Archive for November, 2010
If you’ve ever been hit hard in the head in a real street fight, then you know that the slight concussion from the blow can completely disorient you, at least momentarily. This can result in dizziness, nausea, and potential fainting, all of which can put you and your loved ones at risk as your aggressor takes advantage of your weakened state by following up with an even more vicious attack. This confusion and disorientation is compounded even more when you’re the victim of a “surprise attack” that comes out of nowhere.
Most people, after getting punched and disoriented, will just curl up into a ball and pray for the beating to stop. However, this just makes you an easy target and you can typically count on further, more damaging punches and kicks while you’re lying there. You can’t afford to count on mercy from your attacker.
Since the beginning of no-holds-barred fighting, the rules have been evolving. Early on, strikes like head butts and head stomps were allowed and were quickly discovered to be too dangerous to use in a sport fighting environment. If you want to know what works to incapacitate an opponent, look no further than the list of fouls for the Unified Mixed Martial Arts rules. The list includes fouls more specific to the sport environment such as unsportsmanlike conduct or disregarding the instructions of the referee, but here are the ones that relate closest to close quarters combat or self defense, with notes on usage included. If you actually like and enjoy your training partners, please restrict yourself to using visualization to practice these techniques.
Photo from The Sun.
MMA striking can often look very different than boxing or kickboxing striking, and it can even differ quite a bit from what you might see in traditional martial arts. I’ll hear fans talk of a lack of precision or conventional boxing form in the punching, a perceived lack of conditioning by the fighters in later rounds, or that is hard to tell what is going on when ground striking is employed. Here are 3 major factors that contribute to these perceptions.
The hold down position is the one most effective bottom guard positions to be in; whether it is a MMA fight or a Self-Defense situation.The hold down position allows you to to control your opponent’s posture, body position, and easily transition to a variety of submissions (if MMA), joint breaks (if Self-Defense) or get back to your feet.
The man demonstrating in these is 3rd Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, American Top Team MMA Trainer and MOST importantly my jiu-jitsu teacher: Luigi Mondelli.
These videos go over the basics of securing the hold down position, as well as 2 simple submissions and finally how to get up from the position.