The Russian Twist - 1 of my Favorite Core Strengthening Exercises for Mantis Boxing and BJJ

The Russian Twist - 1 of my Favorite Core Strengthening Exercises for Mantis Boxing and BJJ

This is by far one of my favorite exercises for building core strength. When we're boxing, grappling, we use our core constantly to twist. In boxing, it is to assist in power generation in a punch. In grappling, it is to throw someone, maneuver on the ground, or twist our way through an escape. 

Transverse core rotation is a term thrown around a bit, and in Mantis Boxing, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we do a ton of that! The Russian Twist is a low tech exercise to do at home, or add to your gym routine, and can help us with...

Best Exercise to Improve Cardio - The Double Under - Mantis Boxing

Best Exercise to Improve Cardio - The Double Under - Mantis Boxing

Looking to improve your cardio on and off the mats? This is one of the best exercises for increasing your cardio. The Jump Rope is a phenomenal tool for this, but getting to the Double Under ramps it up to a whole new level.

The Straight Punch - Throwing the Forward and Reverse Punch

The Straight Punch - Throwing the Forward and Reverse Punch

The Straight Punch - devastating and destructive! Forward and Reverse punch are a good place to start when learning to punch in Mantis Boxing, or other striking arts. They are destructive, and can easily be modified to open hand strikes if necessary. 

The following video shows the in's and out's of...

How to Throw a Punch...Safely

How to Throw a Punch...Safely

Having an improper structure, leaving a finger misplaced, or snapping our elbow, can all cause lasting damage, injuring ourselves more than the object we are trying to hit.

Whether we are hitting bags, pads, mitts, makiwara boards, or sparring partners, it's important to keep these tips in mind to keep us punching without injury for years to come.

Advanced Footwork Training

Advanced Footwork Training

Today we're going to show advanced footwork drills to help you with your countering capabilities. These will help position you for counter-strikes, counter-kicks, takedowns, etc. 

WARNING - start with Basic Footwork before attempting to use this in sparring. It's better to understand the liabilities of each position before going live. 

Mantis Kickboxing Camp (AB Girls Basketball Team)

Mantis Kickboxing Camp (AB Girls Basketball Team)

Kickboxing Camp for Acton Boxborough Girls Basketball Team - challenging, fun, objective based high intensity workouts to increase power/speed, strength/conditioning, plyometrics, and cardio endurance. Functional fitness training that will give positive results in off the line speed, improved jump height, agility on the court, and higher endurance levels throughout the game.

There Are No SECRETS!!!

There Are No SECRETS!!!

I want to take a few minutes today and try to shed some light on this obscure 'suck zone' we go through, and perhaps offer you some perspective to help you not only get through it, but optimize your progression.

"Arrrrgghh!!! Why Can't I Get This!?!?!", "Why is that person getting this so much faster than I am?", "Why do I feel so stupid, or uncoordinated?"

These are common questions I hear, or see, as a coach/mentor/instructor. In order to understand why martial arts, or any