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Why The Ground Game Matters? Top 3 Reasons!

Updated on April 16, 2012

The Ground Game Basics

The Ground game in Mixed Martial Arts, is one of the most miss-understood, and technical place in the cage. with fighting styles ranging from Judo, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, and wrestling, it is no shock that not many people under stand the ground game, or is also known as grappling.

Grappling and the ground game is referred to mostly ground fighting, where there are no strikes. when fighters are grappling a fighter may use, many different maneuvers that will allow them to escape,submit, or improve there position. some martial art styles use strikes along with there grappling moves.

Why The Ground Game Matters? Reason One

Every fight goes to the ground at one point or the other. The beautifull thing of mixed martial arts is that MMA is the closet thing to a real street fight because both fighters can attack while on the ground.

Every fighter most know how to defend him self and attack on the ground. Some professional fighters beleve that it is better to be a ground fighter then a stand up fighter because most fights will end up on the ground.

Grappling Styles

There are many different Styles of ground fighting, in many different parts of the world. below is a list of most poppular fighting styles

  • Shoot wrestling.
  • Catch Wrestling.
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Judo
  • Luta Livre esportiva
  • Greco Roman
  • Sambo
  • Free style
  • Fila Grappling
  • Wrestling.

Why The Ground Game Matters? Reason Two

you can end the fight on the ground via submission through joint holds,choke holds, and KOs through strikes.Royce Gracie was one of the best submission fighters to have ever stepped in the cage. he was one of the first along with ken shamrock to show that Submission fighters where tough and that they knew how to end fights.

Submission Fighters are very good at take-downs and throws because take downs and throws are just as important as a submission. a submission fighter will utilize take downs in order to get the fight to the ground so they can implement there strong points and use the ground game to subdue there adversary.

Grappling Submissions

Submissions can mean a number of things, chokes,locks,cranks,and joint locks. Below is a short list of names for some basic submissions.

Submissions And Grappling Locks.

  • Can Opener
  • Crucifix
  • Twister
  • Neck Crank
  • Spine Crank
  • Americana
  • Arm bar
  • Hammer Lock
  • Kimura
  • Omaplata
  • Anaconda
  • Triangle arm choke
  • Gi / Cross over choke
  • Guillotine choke
  • Rare Naked choke.
  • Ankle Hook
  • Knee Bar
  • Toe Hold

Why The Ground Game Matters? Reason Three

Damage and ring control is the third reason why the ground game matters. if your able to control your opponent on the ground then you can get in too a better position to end the fight.

If a fighter can control the fight on the ground then he has a better change to end the fight and or do damage through strikes. also controlling the fight on the ground looks very good to the judges. in Mixed Martial Art bouts fighters are also being judged on there performance on the ground as well as on there feet.

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