Mixed Martial Arts: Striking, Grappling and Ground Fighting Moves for Beginners with Radeem Rahman

Learn the basic MMA techniques for striking, double take down and mounting with Singaporean MMA Pro Fighter Radeem Rahman

Singapore professional MMA Fighter Radeem Rahman demonstrates a hook. PHOTO: SPORTPLUS.SG

Not everyone is a fan of martial arts, but mos people can appreciate how useful and important a lifeskill martial arts can be, particularly for women when it comes to self-defence.

Today we take a look at Mixed Martial Arts, a full-contact sport that incorporates techniques from various combat sports and martial arts around the world that involves striking, grappling and ground fighting.

Sounds too technical or convoluted? Not to worry, as we are here to help you out.

We dissect MMA into parts and learn a couple of beginner moves including striking, grappling and ground fighting with professional MMA fighter Radeem Rahman, who is also a trainer at Neue Fit gym.

What exactly does Mixed Martial Arts entail and how can you pick up MMA?

Striking: Jab, Cross and Hook

To begin with, for right handers, place your left leg forward and right leg slightly behind. If you are left handed, just follow with the mirror image.

The left hook is the third punch of the sequence and should see your four knuckles facing forwards or downwards at a 45 degree angle. PHOTO: SPORTPLUS.SG

Raise both hands and cup them loosely, placing them near your brows. When you throw a punch, make sure your four knuckles are facing forward and you are aiming for the chin.

Start off with a jab by stabbing your fist forward, leading with your non-dominant hand. This is known as your number one. As you throw your jab, turn your foot on your non-dominant side diagonally inwards as well.

Hosts John Yeong and Cheryl Tay executing the jab, cross and hook. PHOTO: SPORTPLUS.SG

Follow-up on your jab with a cross next using your dominant arm. Be sure to turn your hips to the left as you follow-up with your cross. Finish off with a third punch - the hook, where your knuckles are either facing forwards or downwards, ensuring that your elbow is bent 90 degrees or 45 degrees.

For the hook, you are looking to aim for the jaw, not the chin.

The double leg take down requires a level change first. PHOTO: SPORTPLUS.SG

Takedown Technique: Double Leg Takedown

A common move used in MMA, the double leg takedown throws the opponent off balance and renders the opponent immobile briefly for you to mount on and follow-up with more punches.

To execute a double leg takedown, first there needs to be a level change where you go into a half squat. Next you will lean your forward knee down onto the ground, before circling your other foot forward to propel you a step closer to your opponent.

Finish off by bringing your left foot out and driving it forward.

Following the level change, sweeping your foot in front and driving forward will make your opponent lose his or her balance. PHOTO: SPORTPLUS.SG


To complete the entire move, it will require you to mount your opponent. To do so, start off from the turtle position, which sees you lie on your back.

With your supporting arm out on the floor at a 90 degree angle, turn over ensuring your the knee of your dominant foot if facing the ceiling.

To execute the final step, or the mount position which usually follows immediately after the double leg takedown (see above), you are going to do a high stepover by bringing your foot across your opponent's body to straddle him or her, with your opponent on the ground facing up at this point.

Beginners looking to learn MMA techniques and martial arts fitness can do so at Neue Fit, located on the second floor of Kallang Wave Mall. PHOTO: SPORTPLUS.SG

To complete the move, throw left and right hooks at your opponent who is on the ground.

To learn more about Mixed Martial Arts or martial arts fitness in general, pay a visit to Neue Fit gym, which is located at Kallang Wave Mall, 1 Stadium Pl, #02-07, Singapore 397628.

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