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Insider Training Camp Pt 2

Another Genghis Con film of an ATT fighter in training. As always it is well edited and soundtracked. Enjoy


Giorgio Petrosyan

Wow. If you follow K-1 MAX then you will already know about this guy. He was the 2009 K-1 Max GP champion and throughout his path to victory he displayed some of the most beautifully, technical kickboxing I’ve ever seen. I’ve been catching up on all the K-1 Final 16 action and amongst the great brawls ┬álike Zambidis vs Chahid (Part 1 and Part 2), knockouts (Overeem vs Edwards), ┬áthose with a bit of both (Gago Drago vs Su Hwan Lee) and brilliant displays of combination striking (Gokhan Saki vs Freddy Kemayo) there was Petrosyan’s balletic performance against Hurkou.

It’s incredible to watch this master of defence. He checks most every kick thrown at him and moves so perfectly away from oncoming strikes to land beautiful counters. If you want to watch striking perfection watch the video below

Reach Advantage

I said I would analyse the technical aspects of the fights at UFC 119 and WEC 51 a while ago. The main thing I wanted to touch on was reach advantage. If you don’t already know (and I’m sure you do), reach advantage describes the difference in the length of the limbs between two competing fighters. In boxing this is only apparent in arm length and can be an advantage and disadvantage. A rangy fighter (like Tommy Hearns or Paul Williams) can utilise this by staying on the outside and popping off jabs and crosses. Not only are they able to do this outside the punching range (and relatively safely) of their opponent, they are also able to generate more power on their straight punches. Additionally if they have good movement, they can unleash counters quite easily. However this can also be a disadvantage if the shorter opponent is able to get close (as in Hagler vs Hearns or any Mike Tyson fight). This is because shorter fighters can generate more power up close with short punches like hooks and uppercuts. Additionally, shorter fighters can more easily duck and roll to avoid the lengthy and now less accurate punches of the taller fighter. In Kickboxing, reach advantage usually manifests itself in the legs, as fighters can stay out of their opponents punching range whilst using kicks. Taller fighters can stay outside of their opponents kicking range by using kicks as well. To avoid the kicking range, shorter kickboxers will move into punching range where they may throw leg kicks and short body kicks, but cannot utilise their full kicking arsenal, relying mostly on their hands.

This brings me to my point on reach advantage in MMA. In MMA, the clinch game is more developed. A reach advantage is useful at kicking range, punching range and clinch range. This is because MMA cannot shoulder roll, duck and dodge in close quarters for long periods of time without getting knee’d or clinched. The clinch effectively negates inside boxing. The Muay Thai clinch especially favours longer fighters who can get more leverage on the neck and head of their opponent with their longer arms. Longer legs make it easier for knees to find their target, especially when that target is the head. That’s not to say stocky fighters can’t compete, but they will most likely be doing it with fast movement and good wrestling a la Sean Sherk or with good greco/dirty boxing. Sean Sherk has been especially effective in using his frame for stifling top control, but as we have seen, it is not of use when striking against other non-little people.

Of course, Sean Sherk fought at UFC 119 where he lost to Evan Dunham (not officially, but obviously) based on his reach disadvantage. Dunham was able to throw straight punches, long uppercuts and kick combos whilst being safe from Sherks more technical inside boxing.

Dunham was not the only one who’s reach gave him a large advantage. Lytle used his to slam box Serra, Torres used his to tee off on Valencia, Cerrone (along with vastly improved wrestling and use of kicks) to punish Varner (great fight btw, as are all the ones listed here), Roop threw long punches and moved around the stationary Korean Zombie to notch a classic head kick knockout and Hominick (less of a reach advantage here) displayed how more technical outside, counter kick boxing can be used to frustrate brawlers and inside fighters.

I suppose this is why stocky 5 ft 9 monsters like Thiago Alves choose to stay at 170 where most opponents are under 6ft rather than move up to 185 where they tend to stray over 6 ft.

For me, the nature of the clinch in MMA helps taller fighters who struggle with classic inside boxing. Of course being stocky (or tall) have their differing advantages on the mat, but that is a discussion for another time.

It’s great to see Genghis Con doing well. He’s a talented film editor and his music is always perfect for the visuals. In this video we see Gesias “JZ” Calvacante training. The film shows a good mix of cardio and technique training with seemingly go hand in hand. It also demonstrates the sort of resistance training (using the elastic restraints in multiple instances) that help a fighter learn technique whilst simulating the tired limbs and the resistance of their opponent.

I am a former TKD practitioner myself, and this was always one of my favourite techniques. It enables you to develop a lot of power and momentum in a short period of time and can be used as a pushing technique or a snapping technique. In addition it can be used to deliver devastating body blows, though some practitioners also use it to strike to the face or knees.

Sometimes it is useful to first step forward with your back foot and then pivoting on it to strike with you other leg. This allows you to use it from greater distance or to feint and disguise it.

Here is Cung Le using the technique in a kicking combo, using a rear turning kick first.

Sorry for the delay!


Sorry if you have actually been following this blog, I’ve been without computer for a while but I plan on giving a little breakdown of my favourite techniques on show across UFC 119 and WEC 51. For a teaser, here is a little Duke Roufus leg kick tutorial.

Don’t you love the hair!

No-Gi Jiu Jitsu

Continuing the No-Gi theme here is an Eddie Bravo instructional video explaining the basics of his vaunted Rubber Guard. The sound is not quite synchronised with the video, but it does the job. If you want a perfect version, I would recommend buying his instructional dvd, Mastering the Rubber Guard (which has plenty more random no BJJ stuff in it). He also has numerous books that, but I’m sure you know how to google, so go find them, because he is the most creative BJJ instructor around. Head Movement is an advocate of creativity in martial arts and it is always important to keep an open mind. Some of the things your instructor may tell you, may be wrong or impractical. Additionally, they may bag on styles they don’t understand or practice themselves. I’m not saying I necessarily know any better, but after training in various disciplines under various instructors (some good ones) I have found that what I have been told is not always true.

After the jump, a short video talking about Eddie’s 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu style, which has recently become more and more used in grappling competitions and MMA. Continue reading

Here is a pretty dope instructional video from the Tobikan Judan on how to execute some effective Judo throws without the Gi. I am no Judoka myself, but I’ve found that after watching this video I was able to use a couple of throws against other non-Judokas pretty easily. If you practice Judo already, then you’ll find Aoki demonstrates some tweaks to your technique to allow you to use this in No-Gi or MMA competition. Check it out, it’s subtitled but worth going over a few times.

Yeh sure, the Doc Hamilton system seems pretty complicated, but there is some good food for judging criteria thought in this FIGHT! Life video with reffing legend Big John McCarthy. I like the idea that when a fighter wins a round significantly, it should be scored more significantly than when a fighter wins a close round (obvious, I know). The best suggestion is that referees and judges go through some training/sparring so that they can understand what is actually happening in front of their eyes. That way, maybe Roy Nelson wouldn’t have been stood up when he was working for a Kimura in side control (obviously not stalling!) and Cecil Peoples could see how much leg kicks really freakin’ hurt!

He gonna getcha!