It’s a well known fact that fighters who come out of AKA know how to punish their opponents. The AKA way of fighting is a grinding and brutal style meant to wear down opponents. Guys like Cain Velasquez, Daniel Cormier, and Khabib Nurmagomedov have perfected this style of brutalizing opponents on the canvas and then putting them away later in a fight.
AKA Thailand founder and longtime American Kickboxing Academy fighter, Mike Swick, demonstrates the AKA way of making life miserable for an opponent. While Swick always preferred to stand up and outstrike his opponents, he became an expert at ’embracing the grind’. When you train with the aforementioned fighters as well as guys like Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck, Josh Thomson, and Luke Rockhold; You have to figure out really quickly how to even the score.
Check out our video of Swick sharing his knowledge on how to suffocate an opponent from all those years of training at AKA.