Everyone's Favorite Hinge Joint
Hello all, I know there are other threads about knee breaking/eye gouging/throat punching, but I don't think I've seen this particular argument.
In the middle of an argument as to whether Jose Canseco, were he to train properly, could have won this MMA match he just lost, an old friend offered this:
He's a hapkido black belt and has studied JKD, and I'm just a slob, but this seems wrong to me. For one thing, I happen to have a funny knee that pops out of alignment from time to time, and it's painful but I can walk on it.
...but attacks TO the knee (and groin) are [illegal in MMA], which is usually a larger opponent's biggest weakness when facing a smaller opponent. More weight above the knee means more weight vectoring sideways when you knock it out of alignment. The opponent's own body weight breaks his leg.
Basic physics lesson.
Find a full can of soda. Try to puncture it with your finger. No good? Now put the soda can on the ground and stand on it. Have two people on either of side of you to catch you so you don't fall. Now have somebody with fast hands poke the soda can with one finger. BOOM. It' collapses.
Initially, all your weight is pushing DOWN on the soda can. It's built to withstand force in that direction. BUT when you indent the side of the can now some of your weight is pushing down and some of it is being vectored sideways & down. The sides of the can are not made to take that kind of force, so it collapses under your weight.
The human knee works the same way. Knock it out of alignment, even slightly, and the body weight above the knee will do the rest of the work for you.
This little demo is a real eye opener for my students... especially the bigger ones. :) Professional bouncers are particularly disturbed by this revelation.
Later, he added this:
I don't know if the opportunistic knee smash tactic is a good MMA move, either, but anyway.
Attacking the Knee isn't per se against the rules, but if some idiot locks his leg out and the other guys sees an opportunity and stomps it through, I'm guessing he's in deep ****. Ironically, all of these attacks listed as "fouls" are my favorites. Most of my attacks start with an eye strike followed up by a hit to the trachea then to the groin. Oh, and when he goes down... I kick or stomp the neck.
Can someone educate me as to this kicking-the-knee thing?
"You can be the biggest guy in the world -- you smash his knee, he's goin' down." -- Dalton
Everyones Favorite Hinge Joint
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