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    canada_rick is offline Member
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    Default Coach Davies, please read ?

    Hey there Coach and comrades. Last little while i have been using bodyweight drills and assistance exercise for the olympic lifts for training. I am training mostly for grappling and MMA. Today i have a few questions (as usual).
    (1) When doing snatch squats and the clean and press, is it normal to practice these drills (rehearse) with an empty bar before attempting the lifts with any weight ? It seems as though I am still trying to learn the techniques, if I put even a 115 lbs on, my form and technique is shot all too shit. I have no Oly Lift coach where I am at right now so i have to do my learning by reading.
    (2) Right now I am doing two week cycles of bodyweight drills, then two week cycle of Oly assistance lifts. Is this good ? Or is there a good way to combine the two ?
    (3) For someone who is training for grappling and MMA, do you have any other reccomendations ?
    Anyways, I hope you find the time to answer my questions and looking forward to your web site when it is complete.

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    Default Re: Coach Davies, please read ?

    Comrade:

    Should I presume that you do not have access to a kettlebell? I only say that because of your name and I know many Canadians have been unable to get them.

    Certainly in the initial phases of training these lifts you need to learn correct form. Practice with an empty bar or even a dowel for the Overhead Squat portion of the Snatch. I prefer to blend lifts together as opposed to separating them as you described. I would like to emphasize the concept of functional training for you or others in MMA/Grappling that I use recognizes that there is a "purpose" to your strength development. It is not merely to get stronger/bigger - but so your enhanced strength allows you to gain the upper hand in conditioning.

    Thank you very much for your kind words of RenegadeTraining. However, feel free to ask me as many questions here - I kinda think of this as a nice "home" too.

    I am always pleased to answer questions and look forward to hearing from you.

    In faith

    Coach Davies

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    Default Re: Coach Davies, please read ?

    Thanks for the response, Comrade Renegade ! I did my workout this afternoon, with mostly an empty bar. I found doing a straight out snatch was made more sense then doing a snatch then squat. I do not have access to a kettlebell at this time because I am in the canadian army in Bosnia. I tried kettle bell snatches with a dumbbell a few months ago, but I got a sore neck the next morning. I don't know if its from the dumbbell snatches or not. So I am going to wait and view a video demo of the movement first. The Oly lifts I have actually read alot (I have Dreschler's big book on the subject) and seem them performed many times so i have a rough idea how there done.
    What is your opion on performing alot of bodyweight drills for fighters (MMA/Grappling) ? I am refering to stuff like push ups, dips, squats, chins/pull ups, leg raises, etc.

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    Default Re: Re: Coach Davies, please read ?

    Comrade:

    Their is a vast array of bodyweight exercises that I employ for combative athlete, with equally different mediums. I have noted in other posts of using blindfolded work to enhance your reaction as well as improving sport specific skills.

    I look forward to hearing from you again and it is always a special honor to offer assistance to those of the armed forces.

    In faith,

    Coach Davies

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