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Sparring For Performance But Saving Your Brain

Over the past couple of years, it seems, that many MMA athletes are starting to wake up to the pitfalls of constantly sparring hard. Not only is there a physical price to pay, but also a mental one. We know now, unequivocally, that even mild trauma to the head can be detrimental over time. Nowhere is this more evident than in combat sports, where often, trauma to the head is a sustained occupation for years. Going light then in training sparring, and leaving the big fight to the fight......

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Great To Be Mentioned…But You Don’t Know CMD!

"If you want to keep your head on your shoulders in a fight, I strongly recommend Rodney’s Crazy Monkey Defense Program." - Adam Shahir Kayoom – World Professional Muay Thai Champion and Muay Khmer Champion
Sadly, as it is with many things, you get known for one thing, but then no one bothers to do proper research on the rest. For example, there are many combat athletes that have used ‘Crazy Monkey’ in the cage or the ring, but often, who ever showed them, only covered the very ‘basics’......

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The Sun Tzu of Crazy Monkey

Following are 7 strategies that I use all the time in sparring. All of these strategies where inspired by my reading of Sun Tzu’s Art of War. When people learn a striking game, they think it’s simply just about landing a punch. but it’s so more than that — and nowhere is this more evident than in sparring. Sparring is both a physical chaotic dance, as much as it is a psychological one. Technique alone cannot win a fight, you need a strategic understanding on how to use your......

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Why Train Combinations?

Many of the things we drill, and the way we train in modern martial arts is taken for granted - because of this, often the reason behind a drill is misunderstood. One of the most misunderstood practices is training combinations. There isn’t a boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, or MMA gym in the world that doesn’t make combination training a staple of their workout. In Crazy Monkey we train combinations too, but our reasoning is different. I have spent the last decade or more coaching around the world,......

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