[Logical lecture] MMA World History Vol.3

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Until the heyday of strikers in the 2000s

Hello,this is logical MMA!

This time I will write the third volume of MMA history.
In the last lecture, I introduced the rise of mixed martial arts in MMA.

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This time I will explain the evolution of the grappler countermeasure technology.

In the 1990s, the rise of grapplers fighting in phase and ground fighting.

Since the rise of 1990s, the importance of grappling techniques such as knitting technique and ground fighting has increased, and in particular, the attack patterns of knitting technique and ground fighting have increased dramatically.

When that happens, the problem is kickboxing and karate-backed strikers. Nowadays,and MMA technical system has been built that allows you to master “hit, throw, and pole” regardless of the backbone, but that was not the case at that time, so fighters must rely on their own backbone technology to fight. It was common. For this reason, strikes who cannot handle grappling have been eliminated one after another, and in the extreme, the composition of “grapplers > strikers” has begun to appear.

Under these circumstances, the style of “not getting along with ground fighting” has gradually begun to attract attention among strikers.
This style will have a huge impact on later MMA, and has been adopted as a mandatory item in modern MMA.

There are two main styles of “not getting along with ground fighting.”

styles of “not getting along with ground fighting”
  1. “Takedown defense” technique
  2. “Stand up” technique

1.”Takedown defense” technique

The first is “Takedown defense” technique, which is a countermeasure when the opponent is aiming for a takedown. Nowadays, it is a common technology, but there were many developments in which strikers at that time were inevitably overthrown when they were aimed at takedown.

However, the striker is no longer easily taken down by wearing takedown defense techniques such as quickly turning the opponent’s side back, pushing it away, or putting his back on a corner or rope to withstand.

2.”Stand up” technique

Another “Stand up” technique is, as the name suggests, when you get into a ground fight, you stand up and stand up instead of staying in the ground state.
When the striker at the time was taken down, there were many developments where back was sticky on the mat and just hugged the opponent because of being afraid of ground fighting, but it’s just a makeshift.
However, the technique of pulling waist on the mat without putting the back on the mat when being put down on the ground and standing up in the buttock state has begun to spread, and the striker can easily escape from the disadvantageous situation even if it is taken down.

Easily strikers who saw these techniques include, for example, “Mirko Cro Cop””, ”Wanderlei Silva” and “Hiroyuki Takaya”.
What they all have in common is that the ability to take down is not that high, but the ability to take down defense is very high, and even if they are taken down, they will not allow further development and will stand up.It’s good at the ability to return.


left: Mirko Cro Cop, center: Wanderlei Silva, right: Hiroyuki Takaya

2000s when strikers who didn’t get along with ground fighting played an active part

In the 2000s, when the style of “not getting along with ground fighting” was established, strikers were able to demonstrate their strong batting skills without fear of ground fighting. Furthermore, by the time, the composition of “Grappler > Striker” was completely forgotten, and even “the strongest theory of Striker (not getting along with ground fighting)” came out.

For this reason, the grappler who can hardly hit can no longer play an active part in MMA after that.
On the contrary, kickboxers, Muay Thai, and karate-player have become able to play an active role in MMA, and this technique is positioned as a very important technique in modern MMA.

Last time (Volume 2), I introduced “Jiu-Jitsu, that is, the rise of Grapplers”, and in this third volume, we introduced “Striker’s heyday”. Then, what is the next movement you will see?
Please look forward to the next development of Volume 4 while anticipating!

Then tomorrow will be logical!