Jorge Lozano: Top MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Practitioner, Talks With Intense Fitness

Jorge Lozano MMA

Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started with training in MMA (mixed martial arts) and BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu)?

Trained in Martial Arts:
• Trained in Kenpo Karate
• Trained in Kodenkan Jujitsu under the tutelage of Sensei Todd Birdseye
• Trained in Muay Thai/Mixed Martial Arts/Judo- Jiu-Jitsu under the tutelage of Dave Velasquez – UFC veteran
• Trained in Judo- Jiu-Jitsu under the tutelage of Sensei Charlie Robinsonfor
• Trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under the tutelage of Brazilian Black Belt – John Frankl

Jorge Lozano MMA

What is your typical training regimen? How much time do you devote to skill training?

These days include technical training and drills also:

Most of these days go for about two hours of training at a time. Which do not include the extra time put in the gym weight lifting and outside track work in order to keep up strength and endruance training.

Off Season Not Competing:

One to Three times a week training in BJJ or Grappling through out the week, which also includes my stand up – Muay Thai drills and sparring.

Seasonal Competing:

Three to Four times a week training in BJJ or Grappling through out the week, which also includes my stand up – Muay Thai drills and sparring

What are your thoughts on lifting weights being an MMA and BJJ practitioner? Do you feel it is a must for athletes in your craft?

Weight lifting has been a big factor of my training for MMA and BJJ, but has changed over the years on my strength training. Like everybody at one time or another, I used to lift heavy weight and believe the heavier I lifted the better it was. As time went on and I became more knowledgeable and with all the great instructions I received from my trainers; I started to incorporate circuit training regiments in order to be able to have strength and endurance for long matches. I strongly beleive that before you go into a match you need to always be prepared to outlast your opponents in the ring or mat by having better endurance and stamina, strength in the duration of the fight, besides your technique.

I do feel that weight lifting is a major part for athlets in order for them to be at a top level in order to compete. As for me if I did not incorporate weight lifting I would be at a disadvantage. I hope even when i am done competing that I will keep weight lifting in order to stay strong and be able to train in MMA and BJJ.

Jorge Lozano BJJ

How often do you perform cardio and how long does a typical cardio session last? Do you prefer HIIT or LISS?

Off Season Not Competing:

I perform cardio about and one to two hours every day, which is split into mornings and evenings. Which consists of elliptical, spinning bike or some tread mill. During my sessions they are always intervals of low and high intensity in order to make sure I get the most out of my cardio sessions. Also due to my consistent weight divisons I compete in, I have to always maintain a certain weight depending on how far apart my competions are spread apart.

This will include my other training session with:

One to Three times a week training in BJJ or Grappling through out the week, which also includes my stand up – Muay Thai drills and sparring.

Seasonal Competing:

I perform cardio about two to three hours every day, which is split in mornings and evenings. Which consists eliptical, spining bike or some tread mill. During my sessions they are always intervals of low and high intensity in order to make sure I get the most out of my cardio sessions. Also due to my consistent weight divisons I compete in, I have to always maintain a certain weight depending on how far apart my competions are spread apart.

This will include my other training session with:

Three to Four times a week training in BJJ or Grappling through out the week, which also includes my stand up – Muay Thai drills and sparring

Jorge Lozano MMA

What is your training philosophy?

My training philosophy is old school you can say, just like I was trained. Which is pretty simple, you train like you like you compete. If you don’t train hard, you wont perform to your best of your ablity.

One of my favorite Quotations:

“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”
Muhammad Ali

Do you feel supplements are necessary to take your body to the next level and if so, which ones do you feel help give you the best results?

Oh yes, I do feel strongly that supplements are a great part to competing at a top level and being competive. I feel that if Advance Muscle Science has not helped me so much and supported me, I would not perform as well as I do. AMS just has done a great deal in helping me.

As for my supplements I take, it depends on my weight and how far my competition is out.
I usually cycle my supplements in order to make sure its effective through out the year. Since taking Advance Muscle Science supplements strengthen me over all.

Advance Muscle Science:
Pump Fixx
Lucidrol
Hyper TROP – X
Body Mortar Carb Free with Electrolytes

Advance Muscle Science:
4-AD RD
Decavol RD
Arom-X RD

Jorge Lozano Arnold Classic MMA

How important is nutrition in MMA & BJJ? What does your typical diet look like? How do you address post-training nutrition?

Nutrition is a major part in MMA and BJJ in my opinion. Since coming back and competing at a competive level. I have changed my nutrition and diet dramtically. I have a nutritionist / diet / strength coach that has changed my whole diet. Without his help I would never be able to make weight as fast and as good in order for me to compete healthy and to the best of my ablity. My nutritionist /diet/strength coach, Josh Wade from Wade Fitness has helped me so much in order for me to make weight for the last year and half. Since, usually I walk around at 250 lbs to 280 lbs and compete at Cruiser Weight at 195 lbs and under, Light Heavy Weight 205lbs and under and Heavy Weight at 225 and under.

My diet consists from seven meals a day to five meals a day. During off season it stays farily clean and during season also.

Mornings – oatmeal, berries, bananas, Lanas Egg Whites

Protein Shake

Mid Morning – Chicken/Fish, Asparagus or Broccoli, Lanas Egg Whites or Brown Rice

After noon – Chicken/Fish, Asparagus or Broccoli, Lanas Egg Whites, Brown Rice

Protein Shake

Mid Afternoon – Chicken/Fish, Asparagus or Broccoli, Lanas Egg Whites or Brown Rice

Evenings – Chicken/Fish, Asparagus or Broccoli, Lanas Egg Whites or Brown Rice

Protein Shake

Late evening – Chicken/Fish, Asparagus or Broccoli, Lanas Egg Whites

Throughout the day also incorporating my Advanced Muscle Science Supplements:

Advance Muscle Science:
Pump Fixx
Lucidrol
Hyper TROP – X
Body Mortar Carb Free with Electrolytes

Advance Muscle Science:
4-AD RD
Decavol RD
Arom-X RD

How do you go about cutting weight for a weigh-in? Do you start cutting calories “X” days out or do you keep your weight within a few pounds off, so you just need to cut a few pounds of water?

Now that I have a nutrionist/diet/strength coach that has changes my whole diet. Without his help i would never be able to make weight as fast and as good in order for me to compete healthy and to the best of my ablity. My nutrionist/diet/strength coach Josh Wade from Wade Fitness has helped me so much in order for me to make weight for the last year and half. Since, usually i walk around at 250 lbs to 280 lbs and compete at Cruiser Weight at 195 lbs and under, Light Heavy Weight 205lbs and under and Heavy Weight at 225 and under.

Off Season Not Competing:

When I am not competing for anything I walk around at 250 to 280 lbs, which is my regular walking weight.

Seasonal Competing:

When I am getting ready to compete, I walk around at 205 to 220 lbs. This is to help me to not drain myself so much for competitions.

For any competition, I attempt to start cutting weight about eight weeks to six weeks out if possible.

Jorge Loano Lanas Egg Whites

Tell us about the mental side of cutting weight?

Well before cutting weight was a very difficult task for me as I always would attempt to cut forty to sixty pounds several weeks out and would come in to the competition very drained and exhuasted, before my competitions. From cardio while using the sauna suit, sweat shirt /pants on top of it and steam room and training with all on. It was very hard on my body; it took a toll on the mental side. It could break people down very badly at times.

Now, currently it has been much easier with the help of Advnace Muscle Science support and my nutrionist/diet/strength coach Josh Wade from Wade Fitness. I currently don’t have to cut weight so much as we keep my weight within a reasonable weight in order for me to perform at a top level. Which on the mental side it, is less stress on the body and myself.

Before a match or fight begins, what is going through your mind? Do you have a game plan or do you just be patient and look for wholes in your opponent and react?

Before a fight or match I just keep focused and stay with my training philosophy, you train like you like you compete. If you dont train hard, you won’t perform to your best of your ablity.
Meaning I have done everything possible to be ready, so it’s just like in training another day in the office.

As for a game plan, I try to always keep an open mind and always try to learn from everybody in order for me to expect the unexpected as much as possible. But yes, it is always about like game of chess and a lot has to deal with being patient and look the holes in your opponent and react.

What advice would you give someone who’s just thinking about breaking into MMA & BJJ?

I would say that they always should be open minded and learn as much as possible from everyone and be patient it will come. Even the novice/beginers can teach you something at times. I am always trying to learn, even now at this stage of my career.

And a big one, never give up!

Jorge Lozano

What do you feel is the biggest sacrifice you’ve made to be in this sport?

Well to be honest I have sacrificed a lot from personal, social and family in order to have accomplished what I have. Which has been a great ride and I hope I can continue, but it has been a one person ride. Which in my case it has been, which has been a sacrifice that i have learned to deal with. It takes a strong person in your life to know what a MMA/BJJ competitior deals with in and out of this world. Nobody sees the down side of injuries and when u lose the fight and dealing with it. But you gotta stay focused and never give up and hope you find that one person.

What is your favorite motivational quote?

“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”
Muhammad Ali

What are your future plans in the sport?

Well i hope to do my best in MMA/BJJ and hope do well and hope to one day open up my gym and train full time.

If fans want to connect with you, where can they do that?

They can contact me anytime at jlozano183@yahoo.com

Thank you for taking the time to do this interview and the best of luck to you at the next competition!

Your welcome, thanks for having on Intense Fitness!

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