21/12/2020By Lukas Pezenka on 21/12/2020
There are different camps when it comes to the best periodization model. Some coaches prefer block periodization, others have achieved great success with linear models. In this article, Lukas Pezenka outlines a narrative-based framework that he used with one of his MMA athletes at the Austrian 2020 nationals.
23/01/2020By Lukas Pezenka on 23/01/2020
Training fighters pose unique challenges to the coach. An uncertain schedule, the lack of a dedicated off-season, the high amount of skill training and the mixed bioenergetic demands of the sport, challenge periodization models that have been devised primarily for a track and field. Read more...
13/11/2019By William Wayland on 13/11/2019
Planning for combat athletes is historically a tricky business, primarily because combat sports need interventions that match athletic endeavour where a confluence of raw physicality and high levels of skill.
21/07/2015By Mladen Jovanovic on 21/07/2015
Imagine this in a single person: experienced Muay-Thai (kickboxing) fighter, experienced coach of world class fighters and a “nerd” (i.e. researcher). Well, we have a potential contender: Israel Helpering.
Israel is someone that I can talk all day long – very experienced, open, humble and honest person. We have spent some time on Skype while I was still in Doha…
05/04/2015By Mladen Jovanovic on 05/04/2015
Mark is my close friend and my MMA coach from Belgrade, Serbia. He is truly one of a kind – he is the best MMA coach Serbia has to offer, he is philosophically inclined and skeptic, entrepreneur and genuinely nice guy. He is interested in world history and politics, monetary system and everything else that should be of interest…
04/08/2014By Mladen Jovanovic on 04/08/2014
When I was with Hammarby in 2012/2013 we decided to purchase battle ropes to workout the injured guys, or for some extra cross-training for reserves. Not sport-specific? Agree, but sometimes you need to perform non-specific activities (e.g. with lower body injury) and plug them in a specific circuit, etc. Anyway, not a topic of today’s discussion.