that win. After every fight the commissioner hands out suspension cards for 7 days meaning all fighters cannot compete for that amount of time. If you are injured badly or knocked out then they will suspend you much longer. This is why you want to train your butts off for the fight. You do not want to be injured so terribly that you are suspended by law from competing for a long time. In Oregon the boxing commission is handled through the State Police in Salem. This is also where you turn in your applications to turn pro and get your license as a professional athlete as a boxer or mixed martial artist. With all of this in mind, I wish you all the best of luck. When you make it big because of my articles and your hard training and perseverance, remember I was your invisible coach that only wanted to help you get there.
Article by Kevin C. Davison
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