For the same reason that many people love MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighting, critics out there don’t like it: it’s a no-holds-barred competition with plenty of brutal beating. For some it’s very exciting, while for others it seems like some sort of barbaric sport. Whether you are leaning toward one side or the other, to really understand MMA and appreciate it, you need to know MMA combat basics.

One reason MMA is unique compared to all the other sports out there is that it combines many of the skills and tactics of a number of other sports. As an MMA fighter, you have the option to use techniques from boxing, free style and Greco-Roman wrestling, kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and more. With all of these styles possible in the actual sport, you’ll find it to be a fascinating and exciting sport to watch, and also an intense sport to participate in. As far as MMA combat basics, there are three basic types: stand-up, clinch, and ground fighting.

Within stand-up fighting, a fighter will train in punching, kicking, kneeing, and movement. He might rely on techniques from kickboxing, kendo, karate, boxing, kung-fu, etc. A stand-up MMA fighter relies on kickboxing because its fundamentals include both punching and kicking, and in the stand-up fighting arena, punching and kicking are a mainstay for the fighter. For a punch, techniques include the jab, the cross punch, the hook shot, and the uppercut. Kicks include the front kick, the roundhouse kick, and the side kick.

The clinch is an integral aspect of any MMA fighter’s arsenal. Since both sides will be doing their best to gain an advantage over the other, it becomes important to utilize a clinch. A clinch is basically like a grappling hold. This means one is trying to gain advantage over the other by pressing into the clinch hold, and usually one will get the dominant position. The clinch category also covers takedowns and throws, which are used as alternatives to the general combat moves utilized in stand-up fighting. Learning various types of wrestling is the best way to master clinching.

Ground fighting in MMA is also very important, because any submission happens here. If you don’t know how to force your opponent to submit, you’re in trouble. In order to master the ground game, fighters learn and master Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This sport focuses on submission and submission defense, so it translates well into mixed martial arts. Dominant ground control occurs when one fighter mounts his opponent from the side or the back. Without this, a submission doesn’t happen.

These are the MMA combat basics. While it might seem a little harsh when compared to other sports out there, it is also a fascinating blend of many other sports and fighting styles, which increases its appeal. If a fighter can successfully utilize all three MMA combat basics––stand-up fighting, clinching, and ground game––while also maximizing the strength and endurance of his physical form, he will be a tough contender. Next time you check out MMA, watch for all of this; maybe you’ll see why it’s such a popular modern sport.

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