MMA Movie Score: / 5
Now if you come to think about it, martial arts are completely different than yoga practice. The first one deals with alert, quick and effective moves while the second one deals with peaceful postures, controlled breathing, meditation, stretching and has nothing to do with the speedy evolution of martial arts techniques. So, you probably wonder how can martial arts benefit from yoga? Well, you need to learn first in what way yoga shapes both your body and mind prior to understanding in what way they can exist in a relationship.
First of all, you need to understand that yoga will help you increase flexibility out of which you won’t be able to perform those quick and alert moves of your body in any of the chosen martial arts. Do not forget that your performance increases as long as you work on your body’s flexibility and this can be done through practicing yoga. With a flexible body you will be able to avoid your opponent’s attacks and instead perform yours in the least expected areas of your opponent’s body. Flexibility can also help you avoid injuries to the tendons, muscles and stay away of sprains and injured ligaments.
Secondly, yoga practice will help you maintain full control of your mind being able to focus better on your moves and predict the reactions of the attacker. This is another important feature for all those involved in martial arts. This is a practice where losing your mind or becoming nervous is not the state of mind that is desired if you want to have a safe and sure victory in the competitions. Through yoga practice you will be able to control your stress levels and maintain at the same time the peace of mind.
Yoga can help you control your breathing while being engaged in martial arts techniques. This will enable you become more capable of increasing the use of oxygen for your body. Controlling your breath will also increase your endurance and become as such more aware when you need to let go and when to hold the breath effectively for your next moves.
As you can see, the benefits of yoga are numerous in the performance of your martial arts. It is true that some of these arts will make more use of yoga than others, such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and judo, but practicing yoga is in general the shortest way towards obtaining the peace of mind and flexibility that are so necessary in performing successfully martial arts.
MMA Video Rating: four / five
The Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC has put Heavyweight fighters Alistair Overeem and former champion Frank Mir up against each other at UFC 167 in a match where both fighters will be looking for victory as they find themselves in a dire situation after enduring a lackluster few outings in the UFC.
And it seems that the match will have a lot more to it than meets the eye, and it won’t definitely be another match where a former contender for the UFC Heavyweight Championship in Overeem and a former UFC Heavyweight champion in Mir will go head to head against each other to secure their footing in the division.
And during a recent interview with a Mixed Martial Arts outlet, the Dutchman opened about the match and the future that it holds for him. According to Alistair Overeem, he wasn’t planning to return to the UFC Octagon so soon after his knockout loss at the hands of Travis Browne recently but he is still confident of getting past Mir.
In fact, he is so confident of his win against Mir that he went as far as stating that he would be willing to walk away from the promotion if he failed to beat him. According to The Demolition Man, if he loses to Frank Mir, he will have to find something else to do.
He stated that he just lost his last match inside the Octagon and was just thinking about what he could for the next few days and was even considering taking some time off and go off on a vacation. Alistair Overeem admitted that the fight has come a lot sooner than he had expected and stated that he was hoping it would be scheduled for December or January but he is still fine with it.