Six years and nearly 20 fights into her MMA career, bantamweight Colleen Schneider made the decision to change the way she approached fighting.
Schneider’s decision didn’t come after a string of losses or any kind of doubt, but at a point where she was winning consistently. Still, she made the change and it paid off for Schneider in her split-decision win over Raquel Pa’aluhi at Invicta FC 15 in January.
“All the fights (in 2015) were pretty consistent, but after my last fight in Japan, I changed my training quite a bit and I think that showed in the way I fought against Raquel, in the way I moved and the way my striking looked,” Schneider told MMAWeekly.com.
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“It was really a whole different approach to fighting. Trying to not be so traditional about the way I looked at training, and just be really open but practical about what I was trying to achieve and make everything for MMA.”
As for what factored into Schneider’s decision to change her training, a decision to keep her personal and training relationships separate and a desire to adopt a more open view on preparation factored into the decision.
“Josh Barnett had been coaching me, and we’ve been together for a few years now, and mixing the two wasn’t working for us anymore,” said Schneider. “So we decided to not work together in that capacity anymore.
“With my particular background in martial arts and combat sports, I just kind of threw all the ‘this is how you have to’ stuff out the window, and figured whatever works, works, and I’m going to make this mine and ….View full article