UnderGround Forums
 

UnderGround Forums >> Lyoto Machda: Angles and Feints


11/4/13 12:49 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Jack Slack
1753 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 1/2/12
Posts: 1770
 

Hey guys,

It's been quite some time since I last brought and article over! I've been working diligently on my writing form in the meantime and only wanted to bring something over once I was proud of it.

While this piece is obviously not perfect, it's the first piece I have written for the nice folks at Fightland and I spent a good deal of time on it!

Should have some stuff you've seen before in, and hopefully some new stuff!

As always all feedback is very much welcomed and thanks for clicking the link!

Cheers,

Jack

Practical karate. It’s a contradiction in terms, right? Karate is for dojos and kids birthday parties, not the cage.

Yet time after time UFC middleweight (and former light heavyweight champion) Lyoto Machida stumps or starches his opponents with techniques that in other combat sports are considered simple or just plain wrong.

It's true that speed, power, combinations, and counter techniques are part of what makes Machida great, but what he really excels at is his use of elements that are harder to identify but if anything deserve moreappreciation. Timing, movement, and feinting are the pillars of Machida’s minimalistic but effective game. And he used all three last week in his quick head-kick victory over Mark Munoz.

Read on and I shall relate some of the masterstrokes Machida applies in his performances.

The Importance of Angles

Angles are the key to landing successful blows while remaining relatively safe. It's the same in one-on-one combat as it is in large-scale warfare: Getting to the side of an opponent, or better yet behind him, almost invariably assures a successful attack.

Picture yourself in a Lord of the Flies-type scenario and visualize yourself competing with a stronger man for food or shelter, or the bottle caps that will be used as currency after the bomb drops. If you don’t have the idea “I’ll just sneak up behind him and bash his head in with a rock” sopmewhere in your mind, you are in the minority. Or worse, you’re the guy who is getting brained.

Whether you are conscious of it or not, you as an animal know how important it is to get a dominant angle on someone--somewhere from which you can hit him and he can’t hit you, a position where he must turn to face you before he can hope to fight back, and from which he’ll struggle to see your blows coming.

The problem is that as soon as a fight stops being about life and death, and becomes a good old-fashioned sport, most people lose grasp of how important the dominant angle remains.

The Basic Southpaw Angle

Everyone who has watched a little boxing or kickboxing should be familiar with the basic southpaw angle. When one fighter is in an orthodox stance and the other is in a southpaw stance, both fighters will work to get their lead foot outside of their opponents. This will place their rear shoulder on a line between the opponent’s shoulders, which guarantees the shortest path for their rear hand. It also takes the fighter’s head away from the opponent’s power hand.

Notice here how boxer Manny Pacquiao has placed his lead foot outside of Oscar De La Hoya’s. This takes Pacquiao’s head away from De La Hoya’s right hand while shortening the path Pacquiao’s left hand has to travel.

The tendency with simple principles is that they become a battle of strength and will. Both men can clumsily batter each other while trying to get their foot outside of the other man’s lead. What Lyoto Machida does is add a touch of finesse through his use of distance, feinting, and movement.

Notice how Machida’s boxing form is pretty poor, his chin up in the air. But because of Machida’s dominant angle (his right foot outside his opponent’s left), Sam Hoger has to punch across himself to land. As a result, his punch is awkward and lacks the power and speed of Machida’s from this position.

Forcing the Lunge

By fighting at a greater distance than most strikers, Machida forces his opponent to take a step beforeattacking. Fighters work hard to avoid telegraphing their techniques so they can throw them right out of their stance without warning. By increasing the range between himself and his opponent, Machida forces his opponents to take closing steps, which means he has more time to react to attacks and is not forced to react to small feints as much as he would be at closer range. And since opponents must really commit if they hope to catch Machida, they open up defensively, becoming much easier to counter. Machida can then react to their step, choosing to retreat or lunge in with a counterattack.

When he can successfully bait an opponent into chasing or trying to step and then throw a technique, Machida can easily step outside of the anticipated destination of the opponent’s foot and land his left straight. The act of stepping in as the opponent does creates not only a more powerful collision than trying to hit an opponent on the retreat, but it also makes Machida seem insanely fast in closing the distance, when his opponent is in fact doing half the work for him.

Here Machida maintains the distance against Rashad Evans.  

As soon as Evans steps in, Machida steps in to meet him. This causes a collision and makes Machida appear far faster and more powerful than he would be if he were chasing or striking at a stationary target.

The “Wrong Side” Angle

Another instance of Machida using an angle, this time on offense, is when he hops to a minor angle before flurrying. Machida used this superbly against Thiago Silva and Quinton Jackson. By moving to his left, Machida forces the opponent to pivot and face him. In the instant that a fighter is turning, even a powerful puncher like Silva or Jackson has no real power in his strikes because he is pivoting on one point. By rushing in with his left straight and follow up punches as they are pivoting, Machida can effectively get a free shot in on his opponent. 

Continues at: http://fightland.vice.com/blog/jack-slack-angles-and-feints-with-lyoto-machida
 

11/4/13 1:01 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Mako_
22 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 1/1/01
Posts: 3657
vu jack, nice post.
11/4/13 1:08 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Subfighter90
1 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 8/13/13
Posts: 65
Awesome post, love the fightland stuff Phone Post 3.0
11/4/13 1:09 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
teamquestnorth
Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 12/30/09
Posts: 1756
Great stuff really nice read Phone Post
11/4/13 1:10 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
teamquestnorth
Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 12/30/09
Posts: 1757
Machida stepping in and "meeting in the middle" definitely adds power. Iirc thats what he did against bader. It was beautiful. Phone Post
11/4/13 1:11 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Qannebiss
152 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 1/1/01
Posts: 2011
At work, but sub... big time sub. Phone Post
11/4/13 1:23 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
KZTT_FawkingxD
113 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 4/30/12
Posts: 3330
First Phone Post 3.0
11/4/13 1:23 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
KZTT_FawkingxD
113 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 4/30/12
Posts: 3331
KZTT_FawkingxD - First Phone Post 3.0
Page... Phone Post 3.0
11/4/13 1:43 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Il Duce
64 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 2/1/12
Posts: 1901
Love this stuff. Thanks for posting. Phone Post 3.0
11/4/13 1:45 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
RickStorm
1698 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 4/2/08
Posts: 26910
Mixed Martial Arts LLC, Forum Admin

Thanks Jack!!

11/4/13 1:46 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
MIKE CIESNOLEVICZ
33 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 3/20/02
Posts: 7871
top
11/4/13 1:48 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
pheonix5
655 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 8/28/12
Posts: 1087

Awesome. Thanks

11/4/13 1:53 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
King Trav
211 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 11/8/09
Posts: 1133
Sub! Phone Post 3.0
11/4/13 1:56 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
shady lane
18 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 12/23/11
Posts: 529
Always excited to see a jack slack post. Thanks for the education. VU Phone Post 3.0
11/4/13 2:00 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
MushroomHead
291 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 4/4/02
Posts: 10827
Sub Phone Post
11/4/13 2:02 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
ufc98newb
98 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 9/26/10
Posts: 2973
been waiting for you to write about Lyoto again! VTFU
11/4/13 2:06 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
SamboMMA
Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 11/6/08
Posts: 4416
ttt
11/4/13 2:07 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
mmavixen
1111 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 12/28/10
Posts: 13033

Voted up.  Godd stuff.

11/4/13 2:07 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Ryan Wood
59 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 1/22/06
Posts: 3536
Fantastic break down and insight, VTFU as always!
11/4/13 2:09 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Bill O'Really
21 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 6/15/04
Posts: 198
Thank you! Phone Post 3.0
11/4/13 2:14 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Rob San Soo
Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 12/31/12
Posts: 1075
Great stuff Phone Post 3.0
11/4/13 2:23 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Ramy Daoud
137 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 1/1/01
Posts: 23909
Amazing Phone Post 3.0
11/4/13 2:25 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
hubris
202 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 1/1/01
Posts: 110814
on Vice now

nice!
11/4/13 2:43 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
kingkoopa
Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 1/1/12
Posts: 3360
U benn Slackin bruh Phone Post
11/4/13 3:19 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Jack Slack
1753 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 1/2/12
Posts: 1771
kingkoopa -  U benn Slackin bruh Phone Post

Absent but working hard I promise! ;)


Reply Post

You must log in to post a reply. Click here to login.