Discussion in 'Worldwide MMA Discussion' started by YaGoof, Jul 26, 2016.
Has there ever been a real side flying kick in mma? Are those kicks even for real?
Werdum opened with one in a couple of fights.
Pretty sure Jeremy Bullock opened with one vs. Travis Fulton.
he was air born thats for sure
I feel like that was a missed knee and not a kick.. Hard to tell though, very sloppy.
Short answer no. It has less power than a flying roundhouse (alla Thugjitsu) and relies on the element of surprise (think jumping off a high rise from the 17th floor and slamming into the bad ninja when hes not looking). It relies mainly on momentum generated not by the limbs but by forward jumping motion. But there are a lack of flying attacks in MMA because of the danger of compromising your distance/range and getting countered flat footed on landing - looking forward to seeing MOAR
Let's not forget Daniel Cormier (the king of flying kicks).
There aren't too many side-kicks in this sport period. It's the Muay Thai influence; side-kicks are a lot rarer in Muay Thai than they are in Taekwondo or Karaté or Wushu or most other non-SEA kickboxing styles (Muay Thai, Lethwei, Kun Khmer, et cetera), and a lot of Muay Thai places kind of discourage the side-kick. That's a good part because of the Muay Thai ruleset and the emphasis on certain aspects of the style that end up favoring the roundhouse kick above everything else, but still, the point is that, considering the influence of Muay Thai on this sport's striking, it makes sense why there're so few side-kicks, so there'd obviously be less flying side-kicks.
Zheng Yuhao and Eduard Folayang throw a lot of jumping side-kicks in their fights. They're off their lead-leg and they're not really flying-- they just jump forward when they do the kick sometimes-- but it's still a close example. I think Cung Le also threw 'em a few times.
In terms of flying kicks in general, Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke throws them a lot. They were his weapon of choice against Roy Doliguez last year.
That's alot of air for a white boy.
They used a trampoline.
I think Katsuyori Shibata might've tried it in mma as well... can't remember.
The closest is the Showtime kick i think
Give it time.
People believed only in striking then Royce came along.
People thought about the dangers of ground and pound... Then TDD in the likes of Pete Williams etc came along...
People said only Muay Thai and boxing is worth studying..then machida came along...
The more money and prestige builds up in MMA then the more it will attract lifelong martial artists who grew up in legit lineage asian martial arts, in particular, karate, Kung fu and the Korean arts.
We will see some crazy, athletic and yes, effective kicking techniques in the years to come, Wonderboy is just scratching the surface.
Werdum just bumped this thread.