Our friend Joey Alvarado is back to talk about his Kettlebell Figure 8 for MMA Striking. Joey was one of the first to incorporate kettlebell training into his jiu jitsu and called it Kettlejitsu. Joey discovered you can mimic fighting movements with kettlebells, thus building the muscle and breathing needed for fights. Joey was astonished at how well the two worked together and definitely ahead of his time as kettlebells are just now being accepted by some in jiu jitsu.
When Joey first saw the Figure 8 to Hold movement (demonstrated below) his first thought was how much it reminded him of an uppercut and he got to work on The Fighter's Figure 8. This movement can serve as the basis for a lot of other kettlebell movements because it is from the same stance that most kettlebell exercises utilize.
Start with your basic, shoulder width stance and you will perform the movement with a hinging motion demonstrated below. By using your hip hinge as opposed to just being hunched over and feeding the kettlebell between your legs, it works your core in an entirely different manner than the swing. Having a strong core is one of the most important aspects of combat sport training.