Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Training for a Kickboxing/ Thai fight, general info.

Basic Training for Thai/ kickboxing:
  1. Fifteen minutes of rope skipping at different speeds
  2. Shadow boxing for five rounds with one-minute breaks, using all offensive techniques, including fists, knees and feet
  3. Bag practice for five rounds with one-minute breaks, using all attacks in a Thai Boxer’s repertoire
  4. Sparring with a senior fighter or trainer who wears specially designed protective pads on his or her forearms. He or she uses only defensive moves and directs the attacks of the boxer, who is to react as fast as he or she can using any technique he or she sees fit
  5. General exercise such as push-ups, sit-ups, and light weight training
  6. Roadwork: this is normally done early in the morning and consists of at least one half-hour of jogging and includes five rounds of running at increased speed for three minutes. During one-minute breaks the runner does not rest but keeps on jogging
All phases of the workouts are controlled by a stop-watch or timer. The last thirty seconds in each three-minute period are announced, and all exercises, including running, are executed at full speed and power.

Diet basics:
The fighters live on a controlled diet determined by the trainer. Its main ingredients are lean meat, fresh vegetables, and plenty of fruit, supplemented by milk and eggs.

Kelly Leo

Monday, February 20, 2012

Taking fights at last minute

I hear the younger guys taking fights at last minute, with little to NO training what so ever, an expecting to win. here is the problem with that. They hear that on TV and don't stop to think that the people who step in at last minute have usually been training for a fight or already in fight shape when they decide to take it. These young guys who come off the couch and take on fights are basically a piece of meat for the promoter to fill the card with. The guy they are fighting has been training and someone had to pull out of the fight for whatever reason and looking for a replacement, so they are at their peak and ready for war, the ones who come off the couch are well....idiots!!! With that being said, if you are one to take last minute fights, be ready and train as if you have a fight coming up, so you can at least have a good chance in getting that W.
MMA, jiu jitsu, Kickboxing, Shidokan karate

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Handling success

Success is great, but you must be humble. Arrogance and boasting about your success only leads to no one wanting to help or anyone caring. Be thankful to ALL of those who help you and push you to be better. Never challenge the ones who help you in your journey to be your best, you will only find yourself left alone without anyone to help you continue to grow. It is okay to have fun with your teammates and coaches, but also respect their roles in which they play in your quest.
Kelly Leo

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

2012 New Gym

Well, thought I would finally get back and at least put something up here. We have been busy moving the gym and loving the new space. So far we are having great response and more calls and drop ins wanting more info.
Thank you to everyone who helped us move and talking about the gym and making Full Throttle Combat Fitness the place to train in North Georgia area.
We are hoping to hold a few events this year featuring some ouf FTF fighters to show a little of what we do. We are also working with Trammell's Martial arts and Fitness (Atlanta) and KBX  Gym (Alpharetta) as we are all brothers in the martial arts and love what we do.
We are also looking to go to New events, WKA North American tourn, NAGA, IKF Regionals and Worlds, More Knock down karate tournaments and more this year. gonna be a great year at Full throttle!
look for more blogs and News in the near future.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Being Well Rounded

It takes many years to have a solid base in one style or another. You hear the commentary say things like he's a Muay Thai Specialist, a wrestler, Jiu Jitsu or Judo practitioner. What they mean by this is not that they don't know any other form of martial art, it's that they have a solid base in one and are developing and learning other styles of fighting. They too, must evolve as the sport of mma has evolved. It is okay to do what you like, because that is what you are more comfortable with or how you are made up. However if you are competing in the sport of mma, at least learn the basics from each discipline to help give you some insight on what you opponent is trying to do, so that you can try and stay out of harms way.

Work on your weakness more once you become proficient in one area of your fighting.

There is no style better than another, each have their place in the combat sports arena. Continue to train and learn, EVEN WHEN YOU'RE NOT GETTING READY FOR A FIGHT !!! I cannot say that enough.
So many fighters today come in and try to get ready for a fight and haven't been in the gym learning anything new. When they get beat, they don't understand why. It all comes down to who wants it most and puts their time in, the fight is won during training. OSU !

Kelly Leo
Head trainer at Full Throttle Fitness -

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thought about something a coach had told me once and my path.

I was thinking today about what my first boxing coach had told me a long time ago. Asa Gordan was 80 years old (can't remember exactly his age at the moment) and I were talking about why he is still involved in boxing. I was just curious to know, he was very good about sitting down and explaining life to us long after we had finished training, many times we would go out to eat after and just sit and listen to stories and learn all we could from him, but back to the question, He told me that he had a boxing trainer who told him that he was a "Keeper of the Art" and to just keep teaching and passing the art on to the next generation. So that is something, he was doing and asked us ( Richard Trammell and I ) to please do the same. Richard and I have made the commitment to do so. Not only was he a very good boxing coach, he also owned a men's clothing store and ventured into many other successful business' throughout his life.
He would also talk about manors and respect, which is not being passed down. Looking back, He taught us how to be men. For that I am thankful for getting to train and have him as a part of my life.
Not only have we ( Richard and I) kept the promise to keep the art of boxing going that he taught us, We are also keeping to our roots as martial artist and keeping this art alive. We are also the "Keeper of these Arts" is which we have learned and trained in over the years, It is who we are. I was speaking to some young men last night about how long I have been interested in the Arts and remembered back in 1st and 2nd grade getting the same book at the book fair of Japanese Karate, it had a ton of pictures of  him kicking, punching, it also had in the top corner when you flipped through the pages fast of him doing a Kata, something about that just hit me hard and I knew I would someday be doing this. I loved watching "Sugar" Ray Leonard, Haggler, Hearns and many other martial artist growing up (yes, boxing is a martial art). God put me on this path to be a "Keeper of the Arts" and to pass it on. So I ask you reading this, to please be a keeper of the art and keep it alive, even if it's just to your child as long as it is passed on. Osu..

 Kelly Leo, Head Trainer and MMA coach at Full Throttle Fitness, North Georgia's Premier Combat Sports/ Fitness Gym.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Master the Basics

If you truly want to become the best you can in fighting of any kind, you must first master the basics and learn form someone who has done the same. When it comes down to it the basics are what will win the fight, from the ground up. Foot work, shifting your weight in you legs to generate power, using you back and hips for power, learning to snap punches (not swing them) throw with purpose not with hope that you land it. Work on head movement, sprawling, timing, positioning, angle's, basic kicks. Learn all these type stuff, before you try and move on the the flashy "highlight reel" stuff, that has such a low percentage of working and if not done so with proper technique can put you in an even worse position than you could have imagined.
 I have seen guys who are so hard headed that no matter how much you talk to them, show them etc... they always try to re-invent the wheel. they always look on the Internet and see some cool thing on "YouTube" or some other kind of mma or site. They will see if and might hit someone with it once or twice and think they have arrived, but when they try it again later on that same person in which they hit, they can't figure out why it doesn't work again. This is because he/she did not spend enough time learning the basics that is the foundation to the flashy technique or learned also how to set such things up.
As you grow as a fighter, yes, you do have to change the angle of a technique, or they way in how you deliver it. but not until you first learn the basics, so you can also reconize what your opponent is trying so do or set up. If you think you know your stuff and are self taught, go train with osmeone who has mastered their craft, you will be sadly mistaken. Botton line, humble youself and open you mind to learning, you will only benifit from taking a step back and learning new GOOD habits. this is the only way you can truly meet you full potentail. Trying to duplicate what someone does with out the knowledge is not how you do things.

 Kelly Leo, Head Trainer and MMA coach at Full Throttle Fitness, North Georgia's Premier Combat Sports/ Fitness Gym.