No matter what type of MMA you practice, you need a fighting strategy. It does not matter if you are doing this for physical fitness and exercise alone, or if you intend to enter competitions. If you want to get the most that you can out of the sport, you need an effective strategy backing you up. Not only will this enable you to get better at the discipline you have chosen, you will also do so safely and with minimum risk of injury. This is, after all, the most important aspect of the sport that you have grown to love. With that in mind, it is important to choose a mixed martial arts strategy that works for you, so consider the following information as a guide to doing just that.
Become a Sprawler and Brawler
If you tend to avoid ground fighting, this is a strategy that might very well work for you. This is a fighting technique that you will use standing up. You will strike the opponent from your feet and you will make use of sprawls to effectively defend yourself against any type of a takedown. If you like this strategy, you likely would also do well at boxing or kickboxing. Thai boxers and karate enthusiasts are also brawlers. To be effective, you will want to study the art of submission wrestling in order to keep yourself from getting into trouble when on the ground.
Some MMA fighters will try to take their opponent to the ground by using either a throw or a takedown. Upon doing so, you would then apply some type of a submission hold that is meant to force the opponent into submission. Submission is an important strategy in many different types of MMA disciplines including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Sambo, and others.
This is a strategy that involves the fighter using a clinch hold that is meant to keep an opponent from getting into a more distant striking range. At the same time, it is important to try a takedown and to strike the opponent throughout the process by using the knees and hands to create either a stomp or a punch. Wrestlers and judo fighters often use this strategy as a way to enhance their striking ability.
Clinch fighting is often viewed as a method that is useful to balance out the stellar striking skills that a standup fighter can bring to the ring. This also may prove useful in keeping a ground fighter from taking you down. Clinch fighting also makes effective use of the knees and elbows, which are fundamental tenants of the MMA fighter. Still others may use clinch fighting as a way to pin the opponent against either a cage or rope. When this is done, they gain control over the movement of the opponent, and this can lead to a quick pin if a recovery is not made.
The Ground and Pound Strategy
One other MMA technique worthy of mentioning is that of the ground and pound. This involves one fighter attempting to force his or her opponent to the ground by using either a takedown or a throw. This also involves getting into a dominant position that enables one fighter to then strike the opponent repeatedly with fists and elbows. This is often seen as the first step towards entering into a submission hold.
Choose a strategy that works for you and then strive to perfect it. This is how you will evolve as an MMA fighter. Remember to be safe and to know your limitations.