Thread: Critique My Striking
10/24/2007 3:11pm, #11Originally Posted by fatherdog
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10/24/2007 3:21pm, #12Originally Posted by feedback
10/24/2007 3:50pm, #13Originally Posted by WhiteShark
When I watch Thai boxing (and I have, a lot) the thais keep their hips close, /except/ when they're throwing knees, in which case they put their hips back first to put more power into the knee strikes. The way I was taught (and my former instructor trained under and was certified by Vut Kamanark, which is a fairly good Thai pedigree), you stay close to make it harder for /them/ to knee /you/, particularly when you have a "half clinch" so both of you are in position to throw knees. When you have a full clinch, them bodylocking you and taking you down is much more of a concern than them kneeing you, so your hips should accordingly be further back - and in fact when I watched matches at Lumpinee, 90% of the time when the hips were close it rapidly went from a plumb clinch to both guys being body-to-body with a head and arm clinch, throwing skip knees to the side.
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10/24/2007 4:01pm, #14
Check the first knee, immediately following Franklin's Xyience endorsement - this is what I'm talking about. Silva's hips are just as far back as Phrost's, if not more so.
Phost's hand position could use a little work, and he should have been on his toes, and these are things that are the same whether you're doing Thai or MMA. But his hips were fine, imo.Undisputed KING OF ASSHOLES.
10/24/2007 4:09pm, #15
You got me on Phrost's avatar. I only saw about half his knees the first time I looked at it. I thought he was swinging the guy with his hips out at the end.
I still think except when he is kneeing Silva keeps his hips in closer and his body up higher than almost everyone else in the UFC.
10/24/2007 4:34pm, #16
He probably does; he also put his hands down and bent over at the waist while being punched and kicked at by Franklin. It's not always a good idea to generalize from one, very gifted example.
If you watch Vanderlei and Shogun when they get a full plumb, usually their hips are much further back.
Having your hips closer certainly isn't /wrong/, but it does put you at more risk for takedowns and bodylocks, so you have to take that into account, and I believe for that reason having your hips further back can't be considered "wrong" either, in an MMA context.Undisputed KING OF ASSHOLES.
10/24/2007 5:03pm, #17
A lot of it also depends on your reach vs. theirs I'd wager. Looking back on it now, I was a bit lazy with my hands for two reasons:
1. I wasn't too worried about getting hit because I had a substantial reach advantage.
2. I'm just generally a lazy fighter.
Working on both of those though. :(
10/24/2007 8:28pm, #18
My rule of thumb for the hips is they can keep going back as long as your elbows don't come away from your body. Once you're leaning enough that your elbows are forward, you're no longer in a position of structural strength with your arms, and it becomes much easier for your opponent to escape.
Going back to Anderson Silva as an example, you can see that he does this most of the time - a lot of the time when he brings his hips close, it's because his opponent is moving backwards, so he has to quickly bring his hips forward to maintain that good elbow position. When the opponent is coming forward, you can put your hips further back, and in fact you should because that's when they're going to come into a bodylock or takedown. Looking at the Franklin fight, you can see that the few times that Silva lets his elbows get extended are the times that Franklin's able to escape from the clinch.Undisputed KING OF ASSHOLES.
10/24/2007 11:39pm, #19Originally Posted by feedback"Preparing mentally, the most important thing is, if you aren't doing it for the love of it, then don't do it." - Benny Urquidez
10/25/2007 12:19am, #20
You're hooking off a planted back foot, dude. Your hook should be the harder of the 1-2 : )
Seriously, though, you've definitely improved since the first fight you posted. You looked much better and it could have gone your way.