It seems that striking in MMA continues to improve and sometimes dominate. Holly Holm, former professional boxer turned MMA fighter, took out tough grappler Ronda Rousey with a well-executed and timed round house kick. She kept Rousey confused with excellent footwork and devastating kicks and punches.
Uriah Hall is an excellent striker in MMA too. He pulls off wild but well-placed spin kicks and round house kicks, fancy like a kung fu movie. He’s knocked out opponents with his flashy moves, something unheard of in the old days of the UFC. Consider these heavy-duty knockouts.
As I’ve stated before, these newer more experienced strikers are proving that kicks and punches are definitely effective in multiple-style, full-contact competitions. We are now seeing MMA evolve, proving that it is the training that counts, not even the individual or style; the fact that these fighters train for full contact, and with multiple ranges and styles in mind, shows that what really matters is the manner in which a fighter trains; whether their training is realistic and whether it accounts for both grappling and striking.
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These are exciting times in MMA history.
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In 1981, at the age of 11, I began training in Goju Ryu Karate at a local community center on the Central Coast of California. I trained there for about a year. In 1984, my family moved to Northern California, where I began training in Kenpo Karate under Professor Charles “Chuck” Epperson. I trained at Professor Epperson’s dojo for about a year. I left the dojo, but returned in 1994. I earned ranks up through second-degree black belt under Chuck Epperson. I tested for brown and black belts in front of Master Richard “Huk” Planas, first-generation Ed Parker Kenpo black belt. I taught classes at Professor Epperson’s dojo from 1998 to 2002. I have also taught private lessons for friends and family. I have training in Doce Pares Eskrima under Charles Epperson and have attended seminars by Master Anthony Kleeman and Grandmaster Cacoy Canete. I have also trained in DeCuerdas Eskrima under Professor James Muro. In addition to my martial arts training, I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, have worked in the Human Services field since 1996, and currently spend most of my time writing web articles.