What type of martial art are you studying?
I am actually studying Krav Maga.
The reason I ask is because if the art involves grappling or full contact striking, I wouldn't necessarily advise that you do running/jogging. I say this because the cardiovascular demands of grappling/combat are completely different from the type of cardio that is attained by jogging on a treadmill.
I have seen Decathaletes come into a martial arts class and be sucking wind withing 1-2 minutes of grappling or kickboxing practice. Now, realize that these individuals have sick amounts of endurance when it comes to low intensity long duration activities. However, combat requires high amounts of high intensity long duration endurance.
The best workouts (at least from my experience) for developing this type of endurance are:
1) actually doing the activity you want to get good at. The more you train the more efficient your body will get at doing the movements, the less energy you'll waste, and the more you'll learn to relax.
Yes, I think #1 is great, except that I am in a class and I think it is a disruption to others and it also screws up pairings (ie. if I'm paired up with someone and then have to take a break, they are left pairless). But I am going to my instructor and see what he thinks-repsect.
2) Heavy circuits. What I mean are doing resistance training exercises for high reps with absolutely no rest between exercises. This is quite intense but pays huge dividends in terms of your endurance capacity.
What sort of exercises? Just regular workout stuff, such as for leg day: squat, front squat, good mornings?
3) Interval training. Now, as I stated earlier jogging on a treadmill will do didly squat for you in terms of carry over to combat. But, doing exercises like wind sprints will do you a lot of good. You can also do things like jog 1 minute, sprint as fast as you can as long as you can, walk one minute, repeat. Do 8-10 repetitions of this cycle and you will have sufficiently taxed your cardiovascular system.
I planned on skipping rope for 1 min (like class) and then walking for 1 min. And doing that several times. I am also going to try some of the other suggestions like Davis Renegade, running man, ect.
Of course, the more fit you get the more you'll be able to handle.
I appreciate all the feedback. Also, if anyone has any feedback on Krav Maga, i'd like to hear your thoughts on it.
Good luck and good training,