There’s no question it’s crucial for any competitor in a combat sport to be physically conditioned if hoping to come away with a win. While the average individual may assume cardio-levels are most helpful when it comes to standing based on how often commentary points out strikers who are tired, being able to control your breathing and energy while on the ground is just as important.

In this MMATraining Technique of the Day, UFC heavyweight Frank Mir puts this practice into action, teaching a group of students (and you the viewer) about breathing and body control while offering up some advice on the process as well.