<div class="Article" style="float: left;"> <table> <tr style="vertical-align: bottom;"> <td> <h3><a href="/go=news.detail&gid=446683" target="_blank"> Hackleman: You don't have to spar all the time </a></h3> </td> </tr> </table> <a href="/go=news.detail&gid=446683" ><img class="photo" src="http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&rs=110&q=75&x=29&y=26&w=310&h=165&ro=0&s=E7A2D035-1D09-6BFC-E5F5BC6B534B8731.jpg" /></a> <div style="clear: both; line-height: 1px;height: 1px;"> </div> </div> <p><strong>The Legend Speaks: John Hackleman on Why Drilling is Often Underused in MMA</strong></p>
Many Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) trainers will agree that though both drilling and sparring are essential to the sport, drilling practice is often underrated. It is essential if you want develop superior control and to improve your ability quickly and avoid too many injuries.
John Hackleman's Contribution to MMA
John Hackleman is renowned with in the arena of MMA for his prowess in the sport and for being the head trainer at The Pit (www.thepitmma.com) mixed martial arts gym. The 55-year-old was born in New York but moved two Hawaii when he was only four years old. At the age of nine, he began studying Judo. By the time he reached high school, Hackleman was already a champion boxer and competitive kickboxer. He soon added KaJuKenBo to his repertoire—this is an intricate combination of Kempo Karate, Tang Soo Do, Judo, Jujitsu, Chinese Kenpo, and Chinese boxing.
Hackleman joined the Army in 1979, where he spent three years in the Army boxing team. During this time, he won both the state and regional Golden Gloves awards. After leaving the army, he became a professional boxer until 1985. At this time, he relocated to California and named his unique martial arts style Hawaiian Kempo. Hackleman founded The Pit in 1986 with the intention of teaching a uncomplicated approach to serious fighters. Later, Hackleman renamed his style "KuZen," and opened the gym to the general public. Many well-known MMA champions have trained at The Pit including Chuck Liddell, Court McGee and Antonio Banuelos.
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