Get Fit to Fight

The biggest mistake every martial artists make is failing to ask themselves “What am I getting fit for?!”  If you want to get fit to fight — ok you’re one step closer — but it what constitutes getting fit to fight and what are you going to do about it?

Of course if you’re training simply to get fit and stay healthy, while our focus is on getting “fit to fight” this page will be important too — trust me!

These are the things you should look for:

  • Specificity and Functionality
  • Intense Conditioning
  • Explosive Strength
  • Maximal Strength
  • Mobility and Flexibilty

Well I believe whole heartedly in intensity.  That you fight how you train so you must train how you fight

… More recently I’ve started to move away from people who believe in smashing their bodies as a means to getting fit.  When I say ‘smashing’ I mean going through such an intense workout that — come tomorrow — you’re so tired, fatigued and sore that you can’t, don’t want to train or you’re unable to give it your best shot.  That’s a detrimental routine.

While you still have to train hard and push through the pain — if you’re clever, structure your routines and include light, moderate and high intensity days in your routine — you can train harder and even get better results.

How’s that possible?  Easy because we all know that it’s not the training that helps our body grow, it’s the rest period afterwards where we progress.

Once you get your head around that concept and realize you don’t have to destroy your body to achieve your goals then you’ll never look back because you can train all the time, for the rest of your life.

My Favorite Bodyweight Routine

One of the programs I really like is Scott Sonnon’s Tacfit Commando Program.  The great thing is that it’s a highly functional bodyweight routine.  By that I mean you work your body in all directions and using no equipment.  Take a squat for example, you pretty much move in one direction – up and down.

The Tacfit Commando program is clever in that as you work your body you’re moving forwards, backwards, sideways, up, down and even rolling.  It prepares you to move in any direction, efficiently and rapidly.

It’s a tough routine with three levels that gets progressively harder and even if you’re pretty fit, start with the easiest routine.  Like a fight — you have to concentrate on maintaining technique while at the same time pushing through physical pain and hardship — you can’t get sloppy.

The downside to his routines is that they are very different to our normal way of thinking.  That takes time to get used to.  You’re not smashing your body every day.  Instead you have a light day, moderate day, heavy day and then a rest day.  It’s clever because on the moderate day you’re building strength and on the heavy day you’re doing your best to get your heart beating like a drum.

The rest and light days are more about mobility and flexibility.  I think that’s the hidden beauty of this program — it’s not just a workout — it’s a well-rounded training program to get your stronger, fitter and improve your range of motion.  Ticks all the boxes really.

If you’re interested, it is pretty pricey but well worth it.  Just ignore the horrible website it’s on!  Visit Tacfit Commado.

2 Responses to Get Fit to Fight

  1. Garrett

    How to do solo training for wing chun?

    • Wing Chun Team

      Solo training takes a little bit of time to “get into”. The obvious stuff is footwork and your form training which is great but the ‘law of diminishing returns’ eventually applies. From a technique perspective I do everything from the combinations and applications taught in class through to chi-sau techniques on my own, in the air. It can take a little imagination – a little like shadow boxing – but if you can imagine and perform it as though it WAS REAL, the mind starts to believe it is real.

      When it comes to chi-sau I know there’ll be critics doing that in the air BUT if you learn a combination you can hammer the hell out of the movement and get the muscle memory (left and right side) which makes applying it on a partner much swifter. Then there is lots of bag work – again you really need to use your imagination. Lots of peoples go through the motions throwing single, double and chain punches… add footwork, hit from crazy angles, face the opposite direction and spin (as though someone was behind you) and hit the bag. If you got a heavy bag pivot out of the way as it swings. Even mix up some combinations – drop and do a burpee or sprawl – then back up and repeat the combinations.

      Ton’s of ideas and if you can be a bit more specific (ie. solo training for fitness, pad work, a fight coming up, technique) then let me know and I’ll write some articles.

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