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MMA and Self Defense Striking Tips

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The UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) and the sport of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) have proven that, against resisting opponents, there are techniques that will most definitely work. But, don't get the sport of MMA, confused with what will work optimally in an environment where there are no rules and your life, a family member’s life or a friend's is at stake.

In a street fight and self-defense situation, keep in mind that options open up, and different strategies can and should be used to come out alive. While fighting strategies in MMA and in a street fight/self-defense situation may have similarities, be aware of differences so that you can best apply the Martial Arts in a manner that will be advantageous and legal for you. Here are fighting tips from four Los Angeles MMA and Martial Arts experts.

James Poidog
Boxing and Muay Thai Instructor
TapouT Los Angeles

Striking for self-defense is different than MMA, since in MMA, fighters have taped hands and gloves to protect their hands. Even using a small, four ounce gloves is way different than using a bare hand. For self-defense, a closed fist works well on soft tissue, while you should alter the formation of your fist/hand to attack harder targets.

Due to the padding on your palm, open hand palm strikes on hard spots, like the face, work well without injuring or breaking your hand. Besides the formation of the fist/hand, striking mechanics are the same for both MMA and in self-defense.
In self-defense, targets will differ from MMA because of the rules. To gain an advantage in a self-defense situation, here is a simple rule of thumb: memorize the unified rules of MMA (especially the no hit list) and in self- defense, that's your go to list.

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Anthony Eisenhower
Brood 9 Martial Arts
Owner/Head Instructor

A quick striking concept that is utilized in MMA as well as Muay Thai is the notion of chopping the legs down. Strike the legs hard and fast and the fighter loses strength, mobility, footwork as well as their mental game.
You can use this same concept for self-defense instead of over extending your reach. That is to say, rather than going for facial features, strike at the legs. More specifically, the knees! Use full follow through of a thrusting kick to their knees to take out their mobility, as well as completely mess with their mental state. The less mobile an attacker is, the easier it will be for you to get away.

Brood 9 Martial Arts
6508 1/2 Arizona Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90045
www.brood9.com
310-679-1998

Vincent-Marco Duchetta
Owner/Chief Instructor
Ring of Fire Martial Arts Academy
Low kicks, those delivered below the waist are your higher percentage kicks. In a self-defense situation, strikes to the limbs should be directed against the joints. Also, since James covered the head, I will add that punching to the body as well as open hand strikes should be targeted to the floating rib (bottom one, not fully connected). This rib is fairly vulnerable to breaks and will be painful when struck.

Mike Baig
Submission Factory Mixed Martial Arts

I am primarily a striker, but on the streets, I don't like to strike much at all. If I do, it is to set up a control hold. You must be aware of consequences on the street. Many times police get involved, and if there is evidence that a trained martial artist caused damage, there can be trouble with the law.
I generally take on a passive fight stance where my feet are in position, and my hands are up in a seemingly surrendering position, but ready to strike. By doing this, any witness will see that I was "surrendering" with my hands up. This is universally understood as, "I give up".

This stance allows me to use palm strikes against shoulders and head to set up a control hold if necessary. But of course, the best street defense is to simply not be there. Therefore, I use my words to stroke the other’s ego into believing that they have already bested me, and slowly step away with my hands up and ready to use.

This has worked for me in many years of bouncing at clubs and bars. As far as MMA goes, there are many strikes and targets that are not used, for the most part. I like to use hammer fists on the thighs, inside and out. Also, a good strategy to utilize is punching and elbowing the biceps and shoulders to fatigue them. This often worked for me, and still works for my fighters. There are so many targets on the body. Don't limit yourself to the head and stomach.

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Los Angeles, CA
323-432-7474

Once again, these experts have stepped up with simple tips, that can go a long way to help you win an MMA fight, or come up on top in a street fight or self-defense situation. If you're in the Los Angeles area, and you're interested in getting into MMA, or you just want to learn how to defend yourself, contact them ASAP!

Self Defense, Martial Arts and Your Environment

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The UFC has popularized the sport of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). Many MMA techniques that are used in the UFC and other organizations can definitely be used in self defense situations.  But, what must be kept in mind is that the sport of MMA unfolds in a controlled environment with safety equipment, a referee, rules, and a padded cage or ring.  In a self-defense situation, these aspects will be absent. In a self-defense situation, the environment in a possible attack is of the utmost importance.  It can be used against you, or, you can use it to your advantage.  Check out some tips from a couple of Martial Arts experts in the Los Angeles area.

James Poidog
Boxing and Muay Thai Instructor
TapouT Los Angeles

Know your environment, for example, walls, fences, cars, curbs, etc. Each and every part of your environment can become a potential weapon. Imagine a throw to a brick wall or parking curb. Even if your assailant knows how to land, it's doubtful they've practiced on hard surfaces.

Using the environment to your advantage easily changes the game. Backing an opponent off the curb can not only throw off their attention, giving you that split second to attack, it can cause injury to those that are unaware.

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Vincent-Marco Duchetta
Owner/Chief Instructor
Ring of Fire Martial Arts Academy

The Grandmaster of my Hapkido organization used to teach us that when you are in a self defense situation, position yourself so that the tools of your environment are to your rear, or at an angle off to your side (corners of benches, walls etc). These corners serve as good surfaces to redirect your opponent into using a throw or twisting technique.

Bottom line, be prepared, use your environment, and defend yourself with purpose and conviction.

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Arcadia, Ca 91006
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(626) 445-7072

These self-defense tips are simple, but they are often overlooked.  Remember that using Martial Arts to defend yourself begins before any striking, throwing, takedown, choking, or joint locking movement on your part.  Setting the stage and using your environment to your advantage when possible, can make the difference between defending yourself successfully, or becoming a victim. 

Also check out,  Self Defense Tips - 3 Experts

UFC 153 Results - Full

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UFC 153 is going down in history as one of the most exciting events in UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) history!  The main fight card had six fights and five of those were stopped before a winner was left in the hands of the dreaded judges.  Demian Maia, Phil Davis and Antonio Nogueira finished off their opponents with a submission technique. Both Glover Teixeira and Anderson Silva finished their fights via TKO.  Jon Fitch vs. Eric Silva was the only fight to go the distance, but they made all three rounds exciting.  Here are the full results for UFC 153:

UFC 153 Main Card (PPV):
Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar
Light Heavyweight Fight
Results: Anderson Silva wins via TKO at 4:40 in the first round.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Dave Herman
Heavyweight Fight
Results: Antonio Nogueira wins via submission technique (armbar)  at 4:31 in the second round.

Glover Teixeira vs. Fabio Maldonado
Light Heavyweight Fight
Results: Glover wins via TKO (doctor stoppage) at the end of the second round.

Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva
Welterweight Fight
Results: Jon Fitch wins via judges decision (unanimous)(30-27, 29-28, 29-28).

Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado
Light Heavyweight Fight
Results: Phil Davis wins via submission technique (anaconda choke) at 4:29 of the second round.

Demian Maia vs. Rick Story
Welterweight Fight
Results: Demian Maia wins via submission technique (rear naked choke/neck crank) at 2:30 in the first round.

UFC 153 Preliminary Card (FX)
Rony Mariano Bezerra vs. Sam Sicilia
Featherweight Fight
Results: Rony Bezerra wins via TKO (punches) at 4:16 in the second round.

Gleison Tibau vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Lightweight Fight
Results: Gleison Tibau wins via judges decision (unanimous)(29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Diego Brandao vs. Joey Gambino
Featherweight Fight
Results: Diego Brandao wins via judges decision decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Sergio Moraes vs. Renee Forte
Welterweight Fight
Results: Sergio Moraes wins via submission technique (rear naked choke) at 3:10 in the third round.

UFC 153 Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Chris Camozzi vs. Luiz Cane
Middleweight Fight
Results: Chris Camozzi wins via judges decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Cristiano Marcello vs. Reza Madadi
Lightweight Fight
Results: Cristiano Marcello wins via judges Decision (split) (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

If you want to turn a fight fan on to MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and the UFC, fight videos and highlight videos of UFC 153 is the way to do it!  What were your thoughts on UFC 153? How high does it rank in UFC history as far as exciting events?

UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar Fight Pick & Preview

UFC 153 Silva Bonnar Fight Pick
The UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) returns this Saturday with UFC 153 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In an odd move by the UFC, the main event will feature UFC middleweight champion, Anderson "The Spider" Silva, versus light heavyweight journeyman Stephan "The American Psycho" Bonnar. Silva has very little to gain, and a lot to lose by stepping up a weight class and fighting Bonnar. In any case, I've picked 9 UFC main event winners in a row, and I'm not planning on getting this one wrong. Let's take a closer look at the fighters, and I'll make my fight pick.

Anderson "The Spider" Silva has dominated the middleweight division since his first fight in the UFC way back in June of 2006. In the UFC, he's won 15 straight without a loss and sports an overall MMA record of 32-4. Silva had a stint where he became very defensive and his fights were a bit boring, but he's picked up the pace of late, and has finished his last 4 opponents with 3 KO/TKOs and one submission.

Anderson Silva has a lot of tools and weapons in his MMA arsenal, but his deadliest is his pinpoint striking accuracy. If Stephan Bonnar plans on winning, he's going to have to solve that puzzle, but it won't be an easy task as other fighters have tried and failed.

Most MMA experts would agree that Stephan Bonnar is being fed to Silva as a test fight at light heavyweight, possibly to set up a super fight with Jon "Bones" Jones. Bonnar has had his ups and downs in the UFC and has become somewhat of a journeyman and gatekeeper in the light heavyweight division. He has an overall record of 15-7, but he has won his last three fights. While three wins in a row looks good, it hasn't been against the best competition. Kyle Kingsbury, Igor Pokrajac, and Krzysztof Soszynski weren't exactly the cream of the crop in the UFC's light heavyweight division.

In any case, a win is a win and Bonnar is a gritty fighter that can hold his own. In his 22 MMA fights, he's only been stopped twice (TKO's). He also has a fight were he went the distance with current light heavyweight champ Jon "Bones" Jones.

Unfortunately for Bonnar, holding your own and winning a fight are two different things. I don't think he has enough in his MMA arsenal to do what it takes to win versus Silva. Look for Silva to pick his spots, and pick Bonnar apart with his pinpoint accuracy.

Here's the video, UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar Extended Preview

Self Defense Tips -3 Martial Arts Experts

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It's been said that it's better to have and not need than to need and not have.  When it comes to self-defense, it's a good idea to have workable Martial Arts skills, both mental and physical, even if it's just the basics.  We've all seen what works in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) competition. Some of those skills, as well as a good head on your shoulders, can possibly save your life, a family member’s life, and or a friend's life. 

Recently I asked some Martial Arts experts in the Los Angeles area for some Martial Arts and self-defense tips for our Chingasos MMA readers.  Here they are:

Vincent-Marco Duchetta
Owner/Chief Instructor
Ring of Fire Martial Arts Academy

When you find yourself in a self-defense situation on the street, physical altercation should be your last resort. If "verbal judo" doesn't diffuse the situation and you are forced to go the physical route, make sure your technique is fast, strong and precise. Whether it is a punch, kick, joint lock or throw, commit 100% to it.

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310 S 1st Ave
Arcadia, Ca 91006
www.fightfitkickboxing.com
(626) 445-7072

Anthony Eisenhower
Brood 9 Martial Arts
Owner/Head Instructor

If caught in a situation that requires you to use physical self-defense, keeping calm and keeping a relaxed breathing pattern is extremely important (not always achieved). Also, think about points of control and breaking points on a person’s body. Any way that a limb shouldn't move, but especially joints such as the knee, elbow, ankle, etc., strike them hard and fast and make them move in the way they shouldn't move. Remember, there are no rules if your life is involved.

Brood 9 Martial Arts
6508 1/2 Arizona Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90045
www.brood9.com
310-679-1998

James Poidog
TapouT Los Angeles
Boxing and Muay Thai Instructor.
TapouT Los Angeles

The things I'd like to emphasize are the things we can do to avoid conflict well before it comes to any decision on engaging in violence at all. Situational awareness is a skill set used by both law enforcement and military to avoid or minimize possible conflict scenarios. How many folk walking to their cars, gym, or home at night are engrossed on their phones texting, etc. or lost in thoughts about the day? Even those who know better, do it. Simply engaging the mind on the now and scanning the field around you with eyes and ears can alert you to suspect individuals, groups, and environmental changes, giving you more time to asses and enact defensive movement or preparation. It's surprising, to me, how many of us don't do this, and how easy it is when trained.

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Those tips are simple, yet workable, and they can save your life, a family member’s life or a friend's life.  If you are in the Los Angeles area and you're interested in the Martial Arts for self-defense, contact one of these experts so that you can learn proper self-defense techniques.  Again, it's better to have and not need than to need and not have.


For another overlooked concept in self-defense and Martial Arts, check out: Self Defense, Martial Arts, and Your Environment