Jose Aldo Broken Rib From Back Kick And Out Of UFC 189 Is From Stupid Training Practices

        The terrible news of Jose Aldo, the current UFC featherweight champion, receiving a broken rib from his idiot training partner Alcides Nunes who used a back kick in practice sparring that cracked Aldo’s rib is aggravating for fight fans who were given tons of hype of his previously upcoming fight against Conor McGregor. Now Chad Mendes, a boring wrestler is going to take Aldo’s place (uuuugh! Lay and pray fest). The reason for this broken rib is because of the ignorant ways many MMA gyms practice. Their ignorant ideas of “super tough training” seems to always cause injuries all over the MMA world. Even Cane Velasquez the now former UFC heavy weight champion did not even fight for 2 long years because of injuries at his AKA gym.

        This fight was going to be Jose Aldo who is pretty much a puncher and grappler to fight Conor McGregor who is a pretty decent striker who uses boxing and kicks from Taekwondo. McGregor has an ITF Taekwondo background and uses back kicks often and other kicks with his boxing skills. This was going to be an interesting fight. But of course as is common in MMA hyped fights an injury keeps the fans from seeing what they were told they wanted to see from months and months of intense marketing and “bad blood” between the two.

“The biggest featherweight fight ever? NOT ANYMORE!!!!

Now it’s just a unimportant “interim championship” fight…

        The truth is Jose Aldo’s injury should never have happened (obvious) and the fact it did happen only points us to the fact they have idiots at his gym who have no clue how to carefully train with someone and work on techniques with a proper and safe sparring partner. Chael Sonnen recently commented about the situation of Aldo’s injury and his training partner,

You’ve got to have training partners you can trust. I could be sparring with a guy and he forgot his mouthpiece, it wouldn’t matter. I’m not going to loosen his tooth, ever. If he goes with me, he’s going to leave in the same condition that he showed up in. He can trust me. Those are the kind of guys that you want to be working out with.

This is a very true statement that a lot of MMA gyms don’t seem to understand and allow too much ego and meatheaded jock behavior to injure may of their gym members. I know this for a fact from training at an MMA gym before. A friend of mine had his rib cracked from an moronic wrestler with an ego problem who went for a very hard takedown. People get injured all the time at these kinds of gyms. The problem is MMA has adopted the ignorant attitude that many boxing gyms have historically had that a person needs to fight really hard in sparring and get beat up to prove he is tough or man enough to be worthy to teach or given any attention. This nonsense philosophy loses so many potentially good fighters and martial artists that COULD be trained if given proper training. Not all people can just right away fight like a warrior, it has to be trained in them and taught often. People need to slow up and spar slow, work technique, not be hit so hard right away. Over time they can use harder contact. Not everyone is game to go hardcore in sparring and get hit hard. Beginners need to build confidence and bravery over time for that to happen. Then when someone is tough enough to handle it there is seriously no point in sparring all the way with full contact every night, especially if someone is a top athlete who needs to avoid getting hurt before a bout.

Traditional martial arts in my opinion is the best way to train a fighter or any kind of martial artist. There is a step-by-step process and concern for the student is given and they tale safe steps to get where they need to be. If MMA gyms stopped following the boxing theory of “proving your worth” a lot more martial artists could come out of their gyms who would be great fighters and would not want to quit. MMA is also more intense than boxing with kicks, elbows, knees, grappling and submissions. It is way more dangerous than boxing with a lot m,ore kinds of injuries. MMA training needs to be done safely.

Chael Sonnen also said,

Accidents happen. This could have been an accident. But it was a spinning kick to the midsection. That’s a very hard strike to control – it’s the same reason we don’t throw elbows in practice. They’re just too hard to control, and if one gets away, even a light one, it can cut your opponent and he’s going to need stitches. There are some things you just don’t do on a partner; you save it for the heavy bag. I’m very confused as to how this even happened 10 days before a title fight.

I will have to say while I understand his concerns about elbows, his is flat out wrong about the “spinning” back kick. Taekwondo practitioners have trained all kinds of kicks, especially the back kick without too many injuries. It totally possible to practice sparring with the back kick without getting injured. A back kick is not “hard to control” when done by an expert. Is Aldo’s training partner was an expert in Taekwondo he could have easily controlled the power of his back kick. Just because it is a turning kick does not mean its impossible to kick lightly. Anyone who believes it is too hard to control is ignorant about such martial arts techniques. They have no clue what they are talking about. Sure by the average MMA guy who just picked up the back kick from watching a youtube video, or who was a green belt before in Taekwondo as a child will suck at throwing back kicks. He will be awkward, unbalanced, and lack any sort of control. These types of people are simply white belt level at kicking and need to train more. There are a lot of MMA guys who think they are martial arts masters who actually suck and lack control. Jose Aldo should have simply been drilling the back kick and working counters to it. If he did sparring the back kick should be thrown so Aldo could work on maneuvers to either block it or avoid it and counter. Olympic Taekwondo sparring drills are the best for this.

Another important thing to remember is most of the time in Taekwondo they wear a chest protector called the hogu in Korean. Olympic Taekwondo is a full contact sport so their back kicks are the best in the world. ITF Taekwondo has the exact same technique and obviously can be thrown with extreme power too an that is Conor McGregor’s background. ITF may be light contact but they would even prove more that a back kick can be controlled without injuring an opponent. But McGregor is not going to throw it light contact. WTF Olympic sparring drills wold be best with a chest protector pad worn. One can throw with medium contact and also if Aldo would miss his technique and get hit the padded chest protector would save him from a broken rib. He should have been wearing one.

Taekwondo coaches, instructors and more should be sought out by MMA gyms to make sure their fighters are being protected and given great drills for working on various kicks that Taekwondo is the best at. MMA gyms need less out dated training methods, more safety, more martial arts experts that specialize in systems and not just some dude who wrestled in high school and took a few boxing lessons. The fact Taekwondo coaches are still shunned by most MMA gyms shows that while MMA in top level organizations are increasingly showing Taekwondo techniques as extremely dangerous, brutal, and fight enders with various fighters using them, the average MMA gym and average MMA culture are still in the “Taekwondo sucks” phase of the late 90’s and early 00’s that has been proven as an ignorant view. More traditional martial arts should be embraced, instructors given jobs, safer training methods with logical progression, and traditional martial arts values of losing your ego in the dojang and a moral code to go with your training should be accepted in the MMA world. Jose Aldo should not have been injured and his training partner should be kicked out of the gym for being an idiot or at least disciplined. All of this could have been avoided if the coaches and staff at Aldo’s gym weren’t clueless about Taekwondo.

  1. Unfortunately a lot of the MMA fighters train in a less than smart manner. Sometimes they just don’t when enough is enough which is when they start breaking things such as a rib. Maybe one day in the future some of these guys will train smarter.

  2. Kris Uy says:

    Great post! Definitely sends the message home about being smart at practice.
    While I do think that sparring hard repeatedly does prep the body to take massive impact, I agree that that cannot be the way from the onset, nor should a kick like a back kick be thrown full force by a sparring partner trying to help their friend prep for a fight. As a participant in Sport Taekwondo, we would never ask someone to take a back kick full force. At full speed yes, to train the eyes to know what to look for but that kick packs a serious punch.
    I also agree with the statement that it shouldn’t be that hard to control. Its perfectly possible to be able to throw a back kick at full speed and be able to take the edge off at the end, that should be well within the realm of capability from the participant.
    Lastly I did also want to say that not all boxing participates this way and that some schools do indeed teach correctly and in a safe manner and I believe the belt ranking system allows for the martial artist to learn humility and ego-lessness on their journey to become a master. While this is not highly “commercialized” to the public, I think that in learning something as potentially dangerous as a martial art, it should be necessary. Great take home message

    • White Dragon says:

      Thanks for reading and great points.

      It is true that often in the boxing culture and mma culture of gyms they think you have to be a “natural fighter” and have it already. They want you to get beat up or throw you in the ring to see what you do and if you “have guts.” To me this is stupid. Not everyone is a “natural fighter” and the fighter min can be taught. How else does the military work when it recruits avrage citizens to be trained killers and warriors? The fighting instinct can be taught and this is why martial arts with our system and belt ranks do help with that. It is just that the mcdojangs have used the belt system to feed egos and keep money instead of teaching the meaning of ranks and instilling the desire to master techniques instead of earning ranks.

      • Kris Uy says:

        I definitely agree, when I started taekwondo I used to cry after every time I fought, mostly just because of fear though (being 4 years old and uncoordinated didn’t help much either).

        I believe the cause of “testing someone” has two root causes. 1)The previous trainer or 2) the media. Many times the current teacher is just teaching or just trying to teach what he or she was taught and is trying to pass on the knowledge in the exact way they received it, which, in this day and age may not be practical anymore (due to change in mind shift from industrial age thinking to millennial age thinking) and secondly I think the media displays the “rite of passage” thing quite often and so some people take a look at that and say “yea that’s the way we should do it to show we’re tough” and so they try to emulate it. In both cases I disagree because a true master should always be trying to teach/pass on knowledge (of both body mind and spirit) as efficiently and as effectively as possible.

        You’re right though about the money. Because people saw a niche to make some money, there are many people who are “masters” yet have no idea what they’re really doing or teaching. The “McDonjangs” as you said and many of them are just trying to earn a quick buck. A friend of mine recently just got back from India to study yoga and said something like this happened over there where people were just looking to make some money so they called themselves “gurus” yet were unable to teach.


      • White Dragon says:

        I don’t doubt Indians are cashing in on the westerners fascination for yoga right now. I bet tons of them are ripping of westerners who go back to their country and teach BS yoga or whatver. Or Learn yoga in 2 weeks and be an instructor.
        They do that with so many martial arts. I know Philippines probably has kali/eskrima guys who sell ranks too.

        But then there are legitimate martial artists who do train instructors the true way and make them work hard for it which i think is good.

        But the only way for it to work in Taekwondo is through the Kukkiwon which has its time limits. That is a good thing about our style.

        I think you should do hard sparring sometimes like you said, but always with safety. I do not agree with randomly beating up new students or making them do a hard sparring fight to “humble” them. Only certain people need to be humbled, but many do not.

        I agree with logical progression. Step by step. Sparring shoul dbe useful for learning and doing the technique you were taught with total control before you do an all out sparring session. It should take awhile and in many MMA/boxing gyms they don’t wait enough and it discourages new students who get beat up. Not everyone is going to be into it and say “YEAH! YEAH!” Only try hard tough guys do that. “Oh yeahhh im so badass I got punched but im okay! im not hurt yeaah!” but really they have a bruised face and they think its badass theyg ot punched. While sane people stop and say, “Actually no I DON’T think that is badass or cool and I hope I do not get hurt and I really just want to learn and develop my skills.” But of course you DO get hit from time to time, but when it happens, by then you should be good enough and strong enough to handle it. A white belt or new guy most often will not be able to handle it. I don’t believe in scaring people out of a gym or making them earn their place. I say, you pay, I teach and make you good and help you. By the time you spar full contact you will be tough enough.

        And I am considered a millenial but I absolutely hate what most of the mellanials have become. Nothing I teach is like that.

      • Kris Uy says:

        Oh don’t mistake me man, I agree that people shouldn’t get whooped on like I stated above, I was merely stating that I think that’s why they do it. I don’t agree.
        I believe that preservation is key. As you stated earlier, it’s the same reason they don’t take random civilians and throw them into actual war as a “rite of passage”. I’m glad you agree though

      • White Dragon says:

        hahah funny “throw them into war as a rite of passage.” Good analogy!

  3. fire1994 says:

    I believe the statement that chael sonnen made about spin kicks being hard to control is bull. MMA jurnalist, commentators, and news people give taekwondo kicks stupid names such as brazilian kick to make it their own. I think the MMA culture should be destroyed as punishment for being egotistical and arrogant about their skills. I believe the UFC should also be destroyed for the same reason as MMA the culture. For the 20 years that MMA has been around martial artist have become very rude and disrespectful to other martial artist especially traditional martial artist which they say sucks. I hope someday the culture of MMA is destroyed along with the fanboys who think they know something about martial arts. MMAonlyist think they are gods to the point of saying ” I can beat taekwondo practioners easily because all they do is fancy kicks that suck that would never work in a real fight” bull to them. I believe the definition of MMA should only be the mixture of traditional martial arts not combat sports such as boxing, wrestling, and kickboxing. I am a true taekwondo practioner who has more knowledge then any MMA fighter who thinks he can beat taekwondo masters easly because I could use dirty techniques such as eye gouges, hair pulls, groin strikes, throat strikes, and wrist and finger locks. MMA should only be embraced only because the importance of knowing basic groundwork not submission wrestling because wrestling on the ground will get you killed.

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