Why Must You Learn To Grapple As A Striker
“I’m not the best. I just believe I can do things other people think are impossible.” -Anderson Silva
April 16, 2019
In a Mixed Martial Art Sport, learning how to strike is essential and could become the easier way to become the best. All types of skills from all around the world can be utilized in a small ring for no more than 30 minutes. The climax of this sport can be standing on your feet or taken to the ground. Most fighting artists favor and practice one field more over another which would ultimately make you better in that certain field. The addition of adding grappling to your arsenal can make you a better striker.
Striking is quick and with one simple intention and that’s to get your opponent on the ground without them getting back up. Strikers are fundamentally weaker on the ground. Taking this into mind, a striker must avoid making themselves open against a grappler by not over committing strikes or after a couple failed punches or kicks. But by performing these actions, you can’t utilize your full offensive striking power. And a confident striker is a lethal striker.
In order to combat your lesser offensive power, you must be prepared to take the fight onto the ground. By doing so, you can commit more into striking combinations rather than defending. These high risk actions could take you to the ground but in turn, it could end up being a reward by landing a clean strike to end the fight.
As a striker or a grappler, you may not be as well off on one field as the other. But with knowledge and the fundamentals down, you can perform at your best with full confidence and full commitment. Ultimately, this can make a fighter into a champion.