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Low kick set up

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INCLUDES FIGHT FOOTAGE! Here’s a very quick and easy combination to help set up a powerful low kick. One of the key things to remember is to get your opponent to put their weight on the leg you’re trying to kick. This means it will make it tricky for them to defend it. I start the combination with a straight jab, cross. This is to get them concerned about their face, they may parry the shots, or they may simply cover up. If they cover up then this means they open for the hook, if the hook lands brilliant, if not don’t worry as you’ll still get the desired effect even if blocked. As the hook connects (as long as it’s hard) it will knock your opponent slightly to the side pushing their weight on to their left leg....and bingo! The perfect opportunity to land that low kick! If you watch the fight footage you can see my opponent raise his leg as he was anticipating my leg kick. However, me throwing the hook forced him to put his leg down which enabled me to land my desired strike. For more boxing and low kick combinations check out my tutorial Muay Thai 5 padwork combinations to set up power low kicks on the @warriorcollective YouTube channel. You can also grab my two full length instructional video series Fighting concepts for world class striking & The Fight Game - Strategies for World Class Striking from the link in my bio. ------------------------------------------ #kstarlegacy #drillsbuildskills #muaythailife #muaythaifighter #muaythai #thaiboxing #trainorstips #mma #ufc #bellatormma #champions #inspiration #muaythaistrikers #boxing #sports #motivation #fitness #wrestler #judo #fighting #fight #kickboxing #bjj #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #mixedmartialarts #kickboxing #martialarts #oldbury #birmingham

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Head kick set up

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INCLUDES FIGHT FOOTAGE. It's important to realise quickly how your opponent is reacting to certain things. Here I’m demonstrating on how to land a ko head kick. In the fight footage you can see me throw a low kick to see how he reacts. If you notice he attempts to catch it by dipping down (this is a huge no no). A few moments later I throw another to see if it's a habit or merely a one off occasion, as you can see he tries to do it again. My next move here is to use my eyes to make him think I'm going for a low kick (you can see my head tilt slightly in the video) instead of going low I switch the kick up to his head which resulted in a knockout. Remember analyse how your opponent reacts, many of his reactions will be habits. For more ways on how to improve your striking remember you get my full length instructional videos Fighting concepts for world class striking & The Fight Game - Strategies for World Class Striking from the link in my bio (instructional footage is take from the @warriorcollective tutorial I did ‘How to open your opponent up for a power head kick’ which is on their YouTube channel...check it out and see which others are on there). ------------------------------------------ #kstarlegacy #drillsbuildskills #muaythailife #muaythaifighter #muaythai #thaiboxing #warrior #mma #ufc #bellatormma #champions #inspiration #success #boxing #sports #motivation #fitness #wrestler #judo #fighting #fight #kickboxing #bjj #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #mixedmartialarts #kickboxing #martialarts #oldbury #birmingham

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Body Shot Mechanics

BODY SHOT MECHANICS: If you didn’t guess what I was demonstrating in my post a couple of days ago then here’s a quick visual break down. If you’ve followed my career then you’ll know that this is my favourite technique. What you have to remember when it comes to punching is that a majority of your power is generated from your legs, not your arms. The video highlights some of the basic movements I prefer to use when throwing this technique. The first reference point is to make sure that you’re giving yourself adequate leverage in the legs. From here you’d dip towards your opponent and push your opposite (from punching side) shoulder forwards. This enables you you to generate more power, along with getting closer to the target to be able to land the punch. Finally, with all your weight on your leg (in this case the lead) you drive up while locking your elbow joint into a right angle position with your palm facing you as you punch. When I throw the punch I’m aiming diagonally across my opponent’s body as if I’m going for their opposite shoulder. Other coaches/trainers may prefer a different method of throwing a body punch but this is how I like to throw mine.....and I haven’t done too bad with this method 😉 ------------------------------------------ #kstarlegacy #drillsbuildskills #muaythailife #muaythaifwighter #muaythai #thaiboxing #warrior #mma #ufc #bellatormma #champions #inspiration #muaythaistrikers #boxing #sports #motivation #fitness #wrestler #judo #fighting #fight #kickboxing #bjj #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #mixedmartialarts #kickboxing #martialarts #oldbury #birmingham

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Basic Knee Mechanics

BASIC KNEE MECHANICS: Here’s a very quick drill to help perfect your knees. Two common mistakes when kneeing are either kneeing straight up and not getting your hip behind the knee or pulling your shoulder back as you throw the knee thus taking a percentage of your body weight the wrong way. It’s important that when you do a right knee, that your right shoulder stays in line with your hip making sure that all your body weight is going forward. If you look at the start of the drill you’ll see that your feet are shoulder width apart and your arms are fully extended in front of you. Keeping your knees facing forward I want you to lean back and touch the back of your opposite knee while keeping the other arm stretched out. This will make you push your hip forward while keeping your shoulder in line with your hip along with not pulling your head back. Before you knee always step with the opposite leg on to the ball of your foot (even if not traveling forward, just step on the spot) this will help add to the power as you drive off the floor. In Thailand they’ll get you to throw your arm back (similar to the kick) two things with this. One: While doing this your shoulder must stay in front but due to language barrier there’s a high chance that the practitioner will start pulling his shoulder back as he throws his arm. Two: As I’ve stated in a previous post if you ask the trainers what to do if they start punching you while you’re kneeing, they’ll generally say keep your arm up....thus for me and my personal preference I’d say keep your arm up, it also helps keep your shoulder forward. In my opinion many MMA fighters and kickboxers don’t knee proficiently, this is due to many things but the main ones for the MMA guys/girls is they have so many things to master that they couldn’t just spend hours on this and for the kickboxers, it’s a weapon that isn’t used often in bouts due to the no clinch rule....but if mastered is a very formidable weapon. Give this a try and see how you get on. ------------------------------------------ #trainorstips #kstarlegacy #drillsbuildskills #mma #mmastriking kickboxing #muaythai #thaiboxing #ufc #bellatormma #champions #inspiration

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