Wednesday, May 1, 2013

3 Quick Tips for Better Sparring!

At least once a week I get an email from a reader asking how they can improve their sparring.

It seems that most of the people reading (Un)Caged Fighter understand the importance of sparring. However, a lot of guys out there are apprehensive about it. The idea of hitting your training partner and
having them hit you back is unfamiliar to most combat sport newbies and "weekend warrior" martial artists. It goes against everything we were taught growing up: "Play nice", "Don't hit!", "Take turns", etc... Changing those habits in the gym or dojo can be difficult for some.

And let's not forget that being hit in the face can be scary as hell for most people!

So, I'm going to give you guys some tips that I've found very useful at really improving my sparring - and, therefore, making me a better fighter.

Monday, March 25, 2013

How to Combine Swings and the Heavy-Bag for a Kick-Ass Workout!

I'm always looking for ways to save time when training.

In addition to my day job, family life, and social/community obligations I also have to juggle networking, blogging, and find the time to train and workout.

I get the impression that a lot of martial artists and fighters are having similar issues.

So, I want to share with you guys one of my favorite workouts. It combines two tools every fighter should be using: the heavy-bag and kettlebells.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Dave Begel vs MMA

Hey guys! Check out this clip from Inside MMA:

So, do you agree with Dave Begel?

Is a punch in delivered in MMA really different from a punch delivered in Boxing?
Is a MMA kick really different from a Tae Kwon Do or Muay Thai kick?
Is a MMA throw really different from a Judo throw?
Is a takedown in MMA really different from a wrestling takedown?

OR is Dave just full of shit and looking to get some attention by ruffling feathers?


Train Hard,
Josh Skinner

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Ramon Dekkers Dies at 43

Liver Kick is reporting some sad news:

   "A serious misfortune has struck the international Kickboxing and Muay Thai community as reports have surfaced that legendary Dutch striker Ramon "Diamond" Dekkers has passed away today at the young age of 43."

 I, for one, am extremely surprised at this news. I plan on doing an extended training session tonight in his honor.

 Please keep Ramon's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers

Train Hard,
Josh Skinner

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Want to Better Understand Muay Thai?

NatGeo has a great documentary on Muay Thai. Check it out:

Train Hard,
Josh Skinner