Adding Variation and U-Slips

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At this point, there’s a limitless amount of work that you can do to build your ability to get inside your opponents range… you could train this for 20 minutes per day and be insanely difficult to hit in a matter of a few weeks.

Be prepared… this is hard work. 20 seconds of free-styling slip variation while moving forward is going to be exhausting. That said, you will be on your way to sharpening body movements specific to fighting larger people.

A Brief Note From Trav...

I remember when fighting was exhausting. It didn’t matter what I was doing; shadow boxing on the air would put me wayyy out of breath. After all, when you’re first starting out with martial arts technique, all your body is working with is the muscle memory and physical development from every other sport you’ve played.

Unfortunately, all the years I spent running around on a field didn’t prepare my body to effectively use the muscles needed in MMA training.

Muscles need blood to get oxygen. Blood flows through veins. Veins don’t just appear like huge wide tunnels for your blood to rush through… that kind of stuff has to be BUILT.

Every single time you punch until you are exhausted, or you do slip sprints until your sides are burning, you build a lot more than just your muscles. You build neurological path ways (so your brain can coordinate the movements), you build your cardiovascular system (so your heart can deliver blood), you build your lactic acid threshold (so you can push through the pain and the burn).

Every time you PUSH yourself hard physically, you turn your body into more of a machine… you sharpen your mind, and you build your heart (your real heart, and the metaphorical “heart”… like Rocky Balboa had “heart”).

Keep that in mind any time you’re doing a drill that I give you, the moment that it gets hard and the moment that you want to stop.

Is your opponent working this hard? Probably not.

It won’t be easy at first, but slowly you will become the martial artist that you seek to create.

Moving on…

While you’re training all of the fun stuff I gave you, I want you to start thinking about the next crucial element of closing distance: Taking Angles!

If you want to be able to really damage your opponent and not get hit back… I would strongly recommend that you pay very close attention to this next video.

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Taking Angles... With U-Slips

This video explains the absolute need to take a good attack angle, and shows you how to use a U-Slip to get there.

And a Workout for ya:

This first round should be done LIGHLY, and all slipping should be done while moving FORWARD.  This workout will focus in part on U-Slips, but quite a bit on MIXING your slips together to create variation.

  1. 30 Seconds of Penguin Slips
  2. 30 Seconds Shadow Boxing
  3. 30 Seconds of U-Slips moving forward (on a Slip Rope, or on the Air)
  4. 30 Seconds Shadow Boxing
  5. 30 Seconds of Tyson Slips

60 Seconds Rest

  1. 1 Minute of freestyle slipping Mixing only U-Slips and Penguin Slips
  2. 1 Minute of Jump Rope or Shadow Boxing

60 Seconds Rest (or 60 seconds if you need it)

  1. 1 Minute of freestyle slipping Mixing only U-Slips and Tyson Slips
  2. 1 Minute of Jump Rope or Shadow Boxing

60 Seconds Rest

  1. 1 Minute of Freestyle Slipping using Every Slip
  2. 1 Minute of Jump Rope or Shadow Boxing

60 Seconds Rest

  1. 1 Minute of U-Slips Moving Forward
  2. 1 Minute of Jump Rope or Shadow Boxing

60 Seconds Rest

  1. 1 Minute of Freestyle Slipping using Every Slip, also combined with punching
  2. 1 Minute of Jump Rope or Shadow Boxing

60 Seconds Rest

  1. 1 Minute U-Slips Moving Forward
  2. 1 Minute Freestyle Slipping
  3. 1 Minute Jumping Rope or Shadow Boxing
  4. 1 Minute U Slipping Moving Foward

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Taking Angles... With U-Slips

This video explains the absolute need to take a good attack angle, and shows you how to use a U-Slip to get there.

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