October 01, 2007
There are three domains of fighting in mixed martial arts: fighting on the feet, fighting on the ground, and the transition between the two. Fighting on the feet includes moves and strategies from many different striking arts, such as kickboxing and Muay Thai. To take the fight from the feet to the ground, a fighter must be versed in arts such as wrestling and judo. Once on the ground, there are myriad techniques available to the fighter, from those of jiu-jitsu and wrestling to the infamous style of striking known as "ground and pound." Fighting on the ground is the ultimate combination of the striking and the grappling worlds.
Jiu-jitsu and submission wrestling strategy is drastically changed when striking is thrown into the mix. This is not a bad thing for fighters with those backgrounds, however, as a fighter with a command of wrestling will know how to achieve and maintain controlling positions, or what is referred to as "good positioning." From a good position, a fighter can capitalize on his ability to minimize an opponent's movement and his own ability to land strikes.
This month Traver Boehm will demonstrate two on-the- ground striking techniques, executed from side control. Traver is a professional MMA fighter whose specialty is fighting on the ground.