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Mixed Martial Arts & Cage Fighting Basics : How to Sprawl in Mixed Martial Arts

Mixed Martial Arts & Cage Fighting Basics : How to Sprawl in Mixed Martial Arts


ED WEDDING: So I demonstrated on taking a
shot under his punches off of my punches. Now I’m going to do the same thing, I’ll do
it off my punches, I’m going to take a shot first and then he’s going to do what’s called
a sprawl, it’s defensive posture that he’s going to do by kicking his legs back and outing
his weight right onto my head, okay. So we’ll do it slow, I’m doing a one, two, I take my
shot, he’s going to sprawl out, yes. Okay, notice his arms, he can have his arms under
my arms, called the [SOUNDS LIKE] cow catch, okay? So he has better control of me, okay?
Once again, I’m going to do it one, two, take my shot, he’s going to sprawl out, with his
arms under my arms, underhooks what it’s called. He’s got underhooks under my arms, okay. The
reason being for the sprawl is look at his legs, I cannot reach his legs, all his weight
is on me now, this makes it very uncomfortable for the bottom guy. Okay, I really have no
options but to either circle him, get out from under him or back up again, stand back
up and start all over again, okay? So again, my objective is to take him down, defensive
objective is not to be taken down. Okay, so he’s the stand up guy, I’m the wrestler, I’m
trying to take him down, shh, shh, shh, he’s going to sprawl on me, bam! He’s punching,
I’m trying to take him down, there is his sprawl, okay? His legs are back, all his weight
was on top of my head, shoulder area to make me feel very uncomfortable, giving me only
a couple options which is either to circle around him, get out from underneath him, or
back up and stand back up and start all over again.

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50 thoughts on “Mixed Martial Arts & Cage Fighting Basics : How to Sprawl in Mixed Martial Arts

  1. Guillotine choke from the shot… why don't more people try that? I must be missing something. His arms appear to be in perfect position

  2. i think hes not going for the guillotine cause when u shoot u have your head against there chest and not on their side to avoid a guillotine

  3. Exactly! I try to put my forehead into the gut. Keeping your head nice and centered is so critical in MMA.

  4. Instead of staying on his toes, he needs to land on the blades of his feet. If the opponent can drive through it is easier to slide across the floor on the inside blades of the feet.

  5. If their knees are on the mat, you can't knee them in the head for an mma fight. But in a street fight, do anything lol.

  6. Not a bad idea, but you wouldn't be allowed to knee him in the head in mma. It would also be harder to put weight on them. but not a bad idea

  7. Kneeing someone in the face as they shoot in on you is much easier said than done. There's a lot of timing involved to get it just right, therefore it might not always work. Any well-rounded fighter worth his salt wouldn't want to rely on one method of defense against a given attack–hence cross training and the beauty of MMA. Sure, there are rules–but if you can beat someone in the cage, imagine what you could do to them without those rules.

  8. Remember that if your knee misses, he'll have a much easier time taking you down, since you're standing on one leg. It's risky to go for the knee. BTW, knees to the face are allowed in mma.

  9. I agree, I'm sick of saying this to people. People think that just because there are rules in MMA, that you would somehow feel compelled to stick to those rules if you were in a real fight.

  10. @b0ris360. Yeah, I completely understand the whole "you fight how you train" philosophy but training and fighting are also two completely different contexts. My older brother, who did 7yrs in prison and has plenty of experience in street fights has always claimed that your "killer instinct" is what helps you win a fight. I think that, in combination with skills learned through regular training, make for a deadly fighter. You don't need that killer instinct in a gym necessarily, but in a

  11. real fight, you do, and I think that's what makes the difference and allows you to toss those rules out the window in a real altercation.

  12. @Arcturistheballer I remember in '03 I got into street fight and dude grabbed my balls through my jeans as I was setting up a guillotine choke. He couldn't get a good grip because of the think jeans, he was squeezing and I was squeezing hia arteries shut.. I won the fight. My dick wasn't hurting much after wards. My adrenaline was numbing my body, his lack of 02 was numbing his brain.

  13. @neutrino78x You've obviously never had to defend a wrestling shot; its nice and comfortable to speculate from a computer chair isn't it. Wrestlers are some of the quickest and most explosive athletes in the world; hell you're a computer jockey, just look up some Olympic freestyle wrestling; it may change your mind.

  14. @neutrino78x in other words, your experience in TKD proves you've never grappled or sparred with any type of wrestler, much less a decorated folkstyle, freestyle, or greco wrestler. MMA wrestler jock vs Bruce Lee= Bruce will get taken to the ground immediately; no subs defense, no sprawl, no chance. (waving the flag of realistic, effective martial arts)

  15. @neutrino78x a headkick attempt just makes the takedown that much easier to complete, a knee, in certain situations can be a useful counter strike to a takedown, but its still not a high percentage technique. Wrestling is proven effective against skilled and quick fighters; unless you think guys like Thiago Alves, Kid Yamamoto, Belfort, Faber, and Manhoef are slow fighters with bad striking skills.

  16. @neutrino78x Exactly, Bruce Lee; a movie star and martial arts innovator; not a fighter. Steven Seagal; actor, who's never been in a legitimate fight. Plus, aikido is useless; there is a reason you only see demos of aikido, because applying said techniques in a live combat situation is just not possible. Mixed martial arts is not a fighting style, its an idea; an amalgamation of the most effective techniques of hand to hand combat, and the fact is certain styles and techniques aren't effective.

  17. @RebelWrestler45 Bruce lee was a fighter in fact his parent sent him too america because he got in over 194 street fights to the point were the local police threatened to arrest him if he fought again gangs ran the neighborhood he lgrew up in. rad up first beotch

  18. @kaliedoscopesharinga First of all, that's all heresay; but even if it is true, beating up some street thugs does not make you a skilled fighter. Kimbo Slice has several documented 'street fights', was supposedly undefeated in hundreds of street fights, and he's been systematically assraped by unranked fighters in professional MMA. In addition, out of all the hundreds of hours of training footage and demos that people have of Bruce Lee, there is yet a single clip to surface of him live sparring

  19. @RebelWrestler45 Its was the 1950's and 60's and do you know what heressy is its betraying your country. also he was questioned in his community in china for training white people in his gym so he had to fight a trained fighter from the place h used to train that DIDINT train non chinese he won, needles to say. i see what your saying BUT you are wrong.

  20. @kaliedoscopesharinga Firstly, heressy isn't a word; heresy is defined as willful contradiction of established doctrine. Hearsay (I misspelled it in my previous post) is an item of idle or unverified information or gossip. Bruce did compete in some 'full contact' tournaments, full contact as being defined as no punches to the face, no knees or elbows of any kind, no clinch, no takedowns, no chokes, joint locks, or other submissions, no……well, you get the picture.

  21. @neutrino78x-Actually Bruce Lee didn't like to use headkicks. One of the main principals of JKD is no high kicks.

  22. @RebelWrestler45-And in JKD there are sprawls, yes Bruce Lee knew what a sprawl was and in certain situations knew how to get off his back and even taught a lot of submission and grappling control techniques; especially in the clinch. An average MMA wrestler jock would probably get knocked out by Bruce Lee. His skill level in general is far above any average person. There is someone who was holding a focus mitt for Bruce Lee's straight lead and had their arm broken as a result.

  23. @ddog0804 i think first u should watch 'never back down' and watch how they prevent takedowns, its a movie. secondly, i think if they try goin for ur legs, u should try grabbing them near the waist and put them down, nd finish of the fihgt. sory if this aint much help 🙂

  24. I think the sprawl shown here is inneffective. The sprawler should be driving his hips out and having his legs farther back (if you butt is in the air, the person shooting can just drive through). The underhook will help with that, but it is better to drive your hips forward aswell.

    Cheers.

  25. this is a queston I have, if your sprawling and you get an advantage and your on top of him can you choke him out

  26. @dazmaster22 if his weight is still pushing towards you, and hes still around thigh height, you can try to go for a guillotine and swing your legs forward into guard

  27. When someone takes you down most of the time their head is down, so forget eye gouges. A knee would just make you off balance and let them grab your leg for a single. I'f the knee strike worked, they'd use it in MMA.

  28. I've been doing martial arts for 10 years and the was one of the most well said and intelligent things i've ever heard about martial arts. Epic respect.

  29. as a matter of fact, the minute they get into fight stance, snap-kick to the groin..from there its a million things you could do.

  30. Feet doesn't need to be planted because the person on bottom can work you back to your feet, you want your feet up so you slide and waste your opponents energy

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