Biomechanical breakdown of Anderson Silva’s front kick

Monday, February 07, 2011

Watching Anderson Silva’s front kick knockout of Vitor Belfort at UFC 126 almost made my head explode.

He’s by far the most versatile and unpredictable striker in MMA history, proven by knocking opponents out with different weapons, such as:

    * Forrest Griffin by straight right punch from his pocket while backpedaling
    * Chris Leben setup by straight punches and finished with a knee
    * Rich Franklin twice predominantly by knees in the clinch
    * James Irvin by straight right after catching a right kick from Irvin
    * Nate Marquardt by right hands while Nate was on the ground on his back

OK so maybe looking at that it looks like Silva definitely likes his straight right hand.

But still, the various circumstances and situations in which he uses all of his weapons is unparalleled in the sport, not to mention his ability to evade strikes through matrix-like head and body movement.

Knowing that the front kick is going to be the talk of the MMA universe, I figured I’d take a closer look into Silva’s technique on a biomechanical level.

Once that thought entered my mind, I figured this might be a pretty cool regular feature (let me know if you like it in the Comments section).

So in today’s BIOMECH Breakdown, we’re going to examine the biomechanics of the front kick and what you need to train to develop knockout power with this vicious weapon.

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OK so there you have my BIOMECH Breakdown of Anderson Silva’s Front Kick KO of Vitor Belfort at UFC 126.

Where else are you gonna get analysis like this? 🙂

If you want me to talk more in-depth about how I’d go about ensuring your body is ready to perform this technique at full force like the Spider, let me know in the Comments section.

I don’t want to go and spend another couple of hours doing up an article/video if you aren’t interested in it, so I need to know if this is what you want to see.

If I get 40+ Comments before Thursday, Feb 10, I’ll write up or do a video of Part 2 and show some exercises specifically designed for maximum front kick power.

Even if it’s just a, “Hey, Eric, I’d love to see Part 2″ that’s good enough, no need to go into your life story or anything. 🙂

Thanks!

– Eric

 

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