It used to be that if you wanted to learn a technique from a well-known MMA fighter, you either had to train at their gym or buy a DVD, limiting your access to the information on the go. With the advent of smartphones, that’s about to change.
Among the latest fighters to get in on the ever-expanding line of MMA dedicated apps is former UFC middleweight Ivan Salaverry.
Known for his charisma and innovative skill, Salaverry was the perfect choice for Matt Fields and Jesse Newman’s idea of making high-quality instructional videos that you can take anywhere.
“Now everybody’s got these smartphones that have access to the internet, and the ability to do that in your living room in your home is a plus,” Salaverry told MMAWeekly.com. “It’s going to be really beneficial for kids out there who want to get a little more access to techniques.
“For me it was really nice to see people to have the ability to download any kind of MMA technique and the possibilities of that. You don’t need to go to your computer; you can just get your smartphone and download it right then and there.”
In order to make the best product possible, Owen Kindig of Ztoryteller was brought in with three high definition cameras to catch all the action from every possible angle in detail unrivaled by most instructional products.
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“It’s shot in HD and everything is done very professionally, and hopefully that will make a difference to other ones out there,” said Salaverry.
“You get to see me show techniques like the crucifix that you might not normally get from other people. You also get a lot of different angles with the camera; top side, bottom side, and the detail work of a lot of other stuff we put in there.”
In the end you get a seamless experience that is free to download and includes intros by Ivan, techniques and drills, with additional content purchasable in-app for $2.99.
“This can go so many places, especially with MMA,” said Salaverry. “The striking, the grappling, the different styles; it can go very far. I’m excited for and we’ll see what happens.”
Not only is Salaverry excited for the future of his app, he also returned to MMA for the first time in three years this past May at BAMMA 6 stepping in for an injured Phil Baroni.
And while he lost a unanimous decision to Matt Ewin, Salaverry couldn’t be happier with his choice to return to the sport he loves.
“It was great to get back in the cage,” he said. “It gives you that energy, and I want to go back. I missed it. That’s the one thing I can definitely tell you. I missed the crowd, the preparation, the training camp, it’s all good.
“Do I want to commit myself to a three, five fight contract? No. But I do miss it, I do enjoy it, and I love the fact that I have the capability of jumping in whenever I can. And if anybody wants me out there, please call me and let me know.”
While he may have stepped away from the spotlight for a bit, Salaverry is back with a new app, a renewed love for the sport, and other projects that he hopes will not only further his own career, but enrich the experience of others looking to develop MMA.
“Please check out my MMA app and enjoy it,” he concluded. “Hopefully we get a lot of downloads.
“Also, we’re going to be starting a new submission tournament in the Northwest, Seattle-area called G Sub X. We’re going to be starting that in September. So for all guys who want to come compete in the area, please come do.”