>>892024 It's not a very well rounded style but there are a few things about it that need to be completely integrated into modern MMA asap:
>closed/open stance The orthodox/southpaw dichotomy is a meme and it needs to end. The only thing that matters is the relative position of you and your opponent, not which leg is in front. Closed vs. open determines which techniques are available from which sides. Weidman's wheel kick disaster could have been avoided if he knew that throwing a wheel kick open stance is suicidal and pretty much a non-option unless your opponent is throwing a rear leg round kick and you're countering it.
>spinning techniques "Cut angles, don't stay in the pocket!" becomes riskier advice when someone can nail you with a backfist or back kick when you circle behind them. Circling while in kicking range is suicidal, and linear footwork needs to be emphasized more. Continuing on that theme:
>kicking range existing When I went from TSD (close to TKD) to MMA, two things happened. One, I got punched in the face a lot, and two, everyone wondered how I was kicking them in the head. Conventional wisdom is that "striking range" exists, and anything you can't reach with a punch can't be reached with your legs either. Problem is, your legs are longer than your arms, so you have another foot or two of reach that a lot of folks don't know about. Hit with the foot, lean your head back, and extend your hips.
TKD guys gotta work on their punching though. Getting swarmed and beat up is no fun.
>>892079 >TKD guys gotta work on their punching though. They also need to work on their low kicks, but they're already good with mid and high kicks.
>Getting swarmed and beat up is no fun. They've got "footwork" for that, as Boxing people tend to call it. They just need to learn how to use the footwork in an environment where punches are more common.
>>892079 >Conventional wisdom is that "striking range" exists, and anything you can't reach with a punch can't be reached with your legs either Wow, I didn't think people were so ignorant and delusional about things like this.
>>892092 >They also need to work on their low kicks Foot sweeps and low side kicks, definitely. Low round kicks not so much. Getting checked on the shin is bad, but getting checked on the foot is the end of the fight. Low kick defense is important as hell, though. Getting your legs wrecked is not conducive to mobility, which TKD requires a lot of.
>They've got "footwork" for that Absolutely correct. My problem was just that I wasn't used to reading head punches. My nose has a different shape and I'm probably a little stupider now, but I figured it out eventually.
>>892107 >low front kicks You mean the oblique kick? I've always hesitated to call it a front kick because of the angle of the foot and hip, but I guess it has similar mechanics.
It's fun as hell, and is probably my favorite kick now that I've accumulated a few leg injuries and don't like doing high kicks anymore. Very low risk and it scares people who aren't used to it. I use it to maintain distance, but I've had it tweak my knee before when someone did it to the outside of my leg. Very effective for both purposes.
>low heel kicks The wheel kick to the leg is hilarious, and I like doing it as a comedy option. I know Andy Hug made it work, but it just looks so stupid. The valeri kick (I used to call it a chop kick since it looks like a chop, but with your leg) on the other hand is rad as hell in clinch range. Great on people with skinny legs. I've put someone on the ground with one of them at half power, completely on accident. Surprisingly effective.
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