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    Kicks in MMA

    This may be a very stupid question but why do MMA fighters drop their hand when they kick? Doesn’t it leave their head and body open to their opponent’s attacks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slayer506
    This may be a very stupid question but why do MMA fighters drop their hand when they kick? Doesn’t it leave their head and body open to their opponent’s attacks?
    When doing muay thai kicks the rear hand drops for coutner balance. The front hand should stay up. It does leave you more vulnerable to getting punched, but not more so than throwing a punch or any other kind of strike.

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    Do you think only 'MMA fighters' do it?

    It gives better balance and power.
    Almost any attack leaves you open for a counter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slayer506
    This may be a very stupid question but why do MMA fighters drop their hand when they kick? Doesn’t it leave their head and body open to their opponent’s attacks?
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    The arm acts as a counter-balance to the leg. Also, it's a natural movement.




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    Most of the kicks you see in mma are muay thai style roundhouses with the shin, which involve throwing the hips in to the blow. Hips are a main point of balance, if you dont counterbalance with that hand youll lose all your power or just fall over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slayer506
    This may be a very stupid question but why do MMA fighters drop their hand when they kick? Doesn’t it leave their head and body open to their opponent’s attacks?
    That's actually something I have been wondering about for some time, not just with MMA though but with a lot of fighters in general (especially Muay Thai). Some other posters already beat me to it, but when done correctly it helps with power and balance. I did not believe it until I tried it and realized it for myself.

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    Thanks that actually makes a lot of sense. I only have experience fighting in TKD and I was always taught to keep both my hands up. I know TKD has a lot of **** in it and I’m just trying to sort some of it out.
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    As PizDoff has already implied, you are misinformed to think that it is only MMA fighters that lowert their hands when they kick.

    Here is a fighter in China:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2QaLkWtGOc




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    Sometimes people will keep their hand up in the face of their opponent for low kicks; makes it harder to get punched.

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    Traditional savate training raises one arm behind their head to provide balance for the same reason.

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