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Bas Rutten shows how to knock someone out using 'bone strikes'

MMA legend @Bas Rutten shows the secrets to his famous 'bone strike KOs'
Bas Rutten on how to land a bone strike.

Bas Rutten on how to land a bone strike.

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Bas Rutten is a UFC Hall of Famer, a former UFC heavyweight champion, King of Pancrase champion, a black belt in Kyokushin, and just all around bad ass. At a time when grapplers were dominating the sport, Bas was one of the first men to come from a striking background and be highly successful.

MMA is a sport where the greats typically end up with mediocre records, or worse. GOAT candidate Fedor Emelianenko went from 31-1 (with the 1 loss a fluke due to a bogus rule), to 9-5 his last 14 fights. GOAT candidate Anderson Silva ended his career 1-7-1. Once considered a candidate for P4P #1 in the sport, BJ Penn ended his career identically, 1-7-1. By contrast, Rutten's final 21 fights went without a loss.

"[We] ran the numbers on Rutten's career. They back up the Dutchman's inclusion into the UFC Hall of Fame and then some," reported Fight Metric. "In the 4-hours, 27-minutes, and 8-seconds he spent as a pro fighter, Rutten scored 13 knockdowns without getting dropped himself, his significant strike accuracy was 70.6%, the highest FightMetric has ever recorded, attempted a record 53 submissions, and successfully swept his opponents a record 46 times."

And Bas did many things differently; he was, uniquely, known to drop an opponent with an open hand strike to the body. Sounds like Iron Vibrating Palm malarkey, but it is in fact a "bone strike" and it can be used for competition or self-defense.

The first technique "El Guapo" goes over is the clothesline strike. The amount of power he is able to generate with this technique is astonishing, as you can see.

Bas then details how fighting bare knuckles can leave you susceptible to hand injury, and that oftentimes it is better to throw open palm strikes, a technique he has mastered. Bas then clarifies that though the technique is referred to as a 'palm strike' he doesn't land with the palm. He is landing with his wrist bone, a much harder surface; it's another "bone strike."

Bas aims this latter technique behind the ear and he recommends just lightly testing it out on yourself, so you really can feel it scramble your brains with just a light tap. Now imagine what a full power 'bone strike' behind the ear would do.


Today, Rutten is a much sought-after coach, and ambassador for Karate Combat.