The more weapons you have in your arsenal, the more capable you are as a fighter. However, it can be difficult to hold that many techniques in your brain and body. It’s difficult for all of the techniques to synergize.
We all know the sayings “jack of all trades, master of none” and “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once but the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” How true are these statements?
If you want to learn as many techniques as possible, you must find the commonalities and patterns of all techniques. Once you’ve found and mastered those things, you will have incredible results. For instance, almost all kicks require you to pivot on your standing leg. Once you’ve mastered the pivot, you will be able to transfer that to those 10,000 kicks and thus learn them quicker.
Now check out the below Evolve MMA video and see what patterns you can find:
There are an infinite number of techniques in martial arts. However, the principles are few. There may be a million ways to setup knockouts, but the principle of the setup itself will never go away. This principle will remain true whether it’s a one-on-one fight or if it’s an army against an army.
If you master the principles, you will quicken your learning in all things. For instance, one important principle of generating punching power is weight transfer. If you understand how to shift your body weight to generate power, you can apply that principle to all punches. And because you’ve mastered the principle, you will be able to generate incredible power in almost all techniques, even ones you’ve not practiced much.
That is how important principles are. To continue your clinch training, let’s dive into the most important principles for the clinch:
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