MMA has been around long enough now that you can make a whole list
of moves that everybody should know and learn how to counter. Let's
call them the basics: Armbars, chokes, kimuras, leg locks, heel hooks,
side arm triangle chokes, etc.
Except for the few highly gifted grapplers, you mostly see the pros win
with basics, like triangles and let's say Hughe's armbar win recently.
The farther you go into grappling and jui-jitsu, the more complex and
technical the moves get of course. It's to the point where you're in
class learning multi-step leg locks that just look wicked when applied.
Luchidor prowrestling type stuff.
Now watching MMA evolve, most fighters are keeping it on their feet
with a new confidence in their standup game and not worried about the
ground, or just stand up as soon as they're near the ground. Black
belts are more prominent, yet there are wrestlers and strikers out there
who are not intimidated and either win or show a good fight against
Given the choice of breaking up your training time, what's more
important to you guys these days? Learning crazy highly skilled
submissions, or hitting the weights, working on your clinch and
This is coming from amateur level, so I'd like to hear both amateur
and pro's points of view.
Coming from an amateur level, I feel good at around a blue belt level. I
keep what I have, but spend a lot more time kick boxing and clinching.
I just feel like learning some of the advanced grappling looks cool, but
I will never use it in MMA and it takes away from other areas I need to