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!
“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!
“The one that controls the distance, controls the fight”
In a combative situation, both you and the enemy are at blows with each other. Whether it is hundreds of meters away from each other on the battlefield or within the confines of a MMA cage, the principle remains the same, “The one that controls the distance, controls the fight.”
This basic yet simple principle has been taught by martial artists for thousands of years, from ancient martial artists to Bruce Lee to Rener Gracie. In the striking arts you have to utilize footwork to close the distance on an opponent to land your strikes and use your footwork to evade theirs. In grappling arts you have to close the distance on the enemy to prevent their strikes being effective, or to break distance far enough away.
The control of the distances during the fight is constantly in flux, one moment the distance is closed and the other moment the distance is too far away. Understanding distance control can be more important than the techniques to injure. If you are a serious martial artist, this specific principle can not go untrained.
In this cool video produced by MMA Video Magazine, you’ll follow Ryron up to San Jose, CA where he went to teach a seminar and compete in the Gracie Worlds Jiu-Jitsu tournament. This year’s tournament is the first world tournament to abandon the points system, so the only way to win is by submission. Since there were no points in the tournament, Ryron engaged in his matches with the objective of keeping it as playful as possible, and that he did. Check out the video below.
P.S. – Someone forgot to tell Ryron that you’re not supposed to play catch and release in jiu-jitsu tournaments.