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.

Precision and Timing

The precision of the movements it is the accuracy of the projection of a strength towards a point in the space. It is the perfect control of its body to strike a target.

The precision can take 2 forms:

  1. Precision on a motionless target
  2. Precision on a mobile target

The timing it is the skill to choose the best moment for one action, a movement etc. The timing can multiply the strength and divide the effort required. We have to find the good distance, make the good movement, wait for the good moment and have feet placed well on the ground.

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The power of strike is not enough for the K.O.

In the world of the martial arts, the muscular power is an element to be considered but it is better to have a good technique of strike to cause a Knock Out. The skill of the athlete to send a strike on a precise target and the impact point surpasses the importance of the power of strike.

We can take the initiative to hit to provoke a reaction. We should always hit for a reason without indicating our intentions and not hitting with hope to touch. There are many elements we have to work to give to our strikes a precision which will have a maximum of impact with a minimum of effort: economy of energy, release the tension in muscles, increase numbers of targets and decrease their size etc.

In a fight, we are in fusion (relation) with the opponent who is in movement and who does not stay still. The person in front of you reflects what you are. We always have to be in movement by identifying and by following what is in movement. We constantly have to change (to vary), while being able to identify what is in constant change. Our posture has to allow us to hit from any position by keeping our balance. It is necessary to anticipate the movements of the opponent to adapt itself to its actions.

Impose the “tone” (set the pace) and the control of the distance are two manners to establish a good position to strike.

The fact of establishing a rhythm and of breaking the rhythm can allow us to hit at the right time.

In summary, we have to hit at the right time, at the right target and be in good position to have of the precision and the timing.

How to work the precision and the timing?

Speed-bag
Focus-bag
Tennis ball and elastic(rubber band)
Focus-Pad with a partner

MMA Conditioning Concept


There is 3 basic components you must include in a MMA Training.

1- Dynamic warm-up: This should be performed first. 5-15 minutes. It will increase cardiac output and blood flow plus an increase in muscle temperature. The intensity progress with the warm-up time.

2- MMA Specific workouts: There is multiple exercices you can choose in this categorie. You can perform “Hurricanes”, “Tabata training”, “Circuit training”…….. Any COMPLETE MMA program will include: stand-up, closing the distance, clinch, takedown and ground game.

3- Cool-down: This should be performed last. 10-20 minutes. Make its way from exercises to a state of rest at the end.