For MMA, are there times you should be flat footed?

Discussion in 'Standup Technique' started by King BSP, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. King BSP

    King BSP White Belt

    Oct 14, 2013
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    I was training and my coach said in Boxing/Muay Thai you always want to be on the balls of both of your feet. Does this apply for MMA? I was watching Ryan Bader vs Keith Jardine and both of them were flat footed the entire time. I know they're not the best strikers but yeah.
  2. a guy

    a guy Black Belt

    Jul 26, 2012
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    Being on the balls of your feet doesn't literally mean you're up on the balls of your feet. If you try standing like that for any extended amount of time you're just gonna get tired and hurt. The point is to keep your weight off your heels, even when your heels are down. I always say this when this topic comes up, but a great rule of thumb is one heel up, one heel down--with the heel down on the foot that's carrying more weight.

    Watch Jose Aldo's feet. In my opinion he has the best footwork in the sport.
  3. doomy200

    doomy200 Brown Belt

    Jun 26, 2013
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    Lombard is a rare example, but he makes it work.

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