Posts Tagged ‘cage fighting’

Amazing Double Combo Back Kick In MMA By Amir Elzhurkaev

        In Russia, at the Absolute Championship Berkut 34 event recently, Amir Elzhurkaev threw a powerful liver shot by way of back kick. It was performed as a double kicking combo with a front leg side/or push kick (AKA cut kick) in the air followed by a rear leg back kick. It went straight into his opponent, Dmitrity Tomaev’s, liver. It knocked him out. Just another display of beautiful Taekwondo stuff working in MMA….Taekwondo is serious business and MMA fighters need to learn it and stop being pansies and petending it doesn’t work because they fear what the popular toolbag consensus of ignorant MMA meatheads believe about traditional martial arts. Not there is anything wrong with MMA, being an MMA fan, or training MMA, or supporting MMA; because I do; the point is the naysayers who are still claiming that Taekwondo’s flashy kicks have no place in a real fight.

THE VIDEO:

And my musical score made by the sounds of his kicks being rewound *LOL*:

I did not want to brush my hair and I was very bored…enjoy!

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Korean MMA And Taekwondo

        MMA is popular all over the world and in basically every country. So it is only obvious that Korea, where I live, work, and train currently is one of the main countries where MMA is booming. MMA is practiced by a lot of people; more adults do MMA related things than train in Taekwondo here. MMA also has a large fan base of younger generation Koreans. Since I plan to begin training MMA for the sparring practice and BJJ skills I decided to make a post about the current MMA climate here. I am a Taekwondo man, and I always will be a Taekwondo man. I cannot deny the huge impact Taekwondo has had on my life and I cannot unlearn it and deny it as my background. I am proud of it, but I acknowledge the problems within Taekwondo politics and the culture that need the change and inhibit my progression in martial arts. Where it lacks I will pick it up in MMA and other martial arts styles. I am not only a Taekwondoin, I am a martial artist. I train through Mudo. And as a Taekwondo fighter I will promote Mudo my way and walk my own path as a martial aritist. This does not mean I will create my own style as so many frauds do, or buy ranks from random diploma mills to quickly become a “master rank.” I will still do the proper procedures, but I will promote Taekwondo and combat through my own beliefs about martial arts.

        Road FC is probably the biggest MMA promotion in Korea and they have a few cool Taekwondo fighters.

        Since practically every Korean male has trained in Taekwondo once in his life, and almost all females as well (most people trained when they were kids at one time or another), there are a lot of MMA fighters with a Taekwondo background. Some may give credence to Taekwondo, but many do not and do not acknowledge it as an influence. They ignore it or pretend it never helped them. Instead they promote Muay Thai and a variety of foreign martial arts: the meat and potatoes of MMA, the Muay Thai, BJJ and whatever the consensus is of “acceptable styles.” Even so, the few who are proud of Taekwondo sometimes do a decent job fighting. Some do very well, and others win but still need to work on their hands and grappling. Here are a couple of videos I found showcasing some of these kinds of Taekwondo fighters.  I do not know anything else about any of these fighters except for what I saw in the videos. If you know more please comment below about them.

Hong Young Ki

Taekwond VS Boxing

Jae-Hoon Moon VS Min-Woo Kim

I find it great a few Koreans are willing to prove Taekwondo as a strong martial art in a more serious combat format. This will only give Taekwondo ore respect and hopefully influence some future Taekwondo kids to have this mindset as well. The Olympic champions just are not going to cut it, we need more real fighters who actually fight.

Jon “Bones” Jones Wants To Be Kareem Abdul Jabbar In Game Of Death 

        It is apparent that Jon Jones wants to be Kareem Abdul Jabbar in Bruce Lee’s movie “Game of Death” as the “all out complete, spiritual and mystical warrior” that Jabbar played in that movie. He has the exact same look with his beard and sunglasses. He probably does not allow his hair to grow taller for “cage fighting purposes” but I wouldn’t be suprised if he grew a mini-fro.

Yep, I just thought it was funny and wanted to point it out. He even wears kind of strange, fashionably-short shorts like Jabbar did in “Game of Death.”

Jon Jones is making the fashion statement that says, “I am the true embodiment of a complete martial artist both mentally and physically, and even a mystical and profound spiritual warrior.” He may be the world champion (for now at least), but does he have delusions of grandeur? Maybe such self assured living and attitude is why he is so successful as a fighter. Even so, one day he will face an even more serious threat than Gustafsson was, but time will tell if he will still think such things about himself. He fights Daniel Cormier in 3 days at UFC 189. Their feud has been intensely building up with so much drama including a mini-(start of a)-brawl at the MGM Grand in September that blew their rivalry up in MMA media. Be sure to watch the fight this Saturday and see if Cormier will be able to humble the mystical, profound warrior Jon “Bones’ Jones!

Happy New Year!!! 2015 wooo!!

 

MMA Gym Fail Superman Punch

        Be careful not to waste your money at the average MMA gym.

There is so much wrong with that video. Not just the hilarious background occurrence, but the instruction itself is horribly wrong. What kind of superman punch is he teaching?! I am pretty sure Superman could fly. And those leg kicks…ugh.

Again, the words MMA in your gym or martial arts school does not make it legit. LOL!

Anderson Silva’s Broken Leg Is A reason Why Taekwondo Kicks Should Be Considered Useful

        Shin kicks are not always the best way to kick. When you do a shin kick, especially if it is higher on the leg, the rest of your leg and foot are still full of the energy going in the direction of the kick thus causing the bone itself to slightly bend. Your foot and lower shin are basically going past the area of contact the higher part of your shin connects with. The strength of your shin will dissipate the energy, or snap your leg in half if you hit something just too strong. Hitting a heavy bag enough times, that is at least 100-200 lbs., you can feel this. This is why kicking the heavy bag with the shin over and over is an important conditioning drill for your leg. It is the best way to harden your shin and strengthen the bone density. Beginners should always go soft at the start and over months they can kick hard and harder as their bones dense up.


In this video you can see the contact of the high part of Anderson Silva’s shin on Chris Weidman’s leg causing the lower part of his shin to hyper extent and snap since the foot and ankle went past the contact part due to energy still in force. Look closely at the shin of Weidman on Silva’s leg where it is touching and you can see that the lower shin close to the ankle is snapping due to the contact point higher on Silva’s shin. Do not assume the point of contact is exactly where a bone will break. The slightly higher contact point caused the lower shin to break. 

On the other hand, if you hit something just too strong, such as the area of Chris Weidman’s shin that Silva made contact with in their UFC 168 fight, it can cause the bone to snap due to the energy still pushing the lower parts of your shin and foot not having enough time or strength for the energy to dissipate. This is why Taekwondo and Karate instep/foot kicks are also important to use. Know when to use certain kicks at certain times. Obviously even a masterful fighter such as Anderson Silva can make mistakes and freak accidents happen. Even so, the whole “Muay Thai is the only thing in the world for kicks” mentality has been proven false.

Muay Thai is good and shin kicks work well (And yes even Taekwondo has shin kicks in their curriculum for the martial art [not the WTF sport rules though]), but a martial artist should also use instep kicks a lot more, or at least kick way lower on the shin. Some people believe you MUST kick higher on the shin because it is somehow harder than the lower part, but that’s not actually true and that is why Silva’s leg got broke; because he hit with the higher part of the shin on a harder surface and bad angle.

Of course leg kicks are best done with the shin, and the instep kicks are not very effective kicking someone’s thick leg muscles and there is the problem of hyper extending the ankle on contact, but this is not to say that an instep kick is 100% ineffective on the leg. Usually a Taekwondo fighter will use both the shin and instep simultaneously to contact their intended target. The instep and lower shin also make a longer ranged weapon than the average Muay Thai, higher on the shin, kicks. Many times Taekwondo kicks are less predictable than slower Muay Thai kicks. I personally use both shin kicks and instep kicks and will try my best to make sure that when I use each kick I will be careful not to make the mistake of getting my leg broken.

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White Dragon is a 3rd dan Taekwondo Black Belt with over 19 years experience in the Martial Arts and head instructor of the White Dragon Dojang Martial Arts Training Program.