As seen on: http://fitnessforwrestling.com
By: John Clarke
The key is drills! Drilling is how we condition the body and mind to fire as one. The repetition of doing one technique over and over again creates muscle memory and gets the mind to think under fatigue. I often remember coaching wrestlers and they would beg to wrestle live versus the non stop drilling. It is much easier to sandbag when your going live.
Another key is to drill for the duration of time that you are preparing for. It makes the body respond properly under the stress of competition. My philosophy is to drill as many rounds as possible to prepare for your matches, fights, or competitions.
Another key aspect is to follow the template of the rounds.
A college match is 7 minutes in duration, 3 min- 2 min- 2min…… so the athlete will work the whole duration of the match with only the break of 15 seconds in between. In this regard, we have mimicked the match as best as possible.
An MMA Fight is 15 minutes in duration, 5min- 5min- 5min……..so the athlete will work the whole duration of the fight with only the break of 1 minute in between each round. In this regard, we have mimicked a non- championship fight the best as possible…… for a championship fight we would just add the rounds.
The final point is that I do not allow the fighter or wrestler to get to comfortable and I change the respective drill each minute un- announced. In doing this we are constantly getting the mind to fire with the body under fatigue.
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