Duke Roufus offers suggestions for MMA striking

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My MMA Striking Observations IMHO

From: Duke Roufus's Profile" href="http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/mma.cfm?go=account.profile&user=200256" target="profile" class="ProfileComment-b">Duke Roufus
Edited: 10/24/10 1:09 PM
Roufusport Academy, Owner
Member Since: 4/7/05
Posts: 1508
 
I want to say the level of striking in the UFC has come up along way since 2005!

One mistake I see fighters make:

They only train offensive striking. Pads, Bag, maul your sparring partner, etc.

To me that is liking only training jiu jitsu subs without defense, position & transitions.

There is more to striking then hitting. A little goes a long way, behavior while getting hit at, defensive habits-blocking- checking-evasion, counter fighting, footwork, angles etc.

On a side note, since I train Jiu Jitsu it has help re-enforce my coaching style look at striking more like jj in reference to positions & situations more then just fighting hoping you land a strike.

Hope that makes sense to people.

Take care everybody

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From: nobones
Member Since: 6/24/03
Posts: 7806
Yep, lots of MMA fighters have subpar striking. This is a pretty old point for many years actually but when you got to be good at everything striking usually comes up as the last thing people improve upon. We are just in the last few years starting to see high level strikers like Machida, Shogun, Anderson, JDS be able to successfully adapt their striking game to be effective in MMA.

From: Duke Roufus
Edited: 10/24/10 1:19 PM
Roufusport Academy, Owner
Member Since: 4/7/05
Posts: 1509
 
nobones,

I would not say subpar just how to transfer striking from the ring to the cage. There are a lot things that you can get away with when little gloves & take downs are not involved.

I try to focus on re-enforcing mma habits whilst training striking. We train to be great MMA strikers not great Kickboxers if that sounds right. It easy to say you have a great chin, defense or legs kicks do not hurt w/practice gloves, head gear & shinguards on.

There no short cut. You only know it actually works with fight experience.

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From: BuddyRevell
Member Since: 1/15/07
Posts: 4545
One guy who I noticed has great defense to complement his offensive firepower is Jose Aldo. Duke, who stands out in this department in MMA in your opinion?

From: Duke Roufus
Roufusport Academy, Owner
Member Since: 4/7/05
Posts: 1510
 
Anderson
Shogun
BJ
Machida
GSP


Barry
Pettis
Belcher
Koch

To name a few...some more will come to me

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