ArchiveSeptember 2018

The Biomechanics of a Knockout Punch

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This weekend will see the most anticipated MMA match of the year, possibly of all time, as former UFC lightweight champion Conor MacGregor looks to reclaim his crown against current king Khabib Numagomedov. In my opinion, the fight is wide open, in that both fighters have a strong chance of walking away with the title. However, whichever way the fight goes, it will likely be a one-sided affair...

Structuring the Annual Training Plan

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The World Karate Organisation Shinkyokushinkai has announced the dates for the 12th world open karate tournament next year, to be held on November 9th and 10th. This year will see a venue change to the Musashinomori Sports Plaza, as the organisation’s traditional venue, the Tokyo Taiikukan, undergoes renovations ahead of the 2020 Olympic games.   This tournament is the equivalent of the Olympic...

The Importance of Mental Training

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The draw for the 50th All Japan open tournament in the Shinkyokushin organisation has just been announced. In my competitive days, viewing the draw was one of the most nerve-racking aspects of the competitive process, seeing the potential match-ups that may occur on the way through the tournament, and imagining how the bouts with specific opponents will play out. Depending on the proximity of the...

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