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To progress in Thai Kickboxing, Filipino Jiu-Jitsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/BJJ, or Mixed Martial Arts/MMA, you really should strive to make two to three classes per week.  But with work, school, family and travel… sometimes it’s really hard to get to the gym.  While there is no real substitute for class time, there are a few things you can do to keep your skills sharp if you know you are going to be out for a few days:

1. Shadow boxing — there is an old saying in boxing, “the mirror is your best instructor.” Wherever you are, you can probably find a little space to get in a couple of rounds of shadow boxing.  Shadow boxing is a great way to put together your combinations — work the four counts, the 15 count and the boxing feed.  How’s the jab — crisp?  Are you dropping your hand after the cross?  How’s the footwork? Head movement?  Are you working defense… parries, covers, slipping? You can use a kitchen timer or download a timer app for your phone.

2. Cardio — Thai kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/BJJ require strong cardio; if you are going to be out for a couple of days, you don’t want to be sucking wind when you come back.  A jump rope is an inexpensive and easy way to keep fit at home or when traveling. You can also do the exercises that we do in the Thai Kickboxing, Filipino Jiu-Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/BJJ warm-ups or the stuff we do in the Strength and Conditioning class pretty much anywhere: front-to-back jumping jacks, skip knees, burpies, squat, skip kicks, push-ups, etc — you’ll be working up a sweat in no time.

3. Stretching — It always a good idea to try to remain flexible and limber in your off days, but if you have done a couple of rounds of shadowboxing and a home cardio circuit, remember it’s important to warm-up and stretch like you would if you were at the gym to avoid injuries.

4. Road work — All of the fighters and many of the martial artists in the gym have added running to their workout regimes to build up their cardio and endurance.  With a pair of running shorts and shoes, you can hit the road almost anywhere. This is a great way to cross-train on your off days or to stay in shape when you are out of the gym

Again, the only way to learn martial arts is to come to class… sorry, there’s no shortcut. However, sometimes absences are unavoidable; the best thing you can do is  lessen the impact. If you have other ways you like to cross-train, let’s hear ‘em — leave a comment to this post.


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