Nick and Nate Diaz training with Jean-Claude Van Damme
Nick and Nate Diaz have showcased some of the most impressive boxing prowess ever seen in Mixed Martial Arts: whether it be inside the ring, octagon or any setting that the sport has taken place. Under the tutelage of the renowned boxing trainer, Richard Perez, these fraternal fighters are capable of unleashing an endless barrage of punches that have been seen to stymie their opponent’s ability to breathe, let alone hit back.
However, no fighter has a perfect arsenal. One aspect that Stockton’s prized duo could improve is their use of kicks. There is no doubt that the Diaz brothers know how to throw kicks; instead it is their application of such techniques that often leaves purists wanting more.
Curiously, the older brother, Nick (featured closer to the camera), has been known to throw kicks almost disdainfully. Occasionally launching wild high kicks, almost as if to say, “I can do this too, but ill beat you with my hands instead.”
As dedicated martial artists, the Diaz brothers have taken steps to improve this aspect of their game. In 2014, they began working with World Muay Thai and Kickboxing Champion, Joe Schilling, which provides them with the opportunity to spar and exchange knowledge with one of the most vicious strikers in combat sports.
However, like any passionate person will tell you, there’s always room for more information.
Enter Jean-Claude Van Damme. In addition to his acting resume, the Belgian national (featured wearing a hat) holds a 2nd degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and boasts an 18-1 kickboxing record, with an additional 48 semi-contact karate fights.
In the video, the Bloodsport legend is teaching the Diaz brothers how to use kicks to manage distance, by exhibiting the left roundhouse body-kick on Nate. This specific lesson features Van Damme’s strategy on timing the kick to hit an opponent as he is sliding out of punching range.
This is a particularly relevant lesson for the 209-Cult legends, given that the rare occasions that these brothers have not been able to apply their renowned boxing to win fights occurred when opponents are able to use kicks to stay outside the range of Nick and Nate’s feared fists.
Nicholas Robert Diaz was born August 2, 1983 in Stockton, California. He made his professional Mixed Martial Arts debut in 2001 and since then has amassed a 26-9-2 record. He also holds a 1-0 record as professional boxer. Nick is a 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has won world titles in three MMA organizations, and has fought in two world title fights in the UFC. [Source: Wiki]
Nathan Donald Diaz was born April 16, 1985 in Stockton, California. He made his professional Mixed Martial Arts debut in 2004 and since then has amassed a 19-11 record. Nate is black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has fought for a world title in the UFC and is the only man to defeat Connor McGregor in the UFC. [Source: Wiki]