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    Kail : This is interesting, because it looked pretty much like the American Kenpo I hold a brown belt in. The only real difference, I guess, is that his school encouraged more high kicks and a higher fighting stance.

    My friend was not fighting like a typical American Kenpo guy mostly because of his boxing experience. He is used to taking hits, and is not afraid to throw them. From what I understand, that's not the norm where he trains.

    And I'm not saying that backfists have no power. On the other hand I think it's a technique that has a limiter, but significant use, especially, as you said, late in the fight, when they are great for aggravating cuts and swelling caused earlier by your primary punches. You can get real power into a backfist, but he was not doing it, so I would trade a weak ass backfist to the side of my head for a solid hook to his jaw.

    Punisher: These rules make sparring competitions into a game (in a way, the opposite of Tae Kyon) that could be fun, but has little if any connection to figting. At least, IMO.

    BigRod: The kicks he was throwing were very different from your typical spinning back kick. The spinning back kicks I am pretty much used to - they are thrown every once in a while in my sparring sessions. These were spinning side kicks that come up and over into the midsection, and recognising and neutralizing them is a completely separate game.

    Overall, sparring him was a fun and educational experience. We were going more or less full contact (that is we weren't trying to knock each other out, but weren't holding back either) for about a good hour or so (with breaks) and both had a lot of fun and learned quite a bit.

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    Another thing which is absolutely amazing, is how little grappling you need to know in order to completely take out of their element and dominate untrained people.

    THose here who rolled with me will testify to the fact that I am a complete beginner. I am sloppy, inexperienced, and don't even know a lot of the basics. However, I could take this guy, and my brother who does quite a bit of boxing and streetfighting, down to the ground ***at will*** and do whatever the hell I wanted once we were there.

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    "These were spinning side kicks that come up and over into the midsection, and recognising and neutralizing them is a completely separate game."

    eh?

    could you say more about this kick?

    i have some ideas, but am confused a little.


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    I'm not sure about the title - I just came up with this one myself.

    In the begining it looks like a spinning back kick, except the foot is positioned horisontaly, comes up and around, as opposed to streight in, and at an angle.

    This could very well be a pretty typical strike in some martial arts, but I've never seen it used against me before.

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    How many typos can I fit into one sentence?

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    Strange. I thought Ed Parkers people (American Kenpo) would be able to an MMA fighter because Parker stress realistic situations i.e. less rules (so striking below the waste etc). This is just from articles I've read.

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    I think that's called an axe kick?

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    Hook kick? Crescent kick?

    Did he actually spin around (360)?

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    He spun around, but he threw the kick when his back was to me, just like the normal spinning back kick, except the kick was horisontal, the leg was bent a bit, and it came around at an angle. I could show it a lot better than I can explain it.

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    It sounds like a type of reverse crescent kick.

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