Strike Thought

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Inspire Technique

Welcome to my blog where I bring you in-depth concepts and breakdowns of technical MMA skills with a primary focus on stand up. With my combat experience and eye for detail, I do my best to bring you thorough breakdowns with an emphasis on strategy and technique. I’ve received lots of great feed back from various MMA communities where fighters and fans have enjoyed my content, so I hope you enjoy it too.

If you’re interested in bettering your striking ability or just learning about your favorite fighter’s signature habits, this place is for you.

“Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.”

– Bruce Lee

My list of breakdowns. (It’s best to view my work on a PC as the gif images will load better).

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My work aims to highlight the fighters’ craft to build appreciation for their skills. These breakdowns are for educational purposes and looks to follow WordPress’ guidelines for fair use. I spend a lot of time studying fights from various perspectives, so it takes me a while to cover matches. If you enjoy the work, it’s very much appreciated if you share with your fellow MMA enthusiast. I enjoy breaking down styles of fighters who are difficult to understand, so if any of you have a request for me to do the same for any other fighters, give me a message (I”ll see what I can do).

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Recent Breakdown Discussions (not always updated)

Content Journal

  • 5/22/2017 Been very busy lately, but once I find time, i’m really looking to cover Aldo vs Holloway, Gaethje vs Johnson, Joanna vs Adrade, Swanson Vs Lobov. 
  • 1/5/2017 spent a lot of time watching the fight, taking notes for Cruz vs Garbrandt. aiming to do Dillashaw vs. Lineker. I want to stop breakdowns for a bit to do a few strange pieces on physics and freakshow fights, but I can’t help it when good fights show up.
  • 10/11/2016 alrighty, just finished writing about Bisping vs Hendo. Proofread it once. I need to go back and do a better job of correcting my trash editing skills. Don’t know why I keep making such silly mistakes. Maybe I’m just too punch drunk.
  • 8/8/2016 back from vacation. Drank too much but i’m ready to return to a humble life of work. Lost my journal of everything I’ve written about fighting through the years. So heartbreaking but i’ll have to use my head to replicate all that knowledge. Back at this again and hoping to do some more writing about fighters and fulfill some request from fellow fans who enjoy my work.
  • 7/11/2016 finished Aldo vs Edgar 2. spent too many hours on this piece. Five round fights sure take forever to breakdown. Studied the fight, took notes, made examples, wrote a structured outline, put everything into a final piece on wordpress, watched my browser crash and forced to start over again (as usual). Time to rinse and repeat for Dillashaw vs Assuncao.  Aldo vs Edgar was a bit easier since I’ve written a little bit already about Aldo’s encounter with Edgar in the past.

Short background: I picked up kickboxing after high school (about a decade ago or so. can’t recall the exact time) and migrated my focus between boxing and Muay Thai to develop a diverse sense of range, rhythm, footwork, etc. Any time I spend training is usually spent at MMA gyms now to focus on broader disciplines. It’s an ongoing process I’ll continue to enrich my martial arts journey. I’m happy to share what I can to help enrich your journey as well.

35 thoughts on “Strike Thought”

  1. Was just sent here by a friend, beautiful work! Really enjoyed it, do you have a Facebook group or account posting this? I don’t have twitter

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    1. For sure. I appreciate his skills. I have notes accumulated over the course of several of his fights to show some of his signature habits. Just haven’t found the right timing to write about it yet.

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  2. can’t wait for dominick/urijah article…
    You should do a Rory Mcdonald/Stephen Thompson too 😉

    Keep up the good work, love what u do!

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  3. Great work man I discovered your posts looking for Dominick Cruz and TJ Dillashaw’s footwork , can never get enough of that

    Could you please do the following :
    Giorgio Petroysan: (I usualy fight in a stance oppisite to my oppenent so I try to study Giorgio

    Nieky Holzken: i like liver shots and the guy is good , his set ups would be appreciated , finding ways to set up the liver kick , that would really help ,

    Mighty Mouse : If you feel he can add to your readers as much as Cruz or Dillashaw , the guy is good but how good is his footwork

    Last thing if my lead foot is outside my oppenents

    Is it wise to jab , i feel weird doing it , as i have to twist towards them then jab

    But if i place my lead foot in the jab feels natural , but when i wanna follow up with a cross do I throw it with my lead foot on the inside of my oppent’s lead

    Or do I simply drag my foot across there lead foot so i get the dominant angle then throw the cross

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    1. thanks for your comment. What you’re describing is a bit hard to picture, but as a general practice, it’s good to step outside of the opponent’s lead foot when you’re a southpaw fighting an orthodox fighter. If you use proper footwork, your body should be aligned to fire the cross right from the stance. See these examples below:

      Example

      Notice as Petrosyan steps outside the lead foot to jab, his rear foot slides over to adjust his hips where he’s aligned to fire the cross. His lead foot remains outside the opponent’s lead foot. You just have to adjust the back leg in order to align your linear strikes.

      Example

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  4. Hi, I know i already asked you for Doo Ho Choi but I honestly hope you will make McGregor vs Alvarez breakdown, i know Conor was again doing something suspicious with his timing but i Dont understand what, i watched closely for THE examples of his Hand fighting a manipulation of rhytm, but i didnt spot it, it was something different, please i hope you will in the future find some time to explain.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback my friend. I appreciate the comment and made sure to cover your request about Conor’s left hand in my recent breakdown of that fight.

      As for Doo Ho Choi, I’m still debating about finishing this piece. We’ll see how he does against his next opponent.

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  5. I have to say is good work and keep it up. It would be cool if Lawerence Kenshin and you paired up to do a strike analysis. You both seem highly skilled in analyzing the stand up game.

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  6. Thanks all my wishes came true. I know you have a lot of work with the articles you plan to release. However i have been repeatedly watching your Dos Santos breakdown and later watched Mcgregor fight with Dustin Poire. Tell me do you see what I do? Dos Santos kill the rhytm of Rothwell with feinting the jab and then exploiding the defensive pattern with cross, lead hook or real jab and i just watched the highlight of Mcgregor vs Poirer and i find his strategy the same as Dos Santos´s or am I wrong and he did difefrent things? And one more question…when you intend to follow the jab with cross is it better to use flicker jab or throw hard jab? Because I watched some Tommy Hearns and he had an amazing right hand so do you think that for sake of the momentum of the right hand it is better to use a flicker jab, because Mcgregor mostly flicks the jab as well and knocks quys with his left. Really appreciate your reply and admire your work.

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    1. It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed Dustin vs. Conor fight, I think they could be similar.
      As for using a flick jab or hard jab, either should work fine. I don’t think either are wrong answers. The most important tool to use is the one that lets you get the job done, and that can easily be either jab styles, as long as it can disrupt their rhythm. As far as generating momentum, the cross generates momentum independently from the jab, which is why you see Conor able to generate lots of power despite using a flick jab. So either styles won’t necessarily affect the cross.

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  7. Hey Buddy Loved your Connor Mcgregor vs Eddie alvarez Left hand articles

    If you could do something on The Traditional Martial Artists more like comparing Lyoto Machida , Stephen Wonderboy Thompson , Micheal Venom Page , and Yair Al-Pantera Rodriquez

    I saw your write ups on Wonderboy nothing to make your mind open up like these articles on Dynamic Strikers

    p.s Georgio since he isn’t active as of late maybe that could make you compile a good write up ?

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  8. Hi i have got a question, I have just watched Mcgregor vs Max Holloway and his tricks when he gets him to hand reaching and then breaks it with jab through the guard or hook around the guard and i couldn´t see very well if he while using his hand fighting tricks always tries to estabilish his lead foot dominance or if again fighter with almost same reach it is better not to. Thanks if you could explain to me his lead foot dominance.

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    1. Max generally moves laterally when going on the offensive, even after hand fighting. He naturally moves outside the lead foot as a result. Using lateral movement is a common principle fighters follow when going on the offensive against fighters of any size. It allows you to bypass strikes doing your centerline.

      I have more examples showing his footwork to demonstrate his movement outside the lead foot against fighters like Pettis and Lamas.

      Example: Max moving outside the lead foot

      I’m going to try to get around covering his fight against Pettis then move to do a piece about Max vs Aldo, their footwork and how they match up.

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  9. yeah and another question while simply hand reaching is it always important to try to get your lead hand into the top dominant position even if i don´t want to imediately parry it down. Thanks for your answers

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    1. You don’t have to necessarily get top hand control when hand fighting. Some fighters will simple hand-reach just to measure and/or bait out their opponent’s hand. It’s sometimes used as a way to control where they want the hand to be. You’ll notice that some fighters don’t even touch the opponent’s hand.

      Be careful of getting the opponent getting the top hand control. You’re usually left to surrender your reach because you’re left having to reset by retracting the hand. You could reset by moving back out of range, but if you’re pinned close to the cage, you won’t be able to re-position and will be stuck in striking range. There’s an example of it in my piece on McGregor vs Alvarez.

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  10. Thanks i really appreciate that, another question while breaking the hand reaching with jab throught the guard or lead hook around in southpaw vs orthodox is it always important to estabilish lead foot dominance or when i break the hand reaching it doesn´t matter where my lead foot is? It kinda confuses me. Thanks for your advices.

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    1. The best answer I can give you is that fighting is an art. You can take whatever creative direction you wish to take. If you can create the rhythm and produce the scenario for opening up chances to land your shot, you can do whatever you like. Just be aware of the benefits you acquire from good positioning.

      If you know you can breach through the hand reaching to connect your shot without getting the lead foot dominance, than go for it. I personally like to keep my movement lateral and take the lead foot dominance. If for some reason they happen to attempt a simultaneous counter while you breach through, that dominant positioning will be your first line of defense in case things go wrong. As you move outside their lead leg, it makes it harder for their counter to connect.

      I don’t want to say you always have to move that direction because it’s possible to move into the inside angle as well if you know how to manipulate the range and have solid technique. Moving to the outside angle is generally a good tactic.

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  11. Hi, just found your work and learning a lot so thank you for your knowledge. Also, may I ask what your thoughts on mighty mouse are?

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      1. Do you think there’s anything in particular that makes his striking unique, or is it only just his well founded understanding striking that makes him successful? And also what do you mean his approach has changed? Growth in striking and iq is evident but I’m not sure I quite see your point of a changed approach. Thank you for replying!

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      2. His striking use to resemble an approach similar to Dominick Cruz. He was small for bantamweight and had to rely on his technical ability to do damage and escape it. Now he’s in an appropriate division where he doesn’t have to worry about being undersized. He’s more willing to take the fight everywhere and do more work on the inside now that he’s less likely to be at a physical disadvantage.

        What makes him so good is his versatility. He change change rhythm so frantically on opponents and adapt according because of it.

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  12. Do You like to fight in an Orthodox or Southpaw stance more

    I usually fight in a stance opposite of my opponent no matter what he picks ?

    I am just sold more on the benefits even though I can and do switch mid fight

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  13. I did that because I noticed most great or interesting strikers were Southpaws , I researched it a little and joined the Bandwagon as it seems smarter to me

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