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Tips on Keeping an MMA Training Log - notebook

Ever since I started training in MMA my coaches have always told me to keep a notebook. For the past 3 years I listened. Since taking their advice my game has elevated at a much faster pace and now I regret not starting earlier! Follow the tips below and as your understanding of the MMA game changes, you will look back at earlier entries and actually find your explanations/understanding of certain moves/problems amusing. Each day on the mat or in class is a building block and the more thoroughly and completely you understand the material in that class the stronger that block will be. So make your foundations out of concrete blocks and steel rebar by focusing on technique and keeping an MMA notebook!


Every entry in my books is completed as soon after class as I can, normally on my commute home. On my way to class I always leaf through previous entries to refresh my memory so I can pick up where I left off. Here is how I structure my notebook.


  • Date your entry – I also like to have a count of what class number it is. This is especially helpful when you take big breaks in your training. I never know how long to say when someone says “Hey man your are pretty good, how long have you been training?”


  • Document what move, flow of moves, combinations etc that your instructor went over. Try to remember any technical points, and then in your own words write the step by step instructions. If you are somewhat artistically inclined draw out any concepts that are difficult to verbalize. This is important as it will help you to more fully understand and visualize hidden nuances of the fundamentals (if you ever become an instructor yourself, you will find your notes to be a good start for your own lesson plans) If you are having trouble recalling any of the instructions go online and rewatch the moves. Some great sites that I use are and


  • Write down what moves you were successful using in sparring/rolling sessions. More importantly write down what moves you got caught with. If you find yourself relying on one move a lot, maybe you should focus on building your arsenal in case a future opponent has a great defense against that. If you find yourself getting caught in something a lot, perhaps you can decipher what exactly you are doing wrong. The only way to hone in on that though is to first notice the trend. Then you can start drilling proper technique so that you no longer get caught. I often describe my opponents physiology in this section also. This helps me find patterns of what in my bag of tricks works best against shorter stocky guys, big guys, lanky guys etc. I also use this section to talk about missed opportunities, that way I know to look for them next time. Interpret this data and DRILL to WIN.


  • Write down any questions that you would like to ask your instructor next class


  • Lastly, I like to document how I felt before class, how much I had slept the night before, what I ate that day, if I was properly hydrated and how I performed. This will help you if you are ever preparing for a fight. You will have a greater understanding of your body and how it functions.


Knowing yourself, your strengths and weaknesses is such a big part of being successful in this sport. Document your progress and set achievable and measurable goals.

1/7/2013 10:40:35 PM WarriorPrincess
This sounds like such a great idea. I think I'll start one. I'm excited!

12/19/2012 4:57:42 PM MissMayhem
I just started keeping a notebook and its one of the best things I've done. It's really good to keep track of my moves. Really helps me see where I need improvement. But hey that's what's it's all about...getting better and better Great article!!! I really love the last line. It's the reason i started mine.

11/5/2012 3:52:17 PM Administrator
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