Sumo for Mixed Martial Arts

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-11-01
  • Publisher: Ymaa Pubns

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Finalist - SPORTS 2016 INDIES Book Award


This innovative book demonstrates how the study of sumo wrestling techniques can benefit practitioners of modern mixed martial arts (MMA), as well as other grappling arts. Sumo, Japan's ancient martial art, has its own particular variations of MMA-style body locks, throws, and trips, among other techniques.

MMA competitors know their sport grew with the evolution of jujitsu, but many do not realize sumo can be seen as the root of jujitsu. Sumo uses distraction, angles, and leverage to steal an opponent's balance and take him down.

Sumo for Mixed Martial Arts focuses on kimarite, or winning moves. Knowledge of these techniques can allow competitors to catch their opponents off guard with unorthodox clinches, takedowns, and tactics. The author places special emphasis on how smaller players can defeat larger adversaries.
This book features

  • In-depth demonstrations of 48 sumo kimarite (winning moves) with step-by-step instructions
  • Over 300 photos
  • Case studies of famous rikishi (sumo wrestlers)
  • Discussion of sumo's development, rules, and training, as well as recent changes in sumo techniques

The author provides analysis of the three basic types of fighters in MMA and how sumo techniques and tactics can enhance their skills. He examines the fighting style of former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, who made highly effective use of sumo wrestling in MMA competition.
In Sumo for Mixed Martial Arts Andrew Zerling casts an ancient martial art in new light. He combines his decades of training with a passion for research. MMA competitors, grapplers, wrestlers, and fans of sumo will appreciate the author's analysis and attention to detail. They will also come away with a wealth of new techniques.

Author Biography

Andrew Zerling is a black-belt martial artist with over two decades of experience in a variety of styles. His work has appeared in the Journal of Asian Martial Arts and Black Belt Magazine with Brazilian jiu-jitsu master Renzo Gracie. Sumo for Mixed Martial Arts: Winning Clinches, Takedowns & Tactics is Andrew's first book. Andrew Zerling resides in Rumson, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

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Foreword by Stephan Kesting
Foreword by Michael DeMarco
Chapter 1: Sumo Wrestling Overview
Sumo History andPractice
Sumo vs. OtherJapanese Martial Arts
Professional vs.Amateur Sumo
Sumo's Winning Moves
Overview Conclusion
Chapter 2: Sumo Wrestling CaseStudies
Case Study No. 1:Mainoumi: “Department Store of Techniques”
Case Study No. 2:Akebono: Grand Champion, Yokozuna
Case Study No. 3:Konishiki: Ozeki “Meat Bomb”
Case Study No. 4:Terao: The “Iron Man” of Sumo
Case Study No. 5:Open-Hand Attacks
Case Study No. 6:Dominating Techniques
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Case StudiesConclusion
Chapter 3: Sumo and MMA
The Clinch Phase
The Over-Under Clinch
Why the Takedown?
The Complete MMAFighter
Top MMA Fighter: Lyoto“The Dragon” Machida: Sumo Expert
Top MMA Fighter: Roy“Big Country” Nelson: His Sumo Experience
David vs. Goliath
Physical Conditioning
Sumo and MMAConclusion
Chapter 4: Technical Photos Section
MMA Fighting Stance
Basic Exercises
Kimarite: Sumo'sWinning Techniques
Basic Techniques
Throwing Techniques
Leg Tripping
Twist Down Techniques
Special Techniques
About the Author

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