TRANSITIONING FROM ONE SPECIALTY TO ANOTHER


After making his successful transition from pure grappling to MMA, Garry Tonon is now a prime example of sport transitioning. . .

MAKING THE MOVE FROM GRAPPLING TO STRIKING

Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon is one of the senior members of the Danaher Death Squad and one of the best grapplers on the planet. And now, he is one of the most exciting prospects in the world.

Just last month, he won his MMA debut with a second-round TKO and even dropped his opponent with a perfectly timed straight in the first round.

How did a grappler become a successful striker? I believe it’s because of Georges St. Pierre’s legendary Brazilian jiu-jitsu coach John Danaher and his cross-disciplinary thinking.

But before we get into why, let’s look at Evolve MMA‘s highlights of the fight:


HIGHLIGHT: GARRY TONON VS. RICHARD CORMINAL


USING ANALOGY TO SPEED UP LEARNING

Garry Tonon plants a boot to Richard Corminal’s body. (Image courtesy of MMA Hits)

If you want to learn anything more quickly, you should make analogies to connect what you already know with what you’re learning. You’re simply trying to make connections by saying, “this thing I’m learning is like this thing I already know.”

For example, one of Danaher’s principles for BJJ is “control before submission.” By controlling a fighter, you limit the amount of moves they can make and thus the amount of moves you’ll have to defend against. The same idea exists in striking. Often, you want to corner your opponent and limit their options before moving in for the knockout.

Besides making connections between what you’re learning and what you already know, another way is to apply ideas from a subject you’re already familiar with to what you’re learning. For example, strikes are often thrown in combinations with each strike setting up the next. You can take this idea and apply them to takedowns. Each takedown should put you in a position where you can transition into and attack with another.

If you can make analogies and connect what you already know with what you’re learning and also apply something from what you already know to what you’re learning, you will quicken your transitions from sport to sport and skill to skill.

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Evan Lee
Evan is a gourmand of combat sports from Taiwan. He appreciates the beauty of Muay Thai movement and all other movements. He's got no rudder so if the winds blow northerly, he goes north. His goal is to achieve and appreciate.








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