Archive for MMA Technique
MMA Technique – Closed Guard – Stopping punches and standing up safely
Being on the bottom sucks in MMA. It’s very important that you adjust your jiu-jitsu techniques so that they work when an opponent is trying to take your head off with ground and pound strikes. Here’s a video where I share a bunch of details that will help keep you safe in the guard position and allow you to work your way back onto your feet.
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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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!
I love techniques that work well in all aspects of training: Gi rolling, No-Gi and MMA. The technique I breakdown in the video below definitely fits that description.
It’s a great way to setup an omoplata position when an opponent tries to escape side control by under hooking and turning to attack your legs. You’ll find it very useful against opponent’s with a wrestling or MMA focused background. I’ve also added a sneaky and easy to use detail from the omoplata position that’ll help skilled strikers work back to their feet.
Check it out!
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” :).
Here’s my friend and training partner “The Ultimate Fighter: Canada vs. Austrailia” middleweight champ Elias “The Spartan” Theodorou (@eliastheodorou) showing some fundamental and useful details about ground and pounding from the top of the half guard. He’s demonstrating the technique on another excellent Canadian MMA Fighter, Alex Ricci (@alexriccimma).
Elias has a very strong top game consisting of great control and ground and pound. He’s also a great guy! Check out the technique breakdown video below:
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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