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Leg Kicks: The Mystical Axe

Aldo destroyed Faber with 'em. Rick Story threw some brutal ones against Ebersole, but he felt like his hands were more brutal. Ebersole trains 'em every day; his knees buckled after a couple of 'em. They call Rory MacDonald a MMA savant, but you'd think he'd think about MMA's conspicuous tomahawk.

Judo Chop from Jan. 2012 on Aldo's dismantling of Faber:

http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/1/10/2692649/ufc-rio-142-jose-aldo-vs-chad-mendes-leg-kicks-urijah-faber-judo-chop

Main points:

  • Twist whole body, end with belly button perpendicular to opponent

  • Turn left foot (assuming right leg kick is thrown) when throwing the leg kick to allow whole body to turn to the side and increase the impact on the opponent's leg

  • Strike with shin

  • Bring right hand down in a chopping motion (assuming right leg kick is thrown) if you want to add power, but recognize that it leaves your right side exposed to counters - adjust when opponent is striking back by keeping right hand up

  • Step in with kick when opponent is out of range

  • Don't become predictable with it - sometimes throw it by itself, sometimes set it up with punches, throw high kicks (especially when your opponent's hands begin to drop in anticipation of the leg kick)

  • Strike as quickly as possible, but also bring the leg back as quickly as possible before it's grabbed and you get taken down

    Is it because only fast twitch small dudes can throw 'em fast enough to not get taken down? Am I just armchair quarterbacking? Is it because when dudes train 'em regularly, like Ebersole, their legs are bruised 24/7? Is it because Aldo played soccer? Is it because Story and MacDonald think their hands are more brutal?

  • \The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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