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  1. baatar White Belt

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    I've spent most of my time training in Judo and wrestling and, being honest with myself, I find myself in trouble with stand-up fighters who bob and weave well. I'm strong and think on my feet well, but I really need to work on upper body mobility. What training techniques/exercises can anyone recommend for a 6'0" 240lbs. whose a bit heavy on his feet?
     
  2. corwin137 Green Belt

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    Couple ideas...

    Take away tools. For instance: feeder only does offense, you only do defense.

    Work on slips, evasions, fades, ducks, bob/weave, shoulder roll etc by having someone feed you strikes with your hands behind your back. Do one or two minute rounds that way.

    I do mostly "non-sport" stuff: start from a fence, have a feeder approach you. Back off by way of angling away from your feeder, respond with an interception or default cover. Feeder should vary his timing, speed, distance, and types of attack. S/he can do a single or compound attack, then reset.

    My fave timing/distance drill is (using hand distance in this example): Feeder moves around, you maintaining the fighting measure. Feeder throws a half-speed, and obvious hook. If you're out of range, wait for it to pass, tap feeder on the shoulder with your lead hand (forcing you to insure correct distance, availability of attack). If you're within the range of his attack (though you're endeavoring to maintain fighting measure, as I mentioned...), step back out of range, then as the attack passes, step back in range and tap feeders' shoulder with the lead hand again. This drill can be modified, adding more ranged attacks that can be responded to with interceptions (finger jab, straight punch/interception of attacking hand AKA "cornering" simultaneously, teep/jab kick...). It's a timing/distance/generalship drill, but has a great added benefit of forcing you to move your feet.
     
  3. corwin137 Green Belt

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    Pinche double post. Phail.
     
  4. Sinister Doctor of Doom Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Eres Mexicano?

    To the thread-starter, over/under rope as well. And a lot of people misuse this tool. It's not just slip-punch-slip-punch. But it should also be, slipslipslip-combination, slipslip-combination.
     
  5. corwin137 Green Belt

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    Uh uh. Eres knucklehead. Am from Los Angeles though, so am fairly immersed in the culture. I enjoy cursing that way...
     
  6. icyblue17 Orange Belt

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    Wow. Good input guys. Thanks a lot.
     
  7. Cool Hand Luke Cool Hand (Just the Flu)ke

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    no offence but being 240 and only 6 foot also plays a factor in your mobility

    i also recommend what kabucki said but also drop some weight - you'll be quicker on your toes and that well help your standup
     
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    No offense taken! I stuggle with getting older, having less time for working out, etc... but that's for another thread!

    Thanks for the great responses!
     
  9. Cool Hand Luke Cool Hand (Just the Flu)ke

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    i hear ya! i hit 30 this year and you certainly recognize the body's inability to heal faster as well as recover quicker

    basically you have to keep upping your output to get the same results.
     

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