Archive for the ‘MMA’ Category

Half Guard technique video by Scrambler Fred Greenall

by Matt M ~ posted August 15th, 2016

Check out this cool little half guard video by Fred Greenall from Positive Options Check out more of what Fred does on the Positive Options facebook page.

Scrambler Masakazu Imanari vs Denny Prokopos at Polaris 4

by Matt M ~ posted August 11th, 2016

Once again we are looking forward to sponsoring Polaris 4 with their upcoming show on the 29th October 2016. This will be held at the Lighthouse in Poole, Dorset, UK and will feature some of the best grapplers in the world competing in a supermatch format.

The first announced match is between the feared ‘Ashikan Judan’ Masakazu Imanari and Eddie Bravo’s first black belt; Denny Prokopos. This is sure to be an exciting match and we can’t wait to see some of the rest of the lineup planned.

You can find out more about Polaris by following them on Facebook, Instagram and watch some of the previous events on YouTube.

Scrambler Tom Breese and a Hammer

by Matt M ~ posted August 1st, 2016

Congrats to UFC welterweight and Scrambler Tom Breese on winning both his division and the open at Kleos grappling last weekend. Prize for the absolute was an amazing Mad Max themed war hammer.

Modified Triphasic Routine For Grapplers and MMA Fighters (Low Axial loading)

by William Wayland ~ posted June 9th, 2016

Heres a program for you if you struggle with conventional squats or movements that place a lot of pressure on your back.

I’ve been tinkering with the triphasic format (focus on specific eccentric, isometric and concentric movement) for a while now, trying different exercise selections and matching the program to the needs and requirements of the athlete. The biggest  modification is the proper application of stress, minimising negative stress while trying to get positive adaptive stress. Sometimes I’m thrown a curve ball that means I have to ditch preferred exercises and try something different. I won’t go into too much detail about the triphasic method (shiny new website) as that has been done to death!

Here is a triphasic routine I’ve used that tries to strip out axial loading (loading on the top of the spine) which grapplers with bad necks and spines can have problems with. Applying Dan John’s ‘Armor Building’ idea for fighters our two main movements become Zercher Squat and Snatch Grip Deadlift. Below is a 2 day template if you were to add a third day, I suggest tempo based single leg work and a week off between Isometric and Concentric weeks. This program is just a jumping off point and totally modifiable.

Eccentric Block

Eccentric 2-3 Weeks
Day 1 Triphasic 80-87.5%
Tempo/notes
Day2 Dynamic 90%+
Tempo/notes
Main Movement
+Jump option
Zercher Squat 3 x 3 @ 80-87.5
6010
Snatch Grip Deadlift
Work to a heavy single then take off 10-15% and perform 3-4 doubles.
Regular
Upper Push/Pull
Weighted Ring Push-up 3 x 6
Pull-up 3 x 6
Overhead Flyes 3 x 10
6010
6010
Push Press
Work to a heavy single then take off 10-15% and perform 3-4 doubles.
For every set of Push-Press do a set of Rows
Regular
PC/Hamstring
Hip thrusts or Romanian Deadlifts 3 x 5
6010
Direct Hamstring Work
GHR/Slides
Regular
Core/Arms
Heavy Single Arm Farmers Walks
Tri/Bi work
Time or Distance
6010
Roll outs
Tri/Bi work (thick grip)

Isometric Block

Isometric 2-3 Weeks
Day 1 Triphasic 80-87.5%
Tempo/notes
Day2 Dynamic 90%+
Tempo/notes
Main Movement
+Jump option
Zercher Squat 3 x 3 @ 80-87.5
1310
Pause Bottom
Snatch Grip Deadlift
Work to a heavy single then take off 10-15% and perform 3-4 doubles.
Regular
Upper Push/Pull
Weighted Ring Push-up 3 x 6
Pull-up 3 x 6
Overhead Flyes 3 x 10
1310
1310
Pause top
Push Press
Work to a heavy single then take off 10-15% and perform 3-4 doubles.
For every set of Push-Press do a set of Rows
Regular
PC/Hamstring
Hip thrusts or Romanian Deadlifts 3 x 5
1310
Direct Hamstring Work
GHR/Slides
Regular
Core/Arms
Heavy Single Arm Farmers Walks
Tri/Bi work
Time or Distance
1310
Roll outs
Tri/Bi work (thick grip)

Concentric Block

Concentric 2-3 Weeks
Day 1 Triphasic 80-87.5%
Tempo/notes
Day2 Dynamic 90%+
Tempo/notes
Main Movement
+Jump option
Zercher Squat 3 x 3 @ 80-87.5
Fast
Use bands or Chains
Snatch Grip Deadlift
Work to a heavy single then take off 10-15% and perform 3-4 doubles.
Regular
Upper Push/Pull
Weighted Ring Push-up 3 x 6
Pull-up 3 x 6
Overhead Flyes 3 x 10
Fast
Fast
Push Press
Work to a heavy single then take off 10-15% and perform 3-4 doubles.
For every set of Push-Press do a set of Rows
Regular
PC/Hamstring
Hip thrusts or Romanian Deadlifts 3 x 5
Fast
Direct Hamstring Work
GHR/Slides
Regular
Core/Arms
Heavy Single Arm Farmers Walks
Tri/Bi work
Time or Distance
Fast
Roll outs
Tri/Bi work (thick grip)
 

 

This is an ongoing series of blog posts from William Wayland of Powering Through, who works with UFC and other high level combat athletes. Twitter. Facebook

Big few weeks for Scramblers!

by Matt M ~ posted May 18th, 2016

 

In what could be called one of the best female MMA matches of all time and a definite candidate for fight of the year, Scrambler Mei Yamaguchi took on Angela Lee in a back and forth match that ended in a decision win for Lee. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch the whole fight below and you definitely should. Mei is sporting a custom Scramble sports bra and vt shorts in our duckprint camo.

 

 

Ronnie Mann defeated a tough opponent in Graham ‘Afterburner’ Turner at BAMMA 25 coming by way of an outstanding knockout in the 1st Round. Ronnie is a black belt under Braulio Estima and with this win, advances his MMA record to 25-8.

Matt Hallam defeated Alexander Bergman via TKO in the first round. Training out of London Shootfighters alongside his longtime training partner Judo Jimmy Wallhead, Matt now advances his MMA record to 6-2. Matt is wearing our Real vale tudo shorts.

In the main event of Invicta FC 17, Scrambler Colleen Schneider fought a hard, 5 round fight for the bantamweight title against the reigning champion, Tonya Evinger, but unfortunately lost via a decision.

Massive congratulations to Scramble fan Angela Hill on winning the Invicta FC strawweight title after defeating erstwhile champion Livia Renata Souza by split decision. Angela is a big fan of our sushi spats!

 

Tom Hardy Spotted in Scramble

by Matt - Scramble ~ posted October 30th, 2015

British actor Tom Hardy, famous for playing a load of flippin’ nutcases including Bane and Bronson, wore Scramble at a recent launch party for Triumph Motorcycles.

There were many high fives exchanged around Scramble HQ.

He’s wearing the Strong Beard t-shirt, which you can find here.

 

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[VIDEO] Vice Japan – Do the Muscle! (Ladies try MMA in Japan)

by Matt - Scramble ~ posted October 29th, 2015

Vice Japan has been pumping out some really good content, if that’s your kind of thing.

The latest is Do the Muscle, where our friend Abe-sensei of AACC in Tokyo takes a couple of ladies under his wing and teaches them the benefits of combat sports training.

It’s great for JMMA nerds like me.

Check the YouTube channel for the full playlist, I will leave the Yamamoto Kid video here…

 

Lactate based GPP Circuits

by William Wayland ~ posted August 9th, 2015

Its not sexy but we all need GPP in our lives, often diving straight into a heavy strength training program especially after a serious competition season can wear on you scrambler. Ease yourself in and expand your base ready for your ‘offseason’.

Continuing from last week posts Aerobic GPP the next phase is Lactate based EDT training based on Cal Dietz GPP method which I’ve been experimenting with for a little while. After the aerobic phase we have hopefully built a base of general aerobic fitness. The intention is now to build lactate specific qualities but locally for improved sprint ability but also tax the body globally for continued aerobic training effect. Cal talks about this here starting at about 40 mins.  This part of a six week plan Aerobic, Lactic and Alactic. Let me just warn you this is HARD really hard. Most the athlete I’ve used this with have found it very difficult in the last minute. Don’t be a hero and ignore the listed loading. Do the work, like Dietz says this about being able to train harder and increase volume for when the heavier stuff comes.

Sample Session – Used with athletes below
Warm-up

 Bench and Ring Row – 5 Mins 10 rep each alternating (35-45% of 1RM)

  • 5 Mins mobility. Band Pull apart/spiderman with reach/Six Point Zenith

Right Leg and Left leg Step-up 5 Mins 10 rep each alternating (35-45%)

  • 5 Mins mobility. Band dislocation/Alternating half pigeon/half kneeling press (light)

Close Grip Push-up, Barbell Curl and OH sit-up 5 Mins 10 rep each alternating (35-45%)

  • Foam Rolling, band based stretching, iso holds.

In the video’s below MMA fighter Matt Hughes is going as quickly as possible will look to speed up over the next 2 weeks EDT style aiming for 2-3 sessions a week.

Bench and Ring Row 

Right Leg and Left leg Step-up


This is an ongoing series of blog posts from William Wayland of Powering Through, who works with UFC, Cagewarriors and other high level combat athletes based in Chelmsford, UK. Facebook

[VIDEO]Catch Wrestling Exhibition Match

by Matt - Scramble ~ posted July 22nd, 2015

Personally, I think the revival of interest in Catch Wrestling is one of the best things to happen to grappling recently.

Here’s Colleen Schneider going at it with Shayna Baszler at the recent Jiu Jitsu in the Park, with Josh Barnett refereeing.

 

 

 

 

Scramble x Newaza.

Neck Training

by William Wayland ~ posted July 1st, 2015

This post was inspired after scrambles very own Matt Benyon asked me about neck training, very over due heres a few video’s I like and some rational behind good neck training.

Neck training often winds up being an after thought or a peripheral to squatting and dead-lifting. In contact sports however it may be as important as everything else.

A thick neck and cauliflower ears are often the hall marks of a top wrestler or grappler. Not only does it look gnarly but it also serves a functional purpose. Contact sports athletes need strong necks as “increasing athletes’ neck strength and reducing unanticipated impacts may decrease the risk of concussion associated with sport participation” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24488820 . Additionally a strong jaw and solid clench can also limit trauma having the ability to bite down or clench on a mouthpiece with force prior to a collision to also limit concussion. There is some evidence also that tired neck muscle can effect locomotion and coordination so having a stronger more fatigue resistant neck musculature may make a difference. For more on this I suggest you checkout Mike Gittlesons neck training article for the NCAA here.

I’ve listed below a few favourite neck exercises that are really easy to implement either with a band a partner or a med ball, no goofy head harnesses honest! We often perform our neck exercises at the end of sessions. It does stand to reason however that if you have had a serious neck injury in the past consult with a physio or doctor before trying this stuff out!

With a Partner

With a Band

With a Swiss Ball

This is an ongoing series of blog posts from guest blogger and Strength & Conditioning coach William Wayland of Powering Through, who works with UFC, Cagewarriors and other high level combat athletes based in Chelmsford, UK. Facebook