In part one of Training versus applying, I mentioned the lead hook as an example of how training for techniques and applying them in real life isn’t always the same. Let’s take a look at another example, this time one from muay Thai and MMA: the leg kick. Take a look at 1min40 when Rob Mccullough explains where to place the right arm.
He specifies that the right arm has to be straightened out forward, towards your opponent, when you throw the rear leg kick. OK… Take a look at this video now and watch what happens when Rob Kaman (who was called “Hammerkick” for a reason…) throws his rear leg kick.
How many times did you see him straighten out his arm towards his opponent when he does a rear leg kick? Not once…
Here’s Ernesto Hoost, another fighter who you can hardly call an amateur… [Read more…]