Friday, December 10, 2010

GSP's Thoughts on Training

In a recent interview with Joe Rogan GSP stated that everyone in the UFC is in great shape and are great athletes. He doesn't believe in strength and conditioning, he believes in efficiency. He basically said that's what separates him from everyone else. I would agree he is not the best striker in his division, nor is he the best wrestler, and arguments could be said other people have better cardio even. What GSP does have, is an ability to blend it all together better than everyone else. Not only that he never wastes movements.

You will see guys against the cage fighting for a takedown for minutes, wasting time and energy. GSP either gets a clean takedown or he doesn't. He doesn't spend the whole round going for one. He also doesn't throw big punches or kicks tiring himself out. He is conservative, doesn't want to take damage, and only throws when he thinks he will hit his target. So not a lot of airballs or jabs into the air. Almost everything he does counts.

He said one of his biggest influences was John Danaher as a fighter and in his regular life. Anyone who's ever seen Danaher roll (fortunately I got to witness this while I was in NY) is that he never uses a lot of strength. It almost looks effortless because he is relying as much as he can on efficient technique.

He said what's the biggest difference between himself and all other fighters was his mind. I agree. He is smart in one way, he knows his body well, and he knows how he is supposed to train. Almost better than anyone else. Most would agree GSP wins because of how he trains, he is always the model people use as far as how modern MMA fighters should train.

Efficiency not strength prevails. This is the first concept of Jiu Jitsu. The gentle efficient way.

Interview Transcript


  1. Can training be efficient if you train everyday (twice a day); almost to a point of obsession?

    How do you train Sam? What do you think about those people who are somewhat Obsessive Compulsive when it comes to training and start having anxiety attacks when they miss a training session?

    Do you find these people to be more or less effective when they actually fight and competitions?

    How about those that have more of a balance with training, social and family life?

  2. geez these are hard questions to answer on a comments section. I have to think about this and take an honest look at myself. I will have to just dedicate a blog post to this so I can be as thoughtful as possible.

  3. So basicly it comes down to the old adage of, "Fight Smarter. Not Harder."



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