Well its not something to throw out there to start with. A guy I trained with was showing me how he learned it in Hawaii, and he would step forward and across his centerline to evade a roundhouse kick, and step through into the spinning backfist. This gives it power and delivers it in a way that moves on an angle, rather than spinning in place or trying to step in a straight line to throw it. I've seen it taught as counters to other things too. The general rule I learned was to not spin unless you are spun. Meaning you miss a roundhouse kick, or over-rotate into something you thought you were gonna hit but then missed. Or your straight kick is parried to the outside (this was our preferred way of dealing with straight kicks). Why not get in the habit of spinning backfist in these instances? If they're closing in on you its likely to catch them by surprise, and if they're not then it misses and no big deal because you're out of range.
Originally Posted by marcwagz
It isn't "really easy to just jab or cross the guy swinging at you in the back of the head", unless they're using it foolishly. Its logical to think so, like its logical to think that you could do the same thing to someone spinning after a Thai roundhouse, but in reality its a narrow window and they shouldn't be doing it when you're primed and ready to jab/cross. Also, punching the back of the head is dangerous.
If by "copied it straight out of UFC" you mean that you did it just like the pro fighter(s) you were watching, you're probably mistaken. I say this because I've never seen anyone do a technically correct superman punch without practicing it, but I've seen several attempts. Also because you're watching a pro fighter do something he's probably practiced many many times on the bag etc. So, I hope the "I probably did it wrong I copied it straight out of UFC" isn't to imply that it was wrong because the way the UFC fighters do it is wrong, but rather it was wrong because you were trying to learn it off the TV.
Superman punch seems cool though, I tried it out after I had pretty much extinguished my Goju arsenal (I probably did it wrong I copied it straight out of UFC) but it landed once and I actually didn't get countered which was a change. This seems like a bad habit though, copying moves off of TV, so I'll do it less, it is fun to try out though.
The key to this one, like the first one, is not to try to swoop straight in with an unorthodox haymaker. You aren't trying to make them in awe of your awesome superman jump above their head- you're trying to move horizontally for the most part. You should do this after throwing several kicks to elicit a default reaction that'll open up the head. A lot of people do this with a leg kick but I prefer to use a front kick because the hip is at a better position to quickly reverse to throw the leg back, which tips the torso into position.
Well, maybe you need to be setting them up with jabs and other kicks. Round kicks specifically. If your round kicks are always to the legs, even if they're coming after jabs, they'll know they can just pick up the leg and check, but if it sometimes goes up to the ribs or head, it makes it more difficult for them.
Higher belts seem to check or deflect leg kicks instinctively even if I set them up with jabs. Am I maybe doing something wrong like looking at feet or is that to be expected? And if so how do you ever get use out of leg kick?
Another perspective- if you always know that your opponent is going to pick up their close leg and check, consider how you would attack someone standing on one foot. If their leg is always going up, try kicking deeper and going for the standing leg .
Agree- you can take down the power while using good form. Otherwise why bother?
Last question though is putting power into your strikes, we spar hard enough to feel the oomph, I got the wind knocked out of me by a jab and had my jaw knocked hard. But I find I just throw arm punches when I am sparring, bad form? I am consciously trying to lower power, but I assume I should stress form over speed in shots. agree disagree