Category Archives: Martial Arts

The right gym culture

I’ve trained at lots of gyms all around the world. I’ve trained all over Europe, in the USA, Brazil, Japan and Thailand  I have tried to pick up all the best elements of each place i’ve trained while avoiding the things I felt didn’t work. My dream was to create a gym with high level […]

Developing into a fighter

Long Term Athlete Development in Combat Sports Since the beginning of our fight team we have consistently followed a long-term development program for our fighters. The Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Program is commonly found in elite level sports but is often ignored in the world of Fight Sports. Stages in Fighter Development The first […]

Being tough on your teammates

Performance Versus Popularity One of the best lessons we learned from sports coaching expert Wayne Goldsmith earlier this year was that ‘popularity is the enemy of performance’. Popularity is easy; performance requires honesty. If you want your teammates to perform at their best you need to be honest with them even if this will make […]

Being Fight Ready Part 2

This article was written with the help of Wayne Goldsmith who I have been working with for the past few months. Wayne is a sports coaching expert who has worked extensively with sports teams and organisations all over the world including Swimming Australia, the US Olympic Committee and numerous Football and Rugby clubs. http://www.wgcoaching.com/category/sports-coaching/ Why […]

Why MMA fighters should stay fight ready all year round

This article was written with the help of Wayne Goldsmith who I have been worked with in the past. Wayne is a sports coaching expert who has worked extensively with sports teams and organisations all over the world including Swimming Australia, the US Olympic Committee and numerous Football and Rugby clubs. Stay Fight Ready I […]

Mental Training and Fighting

“How do I stop pre-fight nerves affecting my performance and ruining all the weeks of hard training and preparation before a fight?” This is a question that I often get asked by students before a fight or competition. Everyone gets Pre-Fight Nerves The first thing to remember is that everyone gets nervous before fights. The […]

How important is your Team for MMA success?

Boxing Vs MMA : Teams One of the major differences between professional Boxing and MMA is the emphasis on teams rather than on the individual fighters. In boxing everyone knows all about Mayweather and Pacquiao but not too much about their training partners. It’s usually the opposite in MMA. If there is one successful fighter from a […]

Why Fighters Lose MMA Fights

Here are some of the most common ways in which fighters sabotage their potential success in the sport of MMA. 1. Training with coaches who don’t understand the sport of MMA. The coach may be skilled in individual areas such as striking or BJJ but lack the ability and experience to prepare fighters properly for […]

What is mental toughness for fighters?

Here is a short interview which I recently did with one of my clients who is completing a sports science degree regarding mental toughness and mental preparation in combat sports. How do you define “mental toughness”?  I would define mental toughness in sports as ability to reproduce an athletes best performance under adverse & unfavourable […]