Archive for Striking Technique
I just shot a new video breaking down some very important things regarding fundamental punches.
1. How to not telegraph your jab when you throw it.
2. A way to setup and throw your lead uppercut safely.
3. How to smash the body with very powerful punches while keeping your head safe and off the line of fire.
Here”s the vid!
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2) It allowed me to remain standing (with no noticeable tells to my opponent that I was rocked) when I took a shot that turned my vision to black for nearly 6 seconds. I was then able to keep fighting like nothing had happened.
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Here’s a technique I filmed with rising MMA star Ryan Dickson. It’s a move I used to use all the time when in close against an opponent. It help you create some space so that you can rip a striking combination into your opponent. Have fun with it!
Last night Wanderlei Silva taught a seminar at Joslin”s Mixed Martial Arts in Hamilton.
Man, he is a really friendly guy! Everyone had a fun time learning and practicing the many techniques Wanderlei -Elizabeth from New Jersey courtesy of GNCI have used this Zydot multiple times in the past, and had great success! Anyone can have the ability to stick with something for two taught throughout the night.
Here”s a technique –one of his favourite– that he showed at the end of the seminar. It”ll help you knee a bit more like the “Axe Murderer” :).
I recently came across a forum post where someone was asking about fighting tips vs. a southpaw. I threw up a reply sharing some of the things that I like do use against leftys:
1) Jab over their lead arm from the outside. You’ll need to step outside of their lead foot a bit as you do so that you can keep your jab technically sound with your elbow in tight. Stepping outside of their lead leg is an important motion to use when you attack a southpaw; it will take you off the line of fire and make it tougher for them to hit you with their lead hook.
2) Follow that jab or multiple jabs (moving forward to close the distance as you do) by stepping in and snatching his front leg up into a single leg takedown position. You can also drive him to the cage with the single leg grip so that you can change off to a cage double leg or even a high crotch on the far leg if he’s defending well.
3) Keep your power side weapons ready to attack as a southpaw will often have trouble defending them. Lead with your straight right hand at long range and fire off your right uppercut or right body shot if he’s a bit closer. You can land a strong long range right hook through his guard or a rear leg knee strike down the middle as well. Keep in mind that he can do these same things to you.
4) Finish your punching combos with a lead hook so that you can spin off (and move) to the side opposite his power side. If you finish with a rear hand cross, he can follow it back with a counter cross that can really hurt you.
5) Evade his jab by slipping your head to your left (outside his jab). Use this to set up combinations that start with your lead hook or lead uppercut.
6) If he likes to box, smash the inside of his lead leg with your rear leg low kick. Be sure to set it up with your jabs. Do the same thing if he likes to move a lot as it will slow him down.
7) Use your lead hand to pick his jab (just turning your hand very little (palm towards him) to block his punch) and immediately smash him with your right cross.
After receiving a bunch of emails asking to see more videos about the uppercut (lead uppercut in particular) I decided to film a breakdown of the lead uppercut punch. I also include simple way to disguise the attack while throwing it with more power and snap than ever before.
The lead uppercut is a great technique to use when:
- Your opponent is expecting a hook after your cross because that is what you’ve thrown often throughout your sparring rounds or fight with them
- Your opponent leans forward to avoid your hooks and straight punches or because one of those punches has rocked them a bit.
- You sense your opponent is about to try and take you down with a leg attack such as a double leg or single leg takedown.
- Your opponent is standing very square and open for the uppercut right up the middle between his guarding hands.
- You slip your opponent’s (a right handed one) cross to the outside.
- You block an opponent’s body shot with your lead arm.
- Your opponent is walking towards you without jabbing. You must throw a jab(s) while backing up then, after turning yourself into lead uppercut throwing position, let it fire!
Here’s the video breaking things down the punch and a setup:
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I filmed a few counters to the jab last night after class to share with you. Since the jab is the most commonly thrown strike it’s very important to arm yourself with a bunch of different counters to it. When countering always remember to avoid being predictable by mixing up the techniques that you use. This will help keep you safe and will definitely increase your chances of landing any follow up attacks that you throw.
The first counter, called the pick & jab, is a good one to use when up against a quick, fresh and technical opponent. Be sure to throw you return jab with speed from a strongly balanced position for maximum effectiveness.
Use the second counter –the crosscatch– when the opponent is throwing slow or lazy jabs. Most often I’ll use this one in the later rounds when my opponent has lost some of his punching speed. This can be a devastating counter especially if your opponent is continually trying to smash you with a stepping jab.
The last counter is a bit fancy but very easy to pull off in action. The Spin Away Uppercut will surprise your opponent, inflict some damage and make you look very slick in the process.
Drill them in your shadowfighting, heavy bag and padwork rounds often and before you know it you’ll be busting them out in sparring action as well.
Train hard my friend!
Sometimes during sparring and fights we find ourselves in a situation where we need to cover up and minimize the damage our opponent can dish out. It can truly be our only option at times. Obviously I’d rather be attacking or counter-attacking during those moments but sometimes it’s not possible and often it’s dangerous to try.
Anytime you find yourself rocked, severely overwhelmed by an attack or caught off guard I want you to cover up and move quickly in many directions until you are out of striking range and safe. You’ll then be able to return to your regular fighting stance and get back in there to mix things up with your opponent.
As you move, keep your eyes open ad watch your opponent’s body for signs of attack. If you notice that they are about to throw a powerful cross immediately move away from it. As soon as you see them adjust to throw a technique that will catch you as you move the other way, switch directions again immediately. Continue to keep switching directions often! Constantly switching your movement in response to the attacks you anticipate makes you a very hard target to pin down. An opponent that misses punches, punches your arms ad chases you aggressively will often tire making your counter attacks very effective.
When up against a very aggressive opponent be sure to mix in some head movement as you move your feet. As you feel them miss with strikes stand your ground and initiate an upper body clinch or take down. Staying close or scoring a takedown can be a great way to recover from any damage taken.
Here’s a video from the MMA QuickStart training program where I break down the fundamentals of covering up and staying safe: