How Can You Win With Striking In MMA?

The following are some of the Foundational MMA Striking Principles taught by the Dauntless MMA Chief Instructor Allen J. Sachetti in Newark, Delaware.

#1 – Don’t Strike with you head straight up and chin exposed. Always Shoulder Tuck when you are Offensively Striking. There are so many examples of MMA Fighters loosing because they lack this very BASIC fundamental in their striking.

A recent example would be the Dustin Poirier Vs Michael Johnson UFC Fight. Dustin came in Striking very aggressively BUT SLOPPY, he left his Head Straight Up and shoulders down  and got KNOCKED OUT easily.  When you hit people they will HIT YOU BACK!! You can fight men who are bigger, stronger and more rugged if you master this ability.

MMA Striking Jab

The Dauntless MMA Jab Is Devastating

#2 – Don’t drop your Punches to your waist after you strike but come right back to your high guard. If you were clearing a house with a Pistol would you keep it up on target as you moved or drop it down to your waist? Of course not. This is especially important in very close quarters exchanges.

By using the High Guard to fire your punches  & elbows from there you are “quicker to the target”  and by always returning your hands back to this Guard once you have struck you also enable your “Counter Offense” ability to be present.


#3 – Slipping & Fighting With Your Hands Down – This technique certainly has it’s place in MMA Fighting but it requires a heightened, developed sense to feel your opponent’s intentions before he executes them.

You can use this Technique to make your opponent feel he can hit you to then draw him in and make him miss as you fire back when he is extended BUT be careful if you use it too much it too can become read and countered. Look at Anderson Silva getting knocked out by Chris Weidman. So this Technique should be balanced along with your High Guard and Counter Offense ability.

MMA Slipping Of Strikes

Josh Slips & Hits In Live MMA

#4 – Strike from a relaxed state to accurately hit your target and HIT THREW YOUR TARGET WITH POWER. Whichever style you adopt do NOT bench press your strikes. POWER comes more from cracking the whip than forcing your blows.

Because MMA allows Grappling your Striking can be interrupted at any moment with a Tight Clinch or Low Shoot on your legs. That is why when you do connect you want to make sure there is some return for the investment.

Dauntless MMA Flying Knee

Dauntless MMA Flying Knee

#5 – Learn how to also use VOLUME. Power is great but Sharp, Accurate, Repetitive Strikes can also overwhelm an opponent with VOLUME. Sometimes there are men who simply more durable than you. They can take more so you have to GIVE THEM MORE!!

This of course will make the next section in the list very important to you. Because if you cannot prevent the Clinch or Shoot it becomes very difficult for you to maintain any kind of consistent volume on your opponent.

#6 – Understand Anti-Wrestling – OK, this is my term but before you judge it come and see exactly what it is. You see I have aggressively run several MMA schools for the last 30 years and being in the North Eastern United States it was “Wrestling Central”. I have had numerous 2 Time All Americans and other very accomplished Wrestlers come in an out of my place for years. In addition I have been grappling and MMA fighting with them competitively for over 30 years, even to the point of wearing out some of my joints to need a metal replacement.

That being said “Anti-Wrestling” is vast but in MMA you particularly need to be able to deal with the World Class Wrestlers “Clinch and Shoot”. When you have a master Greco Romanist applying a Clinch so tight it feels like a skin graft you may begin to understand that you cannot try to run away or lift up and push on his face. NO you must apply a “Direct Counter Energy” through your body at his bodies exact “Point Of Contact” where he is applying energy to you.

It is the same in the low shoot. Every Wrestler has a point of contact where he drives and transfers energy to try and get you down. It is only by meeting him at this point and applying my own correct courter energy that I can destroy his intentions and turn the move against him to capitalize in my favor by reversing him or creating space to free myself.

This is crucial. In MMA you must expect the best, most world class Clinches and Shoots because Wrestling is a big part of all Gyms now.

MMA Clinch Fighting

Dauntless MMA Clinch

#7 – NEVER STRIKE OUT OF BASE – this really is part of #6 but it is important to note that you cannot train in a traditional Boxing or Thai Boxing way and then expect to win at MMA. That is because their base sucks.

You have to learn all of your movement and striking from a proper MMA Base. You cannot get into Base after someone Shoots on your legs, you must already BE IN BASE before he Shoots. This is not hard to learn but it takes an appropriate amount of time to develop.

#8 – USE THE JAB!! Probably one of the most neglected things in MMA but the Jab can interrupt,  break timing, set up your power and  really DICTATE THE FIGHT. There are several kinds of Jabs but at Dauntless MMA we make very good use of the “Lancing Jab” and the “Snapping Jab”. Both are very useful for wearing down the opponent and messing up all of his attempts to get things going on you. A good example of this was the Nate Diaz Vs Michael Johnson fight in the UFC.

Look how Nate used his Jab to really dictate the fight to Johnson. He messed up his timing, constantly interrupted him and really out classed him. Johnson was a younger, faster striker too, but Nate made him look inferior.

#9 – COORDINATE ELBOWS – too many people today see the Elbow as an independent blow or they understand it only from a Muay Thai perspective alone. They throw it wider from a farther range as a singular strike.

Well having a tremendous Filipino Dumpag background I know a lot more about Elbows than that. They can be thrown much more powerfully and at a greater rate of succession if you know what your are doing. At Dauntless MMA we link our Elbow Strikes fluidly in and out of Punching Combinations and we deliver a lot more DAMAGE with them.

#10 – UNDERSTAND COUNTER OFFENSE – This is really the most unknown area in MMA Today. Counter Offense is not slipping or blocking strikes but instead actually “attacking them”. Christ Weidman was the first that I saw to use a Filipino Destruction in MMA.

Look at the 2nd Anderson Silva Vs Christ Weidman MMA Fight in the UFC. Sliva stepped in to deliver a Rear Round Kick from an Odd Lead and Weidman did not retreat to avoid it but he moved into it to “attack” Silva’s Shin with his Knee and he snapped Silvers Shin IN HALF!! That was what is known as a “Destruction” and it comes from Filipino Dumpag.

Dumpag is my specialty and I have developed a way to enable MMA Fighters to properly work it into their fights. This is something we work uniquely at Dauntless and in future years it will make our Fighters will really Stand Out!!

Dauntless MMA In Newark Delaware

Dauntless MMA In Newark Delaware


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MMA Team Try Outs – No Weasels Or Whimps Need Apply

Dauntless MMA Gym in Newark Delaware is looking for young men ages 18-24 who can commit to a serious 12 month regiment of training Monday to Thursday nights 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM and attend MMA sparring sessions on Saturdays from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

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Those who can maintain this regiment with sincere resolve will be developing amazing Skills and Conditioning for Movement, Striking, Shooting, Clinching and Counter Offense in the MMA Stand Up. Plus Adhesion, Counter Adhesion, Take Downs, Compression Strikes and Submissions in the MMA Clinch.

All of these Skills will be rounded down with the most impressive MMA Ground Game on the planet to enable Guard Destruction & Passing, Position Control, Ground & Pound and Submission in the MMA Ground Top and Framing, Prevention, Difusing & Escaping for the MMA Ground Bottom game.

AT THE COMPLETION OF THE 12 MONTHS or as soon as you are ready we would like to begin arranging  Amateur MMA Fights for you at some very special promotions in Philadelphia.

If you have the ability to DEDICATE yourself to training without crying, complaining or making excuses and you WANT to fight MMA we are waiting for you.

CALL 302-743-3115 if you are for REAL!!

8-12 Months Training

Begin Amateur Fights At Reputable Event

Develop A Record Of 7 or more Amateur Wins of significant peformance

Begin Pro Fighting

Develop Winning Record

Begin Marketing And Management For UFC.

Dauntless MMA Chief Instructor Allen J. Sachetti has an amazing depth of skills in Striking, Counter Offense Stand Up Grappling, and Ground Grappling. Beyond his expertise in Striking, Wrestling and BJJ he also has developed from Pekitit-Tirsia Dumpag uniquely effective material that really gives his fighters a serious advantage.

Josh Knee Bar Russel LongIf you have the heart and drive to seriously pursue your very best, then give this man a call. Right now he has a very good relationship with several promotions in Philadelphia that are regularly attended by UFC people. HE WILL BUILD FUTURE CHAMPIONS, the only question is, WILL YOU BE ONE OF THEM.



BJJ Professor Allen J. Sachetti Gets A New Shoulder

In 2006 Second Degree BJJ Black Belt Allen J. Sachetti had gone to Brazil to improve and refine his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at an intensive training camp run by Professors Luiz Palhares and Cladio Fontes. It was excellent all day training with several 3 Time World BJJ Champions. Allen went from 230 to 205 during he trained, rolled and competed with the best in world for Brazlian Jiu-Jitsu.

Upon returning to the States Sensei Sachetti went right back to his school to teach but he noticed a distinct pain in his left shoulder. Upon a seeing a Doctor he we was met with heart breaking news. His left shoulder had some of worst Arthritis ever seen by medical science. The ball part of the joint had been completely worn down so that it was flat and there were massive amounts of broken loose pieces of bone in his arm.

He had an acromioplasti in 2006 but it did really little to help and in fact made it feel worse. The Doctors advised that he needed a shoulder replacement but he was too young. That the materials they had then would just wear out and he would need to be back every year for another one, which of course the body cannot do.

Sensei Sachetti was advised to retire from BJJ & MMA, but he was reaching new heights in Skill Level and Conditioning, not to mention there were so many students counting on him to teach them. So he said no and continued training, teaching and fighting.

In 2007 Allen Sachetti earned his Black Belt in BJJ from Professor Luiz Palhares and in 2008 he opened 2 Dauntless BJJ & MMA Academy’s (one in Newark and one in Smyrna Delaware) where he continued onto great success rolling and teaching many young people onto great proficiency in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Striking, Pekiti-Tirsia and MMA.

In fact since 1998 Allen J. Sachetti has produced the most MMA Fighters in Delaware with the most Wins and he has also produced the most Blue, Purple, Brown and Black Belts in BJJ than anyone else in Delaware can even come close to. In 2010 he was promoted to 1st Degree Black Belt and in 2013 he was promoted to 2nd Degree Black Belt by Luiz Palhares.

Sensei Sachetti also became well known not only for developing the soundest foundations in students for BJJ but also the best for taking them into the more intricate, higher level technical expressions of BJJ with a much deeper understanding of “Energy” in  how it is applied, how it is maintained and then how it is transferred throughout the moves in BJJ. This makes a big difference in your ability to perform any BJJ Technique.

However as time pressed on so did the shoulder. It got worse and worse until in 2013 the pain became unbearable. At night Allen could not longer sleep straight through, as even the slightest pressure soon would prove excruciating. Then during the day any posting with the left hand or pressure was as well agonizing. It was cronic 24/7 pain. “I forgot was it was like to NOT feel pain in my shoulder” said Allen J. Sachetti.

Mr. Sachetti went through a parade of Doctors from 2013 to 2016 but this time none of them felt the confidence to touch his shoulder, they were quite concerned how they could fix this. Doctor after Doctor seemed just to be more bad news and the pain just went on and on.

In this however Allen was not grim. He always Praised the Lord Jesus Christ and he says “he knew his God would always deliver him”. Then in late 2016 Allen Sachetti met one Doctor Gerald Williams at the Rothman Institute. Dr. Williams is a particular genius when it comes to shoulders, in fact it is all he ever does. Dr Williams saw hope where others did not.

So on January 9th, 2017 Dr. Williams reconstructed a very special shoulder made out of Cobalt and Titanium within the humerous of Professor Allen J. Sachetti. it is quite a rig for sure and the good news is that Dr. Williams believes that Sensei Sachetti will after a recovery time be able to get another full 10 years of his BJJ & MMA fighting ability out of this. Apparently it is not just the material of the shoulder but the “placement” and stitching of the soft tissue around it to create and even stronger shoulder than before.

Allens ShoulderSo now the patient part is the recovery. Allen says “it feels like I am all cut up inside” and Mr. Sachetti is right, HE IS. There was a lot of stitching and reconstruction of tendons and ligaments around this hunk of metal in his shoulder and he must now do ONLY passive exercises for the next 4 weeks until he sees Dr. Williams again.

Professor Sachetti however is in very good spirits has he has gone through the whole surgery WITHOUT A SINGLE OPPIATE!! That’s right no pain killers, He is fine and following Doctors orders but take a look at this scar below.

Allen ScarTHAT IS DETERMINATION!! The Doctor says that once Mr. Sachetti completes the prescribed recovery after 8 to 10 weeks he will then go through another period of strengthening, then another final one after that to return to full potentional.

As it common in the Martial Arts industry I know there were some cowardly weasels out there who tried to talk shit about Mr. Sachetti as he was prohibited from wrestling from 2013 to 2016, but I can tell you that I rolled with this man in 2011 and 2012 and not only was his Skill Level and FREAKING READING ABILITY absolutely phenomenal but he is also just a FREAKING MONSTOR OF DRIVE AND DETERMINATION. The man embodies the essence of the word Warrior and puts out more effort than seems normal for a human being. I would be really worried if I was one of the morons who tried to talk trash about this man because when he is back on the mat HE IS GOING TO BE A DESTROYER!!

That being said I would watch out for this man when he gets better, he is only 53 and a very strong 53, sure he needs to loose weight but this guy has got some kind of natural testosterone source or something because even when I watch him lift weights he seems to bulk up quicker than other people do. So I can only imagine how his ligaments and tendons must be healing now too.

What truly makes Allen Sachetti formidable though is his Faith. He really has a special relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. He loves all and forgives all, even the worst of the worst who don’t deserve it. True he loves being a Warrior but I think he loves Jesus Christ more and counts himself lucky to have this recovery time not only to heal but to also let God work on him and his heart.

All in all I must say that Mr. Allen J. Sachetti is a very unique individual and I really enjoyed spending time with him not only as his student but also to write this blog. Oh I almost forgot check out Mr. Sachetti’s achievements in Pekiti-Tirsia and the Survival Figthing Axiom as well, that is really unique material. In Pekiti-Tirsia he was just promoted to the rank of Tuhon last year by Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje, An amazing achievement to say the least as well.

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