The vast majority of athletes who practice MMA in fitness and training gyms across America aren’t competing in professional fights or even interested in that. They aren’t interested in trying to find a sponsor. They are everyday people who choose MMA to maintain their fitness level in a sport that offers a vigorous training program. Its business professionals, college students, mothers, runners, teachers – all interested in one thing: an exciting, fast-paced workout program that makes them strong and fit.
Most people don’t think of MMA as a fitness program, but if you talk to any fighter out there who is training for the professional circuit, they’ll tell you that nothing gets you in better shape than MMA training. Drew Dober, MMA fighter out of Omaha, Nebraska, says MMA is the most well-rounded fitness regimen. “MMA uses every part of your body. It builds your stamina from the first day in the gym,” says Dober. “MMA also isn’t a boring routine. It can be different every time you’re in the gym and that keeps you energized about it … you want more,” he says.
Because MMA is based on seven different types of martial arts, there are many techniques, styles, and training activities that can challenge any athlete. MMA strengthens a person’s body in ways that have long-term health benefits such as agility, stamina, endurance and flexibility. “You can’t make it through class if you’re not building your strength and your stamina. It keeps the weight off and I know my concentration and mental determination are better because of MMA,” says Dober. With that kind of endorsement, we wonder why it hasn’t become preventative health care for us as we grow older.
Grappling is one discipline that Drew Dober uses in his training. “Grappling teaches you to use strategy and skill to solve the problem rather than sparring. It is an effective self defense tool and it tests every muscle at near 100% effort – there’s no better workout than that,” says Dober. Experts in the industry say Grappling has many other benefits such as teaching patience and perseverance, goal setting, work ethics, stress relief and weight loss.
Grappling focuses on technique and leverage. Athletes of any size, strength or speed can become accomplished in grappling and learn to defend themselves and control their opponent in a safe and humane way. Students of grappling improve their balance, reflexes, coordination, self-esteem, discipline and confidence.
Drew Dober and Mirsad Bektic demonstrate some standard grappling techniques for Seven Fightgear below.
In this technique, Mirsad Bektic is going for an Armbar from the bottom.
Below Drew and Mirsad show several other techniques:
Top Left: Ground and Pound from Mount position
Top Center: Ground and Pound from Knee on Body
Top Right: Umaplata
Bottom: Arm Triangle from Side Control
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