Leg/body kicks in the cage, risk vs reward
My ability to throw head kicks with both legs has always been something that has forced my sparring partners to respect me, but I'm hearing more and more stories about fighters breaking their legs in the cage. It seems modern mma fighter's shins just aren't as conditioned as old school kickboxer's especially Thai.
If you factor in the risk of breaking your leg throwing a leg kick or getting your leg/body kick caught, the risk vs reward ratio seems to be a little off. I absolutely adore kicking and getting tricky with it, wheel kick, kick combos etc, but I'm realizing more and more how limited of a place they have in MMA. My favorite fight by my favorite fighter was Penn vs. Sanchez, knowing diego was going to try to catch his kicks and take him down, Penn threw one kick the whole damn fight and split Diego's head open, it was sick!
I guess my point is I think I'm going to start throwing less leg kicks except as feints (superman punches, feint cut kick to right cross etc) and start really really focusing on boxing, clinch, kneees and takedown defense. I've been way to amused by kicking thus far in my life, If I get into a self defense situation I'll probably be wearing Jeans!
I recently moved and started training with a new group of people, I've taken over as their main instructor, because the guy who started it is a good boxer but doesn't know much kickboxing, clinch, and jiu jitsu. A lot of these guys tend to be really kick happy in sparring, leading off with these big obvious switch kick thrown with their hands down and other stupidity. At first I was trying to help them kick harder and use their kicks more effectively, but maybe this isn't the best way to train them. Perhaps I should be teaching them how to catch kicks, check kicks and punch over kicks....
I'm curious what ya'll think on the subject