Fighting Series

As I said in a previous post I want to start exploring, expanding upon and explaining my thoughts and practices with regard training for martial arts and the differences in approaches I use depending on the martial art in question.

I am not going to discuss actually training martial arts as I certainly wouldn’t hold myself out as an expert or anywhere near close on any of the types of martial arts that I train in BUT I think I do think I have a very good idea about what some of the most efficient ways to improve your performance in the many different martial arts are…for example my approach is very different between training for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Grappling versus Muay Thai and Boxing versus MMA.

Before I continue I want to briefly mention something…you all know why the strength and conditioning for these sports is very different? If you said because Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Grappling is pretty much entirely a ‘closed kinetic chain’ sports and that Muay Thai and Boxing are pretty much entirely ‘open kinetic chain’ and that MMA is very much a mix of both open and closed chain dynamics you’d be right. If you also realised that these fundamental factors make the training needs for these sports very different you’d also be right. It is also very important that you have this clear in your head before we start talking training. Just in case you are unsure I will include the following definitions so you can have an epiphany 🙂

Open kinetic chain exercises (OKC) or open chain exercises are exercises that are performed where the hands and or the feet are free to move…think punching and kicking.

Closed kinetic chain exercises (CKC) or closed chain exercises  are exercises performed where the hands or feet are in a fixed position…think positioning of the hands with regard ‘grips’ and foot, knee, hip position regard sweeps or submissions.

Now this is a gross simplification but I wanted to keep it that way before we get into more detail in the future. If you have questions or want clarification feel free to ‘google’ the hell out of it or ask me here.

I thought just as a preamble to my next posts on actually training for different martial arts I would just collect and post links to all the other ‘fight’ related posts on the blog just so people can either catch up or review what’s been discussed in the past and get people in the right head space for what’s to follow. I will put them in what I think is a somewhat logical order.

Previous Posts in the Fighting Series

1. So you say you want to be a fighter? – The post that started off this series and outlined exactly what I wanted to do before I completely ignored it and did whatever took my fancy. It’s what I am going to try to get back to and expand on what’s detailed here.

2. 10 tips to know before starting a fight sport – A post about the things you need to know before you begin training.

3.10 tips for choosing the right martial art for you – A post about the different martial arts and what they have to offer.

4. So you decided you want to fight but don’t know where to go about it…here’s 4 things to think about – A post about choosing a gym and an instructor to suit your needs and mindset.

5. Fit to fight…fighting fit…fight training – A look at some different approached or methods of fight specific conditioning.


If you are not assessing you are guessing…or so someone said years ago :)

As some of you already know I’ve had a change to my work circumstances of late and one of the ‘upsides’ of that is that it means I can return to blogging and social media generally. I know you have all missed me terribly 🙂

Anyway…too cut a short story even shorter. I will get some admin and info out of the way to start with.

Facebook and Twitter

If you are looking to find me, follow me, stalk me then the perfect place to start that would be in no particular order of importance…on Facebook…and yes, I know I have my privacy settings set in a way in which people can’t find me but I will tweak that. Just search for Will Heffernan and look for this picture:

You can also follow me on Twitter… @will_heffernan.


The best thing to do if you are so inclined and are interested in what I am doing training wise and or interested in me knowing what you are doing training wise would be to come and join me at Fitocracy. You can click on this link and open account and be directly linked to me if you don’t already have an account.

So what is next?

I am going to finish off the training series that you will find if you scroll down.

I am going to get back to ranting, raving, moaning and whinging just like I used to in the olden days.

I am going to try to balance that out by making some positive, constructive and helpful posts as well.