If force is determined by mass x accleration then what is the point of Heavy weight training. Wouldnt it make more sense to just increase muscle and focus on explosive exercises?
Yes, in an absolute sense. In other words, if you had no restrictions placed on you (like a weight class) and just wanted to maximize your power, then yes adding substantial muscle mass while continuing to focus on being able to explosively (and technically) express your strength would make the most sense.
Most competitive fighters want to stay within a given weight class though, so for them an all out attempt to build muscle probably wouldn’t be their best bet (unless maybe they were severely lacking and over fat to begin with).
Not for the development of maximal strength, but partner resisted exercises can be a fantastic means of developing strength endurance (the ability to generate high levels of force for extended periods of time), isometric strength (which is heavily present in grappling, especially in terms of the gripping muscles), and possibly explosiveness (depends on the exercise of course).
Is tonnage more important than maximal strength and if so in what type of set rep range should complexes be used? Im hoping Xen could chime im sorry for being a dick a little while back with the whole Waterbury thing. Im just trying to figure this out.[/quote]
Yes, and no. How’s that for an answer.
Maximal strength is very important to a fighter because being able to literally overpower your opponent is a huge advantage. It also is the one athletic attribute which will noticeably enhance all other athletic attributes (esplosiveness, speed, endurance, balance, etc…).
However, strength endurance is also extremely important. If you can produce really, really high levels of force, but have no strength endurance, then all someone has to do is be able to wade out the storm and let you burn yourself out and they’ll be able to easily overpower you.
Having both is the best bet if you want to maximize performance.