The Best Martial Art

Every fighter is unique

The fight is defined not only on the fighter’s technique. The beginners often have tendency to imitate their idols, their instructors and their partners. It is with time that every martial artist develops his own style. I think that it is important to explain that I want to tell by style first of all to tell difference between martial art and style.

Style: a particular manner or technique by which something is done, created, or performed – merriam-webster

It is easily possible to become confused with style (martial art) and style (way to practice it).

Strengths and weaknesses of different combat sports

I am conscious that there are several styles inside combat sports here are different combat sports (martial arts) with their strengths and their weaknesses.

Boxing:

  • Positive: Good Footwork, Good head motion, Good position of hands, Blows are very powerful.
  • Negative: Incomplete clinch, No defense against attacks on legs, No Grappling.

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Muay Thai:

  • Positive: Powerful kicks, Good clinch (Thai), Good variation elbow and knee in close combat, Good sweeps.
  • Negative: Narrow position of the feet (who becomes more vulnerable to takedowns), Variation of kicks often limited (round-house, push-kick), No works on the ground.

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Wrestling:

  • Positive: Very powerful, good control of the centre of gravity, Good takedowns, Good footwork.
  • Negative: Limited defense on the ground, No strikes, Stance is very low and very broad (prevents the speed of execution of the kicks – back leg), Absence of Ground and Pound.

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BJJ:

  • Positive: Very great work on the ground (attack and defence), very good for a more defensive style, efficient techniques to put an end to the fight.
  • Negative: Traditional uniform (for those who make of “Gi”), No Strikes, Stance which does not defend against striking, Absence of Ground and Pound.

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The styles which are adopted are the prisons of our expression

Although it is essential to learn the science of combat through a martial art (Boxing, Muay Thai, Struggle, BJJ), most of them have rules. With time, you need to be liberated from all rules to obtain a result near the reality of combat and so, to express your style entirely. A fighter with no style is an unpredictable fighter. It is not the technique which makes the fighter. There are martial arts that moves in straight line, others who move in a more circular way. They have their strengths and their weaknesses. Apply the qualities of each of them.

How do I develop my own style?

First of all, know yourself: temperament, capacity, potential. Which are your strenghts, your weaknesses. If you are small and quick, why not to study Manny Pacquiao’s boxing. If I am big and powerful, why not to look at the Fedor Emelianenko’s style. You will, with practice, develop your own style according to what you are. Always keep in mind principles such as science, simplicity, fun … to guide you.

A fight is a group of movements performed with the intention to beat an adversary. These movements are called techniques which consist in putting traps, in seeding confusion finally to put an end to battle. The fighter plans his actions by studying his opponent. He anticipates the movements of the adversary by provoking him to create one reaction. A complete fighter is the one who will be able to fit to all situations. Your style is defined by the way you move.

Simplicity in Martial Arts

In the world of martial arts, all fighters have their way to fight. More “the game” is complex, less the fighter can be expressed at full capacity. Put the ego aside, put our thoughts aside. Get overwhelmed by the present moment. If we think before the hit, it’s already too late. By being in the present moment, we can detach from our conscience and get rid of fear, anger, stress… ‘Méditation’ – ‘Flow State’

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In every fighting sport, boxing, kickboxing, muay thai, wrestling, JIU-Jitsu, mma, etc., we aim effectiveness of the movement. In the movement of the opponent, you can see its weaknesses. We take advantage on the position of his feet, the position of his hands, or the rhythm of the opponent and attack at the time deemed appropriate. By remaining fluid, without stress, relaxed, we can respond more quickly to the actions of the person facing us. Our actions must reflect his mistakes. We have to take full responsibility and accept the consequences of our actions by trusting our instincts.

Effective action will be defined in its simplicity.
example:-weapon closest on the nearest target

Act and not react. Keep what is works and set aside what is not working. What does not work on someone can work on someone else. That’s why we need to be able to adapt to any opponent matter his fighting style.

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The martial art is individual, all practitioners are different. Teaching is not fixed method, we need to adapt to the practitioner. For the teacher, know his student increases the chances of him showed what suits him, so he can speak as freely as possible. It’s like giving brushes, colors and technique to a painter that it creates its own painting. We teach the technique so that the practitioner is imbued with this technique so that there is no longer need to think before you perform the technique. The artist will be simple, spontaneous natural and authentic.

“In building a statue, a sculptor doesn’t keep adding clay to his subject. Actually, he keeps chiselling away at the inessentials until the truth of its creation is revealed without obstructions. Thus, contrary to other styles, being wise in Jeet Kune-Do doesn’t mean adding more; it means to minimize, in other words to hack away the unessential.”  –Bruce Lee

Ground and Pound 101

It’s very hard now to dominate opponents on the ground without throwing a single punch. You must now includes striking on the ground to make your MMA game complete. Ground and pound is a huge aspect of mix martials arts but there is no fighting style that teach how to execute proper ground striking.

Ground and pound is the ability to strike your opponent on ground in all positions: full guard, open guard, half guard, side control, mount, back mount, and turtle position.

While doing Ground and pound, you must:

  • Keep a good balance to have an advantage on the opponent and to keep him away from countering. Keep your stance wide, lower your center gravity and avoid the sweeps. Weight distribution must be in relation with a resisting opponent in constant movement.
  • Create Space to find openning and strike with power without to much effort. Posturing up can create space between you and your opponent. Creating space between you and your opponent allows your opponent to strike and to perform submissions. Stay alert.
  • Control your positions to get on top and throw a variety of strikes. There is many position to perform good ground and pound (full mount, half guard, the side mounted crucifix). Controlling your opponent arms or head can give you more opportunity to strike.

Positionning is the key to execute your ground and pound techniques. It create the space and the angle needed to strike effectively.

Here is a Ground and Pound drill that you can do alone with an heavy bag to improve your positionning. You can add as many strikes as you want 😉