Mat vs. Con­crete

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 “The mat makes you com­fort­able,” Da­mon Gil­bert said when asked about the big­gest prob­lem with sport­ing MMA. “The mat makes you want to stay on the ground. The mat hides the is­sues you will have with your knees, your back and your el­bows when the cush­ion is gone.”

An equally se­ri­ous sit­u­a­tion can de­velop when two peo­ple are bat­tling on the con­crete and a crowd devel­ops, he said. “When you hit the ground, you have a lim­ited time be­fore more peo­ple come,” Gil­bert H[SODLQHG ´<RX GRQ·W NQRZ LI LW·V WKH UHODWLYHV WKH ER\friend or girl­friend, or just a friend. If you just get in a dom­i­nant po­si­tion and think \RX·OO ZDLW XQWLO KH JHWV WLUHG so you can get that arm­bar RU $PHULFDQD \RX·UH PDNing a mis­take.

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