Interesting to know that it’s not your muscles that determine how quickly and strong you can hit, but the quality of your nervous system.
Research has shown that the first sign of a rapid movement may actually be a decrease in muscle activity rather than an increase. This little-known phenomenon is called the “pre-movement silent period,” and it can enable you to strike faster and stronger.
One of the qualities of expert martial artists is the ability to throw a punch or kick without warning. From a ready position, they explode into motion. The attack is so sudden and smooth that it seems to materialize out of thin air.
When novices attack, it’s a different story. Their motion can be seen a mile away — mainly because they perform a large counter-movement, or windup, before the technique.
The purpose of this counter-movement is to allow the primary muscles to start activating well before the attack actually begins. When the forward motion is initiated, the muscles are already in a high state of excitation, producing a powerful attack.
The counter-movement is a natural mechanism designed to produce a quick and forceful action. However, that’s a disadvantage in the martial arts because it telegraphs the movement. It takes a fair amount of practice to be able to launch an attack with only forward motion, and it’s even harder to make the same attack a powerful one.
Fortunately, the human body is a remarkable machine that’s capable of adapting to virtually any conditions that are imposed on it. When you attack without the benefit of a counter-movement, you can compensate by using the pre-movement silent period.
To better understand the pre-movement silent period, it’s useful to examine a punch in a typical sparring session and determine what your muscles are doing. When you face your opponent in a ready stance, your muscles are in a state of mild contraction to fight the effects of gravity. A balance is struck: Too much tension will fatigue you and slow you down, and too little tension will allow your arms to drop.
So there you are with your hands up and ready to attack or defend at a moment’s notice. As you begin, you notice that your opponent has inadvertently let his guard drop. Never one to miss an opportunity, you decide that you’ll punch as hard and as fast as you can. Your brain sends the signal down your spinal cord, through your motor neurons and finally to your individual muscle fibers. However, what happens next may not be what you’d expect.
During the switch from posture to rapid motion, your muscles can actually turn off or stop contracting. The “silence” lasts for only about a tenth of a second, but it causes your muscle fibers to contract all at once, rather than in a graduated fashion. This synchronization is important because it produces a large initial muscle twitch, which facilitates the rapid production of force. The end effect is your fist being catapulted toward the target with great force — and without having been telegraphed.
By Christopher Hasson – a martial artist and a biomechanics researcher in the Human Performance Laboratory at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
What does the ounces indicate on boxing gloves and what boxing gloves size is right for me? Now you’ll find out all about the size of boxing gloves as well as information about the ounces on boxing gloves.
In general, classic boxing gloves and Muay Thai gloves (which are actually same) do not have any size differences. In general, a child’s glove looks the same size as an adult’s. But to differentiate the boxing gloves from each other – the weight or the padding of the gloves is differentiated. Here come the ounces.
The weight or the padding of the gloves is expressed in terms of ounces of weight, which is printed in 99% of the cases as OZ indication on the gloves.
Generally the gradation is divided into 2 ounces steps:
8Oz = 226,8 Grams
10Oz = 283,5 Grams
12Oz = 340,2 Grams
14Oz = 396,9 Grams
16Oz = 453,6 Grams
One ounce is 28.3495 grams
So if a glove has 10 ounces, the padding weight is 283.495 grams – as you noticed it can make a huge difference whether you are fighting with 16 ounces or 8 ounces.
Info: MMA gloves have different sizes like S,M,L.
Generally 8 ounce gloves are least padded and also the lightest. They are therefore suitable for children in the training, as well as for people who want to refine their striking techniques, as they can feel through the glove the hit.
10 ounce gloves are a standard of competition and are used in nearly all series. They are an optimal compromise of impact, weight and upholstery.
12 ounce and 14 ounce gloves are often used in training. They are a bit heavier and so it is easier for a fighter to keep permanently 10 ounces up, since he has always trained with 12 or 14.
16 ounces are most padded, thus providing the greatest protection to the fighter his hands and his opponent. 16 ounces are most frequently used in the sparring, as there is so simple enough protection in the training. Some boxers also go to workout with 16 ounces in training to train with a higher weight on their fists.
Of course, you do not need to buy all weights and in most clubs and camps gloves are provided anyway. In principle it is therefore worth to buy 12oz gloves and / or 14oz gloves. 12oz are in our opinion ideal for training, 14oz good for some sparring and training.
With what kind of gloves do you practice? What differences do you notice between the weights?
Breathing is an important life process. In order to provide the body with optimal oxygen is the proper breathing technique especially important in sports. Find out all about the breathing in sports like Martial Arts and boxing.
Breathing is a natural reflex that is controlled automatically. However, anyone who does sports such as Boxing, Kickboxing,MMA or Conditioning should train the proper breathing techniques. This increases the efficiency in training and the fight. Breathing can also be consciously controlled and optimized.
When breathing air flows through the mouth or nose into the lungs. The air is cleaned by tiny hairs in the nose first and humidified and warmed by the mucous membranes. By the alveoli, the oxygen is finally absorbed into the blood circulation. The other way round the carbon dioxide is also released through the alveoli of from the blood into the air.
By the respiratory muscles, and organs are thus supplied with oxygenated blood. This is the reason why the body can remain fully efficient. So the proper breathing plays a crucial role especially in the martial arts.
Breathing is controlled automatically. This is done automatically in the brain or respiratory center of the medulla oblongata. This chemoreceptors respond to the carbon dioxide content of the blood and are responsible for the respiratory charm.
Nevertheless, the breathing can be controlled consciously. Athletes make this often to use. But even in meditation, controlled breathing lead to inner peace and highest concentration.
Through proper breathing you can reach positive effects for the organs and the circulation in everyday life. Thus, the internal organs “massaged” by constantly breathing in and out. The heart benefits from deep breathing and is extremely relieved. So it is with deep breathing pulled through the diaphragm moving down and thus extended.
However, the improper breathing also have negative effects on our organism. The most common respiratory failure are due to the following causes:
These three factors have often great effects on respiration. So breathing is often shallow, and it stunted the finest capillaries in the lungs. The consequence is a lower oxygen uptake. The heart needs more beats per minute to perform better even at rest. The overall performance decreases.
Also back pain can have large effects on respiration. From reflective and self-protection, the deep inhalation is prohibited. As unpleasant pain can be avoided. However, the performance is also so reduced.
Pay attention especially in stress situation, if your breathing still remains low.
Check your posture by breathing in deeply aware. When you change it to breath in the air better your posture is wrong.
Do you have back pain affect during inhale deep? Breathe deep and strong! Do you feel now somewhere tension or pain, then you are suffering from back problems that restrict your breathing.
Simple tricks for better breathing in everyday life:
Breathing is also subconsciously influenced by external influences or our state of mind. To get a total harmonious breathing and a better appreciation of life you should always listen to yourself. Also meditation exercises such as yoga or meditation can lead to better breathing and are under Thai boxing and MMA fighters very popular.
Breathing exercises before training and in everyday life:
Deep breathing to stimulate and relieve the internal organs:
The deep breathing can work wonders in stressful situations in everyday life. But even before a fight or training it can help prepare for the challenges ahead, and to provide the organs optimally with oxygen.
How you breathe deeply:
Stand or sit in upright position. Let your arms hang loose and relaxed while laterally. Breathe now deep and strong through your nose. You should breathe deeply so that the air passes into the stomach and chest. Then you breathe out slowly through your mouth.
Breathing in boxing training:
In boxing, kickboxing or other martial arts the right breathing technique is a great advantage. So you should always exhale forcefully in rhythm with your punches and kicks. Therefore, you can hear the most of the fighters always loud moaning or crying during the workout or fight. This helps to put the power completely in the punch.
A training wisdom: “If you do not hear yourself breathing, you may not even breathe too!”
Many children are getting into the sport of boxing. Training in boxing will not only improve the body, it will improve the mind. This sport is great for anti-bullying since children will gain confidence and self- assurance.
The sport of boxing can be very safe if taught properly. It is actually much safer than football and hockey. Each student will receive top of the line leather boxing gloves. All contact will be practiced using protective shields, pads, focus mitts and heavy bags led by an instructor. There is no direct contact with one student striking another student.
The class will involve the use of the heavy bags; focus mitt training and boxing combinations. There is a heavy emphasis on conditioning such as running, burpees, pushups, abs, and other cross conditioning methods.
The kids will learn how to slip and avoid punches. The focus on technique, form, conditioning, power, speed, timing, coordination and balance will be emphasized.
There will also be a graduation ceremony for all students.
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Almost every Muay Thai fighter wears it. Without the Mongkol many fighters do not enter the ring. What is going on with Mongkhon (Mongkol), and why the headband for traditional fighters is so important, you will learn here.
At times of war Thailand’s soldiers wore before battle always headbands as a talisman. This should protect the soldiers from harm and bring happiness. Since the art of Muay Thai is closely connected with the history of the country, this rite was maintained up to the present time and is almost unchanged till today.
The Mongkhon, or Mongkol (headband) and Pra Jiad (armbands) are often worn into the ring before the match begins. They originate back in times when Thailand was in a constant state of war, where young men would tear off pieces of a loved one’s clothing (often their mother’s sarong) and wear it to battle for good luck as well as to ward off harmful spirits. The Mongkol is a blessed headband and thus a talisman. In modern times the Mongkol (lit. meaning holy spirit, luck, and protection) is worn as a tribute to the gym that the Muay Thai fighter is fighting out of.
Traditionally, fighters receive their Mongkon from the coach when they trained hard enough and are ready to represent the Muay Thai Camp in the ring with honor. The coach must be fully convinced of the skills of his Muay Thai student. Fighters wear the Mongkon also for paying respect to the coach, the Muay Thai school, and the sport itself. In addition, so that the gratitude and solidarity to all people is expressed, which accompanied the fighters on the difficult path to the fight. Often after the fighter has finished the Wai_khru ceremony, the trainer will take the Mongkol off of his head and place it on their corner of the ring for luck. For the fight it is however not worn. This brings the fighters luck and protects him from possible dangers. So the Mongkhon is a highly spiritual object in Muay Thai.
For women it was long time forbidden to wear a Mongkol, as this will bring bad luck. Meanwhile, however, some Muay Thai schools and trainers have abandoned these views and also allow their female students to wear a Mongkol in the ring.
The Mongkol is awarded by a consecration to the spiritual force that is said to it. The ceremony can be performed both by a Buddhist monk or a Muslim Imam. Usually the coaches and the fighters themselves take part to this consecration. Just taking part in such a ceremony, the self-consciousness of the Fighter is often strengthened, which can have a positive effect in combat. Even fighters who do not live the teachings of Buddhism may participate in the ceremony and be protected.
These days, the Muay Thai headbands are made from ropes, ribbons and silk materials.
Whether the fighter is a Buddhist or not, it is common for them to bring the Mongkol to a Buddhist monk who blesses it with good luck prior to stepping into the ring.
Martial Art is not only the way of mastering fighting skills alongside with building strong personality, but in some cases it is the way to Enlightenment.
People nowadays may find it unusual to think of religious philosophy as the backbone of fighting training, yet that’s just what we find when we examine the military class of early Japan. Westerners are often confused by the term “religious philosophy” because in the West, those two subjects are distinct schools of thought. Until recently in Japan, however, there was no separation: they were connected in the sense that religion was philosophy acted out as a way of living.
One of the more popular Eastern religions, Zen, concentrates on living life to the utmost in the here and now, as opposed to focusing on the afterlife. If Zen practitioners live in this very moment, all the rest — whatever else that may entail — will fall into place naturally. That includes the main concern of the samurai warriors: proper action in the midst of deadly combat.
Japanese warrior class regarded the sword as the weapon of choice. Because great strength of will and concentration, as opposed to just technical skill, are needed to succeed in lightning-fast blade duels, the samurai turned to Zen.
Zen began in India. Around 440 to 520, a priest named Bodhidharma taught that one could attain nirvana through meditation, not just through rigorous study of the sutra (scriptures). After learning the dharma (Buddhist teachings on law and duty), Bodhidharma was told to travel to China to teach this method. China, although previously exposed to doctrinal Buddhism, seemed to be a better prospect for large-scale acceptance of such teachings.
Some popular stories consider Bodhidharma as the founder of Shaolin kung fu. The idea of Bodhidharma influencing Shaolin boxing is based on a qigong manual written during the 17th century. Thereby Zen philosophy been introduced to Shaolin warriors.
Zen was a seedling that was planted during previous era and blossomed later in Japan too. From then on, Zen continued to color life in all aspects of Japanese culture — especially the samurai class, which was socially elevated in 1192 by the emergence of the shogun.
We are so proud of all the young kids that have completed, or just about to complete the recent MK Boxing kids boxing сlasses program!
This is great for the kids and parents looking to place their kids in a fun exciting boxing program. We focus on boxing combinations, foot work, focus mitts, bag work and conditioning. And not the least, boxing is great for self-esteem and confidence building.
It is amazing what these young kids can learn in 8 weeks. We meet every Tuesday at MK Boxing. 1st class begins at 3:45 for kids K-4 and the 2nd class begins at 4:30 for kids grades 5-8.
Now we are n the midst of kids boxing classes program that started on 4/4/2017 with the towns of Winchester, Reading and Woburn. We also work with Burlington on a regular basis.
If you are in Kids boxing classes program, please contact the recreation departments of Winchester, Reading and Woburn (if you live outside the town you can still sign up with one of the recreation department’s listed) OR just contact MK Boxing about kids boxing classes.
Although women have participated in boxing for almost as long as the sport has existed, female fights have been effectively outlawed for most of boxing’s history, with athletic commissioners refusing to sanction or issue licenses to women boxers, and most nations officially banning the sport. Reports of women entering the ring go back to the 18th century.
The first female boxer dates back to 1722, when Elizabeth Wilkinson challenged Hannah Hyfield to a bout through an ad she placed in the London Journal: “I, Elizabeth Wilkinson, of Clerkenwell, having had some words with Hannah Hyfield, and requiring Satisfaction, do invite her to meet me on the Stage and Box me.” Billing herself as the European Championess, she fought both men and women. In those days, the rules of boxing allowed kicking, gouging and other methods of attack not part of today’s arsenal. For six years, Hyfield fought both men and women professionally, wearing “close jackets, short petticoats, coming just below the knee, Holland drawers, white stockings and pumps,” according to the same newspaper advertisements.
In the late 1800s, Nell Saunders and Rose Harland fought the first women’s boxing match in the United States; the prize was a silver butter dish. Twenty-five years later, in 1904, boxing made its debut as an Olympic sport in St. Louis — men’s boxing was admitted as a competitive sport, but women’s boxing was limited to exhibition bouts.
By the late 1970s and into the early ’80s, women’s boxing was resurrected. Some of the first women to be licensed for boxing in the United States were Marian Trimiar, known as Lady Tyger, and Jackie Tonawanda; Cathy Davis, known as Cat, appeared as the first female boxer on the cover of The Ring magazine in 1978.
The International Boxing Association (amateur) accepted new rules for Women’s Boxing at the end of the 20th century and approved the first European Cup for Women in 1999 and the first World Championship for women in 2001.
Women’s boxing was not featured at the 2008 Olympics; however, on 14 August 2009, it was announced that the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board (EB) had approved the inclusion of women’s boxing for the Games in London in the 2012 Olympics, contrary to the expectations of some observers.
Here in Boston area MK Boxing provides first class boxing classes for women.
Join the long history of women boxing or Become the next Women’s boxing champion if you wish!
Believe it, or not, summer will be here before you know it!
We still have time to get in shape before summer, so breathe a sigh of relief and start workouts and routines us.
Our facility is equipped with everything you’ll need to train your body, including a boxing ring, heavy bags, speed bags, double ended bags and uppercut bags! So we invite to come to MK Boxing Gym and get started today!
It’s so easy to start: just drive to Woburn, MA, find MK Boxing Gym, join classes.
Maybe you like this song for your workouts:
Every 17th of March, the Thai people honor Nai Khanom Tom. That night is called “Boxer’s night” where every stadium of the country dedicates fights in honor of Nai Khanom Tom and his victory. A Nai Khanom Tom festival is also held in the beautiful ancient capital city of Ayutthaya.
It is the bedtime story for Thai children when dreaming about legends and warriors which have been protectors of Kings and the country.
The name Nai Khanom Tom is one that every Thai child knows and one that graces every book or publications about the sport. He is the one of the greatest Muay Thai hero.
Around 1774, he was captured along with other Thai prisonersIn 1774, Nai Khanom Tom was a war prisoner in Burma. The Burmese had captured him when they sacked and burnt Thailand’s ancient capital, Ayutthaya.
King Mangra of Burma heard of his rep and asked him to challenge 10(12) Burmese fighters. He was brought to Yangon in Burma, where the Burmese king Mangra was holding a festival .
The Burmese had their own martial art – one not unlike Muay Thai and its name is Parma. Parma relied heavily on the fist as the major weapon whereas Muaythai boxers were famous then and now for their skills in using elbows, knees, feet as well as fists in a fight. King Mangra wanted to see which fighting skill was superior and called for the best Siamese from the prisoners to fight his Burmese fighters. Nai Khanom Tom was the natural choice for the Thais as he was renowned for his Muaythai skills and his never die attitude.
Nai Khanom Tom was selected to fight against the Burmese champion. Nai Khanomtom did a Wai Kru (wai khru ram muay) pre-fight dance which puzzled all of the Burmese. When the fight began, he charged out and using punches, kicks, elbows, and knees, quickly pummeled the Burmese.
The referee was reported to have stated that the Burmese opponent was distracted by the Wai Kru, so the knockout was invalid. The King then asked if Nai Khanom Tom would fight nine other Burmese champions to prove himself. He agreed and fought them all, one after the other. Nai Khanom Tom went on to win the next fights and was given his freedom. He fought for His king, his country, his friends and the freedom for all.
King Mangra was one of the first to applaud the feat he had witnessed. “Every part of the Thai is blessed with venom even with his bare hands he can fell ten opponents”.
The King gave Nai Khanom Tom his freedom and he returned to the old Siam and is given a hero’s welcome.
Come to MK Boxing Gym Muay Thai class and we will practice together. Who knows maybe you are the next boxing hero like Nai Khanom Tom!
To many of us, Thai martial arts is Thai kickboxing or, as it is more commonly known, Muay Thai.
However, Muay Thai is technically not a martial art. It is a sport that’s been around since 1930. Its techniques are taken from the more lethal art of Muay boran, which originated from the older fighting style of ling lom (air monkey) via the ancient mother art of krabi krabong (stick and sword fighting).
Although the ancient forms of Muay Thai are Buddhist in nature, ling lom has its foundation in the Hindu legend of Ramayana, specifically the monkey god Hanuman, wherein the Muay Thai fights traditionally re-enacted the battling gods.
Thai fighting arts evolved because of the country’s historical conflicts with Burma. Muay Thai’s ancestral arts were first described in King Ramkamheng’s (1275-1317) Book of War Learning. In 1560, King Nareusan was captured by the Burmese. He was released when he defeated the top Burmese boxers. It was this event that brought about the birth of Muay Thai.
But there is a similar story that describes how Nai Khanom Tom took on 10 (12) Burmese fighters while imprisoned in Burma and was released in 1774. Arguably the most important fighter in Muay Thai history is Nai Khanom Tom, whose heroics have gone down in Thai folklore.
We will tell you this story in the next article. Stay tuned!
Join MK Boxing Gym on this Valentine’s Day with your couple or just by yourself.
Our classes on February 14:
6-7am – Strength and conditioning
12:00-1pm – Boxing, Kickboxing & Conditioning
1-6:30pm – Open gym
6:30-7:30 – Boxing Beginners, Beginners Kickboxing & Muay Thai
6:30-8:00pm – Open Mat
Happy Valentine’s Day. XOXO
With Love, MK Boxing Gym team
The tree is decorated, the cookies are made, the gifts are wrapped; now all that’s left is to wish you a Merry Christmas.
We hope your holidays are filled with plenty of warmth, love, cheer, and happiness.
Truly yours, MK Boxing Gym team
We hear a lot of sayings like “follow your dreams”. But if one comes from a person who actually reached success it becomes more meaningful.
Champion boxer Klitschko, 45, last fought in 2012, before relinquishing the WBC heavyweight title the following year to focus on a career in politics. Today the Mayor of Kiev (Ukraine) was presented with an award from Roy Jones Jnr on behalf of the WBC, as the ‘Eternal World Heavyweight Champion’. As a fighter he twice held the WBC heavyweight title, and never lost it in the ring.
We want to quote part of his speech after he got his award:
“Noting is impossible. I was born in the Soviet Union, a big country where professional boxing was forbidden. I would watch Mike Tyson when he became the youngest world heavyweight champion in 1986, and I said to my friends, ‘Do you know what boys? One day I will be fighting guys like that. One day I will be world heavyweight champion.
“And one day I wore that green belt that was once Tyson’s, that belonged to Muhammad Ali. For a while, it was mine.
“It’s very important to have a dream, and to do everything you can to make that dream come true.”
Follow your dreams and reach it!
We in MK Boxing Gym are here for you to help you reach your dreams in sports, health and well-being.
Join our boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu and MMA classes any time of week you are comfortable with.
The MK Boxing Gym schedule during Thanksgiving holidays will be as follows:
The fall special for new members is about to expire. If interested in joining for a year, this is a great plan to purchase.
Any new prepay over 1 month will receive a free MK Boxing short sleeve shirt valued at $25.00. (This offer expires on Wednesday evening on 11/30/2016).
I hope everyone has a great safe Thanksgiving!
For people who hear about MMA for the first time may think that it is a just a new kind of sports. But it is not. MMA has a long history. Fighters that practice fighting techniques have been testing their skills against one another likely before history even began to be recorded.
The history of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) dates back to the *Olympics of anchttp://www.mkboxing.com/admin/plugin/mediaient Greece. Mixed Martial Arts fights originated as hand-to-hand combat performed as a sport called pankration, from the Greek words pan and kratos, meaning “all powers.” Still, Greek Pankration, a fighting event that became a part of the Olympic Games in 648 B.C., is the first documented full contact, few rules combat competition in history. Pankration events were known for their brutality. Pankration was a popular event, and the competitors became heroes and the subjects of legends.
The teachings of ancient Greek pankration spread to India thanks to Alexander the Great and his habit of recruiting athletes as soldiers because of their strength and combat knowledge. A Buddhist monk traveling through India picked up on aspects of pankration and brought that knowledge to China, where it birthed Asian martial arts such as kung fu, judo, and karate.
As people branched into new lands, they took these arts and built on them, often creating a new style or form of martial art. For example, an expert in judo traveled the globe and ended up in Brazil to spread his teachings, an act that gave birth to the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
There have been many examples of full combat fights designed to measure one style against another. One of the more notable occurred in 1887 when then heavyweight boxing champion John L. Sullivan took on Greco-Roman wrestling champion William Muldoon. Muldoon reportedly slammed his adversary to the canvas in just a couple of minutes. Reinforcing this, many other reported matches between famous strikers and grapplers also took place in and around this time, with grapplers often demonstrating a significant advantage over their striking or stand up fighting counterparts.
Interestingly, MMA style competitions also sprouted up in England in the late 1800’s via Bartitsu events. Bartitsu pitted Asian and European fighting styles against one another. The inclusion of the Asian fighting styles made them somewhat unique for the time period.
In the early 1900’s, full contact combat with mixed styles began happening in a variety of places.
However, there were two spots that were perhaps more noticeable and noteworthy. First, there was valetudo in Brazil, which began in the early 1920’s. The history behind this is noteworthy enough when it comes to MMA to go into it further.
In 1914, a Kodokan Judo master by the name of Mitsuyo Maeda taught Brazil’s Carlos Gracie (Gastao Gracie’s son) the art of judo in appreciation of his father’s help with business in the country. This was an amazing turn of events as the Japanese tended to hide jujutsu and judo from the western world. From there, Carlos’s youngest and smallest brother Helio, refined the art that had been taught to Carlos into one that used less strength and more leverage in order to suit his more diminutive frame.
What came of this was Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a grappling art that taught practitioners how to utilize joint locks and choke holds to their advantage on the ground. In addition, one of Helio’s major accomplishments was in refining how fighters could compete from their backs utilizing a technique called the guard.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu performers did exceptionally well in mixed style valetudo matches in Brazil, one of which was Helio Gracie.
In addition, there were mixed martial arts matches being put on by Antonio Inoki in Japan in the 1970’s. One of these took place between Inoki himself and famed heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali on June 25, 1976. In reality, it appears that this 15 round draw, which netted Ali six million dollars and Inoki two million dollars, was staged. Further, several rules were put into place to help Ali just before the fight went off (including a rule that only allowed Inoki to kick if one of his knees were down). However, the match certainly generated a lot of interest in mixed style competitions.
Eventually, all of this led to the first UFC event in 1993. Modern Day Mixed Martial Arts is Born Via the UFC.
History had forgotten that wrestlers had done very well in past mixed martial arts matches. Besides, much had changed. Further, the mainstream United States had almost no idea whatsoever about the Gracie’s vale tudo exploits in Brazil. Which led to the following age-old question: which martial arts style was most effective?
That was the question that the original UFC competition and founders Art Davie, Robert Meyrowitz, and Helio Gracie’s son, Rorion, set out to answer on November 12, 1993.
The event, which pitted eight fighters against one another in a single elimination, one day tournament, was seen on pay per view and came to the masses live from the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado.
The tournament had few rules (including no decisions, time limits, or weight classes) and fighters in it with a variety of martial arts backgrounds.
Brazilian Jiu-Jisu (Royce Gracie, son of Helio), Karate (Zane Frazier), shootfighting (Ken Shamrock), Sumo (Telia Tuli), Savate (Gerard Gordeau), kickboxing (Kevin Rosier and Patrick Smith), and professional boxing (Art Jimmerson) were all represented. In sum, the event ended up showcasing Gracie Jiu Jitsu, as Royce defeated three fighters via submission in less than five minutes combined to take home victory. A total of 86,592 spectators witnessed his dominance via pay per view. In fact, the 170 pound Gracie won three of the first four UFC tournaments, proving in the eyes of many that his style of fighting was king.
Though the UFC is still by far the gold standard organization when it comes to the sport of MMA, there are many other organizations out there. Some of the more popular are Affliction, Strikeforce, and the WEC. Further, MMA is seen on television regularly and enjoys excellent pay per view buy numbers, especially via the UFC.
Do you want to have a body like supermodel’s? Of course, you do!
But even supermodel should work hard to be in shape.
We want to look closer on an inspiring the Victoria’s Secrets Angel Karlie Kloss. She is known to be the most beautiful model around with the most perfect body.
According to the model, fitness has been a way of life since her teenage years. “Growing up, I played every sport in the book—basketball, soccer, swim team,” says Kloss, who also practiced classical ballet, which she credits for helping her to “develop self-awareness about my body” and, later, giving her a sense of confidence when on the runway. “I’d always danced, but I transitioned into finding new ways to strengthen and test my body,” she says. She got into pilates, spinning, boxing and running.
Kloss works out on pilates reformer several times a week. But she’s also a capable yogi and enthusiastic boxer.
She does cardio daily. Even if for 15 minutes, “it releases stress and gets your body moving,” says Kloss.
This weekend you may spent few hours watching a new movie drama about boxing – Back in the Day (2016).
It may be not the best movie to learn boxing technique, nevertheless, the movie tells a good story about a young man struggling for success in the mean world populated by a lot of shady people.
You will see a Motivation. To be a winner you have to overcome numerous obstacles.
Cast: Alec Baldwin, Michael Madsen, Danny Glover, Shannen Doherty.
Summer is here and it’s hot! Vacation period is open!
Think of getting in a perfect shape before going to a beach? No problem!
Did you know that Boxing or Kickboxing classes will help you get fit and lose weight faster then any fitness class?!
Come to MK Boxing Gym and choose any class you like. You may even try one for free!
For the busiest working people we recommend our ALL-IN-ONE Boxing, Kickboxing & Conditioning class on Sunday at 10:30-11:30am!
Check more schedule options on our Schedule page.
For your convenience, recently we added a new feature to our web-site – 3d View of our premisses.
Now in a very simple way you can “explore” our facility!
One of the most popular disciplines in MK Boxing gym is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class.
You may heard about Japanese Jiu-Jitsu (JJJ), but what is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)? Is there any difference?.
Japanese Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art and a method of close combat for defeating an armed and armored opponent, in general. JJJ is more traditional, focusing on locks and throws. It is good if you want to learn techniques that could put down an attacker much more quickly and be more “street practical”, but may or may not actually work against strong guys in a real situation. Jiu-Jitsu is practiced in both traditional and modern sports forms. Derived sport forms include the Olympic sport and martial art of judo, which was developed by Kanō Jigorō in the late 19th century from several traditional styles of Jiu-Jitsu; and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which was derived from earlier (pre–World War II) versions of Kodokan judo.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, commonly known as BJJ, is a descendant of traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu. In the late 19th century, Jigoro Kano created judo, believing that the essence of Jiu-Jitsu was being lost as many schools ceased to emphasize live training and competition. By removing the striking elements of Jiu-Jitsu and the more dangerous aspects, he created an art based on throwing an opponent and then controlling him or submitting him on the ground. BJJ is good if you want to see results quickly and become a confident fighter on the ground. It is invaluable in a confrontation against one large unarmed attacker, but requires more time to neutralize your opponent. It is widely agreed to be the most chess-like martial art at high levels, and can give much intellectual fulfillment.
Comparison of the two arts and their different applications in a small video:
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In our previous article we spoke about Muay Thai history and techniques. If you found it interesting, here is even more interesting documentary about Muay Thai – “Muay Thai Born for the fight” of 1997.
This documentation is a thoroughly researched film about the importance of Muay Thai in the Thai society.
In addition to the living in a Muay Thai Camp the legendary Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok can be seen. The atmosphere in the 90s there was exceptional and is still today the best in the whole of Thailand.
The documentary was made with the help of the Thai National Culture Commission, the Torusim Authority of Thailand and can thus safely be described as authentic and highly informative piece of Muay Thai history. Credits: Cojo Productions 1997.
If you are just about to choose what Martial Art or self defense classes to train in we suggest to start with Muay Thai.
Muay Thai is a good physical and mental discipline, and brilliant form of self defense.
Muay thai is a combat sport of Thailand. It uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This is also known as “the art of eight limbs” because it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, shins, being associated with a good physical preparation that makes a full-contact fighter very efficient.
This video nicely describes Muay Thai techniques of fighting.
The history of Muay Thai can be traced to the middle of the 16th century. During the battles between the Burmese of the Konbaung Dynasty and Siam, the famous fighter, Nai Khanomtom, was captured in the year 1767. The Burmese knew of his expertise in hand-to-hand combat and gave him an opportunity to fight for his freedom. Soon after winning the match, he was freed by his captors and allowed to return to Siam. He was acknowledged as a hero, and his fighting style became known as Siamese-Style boxing, later to be known as Muay Thai. This fighting style was soon to be recognized as a national sport.
Muay Thai became widespread internationally in the 20th century, when practitioners defeated notable practitioners of other martial arts.
If you now want to start your Muay Thai training right away, come to MK Boxing Gym and check out our Muay Thai classes on Tuesdays at 6:30pm-7:30pm. The class will be focused on men and women who have little or no experience in Muay Thai.
MK Boxing has perfect training conditions and a perfect instructor – Thong Pritchard. Thong started her training in Boxing and American Kickboxing Tournaments at the age of 18 in Nashville TN. Her father was a former Muay Thai champion. Thong Pritchard has competed in over 20 fights, and was the IKF Women’s Featherweight Champion in 2001.
It is known that physical exercises are good for health. Nevertheless, injuries in sports happen.
MK Boxing Gym encourages you to be safe while practicing.
We want to share few strategies for preventing injuries.
It is proven that increased joint and muscular mobility and flexibility will dramatically reduce the potential risk of injury. A range of mobility exercises should be employed. Many people are now turning towards yoga, which is an extremely positive addition to their training regime.
In our turn, MK Boxing Gym provides Cross-conditioning classes that are one of the most popular in our gym. You can join it almost everyday.
The Cross-conditioning class is meant to get the blood pumping, it focuses on body weight exercises and explosive movements to minimize injury and maximize results.
The Conditioning classes are led by an instructor, and are offered at no additional fee.
Tight muscles, bruises, and soft-tissue damage are common side-effects of intense training. All these symptoms should get an appropriate treatment that will reduce muscular inflammation, preventing any further trauma. Massage therapy helps the recovery from these effects.
You may think that it’s not connected to your training, but it is.
The correct nutritional sources of proteins, carbohydrates and fats are the building blocks of every living tissue in the body. The correct nutrition feeds the blood, muscles and cells of the body, therefore keeping them healthy and functioning in an optimum manner. A healthy body is under less stress, therefore will recover and recharge, and ultimately be stronger and more stable, and able to cope with the demands of the training camp.
The relevant training needs to be employed both at the right time, and when the body is ready and able to cope with the demands of that specific exercise. Sometimes the body needs progression in areas that are weak, and perhaps more importantly regression in areas that are working too hard and being placed under strain.
Sometimes less is more. A fighter needs to rest and master the art of doing nothing to allow their body to recover.
Today we want to speak about the role of Strength and Conditioning (S&C) in boxing.
Most of S&C exercises are designed to utilize current training techniques to improve athletes’ size, strength, quickness, and speed. You build strength and resistance during your training. That’s why we have a lot of options for power training in MK Boxing Gym.
Nevertheless, you can practice at home too. Strength and Conditioning coach Cameron Goff shares a power workout designed to work on increasing explosive power in your punches and the core activation. These are the best and easy exercises to start with.
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This power training workout should be done at least 2 per week – with at minimum of 1 day rest in between these sessions – during weeks four-seven of a 12-week training camp. Recover for 3-5 minutes in between sets (not to cause fatigue).
Start with the barbell on the floor, then sit back into a squat position and grip the barbell. Keep your arms fully locked and extended. Start to move the barbell in a straight line (back straight) up your shins towards your hips. As the barbell starts to reached your mid-thigh, make sure you drive your hips forward to send the barbell to a catch position on your front deltoids whilst keeping your elbows high when catching.
Start by standing, with a medicine ball on the floor between your feet. Squat down to pick the medicine ball up and fully extend your arms overhead with it whilst adopting plantar flexion (getting up onto your toes). Once in this position drive the medicine ball towards the floor whilst letting go of it.
Perform a squat with a dumbbell in either hand falling down to the outside of your legs on the downwards phase of the squat. Once you have sat down as deep into your squat as you can, release the dumbbells and jump/explode up onto your box.
Get onto your knees, hold a medicine ball tight to your chest with your elbows in. Allow your bum to sit down onto your heels. Explode from the hips to get your bum off your heels and drive the medicine ball of your chest as far forward as you can. You may fall forwards which is perfectly fine.
Start by standing, with a medicine ball on the floor between your feet. Sit down into a squat position with your arms fully extended in between your legs. Grab the medicine ball and start to stand, and when the medicine ball starts to pass your hips you should try to push up and ultimately release the ball overhead, generating as much power as you can.
Perform a low plank with your feet on the floor, our forearms on a Swiss ball and the rest of your body stretched straight and low, facing the floor. Keep your core tight, your feet together and your body in a straight position.
Fully extend your arms and legs while hanging off a bar e.g. a pull-up bar. Start to raise your legs (which should be straight) up to hip height, so they form a 45-degree angle from your hips. Keep your core tight and don’t allow your body to swing.
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Our dear friends and colleagues!
Thanks for being with MK Boxing Gym in 2015.
We hope we helped your sporting progress and new achievements!
Stay with us in 2016.
We always try to provide the best training conditions and strive to be the best boxing gym in Boston surrounding area!!!
May your New Year be filled with adoration, happiness, warmth, and cheer; and may you pass on these to those around you too.
We just wanted to add more to your cheerful mood with few funny boxing moments in movies.
|Boxing match Jerry Lewis from the movie Sailor Beware (1952).|
One of the funniest scenes from this movie.
|Charlie Chaplin boxing match in romantic comedy “City Lights” (1931).
And few funny videos for your entertainment.
Nothing lasts forever.
Even Wladimir Klitschko’s heavyweight title reign.
Numbers rarely tell the whole story, but with Klitschko, the numbers are getting to be fairly preposterous – 9 and a half years without interruption; eighteen successful defenses.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2015
Landed: Klitschko: 52 Fury: 86
Power blows: Klitschko: 18 Fury: 48
Thrown: Klitschko: 69 Fury: 202
After Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) had broken down Wladimir Klitschko’s (64-4, 53 KOs) resistance, he broke down in tears, and then broke into song. All week the 27-year-old from Morecambe had promised he would show the world that Klitschko was too old and too slow for him. And now here he was, the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion of the world, relishing every second of his triumph by singing Aerosmith’s “Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” at the top of his voice.
“Technically speaking, Wladimir is much more sound than Tyson Fury,” former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis told HBO.com. “But one thing Fury has got is gusto. If Fury has got enough focus and accuracy to hit Wladimir, if he is able to hit him and create a cut or a bruise or a busted lip, it should be an interesting fight.”
What ultimately matters is that at the end of 12 largely execrable rounds, Klitschko—cut and bloodied on both cheeks—had suffered his first defeat in 11 years. And Tyson Fury—and this cannot be repeated often enough, because repetition is surely the fastest way to reach acceptance—was the heavyweight champion of the world.
Watch 12th round fight Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tyson Fury here .
Did the Pilgrims know boxing? We don’t know that for sure.
According to Wikipedia the earliest known depiction of boxing comes from a Sumerian relief from the 3rd millennium BC. Boxing was a popular spectator sport in Ancient Rome. In order for the fighters to protect themselves against their opponents they wrapped leather thongs around their fists. In AD 393, during the Roman gladiator period, boxing was abolished due to excessive brutality. It was not until the late 17th century that boxing re-surfaced in London. The sport would later resurface in England during the early 16th century in the form of bare-knuckle boxing sometimes referred to as prizefighting.
The first documented account of a bare-knuckle fight in England appeared in 1681 in the London Protestant Mercury, and the first English bare-knuckle champion was James Figg in 1719. This is also the time when the word “boxing” first came to be used.
We see that first mentioning comes 60 years later after first settlers came to Plymouth, Massachusetts. But there is no other proof that they didn’t know boxing before coming. Maybe it was the Pilgrims or later comers who brought boxing knowledge to the USA.
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Why do people have different hobbies? One of the most common idea is that people develop hobbies in order to get a relief from the stressful world they live in.
Nevertheless, while this fact is true it didn’t explain why each person choose to get rid of that stress in a different way? It is because hobbies reflect the inner most desires of people, help them fulfill their unmet needs and make them feel special. Many people develop certain hobbies to compensate for certain unsatisfied emotional needs. Sometimes the main reason a person develops a certain hobby is to protect a certain identity. We see that people do the same hobbies for different reasons.
We believe that boxing is the best hobby and sport to answer any needs. The same is about other disciplines we have in MK Boxing: Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, Cross Conditioning.
It is well-known that sports can make a significant contribution to your quality of life, even if you are doing sports only in gym it counts. Numerous academic studies show it can impact physical and mental health, social life and life opportunities.
Everything we do in our life runs on a motivation!
Motivation is one of the most influential factors in sports too: it is why person starts doing any sports at first place, and continues his trainings after.
Without a determination to improve sports performances. To get in the best shape ever, you must be motivated to do what it takes to maximize your ability and achieve your goals.
There could be a big bunch of reasons for that, but on the top we always find that the goal to start doing sports was wrong or you didn’t set any goal on the start at all.
Signs of low motivation
You may heard or saw how people were motivated to start doing something and later they say “I’m not motivated” and quit.
There are several signs of low motivation:
Few suggestions from MK Boxing gym to help you to improve your motivation.
When you come to MK Boxing gym we will help you to determine your sport goals and will follow your progress to be sure that you are motivated. In MK Boxing we truly trying to create encouraging atmosphere in our gym. And we think we succeed, because in MK Boxing you may find big diversity: genders, ages, different sport groups or personal trainings, etc. Our regular classes and good instructors will help you to stay concentrated on your task.
If you wish to improve your life, you need to awaken motivation and enthusiasm.
Tell yourself, over and again, how much you lose by their absence, and how much you gain by having them.
MK Boxing – your gym in Boston area
Many parents complain their children use most or all free time for gaming, regularly play late into the night. All this results in poor sleep habits which leads to significant interference with school, work, or relationships. These all are signs and behaviors that are almost always included in definitions of computer/video game addiction.
Kids who are easily bored, have poor relationships with family members, feel like outcasts at school, or tend toward sensation-seeking are more easily drawn into video game addiction because it satisfies needs that aren’t met elsewhere. Shy or socially awkward kids are at greater risk of video game addiction than children who compete in sports or participate in group activities like afterschool clubs.
Take away their computer or their game console and how will they spend their time?
One of the ways of weaning kids from video games addiction is to engage them in active indoor/outdoor activities. Helping them change will require some outside help. They need to build confidence in order to feel comfortable in the “real world.”
We believe introducing kids to sports like Boxing, Kickboxing or Martial Arts is what helps quitting computer addiction, or any other addictions, and it definitely helps them to build confidence.
Kids may practice in groups or have personal training with an instructor.
That is what one of moms Donna C. did. Just read her story, maybe it will help you.
“I never write reviews but I wanted to write this one to help parents who have teenagers addicted to Xbox or PlayStation. I happily dusted off my son’s Xbox today because he hasn’t played in weeks and one of the main reasons is because he joined MK boxing in June.
He is 15 and in June during a heat wave, he refused to wear shorts or a short sleeve shirt because he said he was to skinny. He also was addicted to Xbox. I knew I had to do something so I looked around at gyms and boxing. The competitor was cheaper but the private lessons were much more expensive and I knew my son would be to intimated starting a class right away. Mike has a promotion of 3 lessons for 150.00. FAR below the competitors 79.00 a lesson. I called Mike and signed my son up. He started working out with Denis.
My son not only wears shorts but today was out without a shirt. He never gives me a hard time about going to boxing and works out in our cellar every day. We got him a boxing bag on craigslist and he is constantly using it.
I think because Denis has teenagers of his own and has worked for so many years with kids, that he has a way about him that doesn’t intimidate kids. He also isn’t a 25 year old, muscle man and so my son didn’t feel intimated. He is honest about what needs to be done but doesn’t make my son think that he has to work out 24/7 to be able to get in the ring. My son still isn’t in the ring yet because they stress safety and know that if my son gets in the ring and isn’t ready, that will be the end of his interest in boxing.
The gym itself is incredible. It is clean and welcoming. It is also very diverse. There are teenagers, middle aged woman, the usual jacked boxers, and just your average Joe. It is not intimidating at all. My 19 year old daughter has also taken lessons. They have classes all the time and my son goes to them.
I know I sound like I have some type of financial gain in writing this, but honestly I don’t. I just know what it is like to have teenagers who just want to play Xbox and he joining has made a really positive change.”
(Review on MK boxing Gym published on Yelp.com on 8/20/2015).
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We hope you will like its fresh new look.
A few of our goals with the new website were to make it faster, easier to navigate and more user friendly.
We created simple navigation and functionality you will enjoy. The new site has easy-to-understand menu with all updated information about our MK Boxing gym services. We hope that you will enjoy browsing our new site.
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MK Boxing is in the business to train any fitness level whether you are a beginner and do not know where to start, or have ever been a member of a gym, to an advanced athlete that needs that extra push to take their fitness to the next level.
Our training philosophy is based around asking questions that are specifically designed to bring out your personal needs so we can tailor the workouts based off your schedule and lifestyle. Everyone is unique and that is why we take such a personal approach instead of a standardized approach. The way we personalize your program is we go over your weight training program, your nutritional habits, goals and what is your current cardio level. We will come up with a game plan so that every time you are in the gym you are working efficiently and not wasting any time or energy on things that will not get you to your results and goals.
Most people we speak to say they are confused with what they should be doing in the gym in order to get the results that they truly desire. As personal trainers we understand there is a science to training people’s bodies to look and feel a certain way and we take that very seriously. To get the results that you ultimately want, you do not have to work out two to three hours per day.
It is not about how long you work out, it is about what you are doing in your workouts and if you are doing them in the right order and at the right time. We will show you how to do all of that and more. If you are interested in Boxing, Kickboxing Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Striking, we can certainly help you attain your goals and help you become proficient in any of those disciplines, and do it the right way. MK Boxing has everything you need to obtain a great workout, and help you feel great about yourself while learning some great skills.
Personal training is not only for celebrities and movie stars but also for the busy professional as well as the stay at home mom. We adjust to your needs. If you are interested in 1-1 training, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At MK Boxing your child’s Birthday party can be worry free. You bring the kids, pizza, and cake, and we will take care of the cleanup, and the entertainment of the kids.
You can relax with the other adult guests while we keep the kids busy, and have your child enjoy their time with the other children. We want to make the day special for you, and for your child. The activities for the children will be safe, fun and supervised.
The cost would be 175.00 for a Saturday or Sunday event. This would include the Birthday child and up to 10 guests. The children would have a full hour of fun activities, and 30 minutes to enjoy the birthday cake and pizza. We will even supply the birthday candles, utensils, plates and cups for the party. Your child will also receive an attractive MK Boxing cool tee shirt as a gift from us.Take the stress of having to do all the work to have an exciting Birthday party for your child. Let MK Boxing do all the heavy lifting for you and your child. Your child will have a ball! Contact Mike at email@example.com if interested. We look forward to having you for your child’s exciting birthday party here at MK Boxing.
The early morning strength and conditioning class is meant to get the blood pumping and get the sweat flowing to get you ready for the day. This class will focus on body weight exercises and explosive movements to minimize injury and maximize results.
The group setting will allow each member to push each other to finish the daily workout. The workouts will change each day to confuse the muscles and add to the members experience.
The class will begin with a warm-up exercise, followed by stretching, and then the workout. Everyone at all fitness levels are encouraged to attend, and we promise everyone will receive an awesome workout each day!
We hope many of you take advantage of these new morning classes.