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Iain Abernethy
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An Amazing Kick!

Well this is a very cool kick! One of the gents at my dojo (Teak) told us about this during our last train. We were talking about how “complexity” can work well when fighting other martial artists (because it is unexpected), but it does not work well in self-protection (where the frantic, chaotic and highly-emotional environment demands simplicity).

Notice how the recipient drops his hands believing himself to be safely out of range and at a safe angle. Also notice how he does not react when Anthony Pettis launches himself off the fence (not that he has much time to) and it looks like he considered the attack over when Anthony's foot hit the fence. The complex and highly unusual nature of the technique renders it completely “off radar”.

Anyhow, the bottom line is that this is too cool for words and I hope you enjoy watching it!

All the best,


Black Tiger
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Nice Kick, I would say its from a Korean origin, say TSD or TKD, not seen this type of kick in Japanese styles before.

I think I've seen this on a few of the martial Arts movies including Ong Bak and Elephant King

Wallace Smedley
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Interesting. Really good control to srping off of the cage and kick with the same leg...

shoshinkanuk's picture

my guess is it isn't from anywhere specific - its MMA and the guy must have worked it out to pull it off.


great kick for sure.

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JWT's picture

Reminds me of Parkour. :)

PASmith's picture

Isn't this bunkai for the jump in Unsu?

I look forward to seeing it in Iain's next book. wink

Andrew Carr-Locke
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PASmith wrote:

Isn't this bunkai for the jump in Unsu?

I look forward to seeing it in Iain's next book. wink


HAhahaa. lol.  

Great Kick, looks like someone's been doing his Plyometric homework.....

Black Tiger
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Everyone I shown it to at work (during my breaktime ofcourse) thought it was awesome

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Saw a thread developing on Iain's facebook with reference to a WKF youtube clip (showing another unorthadox kick) and the difference between competition & self-protection application.  I thought this a better place for me to add my opinion.

The MMA kick in Iain's post was great, more so if it was improvised.  Recognising that in self-protection complexity brings with it a big risk of failure, you guys all know it is still possible to surprise the "opponent" by pre-emption if there is no viable alternative.

My question is: Is being pre-emptive the only potential for surprise in the self-protection environment?

Having been a WKF competitor I have utmost respect for the skill and mindset needed to succeed, but, in order for competition to have skill transfer for self protection application / training we need to apply the principle of potential i.e. did the technique have the potential to finish the encounter?  In the other youtube clip I think the technique had little potential and should not have been awarded and perhaps if the referee had the benefit of slow motion hindsight he might agree.

All the best


Iain Abernethy
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PASmith wrote:
Isn't this bunkai for the jump in Unsu?

Not to my way of thinking! :-) I see that motion as being an attempt to escape from a trapped foot as discussed on the old forum: http://www.iainabernethy.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=5;t=000230#000002

I am going to have to give that a go on the bag some time though i.e. bounce off the back wall and kick the bag with the same foot ... it could end badly! ;-)

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Don't know abut other martial arts using this but in TKD this is called 'Bansa chagi' or reflex/rebound kick

but i have never seen it actually work, amazing kick

karate10's picture

Call me crazy, but it comes to shows that you can use any environment for your advantage, If you know how to cease the moment.....Reminds me of Parkoursurprise

swdw's picture

Also shows why constantly backing up is not a good idea wink