Karate Instructor Tries To Win MMA Fight After Month Of Training
After his recent foray into Muay Thai, karate instructor Jesse Enkamp continues to expand his knowledge of the various fighting disciplines in a new video on his YouTube channel. This time, he tackles mixed martial arts. Concretely, he embarks on a month of training with his brother, Oliver Enkamp, in order to learn as much as possible about different techniques and tactics, before testing his skills in the cage after 30 days with a professional fighter from mma.
Week one is all about mastering the basics, including the three main lines of takedown defense: keeping distance, being able to identify when your opponent is moving for a takedown, and how to get out of a takedown before the adversary cannot solidify. their post.
During the second week, Enkamp practices punching, grappling and wall work drills. Wall work isn’t found in other martial arts, says Oliver, and it’s one of the things that makes MMA such a unique sport. The third week is then when Enkamp begins to “pressure test” everything he has learned in training sessions. “Everything goes so much faster when it’s a real fight compared to training,” says Oliver. “Even if you train hard, your reaction time has to be 100% accurate.”
Finally, Enkamp spends the “fight week” focusing on active recovery to get his body up to peak performance ready for his match.
Almost immediately into the fight, Enkamp is forced to switch stances as his karate stance left him far too open for leg kicks. He also admits, reviewing the footage, that he was quickly exhausted by the unknown mechanics of combat.
“I’m not used to that isometric tension of grappling, so my arms were so gassed up,” says Enkamp. “I’m used to punching a lot, but not that isometric tension, which is that wrestling strength.”
“I loved it, I learned a lot,” he continues. “I love challenging myself…I was glad he won, because that’s his thing. I’m not supposed to win at this, I’m just this karate nerd going into it. .. He deserved to win, and I had fun anyway.”
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