Monday, December 14, 2015

“You have to keep in mind we always the favor the fighter who is trying to finish the fight, and leg kicks certainly don’t do that.”
Cecil Peoples

This is a sparring session between 11 yr. old kickboxer Abdulmuizz and a professional boxer; the pro simply can’t take the low kicks. Via our friends at Bolton, England’s FCC – Full Contact Contender!

The short sessions illustrates the heart of mixed martial arts. To be successful, you have to dictate that the fight takes place where you have an advantage. It is a little counter intuitive, but that is why wrestling is the most important discipline.

If you can wrestle, you can control Pace, Place, and Position. If you have better submissions, you can force the fight to the ground. If he has better strikes, you can force the fight against the wall, where the hips are denied. If you have better strikes, you can use your wrestling to keep the fight standing.

In this case, the boxer lacks the tools to avoid the low kick. The boxer’s stance shuts off target on the body, but doesn’t allow for low kicks to be readily checked. Quick circling footwork serves only to make the low kick impact worse, and clinching results in a Plumm and a meal of knees. Staying at midrange and punching in bunches is the preferred course, but that, too, becomes problematic.

Granted, the professional boxer was not trying his hardest to take out the 11-year-old kickboxer, but the principle behind what happened stands. In order for your martial art to be effective, you have to get where you are effective.

This video well illustrates the effectiveness of low kicks. Low kicks damage the leg’s muscle tissue, connective tissue, and nerves (most notably the peroneal).

As the leg is damaged, the leg’s weight bearing capability degrades, compromising balance and footwork. As it becomes hard to move, the fighter becomes even less able to defend. Further, as the muscle tissue swells, checking kicks adroitly becomes more difficult.

On the offensive side, leg damage makes it harder to sit down while punching, and harder to push off and generate torque. So low kicks cause damage, make it harder for the opponent to defend, and harder for the opponent to attack.