UFC 168 Combative Breakdown

Chris Weidman shocked the world again by defeating the world’s best pound for pound combat sport’s competitor in the world (Anderson “The Spider” Silva). It was a very exciting fight, but much of that excitement stopped when the world saw Anderson Silva’s leg break. The slow motion replays and picture capture of the leg break is just painful!

UFC 168, Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman.
UFC 168, Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman.

“No matter what happened in this fight, he’s still the greatest of all time. I wish him the best, and God bless him,” Weidman said. “That was the No. 1 thing I got hit with the first fight. I worked a lot with guys with kicks. But it’s still crazy how that happened.”

After the first match between Silva and Wiedman, Weidman’s trainers knew that checking and blocking Silva’s round kicks are a must. Weidman did it at UFC 168, he checked Silva’s low round kick and it broke Silva’s shin. Similar events happened to fighters worldwide, including UFC fighter Corey Hill . Very serious martial artists should have a lot of questions! Should I be executing a round kick like that? How should I throw a round kick, so that I don’t break my own leg? Should I control how much force I throw in a round kick? Should I set up a round kick? How should I set up a round kick?

I wanted to make my own breakdown video, but someone already beat me to it. Check out this video from Bas Rutten, because he is going to say what I would.

The only thing I would add is the round kick needs to be set up! Any strikes that take a circular path will take more time then a strike on a straight path. Timing needs to be on your side when executing a low round kick. Watch out for the knees too!

Be safe everyone,

David Chan

Black Belt Magazine’s Wing Chun Grandmaster William Cheung’s Technique Post (Combative Breakdown)

Wing Chun Kung Fu Grandmaster William Cheung Shows You How to Deal with Low Kicks From a Muay Thai Fighter!

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David Chan here after years of training and continually devoted in the studies of the combative arts, is here to breakdown an online post about martial arts.

This video shows Grandmaster William Cheung shin check an opponent’s rear low roundhouse kick. Grandmaster Cheung uses the checked leg to perform a huan guer (circle leg footwork) to move to the outside of the opponent. Then Grandmaster Cheung executes a series of gum sau (pressing hand) to the opponent’s lead hand and punches to the head.

First I understand that this video is only a small slice from Grandmaster Cheung’s new instructional DVD.

Lets address some of the most common comments.

The basic Muay Thai kicking technique is taught to finish the kick by returning the kicking leg back to the original fighting position, in the video the attacker does not do this. I can see several reasons why this is not performed. One is when the leg is checked the gum sau is performed almost simultaneously right after the shin check, the opponent does not have the opportunity to retract the kicking leg without being unbalanced falling forward. This would also mean that due to variables in hand/arm positions, the gum sau may need to become a grab and pull. Another possible outcome is when the kick is shin checked strong, the shin check created so much damage that the opponent neglected to return the leg, but this is not always the outcome.

What happens if the opponent does return the kicking leg back to the original fighting position?

This would mean Grandmaster Cheung would end up in the inside of the opponent. Though this is not the most favored situation to be in, Grandmaster Cheung can be in position to now face the opponent squared off with the opponent’s legs and feet in a neutral position, which means the opponent has to reposition to be more defensive or offensive.

What I would like to see.

I would like to see more. It would be interesting if Grandmaster Cheung addresses any of the common questions in the DVD. I think Grandmaster Cheung needs to show other variables that can happen, especially if you are talking about street fighting.

Thank you Black Belt Magazine for the post.