Monday, October 20, 2008

Ultimate Anderson Silva's Training Routine

In case you haven't figured it out yet, I'm very into MMA and have been for long time, before the days Ken Shamrock turned heel. I can tell you that in all of my years, I believe Anderson Silva to be the best fighter that I have ever seen. This might sound a little on the fruitatious side but his striking, creativity, and the ways he is able to manipulate his body to get the advantage over his opponent, is something that no other fighter can fully achieve. This is why he is better than GSP, Penn, and Fedor and and thanks to Gracie Mag we can now understand his training methods:

Tennis Ball Training:

Those that admire the dancer-like style of Anderson Silva in the rings should know that his warm-up exercises really seem like play. They only seem that way.

With the help of one or two tennis balls ("Even I don't last very long with two"), the muay thai beast trains his coordination and the legwork of his students, who jump around the ring bouncing the balls up and down, changing the front leg every three minutes.

Backing Up:

Anderson often says in his training sessions: “The good fighter needs to understand the art of walking backwards, because going forward everyone learns when they are just babies”. Sure, backing up, unlike what you tough guys think, is useful to a fighter.

“This is learned through training. When fighters are exchanging punches very close, one step back aiming at striking can mean salvation for you and doom for your adversary,” he says.

The Clinch

Anderson’s pupils usually train the clinch for about five minutes, in pairs, alternating grips on the nape of the opponent’s neck, while the latter tries to free himself. Only hard training and repetition make the athlete improve his clinch.

Throwing a Good Knee

Anderson knows what his fans want to know: “And what is the trick to doing a good flying-knee?” For the fighter, the secret is in the hip (see photo), but that is not the only trick. “For the knee to get in, ideally the adversary would not be expecting it. For that, I recommend that athletes crouch, fake a kick and, quickly and with the same leg, project themselves for a flying-knee”, he teaches.

[Via Gracie Mag]

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