ABC’s of MMAFiled Under: Instruction, Resources
The ABC’s of MMA has been a pet project of mine for quite some time. The idea was to construct a manageable curriculum for my students up at the U to be able to quickly gain their bearing in the sea of mixed martial arts techniques. I worked with my instructors and friends to narrow down what I felt were the most basic and useful techniques in MMA. To accompany these techniques, I wanted to codify a variety of warmups and drills I used over the years that help condition the body and strengthen ability to do the moves.
Next, I wanted to systematize it in such a way that it was easy to remember, teach to and track progress on. In essence, the ABC’s of MMA are to help someone develop a workable vocabulary of fighting techniques and training drills. It’s not meant to be everything to everyone; I’m not a guru and don’t know all mastery points for the moves contained therein. However, I think you’ll find it a slick way to organize teaching and learning.
The format of the program defines the three main areas of MMA (striking, grapling and conditioning) and has 3 levels of difficultly for each area. If a coach thinks X is more important to Y, it’s easy to adapt or insert parts into the 9-cell program.
Below are two PDFs that define the curriculum and help you keep track of your personal progress. The intent of the checkoff list is for your instructor/coach/mentor to initial each block after you show proficiency.
I’m currently working on fleshing out instructions for each individual move inside the ABCs. I hope you find the approach laid out here to be useful. If you have any ideas or would like to help, let me know.