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The Pit Fight Team

By John Hackleman

In MMA, Sports Applications, Videos

August 16, 2010

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John Hackleman is best known as the man in the corner of former UFC champion Chuck (The Iceman) Liddell, but he’s also the trainer behind a host of other martial artists.

In this video shot at Hackleman’s MMA center, we meet the rest of the Pit Fight Team—including Antonio Banuelos, Michael Gahan, Gregg Baker Jr. and Veronica Castilleja—as they train under the Pitmaster.

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Scoring Martial Arts Workouts for Intensity

By John Hackleman, with Greg Amundson and Shain Howard

In Combatives, MMA

December 03, 2009

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Pitmaster John Hackleman offers ideas on how athletes and trainers can measure the quality and quantity of martial-arts fitness training.

One of the core tenets of CrossFit is intensity as measured by average power. This is a pretty easy concept to evaluate in most of the CrossFit movements. However, in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA), coaches face some daunting tasks when it comes to measuring athletes’ workouts.

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Kyle Maynard on MMA

By Kyle Maynard

In MMA, Videos, Wrestling

October 17, 2009

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CrossFitter Kyle Maynard was born without hands and feet but has overcome all challenges to become one of CrossFit’s most inspirational athletes. In this video shot at Tony Blauer’s Tactical Training Center in Virginia, Maynard talks about his recent MMA debut on April 25, 2009.

Maynard has been wrestling for years, so he’s no stranger to one-on-one physical competition. Still, wrestling in high school and college is different from being locked in… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit Games, MMA, Radio

May 26, 2009

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Episode 68 of CrossFit Radio was broadcast at 6:00 p.m. PDT on May 20, 2009.

01:55 Mike Minium from CrossFit Oakland was the first guest. His affiliate won The Affiliate Cup Challenge in 2008. Mike discussed how his team prepared for last year's competition. He explained how this year's competition will run and how the way he’s selecting his team has changed. Mike also talked about competitions CrossFit Oakland has for its… Continue Reading

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Swimming in the CrossFit Sea

By Henk Verschuur

In Combatives, Competition, CrossFit, MMA

October 08, 2008

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You can read a book about the sea. You can look at a video about the sea. But if you never take the real plunge you don’t know what the sea is actually like! Well, I took the plunge in the CrossFit Sea at the Level 1 cert in San Diego, and this is my little story.

Let me first introduce myself. My name is Henk Verschuur; I am the president of the Dutch Martial Arts Federation (a… Continue Reading

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Countering the Clinch Escape

By Becca Borawski

In MMA

August 01, 2008

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The Muay Thai clinch is a dangerous position. It presents a variety of offensive opportunities in the form of punches, knees, and elbows, and it can quickly lead to a knockout. The clinch, sometimes also called the "plum," consists of one fighter controlling the head of his opponent, using weight and gravity against him, while delivering strikes to his head and body.

In previous articles I discussed… Continue Reading

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Escape from the Clinch

By Becca Borawski

In MMA

July 01, 2008

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As anyone who watched the mixed martial arts (MMA) fights between Anderson Silva and Rich Franklin witnessed, the Thai clinch when executed by a skilled fighter can quickly become a match-ending scenario. Learning different escapes from the clinch is vital-- especially when fighting an experienced Muay Thai fighter. Last month we worked with Tait Fletcher, a veteran of the television show The… Continue Reading

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Entering the Clinch

By Becca Borawski

In MMA

June 01, 2008

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In boxing, when two fighters get in close to each other and lock up, the referee stops the fight and breaks them up. In other fighting arts, this position is actually a place where battle can be done. In Muay Thai the position is called the clinch or the "plum." Wrestlers may refer to the position as a "double collar tie." In mixed martial arts it is often called the "Thai… Continue Reading

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