What is a strikers appoach to MMA? Well there are four basic situations that a MMA combatant can find themselves employing a striking tactic: Standup, Clinching, Takedown and Ground. Cung Le, Anderson Silva, Lyota Machida have formal striking backrounds in Kung Fu, Muay Thai and Karate. All three of these approaches must still deal with the situations mentioned above. Although all of these champions have grappling training their primary MO against grapplers is to knock them out; furthermore, as professionals few of them in their prime against top-grade competition have spent alot of time on the ground. There are 2 reasons why that separate these strikers from others without formal traditional training (outside of cardio-core- flexibility conditioning) they practice alot of form and they practice alot of applying form their sparring. These two general areas of traditional training teaches them a Sun Tzu, Lao Tzo maxim: Know yourself and know your enemy and win everythime in battle. To know ones self one practices many forms and to know others one fights many styles. When these fighters are observed it is almost like the fights were coreographed. They are illusive in defenses that are savage and intimidating and offenses that are calculated and deliberate. Even in transition from one posture to the other they are rooted, relaxed, explosive and accurate. From rooting they are found hard to takedown and they hit very hard. From relaxation they reflex action appears effortless. From explosiveness they sometimes freeze or get delayed reactions from opposition and from accuracy they make such reactions, or lack thereof, very painful. Not all but many opponents of these fighters find their sense of offense and defense impudent and ineffective. Do we as Fighters know that shadow boxing is a modern term for form practice; moreover, that the way we shadowbox is the way we will spar or fight? Most one on one battles could end up in a grappling situation that results on a clinch, takedown or ground situation. For the Striker the ability to cause damage at a distance or close-up is essential to controlling initiative. Ones form should do two things in sparring application: Uproot stance (Unbalance) and destroy fighting posture (Structure). Good grappling unbalances or takes the root or base of a fighter's stance: Takes away the houses structure. Good striking destroys the structure or (offensive/defensive) posture of an opponent which means calm mind, breathing, agility, intrinsic strength and finally fighting spirit is dissapated. Does our form work teach us this and moreover if it does do we integrate this in our sparring drills? There are 8 strategies and six directions of movement while appling these strategies that Masters Le, Machida and Silva have mastered: 1. They can unbalance an opponent and strike during the process 2. They can make an opponent miss and hit them when they do 3. They can press an opponent off of them when in a clinch 4. They can bounce out an opponent through pushing from a clinch 5. They can seemingly split an opponents guard 6. They can seemingly throw an opponent to the ground while maintaining balance. 7. They can continuously elbow and knee an opponent after applying any of the above six strategies 8. They can use their shoulder and back to strike and pound an opponent senseless. 9-14. They can do all of these things while moving forward/back, left/right, up/down and round-left/round-right. What do you think? Can we apply these skills in our own training regimines? Are they worth incorporating?