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Movement Coaches Are All The Rage Now And I’m A Skeptic

        Word champion fighter Coner McGregor hired a movement coach named Ido Portal. He won his fight against Jose Aldo and now many MMA guys think they need a special movement coach to help them move better and somehow it translates into fighting.

Ido Portal is basically a hippy, new ager who created some movement routines for guillible hippies and hipsters. He even has long hair and a man-bun to “top it off.” In the above video you see all kinds of wacky movements, but most of the movements are not actually wacky and are found in various disciplines such as dance soccer, and martial arts. I am pretty sure Brazilian Jiu Jitsu guys work on crawling motions that are scene in the video. You do not need a special man-bun, new ager to teach you how to move if you already tae Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I don’t know what COner gets out of this training except some boastful psuedo philosophical, delusion of grandeur about his abilities. The fact is often times having a delusion of grandeur about yourself and how special you are to the universe helps you win titles in MMA and boxing. Even if you do win, some of the things McGregor says about himself are still total delusions. BUt that is part of his entertainment value. His movement training is also entertaining because of its silliness and total pretentiousness.

Ido Portlan has “movement camps” that you can go to f you are rich and want to waste time moving around with other people.

Yes some of the movements are hard to do and take athleticism, but the average person does not have such prowess. Many of the movements scene are found in gymnastics and various dance styles and some sports like soccer as well as taking concepts from martial arts. But obviously training in actual martial arts s far superior than wasting time in a movement camp.

The point I am trying to make is this new movement trend, which is basically a result of the hipsters taking over MMA and BJJ, is pointless when you can just train in traditional martial arts styles of various Kung Fu, Karate styles, and Taekwondo that specialize in all kinds of movements and intense motor coordination. The MMA world has often shunned all traditional martial arts not deemed acceptable by certain folks such as wrestlers and boxers and Muay Thai guys, yet now these MMA fighters are embracing this silly movement trend. So bypassing actual martial movement styles for some hippy dude with a weird name that sounds like a bag of potatoes and an internet program is just ridiculous. Why does poomsae and kata  exist? It is total body control. Also taking grappling classes will help you move on the floor just find without a man bun new ager guiding you.

I just don’t see a point and I am septical of this coach. I kind of agree with what one poster said on the Sherdog Forums, that Ido Portal is a snake oil salesman. Sure many of the movements he teaches are good because the average child already did them for many years on the playground at the park or school. Also climbing trees. It is funny to see grown men walking aroun an hanging on stuff like it is some spiritual mind and body unifying thing when 5 year old children do it every day without a thought.

Does anyone know Ido Portal’s credentials? Why even train with this guy? Why not go to a licensed physical therapist who is an M.D. and understands the anatomy of the human body in a scientific way? That sounds far superior than some street gymnastics guy. Nevertheless, Coner McGregor is still highly entertaining an his open mindedness about martial arts is refreshing and is one reason he is good, even if I believe he is being duped by this Portal guy.

If people an spend hours doing movement training, there is no excuse as to why an MMA fighter cannot dedicate a few hours a wee studying forms from Karate or Taekwondo. I wonder if ay MMA fighter will actually see the light and start developing crisp and precise movements through actual traditional martial arts motions. Most MMA fighters have no patience to learn perfect traditional movements of martial arts and think it is a waste of time. If they would open their minds to the older combat arts they would have better technique by far instead of so many with sloppy punches. By far people with years of traditional training who transition into MMA do better than the average MMA gym member with gold belt dreams (that will most likely never come true).

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.


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.