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  • EVERY FIGHTERS BIGGEST PROBLEM!
    of your feet because when you are flat footed it is easier to get knocked out Don t approach an opponent with all your targets showing You are better off moving forward in a slightly side on position Front cross and rear cross overs can be effective footwork methods when combined with strikes For those of you that don t know what these are imagine skipping towards your opponent in a side ways stance while striking too Don t be afraid to invent your own footwork If you have a partner to practise with then great If you don t then simply pick a target and see how fast you can reach it without leaving yourself too open As you get better you can increase the distance 2 Extension Extend your strikes so that you they have extra depth Most of us when we practise we strike things that are too close to us Stand a bit further away from your targets and see if you can add a few inches to your strikes Use your hips and shoulders Make sure that you don t over extend because if you miss a strike you need to be able to recover quickly or else your opponent has a good chance to knock you out 3 Kicks Your legs are your longest limbs You can reach somebody with a kick even when you are outside hand range The fact that your legs are also the strongest muscles in your body is good news too You can use low kicks to keep an opponent away from you or you can use your kicks to help you to get in so that you can then use your hands 4 Jumping Put a spring in your step Jump high as if you were trying to

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  • TOP TEN TIPS FOR SPARRING
    and lower abdomen When you breathe like this it also keeps your muscles tensed so that you are better protected against attacks Guard Up Another simple one in theory Make sure that your guard is tight Practice with heavy gloves to condition your arms because there is nothing worse then not having the strength in your arms to hold your guard up during a fight Your guard is extremely important before you launch an attack Most people at beginner and intermediate level get struck when they are trying to strike Keep your guard tight when you attack and this will minimize your opponents counter attacking capabilities Move Don t stand in the one spot A fight is not determined by who is standing in the centre of the ring The fighter that moves controls the fight Even if you are bigger and stronger than your opponent keep moving You can stand toe to toe with your opponent and battle it out but this way always tires out and injures both fighters There are specific times during a fight when you should stand your ground but all other times you should be moving When you are on the balls of your feet you have a much faster reaction time too Multiple strikes Follow up all strikes Don t look for the one strike wonder When you launch a strike and it hits capitalize upon it and continue to strike If you throw a strike and your opponent blocks continue to strike at the areas that your opponent isn t blocking You increase your statistics of winning striking by throwing multiple attacks Legs to hands to legs Use combinations of kicks and punches This makes it a lot harder for your opponent to defend If you are a distance away from your opponent then use a kick to bridge the gap This should then bring you closer so that you can strike with your hands Also if you are close already and using your hands you can break away with a kick to give you distance again Try to make the exchange between legs and hands flow without missing a beat Don t Rush in Too many people just charge in This may work against inexperienced people but aggression alone will not beat an experienced opponent Take your time It is important to attack but make sure that you never neglect defense for offence because this is when a lot of fighters get knocked out Think Its is very important to think during a fight You need to be able to strategize and figure out your opponent s strengths and weaknesses Can your opponent fight equally from both sides Do they drop their guard when they kick Are they mainly a puncher kicker grappler Etc You need to analyze it all and in a short period of time This process starts before you even enter the ring Watch your opponent and study them All information helps you to form a combat plan

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  • WHERE DIETS GO WRONG.
    When researchers compare overweight and thin people they find that they are roughly the same number of calories What makes overweight people different is the amount of fat that they eat Thin people tend to eat less fat and more complex carbohydrates Losing weight is not something one can do overnight A carefully planned weight loss program requires common sense and certain guidelines Unfortunately there s a lot of misinformation floating around and lots of desperate people are easily duped and ripped off Every day one can open a magazine or newspaper and see advertisements touting some new product pill or patch that will take excess weight off quickly Everyone seems to be looking for that magic weight loss pill Millions of Americans are trying to lose weight spending billions of dollars every year on diet programs and products Often they do lose some weight But if you check with the same people five years later you will find that nearly all have regained whatever weight they lost A survey was done recently to try and determine if any commercial diet program could prove long term success Not a single program could do so So rampant has the so called diet industry become with new products and false claims that the FDA has now stepped in and started clamping down Being seriously overweight and particularly obesity can develop into a number of diseases and serious health problems and it is now a known fact that when caloric intake is excessive some of the excess frequently is saturated fat The myth is that people get heavy by eating too many calories Calories are a consideration it s true but overall they are not the cause of obesity in America today Americans actually take in fewer calories each day than they did

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  • THE FIVE BEST METHODS OF DEFENCE!
    blocks involve covering the target with the limbs thus taking the force of the blow on the limbs One or two arms leg and arm blocking combinations can be used Covering blocks are very effective but unlike blocking or parrying covering blocks are slighting more defensive There is a slightly longer delay when striking after using a covering block Avoidance This is arguably one of the best methods of defence It is a natural and fast reaction Avoidance can in its simplest form mean avoiding a physical situation The art of fighting without fighting or by running He who fights and runs away lives to fight another day Avoidance can also mean the manoeuvring of one s body out of the path of an opponent s strike s It can also be easier and faster to launch a counter attack after avoiding than after for example blocking Avoidance is often neglected and should be worked on To check the validity of avoidance practise just watch a boxing match Avoidance practise should consist of footwork and body manoeuvres The following are just some drills to help you further develop avoidance skills A Every martial art technique performed should be practised without any form of blocking or parrying and you should find this more natural and effective Blocks and parries should only be used as insurance and should not be relied on 100 percent B Using protective sparring equipment one partner attacks the other partner at half speed to start with while the other partner avoids the strikes Interception Interception is also arguably one of the best methods of defence Interception is the nullifying of an opponent strikes s by delivering a strike Timing is the most important part of interception Interception uses offence as defence The strike may be delivered to

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  • DEVELOP AN UNBEATABLE MIND!
    place without distractions from objects or people ii Assume a comfortable position iii Close your eyes and relax iv Imagine your worst fears and visualise confrontation situations Visualise the worst thing that could happen v Repeat the image again except this time discover a how the situation could have been avoided and b how the situation could have been countered View it from every angle and analyse it thoroughly vi Finish the images and concentrate solely on your own breathing Breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth for the same count vii Slowly open your eyes and stretch as if you had just woken This form of meditation has been said to have evolved from the ancient samurai warriors who used it for learning and for conquering their fears This form of meditation should be practised every day for approximately fifteen minutes A new situation should be analysed each day This meditation has many benefits 1 It builds confidence 2 It is relaxing 3 It relieves stress 4 It helps one to think without any distractions 5 It helps people to learn how to prevent situations 6 It helps people to learn how to physically end situations etc Meditation is used by many martial artists and may be used by everyone Meditation creates well rounded martial artists Meditation does not have to be religious in nature It can be used by anyone at any time Meditation can be done for minutes or hours depending one the person and the amount of time they have Meditation is the art of conscious sleeping When watching the news you should listen for situations and visualise yourself in them instead of the person on the news Se how you would prevent and counter them Do this even with situations you think

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  • Benefits of Martial Arts Training
    on their ass and leave onlookers in awe of you Wouldn t that be great But lets be realistic here just beating people up for the sake of it is not a reasonable solution Learning martial arts increases self confidence It helps to control that feeling of vulnerability Training in Martial Arts will not turn you into an emotionless fighting robot Quite the opposite It helps to create a more balanced individual The goal is not to teach people to fight unnecessarily or take the law unto their own hands But to teach people to defend themselves when and where is necessary Confidence allows you to remain calm during difficult situations By remaining calm you can assess your situation more clearly and act accordingly When faced with a compromising situation a martial artist will need to use physical force less often than those who cannot defend themselves There is a comparitive relationship between the amount of time that someone has been practicing martial arts and their level of self confidence This can be compared to a beginers level of aggression and anxiety These traits tend to even out over the period of time that the practitioner has been training As

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  • Kickboxing how to throw a jump-spinning kick.
    opponent not the referee Then kick out Unfortunately there isn t a whole lot of technique to the Back leg jump spin however if you find it difficult to get it in one jump you can a small hop at the beginning to get yourself into a more comfortable position before the technique and then gradually reduce the size of the hop until it is virtually non existent this way you won t get caught out in the ring Front leg These types are much easier since you can generate a good bit of momentum before you have to jump You ll be spinning clockwise again only you attack with your left leg this time Firstly take up your right leg now hop around in a clockwise motion until your right knee is facing your opponent again The aim now is to switch your legs in midair use your left leg to jump and kick then as your left leg is going up your right leg should be coming down That s the basic way of throwing it you should be aiming to try to reduce the number of hops it takes to get back around until you can just pivot all the way around in one go If you find it difficult at first try winding yourself up like a deadly spring by twisting slightly towards the left first this will give you just a bit more momentum The 360 of doom I actually think these types are the easiest jump spins to throw as you can almost run at them to get your momentum going Essentially with a 360 you are attempting to spin counter clockwise and hit with either just your lead leg or if you really want to pull your groin with both legs Start by

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  • Eat to win
    are so many differing opinions on this subject that it can be very over whelming when you first try to organize a proper eating plan So lets keep it simple and stick to the basics WHAT TO DRINK 1st on the list Water water and more water Most of us don t drink enough water We are predominantly made up of water and we need it to perform all of our bodily functions No need to drown yourself just keep sipping away throughout the day and don t wait to be thirsty Good athletes are always well hydrated especially before an event Fruit vegetable juices are okay but you are better off eating the fruits and the vegetables Milk can be a good source of protein calcium Fat free is best for those looking to lower body fat WHAT NOT TO DRINK Tea coffee sugary drinks alcohol All of these are stimulants which can negatively affect your body rhythms Top athletes stay away from these drinks If you find this unimaginable then just try to reduce your intake of these drinks WHAT TO EAT Natural foods Cereals grains beans lean meats fish brown bread brown rice wholemeal pasta eggs egg whites are best potatoes fruit and vegetables Use seasoning to increase taste green pepper onion garlic oregano lemon or cilantro You can also get away with low fat mayonnaise low fat cheese and fat free yogurt WHAT NOT TO EAT This could be a huge list so the mains ones are sugar or sugary foods salt or high sodium foods butter sauces or full fat anything HOW TO PREPARE FOOD Do grill bake barbecue boil steam or microwave HOW NOT TO PREPARE THE FOOD Don t fry oil adds unnecessary saturated fat to food and yes this is bad Even

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