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Post  Luis FernŠndez on Sat Oct 27, 2007 12:16 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6zlaIl0yh0&NR=1

what do you guys think??

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Re: Mike Tyson training

Post  steve morris on Tue Oct 30, 2007 5:26 am

In my personal opinion Tyson in his prime was the greatest boxer of all time. Since then heís lost to fighters who were Ďnobodyí on the scale of world boxing history, but that doesnít negate his past accomplishments. In his prime I believe he could have beaten Ali and Marciano.

But putting that aside, letís talk about his training. Iíve researched Tyson for years and Iíve watched loads of footage of him, and this clip is one of many Iíve seen of Tyson working out. When you see him working, you can see that he trained specifically for what he needed to do, and that was to evasively close in and take out with a devastating barrage of punches, guys who often were far bigger than him in height, weight and reach.

It was only when he stopped fighting in this aggressive, evasive-entry way that he began to lose. He started to stand outside, in the very range that taller fighters could dominate him.

In the clip you also see the ferocious intensity of the guy, and his persistence in replicating the technicality of his moves. He wasnít just an angry guy, he was a fighter with a lot of direction. And he had a boxing brain second to none with regards to its history and technique. Tyson isnít just the Ďanimalí people make him out to be.

Tyson has inspired me in many ways, not only for the physicality of the way he moves, but the ferocity with which he delivers his shots. And when I watched him in the early days, he reinforced my understanding of how the head as a major target must be evasive but also must lead the body.

Tyson is a great example of someone who, in his prime, trained specifically as he needed to fight. He had the natural psychological and physical attributes, but they needed to be honed in a specific way. If only the martial arts community understood that and began to do the same, then the martial arts would be far better for it.

Think about it. Heís in the gym. Heís working out at high intensity, in environments that are not pretty. Theyíre not decorated for effect and he hasnít got any fancy equipment. Everything is functional. No crutches. And thatís how martial arts should be. Boxing gyms at this level represent the Spartan approach that all martial arts could learn from, from amateur right up through professional.

Boxing is standup only and striking only, but the training environment and way of going about training can be easily applied and transferred to any martial art training, on the feet or on the ground. And thatís what Iíd like to see, but all too often itís quite the opposite.

All too often martial arts really arenít about training. Training is blood, sweat and tears.

So when I look at that clip, I see a solitary man on a mission. Heís focused on what heís got to do. Sure, heís getting a lot of money but that focus started long, long before he ever started earning big bucks. In the martial arts at the moment, it seems to be me as an observer that many people arenít focused at all. Theyíre all over the place, different seminar every weekend, cafeteria-style approach to putting a little of everything on their tray without knowing what theyíre going to do with it.

Tysonís mentor, Gus DíAmato, was a knowledgeable guy. A trainer that like has the eye to bring on talent and know how to direct it to best effect. There ainít many of those on the ground. When Tyson fired Kevin Rooney, he made a big mistake. When you've got something good, stick to it.

But in the martial arts, a good trainer is very, very rare. Youíve got a lot of poor imitations, and a lot of guys teaching who havenít got a clue.

So thatís what that clip means to me.
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Re: Mike Tyson training

Post  Luis FernŠndez on Tue Nov 06, 2007 6:47 am

Thanks for your anwer

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Very inspiring

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