How many times have you seen a fighter take an absolute beating, only to land a ‘lucky’ punch and K.O. his opponent out of nowhere? My guess is a lot.
In fact, if you’ve ever sparred, you’ve probably experienced something similar. You’ll be landing shots feeling invincible, then out of nowhere, you feel a thwack upside your head and are left wondering what the heck happened.
I had to learn this lesson the hard way…
Back in my fighting days, I faced a tough Czech opponent in the main event of an MMA show in my hometown.
For just over six minutes, I was very comfortable, landing clean shots, countering his every move and on my way to yet another victory. Then out of nowhere, he landed a spinning heel kick and left me sprawled out on the canvas, concussed and wondering what the hell happened.
The reason I got knocked out, and why so many fighters in a similar situation end up face down on the canvas, is you put yourself in danger anytime you stand directly in front of your opponent.
Your opponent doesn’t even need to see you to score a knockout blow…
Don’t believe me?… Try standing toe to toe with your training partner and have them fire punches at you with their eyes closed. All you have to do is avoid their punches without moving your feet. If you do this for even just 30 seconds, I guarantee you’ll get hit at least once!
Whether you’re fighting Kickboxing, Muay Thai, MMA or Boxing, if you stand toe to toe, you risk getting KO’d.
That fight was way back in 2007, and it took me on a path of discovery that led to the creation of Ghost. Ghost is an elusive system of fighting design to allow you to hit without getting hit.