Boxing coach Kenny Weldon on the definition of boxing (at the 1 min mark)
My definition of MMA striking is based on Kenny Weldon’s definition of boxing: “Boxing is the art of hitting an opponent from the furthest distance away, exposing the least amount of your body, while getting into position to punch with maximum leverage and not get hit.”
After a follower on Twitter noted that many successful boxers prefer fighting in the pocket here is my revised version of the aforementioned definition:
“Boxing is the art of hitting an opponent from the furthest distance away or closing the distance to box at an advantageous angle, exposing the least amount of your body, while getting into position to punch with maximum leverage and not get hit.”
In order for me to expand and adjust this definition to MMA striking I had to include clinch fighting, fighting against the cage, ground and pound and combining strikes with takedowns or submissions. So here is my expanded definition of MMA striking:
MMA striking is the art of
a. Hitting opponents from the furthest distance away, exposing the least amount of your body, while getting into position to strike with maximum leverage and not get hit.
b. Closing the distance in order to strike from angles or to avoid taking damage
c. Getting the clinch or pressing against the cage to attack with dirty boxing and clinch fighting strikes in order to neutralize your opponents’ speed, power or reach and make them work while carrying your weight.
d. Getting takedowns when your opponents are expecting strikes and connecting with strikes when your opponents are expecting takedowns.
e. Delivering ground and pound strikes from dominant positions to punish and cut your opponents with punches and elbows to limit their vision, demoralize them and disrupt their breathing patterns.
f. Attacking with strikes from the bottom without exposing your limbs to submissions in order to create space, escape or get a submission.
g. Landing strikes when opponents open themselves up to defend submission attempts or getting submissions by isolating your opponent’s limbs when they cover from strikes.
It is essential in this series to get this definition. I will elaborate on all these aspects of MMA striking in future posts.