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Learning Four Basic MMA Moves With an Elevation Mask
Whether youíre watching at
home or using elevation training to become the MMAís greatest fighter youíre
probably interested in learning some basic MMA techniques. Watching fighters in
the octagons punch it out is one thing, but actually learning their moves takes
tireless work and precise practice. Here are four basic moves that you should
add to your fighting arsenal.
A jab is the first move
that many fighters learn as they begin their journey towards MMA stardom. The
simplest explanation of a jab is that itís a straight punch to an opponentís
face. Yet we use jabs for much more than causing damage to our opponents. Jabs
can be used to draw opponents out of their cages as well as to hit them with a
final KO blow. Efficiently using a jab involves establishing a rhythm, decent
footwork, and knowing when to attack.
To the novice MMA
fighter or spectator a jab may look awfully similar to a jab. However, an
overhand punch is less frequently used than a jab, and resembles the trajectory
of a baseball throw than a straight punch to the face of an opponent. Overhand
punches are primarily used to overpower and do serious damage to the
opposition. To watch an overhand punch being executed with perfection look no
further than UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell.
The MMA version of the
round kick most closely resembles a muay thai round kick. By this we mean that
the kick is aimed to do damage to the lower part of the shin rather than the
chest or face. To execute a round kick youíll need to step and pivot on the
foot thatís most forward and thrust the hip in order to swing the kicking leg
in front of the most forward leg.
Throwing a Knee
A double-collar tie
finds its origins in wrestling and muay thai. It involves placing both hands on
the top of the opponentís head, one over the other with the forearms pinned to
your opponentís jaws. When you have control of your opponent youíll want to
create space by pushing their head down in order to make room for the knee to
the chest/face. Once the opposition has sustained a few knees to the ribcage
they probably wonít last for much longer. Cultivate your stamina in the octagon
when you train with
an elevation mask.
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